Golden State Warriors (15-8) @ Detroit Pistons (12-7)
-4.5 Warriors Total: 227.5
The two-time MVP Stephen Curry is back and Golden State surely has needed him. Kevin Durant is only human and as a result, the Warriors are 4-6 in their last ten while missing Curry and Draymond Green for a majority of those games. Detroit’s a solid basketball team in the East and is coming off a win, defeating Chicago 107-88. On the Detroit side of things, Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond both have good matchups. With Draymond Green out the Warriors take a fall in being able to have that elite defender to move around down in the paint. Damian Jones, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell, and Jonas Jerebko will not be able to stop the presence of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. Curry is finally back and as of now we have no news on if he will be a full go, I’m guessing they work him back slowly and don’t play him his full 30 plus minutes. Durant has been red hot and look for him and Blake Griffin to go back and forth at each other on both ends of the court.
Brooklyn Nets (8-15) @ Washington Wizards (8-14)
Wizards -6.5 Total: 227.5
Oh boy, the Wizards are something else this year as they cannot find any sort of chemistry on or off the court. I think Scott Brooks time in Washington is coming to an end soon if he can’t get the ship turned around very soon. The Nets aren’t looking too good as they come into this one on a five-game losing streak. Wizards John Wall has not been the MVP type of player he said he wanted to be this season. However, I do like him in this one and he has a decent matchup against D’Angelo Russell. Brooklyn’s backcourt D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie are solid plays. The last time these two teams met earlier this month the duo combined for 48 points. Jarrett Allen shouldn’t have a tough time inside the paint as the Wizards give up the fourth most Fanduel points to centers.
Toronto Raptors (19-4) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (4-17)
Raptors -13.5 Total: 216.5
Let me be honest here, this is one of the best teams in the NBA playing a very poor Cavalier team. Toronto is on a seven-game win streak and Cleveland is coming off a blowout loss to the Celtics last night. Kawhi Leonard has been dominant this year and is coming off his best game to date scoring 37 points on 14/24 from the field. Even with all of his success, I would take caution as the Raptors starters may see a decrease in minutes due to a blowout. A cheap value play I don’t mind for Cleveland is Alec Burks. He played 26 minutes in his Cleveland debut and put up 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Chicago Bulls (5-18) @ Houston Rockets (10-11)
The Rockets finally got Chris Paul back and snapped there 4 game losing streak last night winning 136-105 against the Spurs. Chicago also played last night and lost to the Pistons 88-107. Like the game above, this has the potential for a blowout. Houston is a way better with the veteran Chris Paul at point guard and he is my favorite player to look at for the Rockets. In his first game back from injury he posted 14 points 10 rebounds and four assists in only 28 minutes. The Bulls Zach LaVine is coming off a terrible night from the field going 3/12 and scoring a season-low eight points. He is going to need to perform better than that if the Bulls want to keep this one a game in Houston.
Boston Celtics (12-10) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (11-11)
Timberwolves -2 Total: 214
This game will be a good test for the Wolves to see just how good they really are with their newer pieces in Robert Covington and Dario Saric. Surprisingly Minnesota also is getting backed up by vegas in this one as they are favored by two points. Boston has struggled on the road this year with a record of 6-7. Kyrie Irving played some great basketball in the month of November averaging 25 points while shooting 51%. He should look to keep things rolling and receives a bump in usage if Jaylen Brown is ruled out in this one again. Karl Anthony Towns has shown his monster upside in some games this year putting up 68.6 FD points just three games ago against the Bulls. The Celtics remain the second best team in defensive rating and no players from Minnesota really stick out to me as great plays.
Indiana Pacers (13-9) @ Sacramento Kings (10-11)
The Pacers are playing some pretty good basketball as of late even without there star Victor Oladipo who is out in this one for the sixth game in a row. De’Aaron Fox and the Kings look to end a three-game losing streak at home. There isn’t one player that sticks out on paper for the Pacers but Cory Joseph looks to be a solid value play as the kings are bad at defending point guards ranking 26th in DvP. Tyreke Evans and Bojan Bogdanovic also are in good spots as the Kings are 29th in DvP vs. the Small Forward Position. The Kings also have their own Bogdanovic and he is back into his full rotation of minutes playing 33 and 35 his last two. His price on Fanduel is still relatively cheap at 5,700 and has put up 20 and 26 points his last two games.