By Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
With the final week of the regular season in full swing tonight, many high-volume cash game pros have long since shut down their heavy play until the postseason.
In fact, given that many NBA games will involve teams out of contention, volatility will be high through Wednesday. That should mean, however, the most fun. With plenty of longshots to be found, it could be time to gamble up over the next six days, just taking some small shots in low-priced high-volume tournaments and have a little fun getting ready for the playoffs.
Or we could try to put all this likely randomness together for a shot with at $100,000 tonight as 50 players meet at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach, Miami for the $1,000,000 FanDuel World Fantasy Basketball Championship.
Still, for the rest of us, we can consider taking a look at some high-value players, at least those who are playing for teams in must-win situations, as the stars look to put teams on their backs. From there, we head to some of the less important matchups to get the extra points we need.
For example, tonight’s DFS feature might not be any of the games involving playoff-battling contenders Boston, Washington, Indiana, New Orleans or Oklahoma City, but it will more likely be the late matchup out west between long-since also-rans Minnesota and the Lakers.
With the host Lakers favored by 5 1/2 overnight, with a game total of 206, we actually can look to this game for possibly fantasy production, as these two teams are two of the weakest defensively.
Los Angeles’ Jordan Clarkson could be good for over 35 fantasy points on Friday night, while the Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins has been really stellar in the fantasy department, making very-near value or better in nine-straight games.
Oklahoma City faces a key game for its playoff hopes but they are facing a depleted Sacramento team, and thus were installed at 13 1/2-point favorites, which could shut down offensive fantasy producers Russell Westbrook and Enes Kanter early.
More likely, we could take Anthony Davis as our superstar play, as the Pelicans are favored by 8 1/2 over visiting Phoenix, with a game total of 197. With New Orleans scheduled to get close to 100 points, we also could consider Tyreke Evans.
San Antonio and Houston are scheduled to meet in a game which is expected to break 200 points, with the Spurs the slight favorite overnight. Kawhi Leonard (pictured) has been incredible over the final stretch of the season and has been a top consideration nearly every time out. James Harden may not be able to achieve his standard production against the stout Spurs.
Dallas and Denver could also have a high-scoring affair, as the line was off the board overnight, but could easily exceed over 215 points when released in the morning. Boston and Cleveland also was off the board, and our estimates had the game going as high as 205, but that will likely be reduced if LeBron James rests on Friday.