A big night is scheduled at DraftDay.com with a pair of Freerolls set to go for daily fantasy basketball players. The first is the nightly World B Free with $100 up for grabs to the Top 25 finishers, but the Clippers Courtside will hook up the lucky person that posts the highest scoring roster of the night with a pair of tickets to the March 17th match-up at the Staples Center between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers. Oh yeah, $1500 in travel expenses will also be ponied up, so make it a point to enter this one for your chance to hang with the stars in Tinseltown.
We’ve picked apart Hump Day night’s loaded 13 game slate and put together a starting five we believe will have you in the running to qualify for the trip to La La Land – Check It Out Below!
Kyrie Irving ($12,355) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Denver Nuggets – Guards of all shapes and sizes love to go against the undersized Nuggets defense, as Coach Karl’s squad is serving up a healthy EFF close to 22.0 to point guards to date. Pair that with the fact that Denver’s defense has given up an average of 101.4 PPG (#28) and you got yourself the makings of yet another banner night for soon to be elected Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving. The youngster is currently in a solid groove having averaged 27.8 fantasy points in his L/5 games, and he’s scored 20 or more points in six of his L/7. Denver has given up an average of 28.2 fantasy basketball points against the L/5 point guards it’s faced, so look for Irving to be on the attack all night in hopes of leading his squad to their improbable sixth road win.
Xavier Henry ($3,675) New Orleans Hornets vs. Sacramento Kings – We’ve spent a ton of our salary cap at the other four positions of our starting five, so we’re gonna go on the cheap here and back Henry while keeping our fingers crossed that he gets the minutes to do some damage. He’s averaged nearly 23 minutes of live action in the Hornets L/3 games and managed to post an average of 19.0 fantasy points for his daily fantasy NBA backers. While that’s not a stat that jumps off the page at you, he’ll be running up against a Kings squad that possesses the absolute worst defense in the league (#30 at 102.7 PPG). It’s also allowed opposing shooting guards to go off on them for an EFF just over 21.0 on the year. While we’d be satisfied if he met his average stated up above, we believe the opportunity is there for the former Kansas Jayhawk to really bust out and garner even more playing time from Head Coach Monty Williams.
Rudy Gay ($13,285) Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors – The Grizz and Warriors have played to a couple of thrilling finals so far this year with Memphis taking both match-ups by 104-103 and 91-90 final counts. Gay averaged 37.0 fantasy points per game in both meetings and should once again be in store for another ginormous tally against a Warriors club that’s given up a whopping 23.7 EFF to opposing small forwards on the year. Memphis has hit the century mark each of the last two times it hit the hardwood and was even able to post higher final scores than what both Dallas and Philadelphia average giving up before that. The Warriors would never be confused with one of the better defenses in the league (#26 at 99.8 PPG), so look for Gay and the Grizz to keep that offensive mojo pointed in the right direction here!
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Blake Griffin ($15,625) Los Angeles Clippers vs. New Jersey Nets – We had fantastic luck with our power forward selection on Josh Smith last night who exploded for 40+ fantasy points en route to leading his Hawks squad to the impressive outright road win and cover at Indiana. The main reason for backing him at such a high salary was because the Pacers entered the game playing on no rest after getting trounced in Chicago the night before. Well, New Jersey was just exposed in Miami last night and now has to battle a pissed off Clippers outfit that lost a heartbreaker their last time out at Minnesota. Along with playing on no rest – a scenario that’s seen the Nets give up an average of 99.9 PPG the previous 13 times – the Nets have been toyed with by opposing power forwards all season long (26.3 EFF) and no longer is Brook Lopez there to clog things up. Might as well back a Clipper to win those courtside seats!
Al Jefferson ($14,785) Utah Jazz vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Charlotte went out and snapped its five-game losing streak last night at home against an Orlando Magic squad that could be in the midst of a terrible slide with the trade deadline right around the corner. Still, Dwight Howard went off for a huge daily fantasy basketball tally as he brutalized the Bobcats like so many other centers have this season. Jefferson isn’t flashy and doesn’t sport his own style of sneakers. That said; the 8th year big man is having himself a stellar campaign and enters tonight’s spot having averaged 31.8 FPPG his L/5 and enters off a huge 53+ fantasy performance on Monday night. The Bobcats are simply allergic to playing defense (#27 at 100.7 PPG), so look for #25 to dominate the paint all night long!