NBA $15,000 SATURDAY: TIPS & SELECTIONS
NBA Saturday returns from the All Star break with 18 teams in action.
An intriguing inter-conference clash sees the Raptors host the Spurs with plenty of personal history involved.
Out West, the highlight of the day sees the third place Thunder host the sixth seed Jazz.
There is $15,000 up for grabs in the Saturday jackpot tournament.
Zach LaVine – SG/PG – $14,470
LaVine has not been renowned for his consistency throughout his career, but he has been delivering at a high level routinely of late, dropping at least 26 points in five of his last seven games, resulting in at least 38 Draftstars points in that stretch. On his day, he’s capable of putting up some big numbers and stuffing the entire stat sheet. He gets a road game against a Magic defense that is tougher than many realise, but unlikely to be able to put the clamps on LaVine if he continues this form.
Ivan Rabb – PF/C – $7,580
His minutes have been down in his last two games, resulting in some poor stat lines, but with Jonas Valanciunas out of this game due to personal reasons, the minutes should pick back up again for Rabb. He had reeled off double digits in six out of seven games prior to the recent minute drop, and had been flirting with double doubles consistently also, so we know the ability is there. With the extra minutes available, against a Clippers team who struggles to contain big men, and with the obvious pressure on him from other bigs in the team, there’s plenty of reason for Rabb to bounce back here.
Julius Randle – PF/C – $14,160
The demise of Anthony Davis from a fantasy perspective, now playing under a minutes cap following the failed trade deadline, vaults Randle back to borderline elite fantasy status. In his last game before the All Star break, he logged 39 minutes for 33 points, 11 rebounds and six dimes. He’s also a guy who regularly chips in steals, blocks and triples.Indiana is a stern challenge, but Randle has put up big numbers against many teams this year when getting the minutes to do so.
Thomas Bryant – C/PF – $9,510
Bryant has been a tough guy to predict at times this season, but he has established some consistency of late putting up double digits in four of his last five. At times, he has shown the ability to put up big fantasy scores, and he gets a great match up here against a Charlotte team that is weak up front. The Wizards big man has already beat up on Charlotte once this year, putting up a 21-10-3 line when they hosted the Hornets late December. This looks like a good spot to back Bryant again.
NBA SCORING SYSTEM
Point Scored = 1 point
Missed Field Goal = -0.25 points
Missed Free Throw = -0.25 points
Assist = 1.5 points
Rebound = 1.25 points
Turnover = -0.5 points
Steal = 2 points
Block = 2 points
3 Point Made Bonus = 1 point
Double-Double = 2 points
Triple-Double = 2 pointsNBA