NBA $8,000 SATURDAY: TIPS & SELECTIONS
As the NBA season draws to a close, the last NBA Saturday of the year presents a huge slate with 26 teams in action.
With most of the league in action, there is no shortage of options available.
But with players being rested for the playoffs, and a number of players shutdown for the year, there’s some tricky waters to navigate.
There is $8,000 up for grabs in the Saturday jackpot tournament.
James Harden – SG/PG – $22,040
The Rockets have clinched their division, but are still a chance of running down the Nuggets for second in the conference. Besides, James Harden loves his numbers. While some stars are resting up for the playoffs, it’s hard to see Harden accepting that option when their are points out there to be scored, he’s put up at least 31 in his last four, though that’s hardly worth mentioning when it comes to Harden at this point. His historic regular season is coming to a close, he gets a chance to feast on the Knicks on his home court, this shapes up as one of those at least 20 points in the first quarter performances for the Beard.
Julius Randle – PF/C – $14,160
Randle has been an outstanding contributor this season, cashing in on the extra minutes and extra touches in the wake of the Anthony Davis saga. Davis is listed as GTD for this game, and the Pelicans have no reason to put him on the floor. Randle has proven he can get his regardless, but will once again flourish with the extra opportunities if Davis is out. The Pelicans get a juicy match up against Phoenix, Randle has posted two 34 point double doubles in his last three outings.
Thomas Bryant – PF/C – $13,630
The Wizards big has frustrated DFS players all year, exploding for giant games then going missing next game when people try to cash in. But as the year winds down, Bryant seems to be putting it together. He’s put up double-doubles in four straight games and in five of his last six. He also posted a 15-10 night in his list clash with the Spurs, so we’ve seen him be able to get his numbers against San Antonio. The Wizards have nothing left to play for, so future prospects like Bryant will get big opportunities down the stretch, Bryant has played 38 minutes or more in three of his last four.
Ivann Rabb – C – $5,260
Rabb has not been the most dependable option this year, but with Jonas Valanciunas now shutdown for the year and Joakim Noah banged up and nothing left to play for, Rabb should get plenty of run in the Grizzlies remaining games. His minutes spiked up to 31 in his last outing, and the result was a 13-10 double-double. This was the most minutes Rabb had played since February, and just the third time this year he has eclipsed 30 minutes. He looks set to be on the court as much if not more here making him a good option at just above basement price.
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