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FanDuel NBA Bargains: Monday

Monday, January 29, 2018


There are six games on the NBA slate tonight, and here are Vegas' expectations:

 

Matchups

Over/Under

Spread

Hornets at Pacers

212

Pacers -3.0

Wolves at Hawks

216

Wolves -6.0

Suns at Grizzlies

205.5

Grizzlies -8.0

Sixers at Bucks

210

Bucks -3.5

Heat at Mavs

196.5

Heat -2.0

Celtics at Nuggets

206

Nuggets -1.0

 

As usual, injuries and lineup tweaks are crucial and DFS owners should always monitor news until the moment lineups lock!

 

Shane Larkin (PG, $3.5k) is as cheap as they come. Marcus Smart (hand lacerations) is out for approximately two weeks and Terry Rozier (ankle) is questionable tonight, which should yield plenty of minutes for Larkin even if Rozier is cleared to play. Rozier (PG, $4.7k) was held out of shootaround and is reportedly '50-50' for tonight's game vs. Denver, so DFS owners should be especially aware of the Celtics' game news. If Rozier is cleared, I'm playing him. If he's out, I'm playing Larkin.

 

Amir Johnson (PF, $3.5k) and Richaun Holmes (C, $4.0k) are both in play tonight with Joel Embiid resting in the second half of a back-to-back set. Furthering their case, Trevor Booker exited Sunday's game due to "right knee discomfort" so he's not a lock to play heavy minutes. Johnson has started the past few games that Embiid missed, and it's unclear why Holmes' price remains above $3.5k -- he hasn't recorded more than 11.9 FanDuel points in a game since Dec. 30, and has been racking up DNPs lately.

 

Tyson Chandler started on Sunday after returning from an illness, and the Suns could opt to rest their veteran in the second half of a back-to-back set. Marquese Chriss (left ankle sprain) and Alex Len (ankle) are also questionable vs. Memphis on Monday, so the frontcourt could be wide open -- enter Greg Monroe (C, $4.5k). Opportunity is the name of the game for Monroe, whose real-world defensive issues don't really matter in fantasy. He's notched at least 34 FanDuel points twice in the Suns' previous four games and is a per-minute monster for DFS.

 

Isaiah Canaan (PG, $3.7k) could get a hefty workload if Devin Booker (right rib contusion) can't suit up vs. the short-handed Grizzlies tonight. Booker wasn't moving well late in Sunday's game, he needed X-rays to rule out structural damage, and the Suns have no clear incentive to play him. That all bodes well for Canaan, who appears to have leap-frogged Tyler Ulis (PG, $3.6k) in the guard rotation.



Despite residing in Portland, Maine, Ryan Knaus remains a heartbroken Sonics fan who longs for the days of Shawn Kemp and Xavier McDaniel. He has written for Rotoworld.com since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter.
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