We have an intriguing Western Conference matchup for our NBA DFS Showdown. The Oklahoma City Thunder are traveling to San Francisco to take on the Golden State Warriors. There are some interesting storylines heading into this. Draymond Green is out serving his five-game suspension, and Stephen Curry is questionable heading into this one, after missing his last game.
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Spread: Thunder -1 (-110)
Oklahoma City Thunder Injuries
- Cason Wallace - Questionable
Golden State Warriors Injuries
NBA DFS Showdown CPT/MVP Top Plays
If you want Shai in this one, you're going to have to pay up for him at $16,500 on this Showdown slate. I am recommending you do pay up for him because he is so consistent. Even in a blowout win against the Warriors last game he finished with 45 fantasy points still, scoring 24 points, dishing out seven assists, and getting three steals. That was only his third game out of 11 this season in which he failed to score at least 50 fantasy points. Play him as your captain tonight.
Stephen Curry is your other only real option at the captain spot tonight. He has missed the last two games with a knee injury and is questionable heading into this one. If he plays tonight I am ok playing him at captain if you just want to pay down at the spot. In the last five games he has played, he has scored at least 30 game points in three of five, and we have seen the 50-point ceiling. He is getting up a ton of volume as well taking at least 24 shot attempts in three of his last five games and has shot double-digit in every game this season.
NBA DFS Showdown UTIL Top Plays
This is an intriguing matchup for Chet in this one as he just played the Warriors, and he posted a 13-10 double-double. He also blocked two shots which was the seventh time in 11 games that Holmgren has blocked multiple shots in a game this season, giving him a solid floor. He played just 27 minutes in the last matchup as well because of the blowout which was his lowest number since October. Find a way to get Chet in your lineup in this one.
Chris Paul entered the starting lineup last game with the suspension of Draymond Green, and the injury to Curry. Even if Curry is back tonight I expect him to remain a starter. He has put up 34.5 fantasy points in back-to-back games as the floor general of this team. We were worried about Chris Paul's offensive game declining some more this year, and it has a bit. He is shooting just 26% from downtown this season. However, over the past few games he has found his stroke going six for his last night. Ride the hot hand from Paul in this one.
If you need to save $200 from Chris Paul, Josh Giddey is your man. He is very consistent scoring at least 32 fantasy points in three straight games. That includes a 40-point fantasy night when he only scored 10 game points. That's because he does a little bit of everything for this offense. Giddey has at least two blocks or steals in two of those three contests, plus at least six rebounds in each game. Giddey possesses a solid floor from doing everything, but we would love him to knock down more shots tonight to hit a ceiling game for our lineups.
Instead of Kevon Looney just sliding back into the starting five, it was Dario Saric who got the nod in back-to-back games. Saric also hasn't disappointed scoring at least 24 fantasy points in each game. He is an offensive-minded player while Looney makes his bread on the defensive end, and rebounding. Dario Saric hasn't seen a shot he doesn't like. In the last three games, he has had double-digit shot attempts, including one game he shot 3-11 from downtown.
When Draymond Green is out, we Know Jonathan Kuminga is going to get an extended run. His minutes go from 19 to 22 in his absences this year. His points rebounds and assists go up dramatically as well. He just put up 21 game points in 27 minutes in some mop-up duty against this Thunder team to finish with over 30 fantasy points for the first time all season. Go ahead and plug him in at his $5,400 price tag.
NBA DFS Showdown Value Top Plays
We have a decent amount of value on this slate, and one of the main reasons is the emergence of rookie Brandin Podziemski. In his last two games, he has played 39, and 25 minutes and has scored 28.5, and 41.25 fantasy points. I have watched him since his college time at Illinois which he didn't get enough of, and this kid is just a walking bucket, and we saw that when he transferred to Santa Clara. Steve Kerr said that Podz has earned this playing time, so I do not see this changing anytime soon.
The Thunder just keep finding diamonds in the rough. On Draft day everyone thought the selection of Cason Wallace was an interesting one, especially after trading up to get him. He has not disappointed in his rookie campaign. He is averaging 22 minutes each night off of the bench and is just the 3-D guy that they need. He has scored over 20 fantasy points in back-to-back games, but just know the floor can be very low at times. He is questionable heading into this one, so that is something to monitor.
Isaiah Joe is coming off an impressive offensive showing in the last game against the Warriors. The sharpshooter went 7-7 from behind the arc finishing with 23 game points in 25 minutes. A lot of this cam from garbage time, however, with Cason Wallace on the brink of missing this one, Isaiah Joe, can just be plugged into your lineup if that is the case. Even if Wallace does play, Joe can still give you value at his $3,600 price range.
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