Even with Golden State’s comfortable position having clinched the Western Conference, a wild west shootout is expected Tuesday night when the Warriors travel to Staples Center to face the Clippers.
With an overnight total listed at 214 and Los Angeles listed as a two-point favorite, the Warriors are not only in the rare role of an underdog, but defensive intensity might not be the order of the night even though both teams are riding long winning streaks. Golden State has won nine-straight, while the Clippers have won seven in-a-row.
That being said, a popular strategy will be to roster the best values in this game, possibly avoiding the key player or two in this game that will separate your lineup from the rest of the pack. With teams in other games starting players you can find in the bargain barrel, we look to pick our sure points up in L.A. tonight.
Stephen Curry – Curry had only 21 fantasy the last time these two teams met, but we expect a 4x or more from Steph tonight in the up-and-down affair expected with the Clippers. He hasn’t been showing the overwhelming upside this month, but did have a standout performance two games ago with 60 FPs at MEM.
Chris Paul (pictured) – CP3 had 35 fantasy last time against GSW on March 8 in a 106-98 win by the Warriors in Oakland, but that was with Griffin out. Over his last six outings, however, he has brought back a consistent return for his 10.4k price tag.
Blake Griffin (pictured) – It will be hard to find a better option than Blake at PF, or even a top-tier option period at this measly 8.8k price tag at FanDuel. He’ll be up against a Warriors unit that doesn’t truly have motivation to win this high-profile matchup. Even oddsmakers have LAC the 2-point favorite at home. Blake is pretty much the same price at both sites. He has been strong since his return, securing his projection every time except when playing under 30 minutes in a pair of blowouts on the just-concluded road trip.
Klay Thompson – The Clippers aren’t very strong against the wings, but did hold Klay to around 25 fantasy in 29 minutes last time they met. His salary is up to 7k at FanDuel, but seems inexpensive for a game that should feature the highest score of the night. Klay had 34 minutes at MIL last time out and this game is expected to be very close.
David Lee – It is going to be hard to get off a Lee at this price. With Draymond Green out and Lee’s salary down to 4.3k at FanDuel, we still have to strongly consider Lee even though he only logged 21 minutes in Dray’s absence last time out in a blowout. There is very little risk in taking David at this price, especially for 3.8k at DK.
J.J. Redick – He has been so consistent, scored at least 15 points in 14-straight contests. His salary has mostly remained stagnant since a steep jump in early March. Since then, nearly always making projection with some 10-15 point upside. He had 37 FPs at BOS on Sunday. He really is one of the smartest players in the game.
Marreese Speights – Last game with Dray out, he had 24 fantasy for just 3.7k. When Marreese plays double-digit minutes he always gets us the money. We like him to get his fantasy totals into the high teens in this one for just his 3.7k price range at FanDuel.
Harrison Barnes – Barnes has made his price for eight-straight games, but with very little upside of late. Certainly everyone gets an uptick with Draymond out and this game is the high total of the night at 214 overnight, so there will be plenty of fantasy points to go around. You are safe to pick up over 20 here by our estimates for just 4.3k at FanDuel.
Andre Iguodala – With Draymond Green questionable with a shin injury and Iggy’s price down down to 5k at FanDuel, we like him to approach 25 fantasy on Tuesday night. He has a been a disappointment for the most part, but we’re banking on the uptick from Dray’s absence and the high-pace of the game with the Clippers.