In case you missed it Sunday, the Hawks and Knicks did something that hadn’t been done in the NBA since 1951 – play a four overtime game.
The Hawks came out on top in the end, but only by 3 points, despite the Knicks having Carmelo, Porzingis and Noah all foul out throughout the overtime periods.
I played a two-game tournament lineup and stacked this game, scored around 380 points and only doubled my money. I don’t think I’ve personally ever scored that many points in an NBA DFS lineup. The winning lineup had 420 points or so. Those are crazy numbers for NBA DFS, let alone a 2-game slate.
Tonight we have a small, 5-game slate on tap for the Association, so no need for long commentary or anything today.
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Now on to the picks!
Yogi Ferrell – Dallas Mavericks – vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – $3,500
Analysis: I rostered the “Bear” last night at 0.5% ownership, but the rest of my team failed miserably. No Deron Williams for the Mavs, and Ferrell is signed to a 10-day contract, so expect the Mavs to get the most of this guy while they have him. He is just $3,500, but he does come with risk as Carlisle is very Belichick with his players, make a mistake, sit on the bench. I don’t expect the Mavs to be very competitive in this game, despite the Cavaliers being down Kevin Love. I expect Ferrell to be the value play of the day due to recent performance against the Spurs. I think he’s a cash game staple, but could be faded in tournaments.
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers – vs. Dallas Mavericks – $10,000
Analysis: You probably don’t need me to tell you that Kyrie Irving and LeBron are nearly must plays with Kevin Love out of the picture. I want to play Andrew Wiggins here due to his recent play, but his price has come up and we have to rely on him to continue his hot streak, and Wiggins is never a guy I seem to get right. James gets the bump with no Love and can stuff the stat sheets. This is a no brainer with a safe floor despite the Mavericks playing at one of the slowest paces in the league.