We have a great late-night hammer matchup between two star-studded teams in the NBA DFS Showdown. The Los Angeles Clippers are taking on the Golden State Warriors. This game features three future Hall of Fame guards Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, and James Harden. Plus, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and Draymond Green are household names as well.
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Spread: Warriors (-5)
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Stephen Curry is the highest-priced player on this slate after putting up back-to-back 50 fantasy point performances. I am not surprised he is the most expensive, it's the fact he is $1,200 more expensive than the next guy who happens to be Paul George. Curry is never a bad play with the usage he gets for the Warriors which ranks ninth in the league. We could also see that increase tonight with Chris Paul out of the lineup. You can play Curry tonight, you are just going to have to pay to do so at the captain spot.
Paul George has been a bit quiet as of late which could cause him to be lower-rostered tonight. He is in a bit of a shooting slump being 11-31 in his last two games, failing to score 35 fantasy points in either outing, If he does that again, and you play him at the captain spot, it could totally tank your night. I get that, but if everyone is off him tonight, you can gain leverage on the field if he has a big night.
After struggling a bit to find his place in this offense with James Harden being inserted in the lineup. However, over the last two games he has been great. He has played 37 and 39 minutes and finished with over 50 fantasy points in each. Leonard looks to be more involved seeing a usage rate of higher than 25% in three of his past four games. With him having back-to-back big games he could be highly rostered tonight because he is also the cheaper of three stars. Leonard is the best paydown option at the captain spot tonight.
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We finally saw James Harden go off in a Clippers uniform in their last game. He finished with 26 points, and six assists, but had a season-high five steals to finish with just over 50 fantasy points. We got a ceiling game from Harden on the back of the steals, and I am not sure he is going to quite do that again. But what he could keep doing is shooting well from behind the arc. Over his last six games, he is shooting over 40% from downtown on 37 attempts. Harden should continue to see good looks tonight with Leonard and Kawhi getting the tougher matchups.
Draymond came back from his suspension in the Warriors last game, and he was fine. He finished with eight points six rebounds and three assists finishing with 23 fantasy points in 33 minutes. With Chris Paul being ruled out tonight Draymond should take over more of a facilitator role in his absence. I would expect him to get over five assists tonight giving him a very solid floor. He should find a way into your lineup tonight.
After Klay Thompson looked pretty cooked for most of the season, he is starting to come around a bit on the offensive end. Over his last four games, he is shooting 44% from behind the arc on 37 attempts and averaging just slightly under 20 points per game. Thompson is also getting up a ton of volume getting up at least 14 shots in three of his past four games. Play Klay tonight at his $6,600 price and hope he has a ceiling game.
After Daniel Thies made his presence known for a few games, Zubac is back to being a monster. He has scored over 30 fantasy points in three straight games. His minutes can fluctuate at times but he should play around 30 minutes in this matchup. He has the size advantage on the Warriors, and he has seen 12 and 15 shots in his last two games. The Clippers may want to take advantage of his size in the paint tonight and feed the big man. Even if they don't, he has a high floor because of his rebounding.
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With Draymond back into the fold, Dario Saric took a backseat playing just 17 minutes. He still put up 18 fantasy points in limited minutes so he didn't completely tank your night if you played him. He should be lower-rostered with Green back. However, I kind of like that because if he gets hot from the field, I can't see him getting a quick hook again. He is only $5,400 tonight so you are no longer paying a premium for Saric.
Terance Mann is still starting in this Clippers lineup playing over 30 minutes in his past three games. He is nicely priced, sitting at just $4,800 on DraftKings. Mann has just been a tad inconsistent in his last five games scoring three games over 23 fantasy points and two games under 16 fantasy points. We loved seeing the volume of shots he got last game getting up 12, we just wish that would be a consistent thing. At his price, however, I can't see how you don't play him tonight.
Surprisingly last game Brandon Podzeimski received a DNP. It will be interesting to see where the Chris Paul and Andrew Wiggins minutes will go. Well, they could go to Moses Moody who the Warriors might want out there to help guard the Clippers outstanding Wings. We have seen him produce this season when given an extended run. He is priced at just $4,200 and has around a 25-point ceiling. He could be worth the risk at that low of a price. If we get word that Podziemski should get more run tonight, I would probably pivot to him over Moody.
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