by Ramon Scott, @rsstreams
We can give a few reasons as to why the Memphis Grizzlies may give stars Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph a day of rest on Tuesday night when they travel to Detroit to face the slumping Pistons.
It is becoming more and more the norm for teams to rest their stars on back-to-back nights, especially those that are close to wrapping up a playoff spot or having their spot solidified in the postseason ladder. Last Thursday against the Wizards, Gasol and Randolph sat the second of a back-to-back and that brought some value to the Grizzlies’ starting lineup.
The Grizzlies beat Denver on Monday night, but Randolph played 39 minutes, while Gasol played 33, as the Nuggets surprisingly pushed Memphis, which eventually won by 11. Detroit is mired in a 10-game losing streak and it hasn’t been pretty.
Every NBA analyst has an opinion on players resting, as well as, DFSers being on edge during lineup lock. Just Monday night, Atlanta rested a pair of players who said they didn’t ask to be rested, while the team’s coaching staff said that even though they were resting the players, they had no say in the matter.
Is this some kind of secret players’ association rule that comes down the morning of the games?
It could be a stars and scrubs night, as getting Kosta Koufos or Beno Udrih into the Memphis lineup – and into your lineup – could be the key to getting three NBA stars and another possible scorer in potentially the highest-potential total of the night.
You also may want to be targeting some of the players in the Orlando-Houston game, which had a betting total of 204 late Monday night.
Of the top nine salaried players, three of them are in the Magic-Rockets game – James Harden, Nikola Vucevic, Victor Oladipo are all targets, with Harden a likely must-include.
Trevor Ariza, who could out-score teammate Terrence Jones, may be added as another impact scorer.
In Milwaukee, Kris Middleton could get the fantasy call, as Giannis Atentekuopmo, O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless could miss the game with injuries. Michael Carter-Williams is expected back.
The Pelicans’ Anthony Davis is a must-play at this point.
The Clippers’ game has four of the top nine salaried players, but be wary of the Clips’ Chris Paul, who is still banged up, and Blake Griffin, still coming off his injury in just his second game back. If the Clippers get up big, they could be off the floor by the fourth, as Charlotte looked awful on Monday night, scoring only 66 points in a blowout loss at Utah.
In San Antonio-New York, we have to consider the “Pop” factor, which could elevate the status of Tiago Splitter and Marco Belinelli.
Alexey Shved, of the Knicks, has been a top target by many DFS players, but note his salary increase over the last few games. Shved, though, could be considered equal to the Spurs’ Tony Parker in terms of current production.