Fantasy Basketball Daily Pre-Game Report for Friday, February 17

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Friday’s NBA Schedule, Probable Starting Lineups, Lines, Injuries and Tournament Picks

Charlotte @ Toronto (-7)   183.5 Total
CHA:  K. Walker, R. Williams, C. Maggette, B. Diaw, B. Biyombo
TOR:  J. Calderon, D. DeRozan, J. Johnson, A. Johnson, A. Gray

  • DJ Augustin is slowly working himself back into game shape after missing time with a foot injury.  He should be back to full speed just after the all-star break.  It will be interesting to see how the Bobcats divide the minutes now between Augustin and Kemba Walker.
  • Jerryd Bayless is probable, but I’d avoid him until the ankle injury heals completely. 
  • Linas Kleiza is out.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Kemba Walker


Milwaukee @ Orlando (-7.5)    192 Total
MIL:  B. Jennings, S. Livingston, C. Delfino, E. Ilyasova, J. Leuer
ORL:  J. Nelson, J. Richardson, H. Turkoglu, R. Anderson, D. Howard

  • Drew Gooden is out.  John Leuer will get the start.
  • Dwight Howard should have a huge game with Gooden out.
  • Jameer Nelson is playing well after missing a few games and I’ve seen him floating around on several waiver wires.  He should probably be grabbed if you need assists.
  • Stephen Jackson remains a huge daily risk.  Just when you think he’s back getting a steady 3o minutes a night, he ends up stuck to the bench.  Just hold him and hope for a trade.
  • Ersan Ilyasova is getting a rare start, but he matchup isn’t very good.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Dwight Howard


Sacramento @ Detroit (-3.5)   190.5 Total
SAC:  T. Evans, M. Thornton, J. Salmons, J. Thompson, JJ Hickson
DET:  B. Knight, R. Stuckey, T. Prince, G. Monroe, J. Maxiell

  • Rodney Stuckey has really been heating up lately and should be played in daily games since his salary has dipped due to his mediocre early season.
  • Stuckey breaking out isn’t going to help the fantasy value of Brandon Knight.  He’s slumping right now and you have to wonder if it’s the old rookie wall.
  • DeMarcus Cousins is out.   JJ Hickson should pickup the start.  Chuck Hayes will have to put in some extra minutes also.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Picks:  Greg Monroe, Rodney Stuckey


Miami (-9.5) @ Cleveland   199 Total
MIA:  N. Cole, D. Wade, L. James, C. Bosh, J. Anthony
CLE:  K. Irving, A. Gee, O. Casspi, A. Jamison, S. Erden

  • Anderson Varejao is out 4-6 weeks with a wrist injury.  Semih Erden will start and Tristan Thompson will also see an increase in minutes.   Neither player is very attractive in daily games right now.
  • Mario Chalmers made it through practice Thursday and is probable.  Norris Cole would get the start if Chalmers can’t go.
  • Kyrie Irving is looking good in his return from a concussion and looks safe to use again in daily games.
  • Anthony Parker is out.  Alonzo Gee should get the start.
  • Daniel Gibson is doubtful.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Kyrie Irving
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Sleeper Pick:  Semih Erden


Dallas @ Philadelphia (-3)   179.5 Total
DAL:  J. Kidd, V. Carter, S. Marion, D. Nowitzki, B. Haywood
PHI:  J. Holiday, J. Meeks, A. Iguodala, E. Brand, N. Vucevic

  • Delonte West is out until mid-March with a finger injury.  Jason Terry and Vince  Carter will have to pick up the slack.
  • Jason Terry is out Friday.  
  • Roddy Beaubois is out.
  • Spencer Hawes is out.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:   Vince Carter


New Orleans @ New York (-10)   183.5 Total
NOR:  G. Vazquez/J. Jack, M. Belinelli, T. Ariza, G.  Ayon, C. Kaman
NYK:  J. Lin, L. Fields, B. Walker, A. Stoudemire, T. Chandler

  • Amare Stoudemire has the chance for a big game against the weak interior of the Hornets.
  • Jarrett Jack is a gametime decsion, but may play.  Greivis Vazquez will get the start if Jack can’t go.
  • Carmelo Anthony is a gametime decision.
  • Chris Kaman has been putting up some big lines and could be worth a play due to his extremely low salary.
  • Emeka Okafor is out until after the all-star break at the earliest.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Sleeper Pick:  Chris Kaman


Denver @ Memphis (-4)   196.5 Total
DEN:  T. Lawson, A. Afflalo, C. Brewer, A. Harrington, K. Koufos,
MEM:  M. Conley, T. Allen, R. Gay, M. Speights, M. Gasol

  • Nene is doubtful.
  • Marc Gasol should be able to dominate with Timofey Mozgov and Nene out.
  • Tony Allen has returned from an injury and resumed his shutdown defense on opposing SGs.  Not a good thing for Arron Afflalo.
  • Danilo Gallinari still has about three weeks until his returns.  Corey Brewer should keep getting starts at SF.
  • Timofey Mozgov is a gametime decision.  Kosta Koufos should get the start.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Marc Gasol


Minnesota @ Houston (-5)   199 Total
MIN:  R. Rubio, L. Ridnour, W. Johnson, K. Love, N. Pekovic
HOU:  K. Lowry, K. Martin, C. Parsons, L. Scola, S. Dalembert

  • Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic should dominate the game inside.
  • Kevin Martin continutes to tease fantasy owners.  He put up 32 points in his last game after several real duds in a row.  Watch the back spasms if you play him tonight.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:   Nikola Pekovic


Golden State @ Oklahoma City (-9.5)   207.5 Total
GSW:  S. Curry, M. Ellis, D. Wright, D. Lee, A. Biedrins
OKC:  R. Westbrook, D. Cook, K. Durant, S. Ibaka, N. Mohammed

  • Stephen Curry is dealing with a sore ankle again.  Be careful using him and definitely check his gametime status.
  • Monta Ellis sat the fourth quarter of his last game trying to get over the flu.  He should be good to go for this one, but check it gametime just to be safe.  Nate Robinson will pick up some extra minutes if Ellis is limited.
  • Kevin Durant missed part of practice with an illness, check his gametime status.
  • Kendrick Perkins is out.  Nazr Mohammed will get the start.
  • Thabo Sefolosha remains out for the Thunder.  Daequan Cook will continue to start.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Russell Westbrook


Washington @ Utah (-10)   196 Total
WAS:  J. Wall, N. Young, C. Singleton, T. Booker, J. McGee
UTA:  D. Harris, R. Bell, G. Hayward, P. Millsap, A. Jefferson

  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Pick:   None


Phoenix @ LA Lakers (-8)   185.5 Total
PHO:  S. Nash, J. Dudley, G. Hill, C. Frye, M. Gortat
LAL:  D. Fisher, K. Bryant, M. Peace, P. Gasol, A. Bynum

  • Steve Nash and Grant Hill both had nice games after getting a night off for some much needed rest.  Always check their gametime status before using either of them.
  • The Marcin Gortat – Andrew Bynum matchup should be a great battle to watch.  Not sure either guy is going to have a big fantasy night though.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Pick:  Steve Nash


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