Fantasy Basketball Daily Pre-Game Report for Friday, February 3rd

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Cleveland @ Orlando (-7.5)   187.5 Total
CLE:  K. Irving, A. Parker, O. Casspi, A. Jamison, A. Varejao
ORL:  C. Duhon, J. Richardson, H. Turkoglu, R. Anderson, D. Howard

  • Jason Richardson missed practice Thursday and is a gametime decision.  JJ Redick could possibly pick up another start if Richardson can’t play.
  • Jameer Nelson is doubtful with a concussion.  Chris Duhon will continue to start.
  • Tristan Thompson is out with a sore knee.
  • Daniel Gibson is out as he recovers from an infection.
  • Dwight Howard should be worth his high salary against Anderson Varejao.
  • Ryan Anderson could post a big line against the soft defense of Antawn Jamison.
  • Kyrie Irving loves to take it to the rim, but that probably won’t work so well tonight against Dwight Howard.  Be careful using Irving.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Value Pick:  Ryan Anderson $6800


Miami (-2) @ Philadelphia   192.5 Total
MIA:  M. Chalmers, D. Wade, L. James, C. Bosh, J. Anthony
PHI:  J. Holiday, J. Meeks, A. Iguodala, E. Brand, T. Battie

  • Spencer Hawes says his achilles still doesn’t feel right.  He’s out again Friday.
  • Andre Iguodala might have a below average fantasy line against LeBron James.  It takes a lot of energy to cover LeBron, which takes away from Iguodala’s offensive production.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Value Pick:  Jrue Holiday $6800


Washington @ Toronto (-4)   184.5 Total
WAS:  J. Wall, N. Young. R. Lewis, T. Booker, J. McGee
TOR:  J. Calderon, D. DeRozan, L. Kleiza, E. Davis, A. Johnson

  • Linas Kleiza is probable after missing Wednesday’s game with a sore knee.
  • Jerryd Bayless moved back to the bench in his last game.
  • Andrea Bargnani is out.
  • Leandro Barbosa is a gametime decision Friday with the flu.
  • JaVale McGee is due for a breakout game and it could come against the weak interior of the Raptors.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Sleeper Pick:  Trevor Booker $5100


Milwaukee (4.5) @ Detroit   182.5 Total
MIL:  B. Jennings, S. Livingston, C. Delfino, LRMAM, D. Gooden
DET:  B. Knight, R. Stuckey, T. Prince, G. Monroe, J. Maxiell

  • Stephen Jackson is still coming off the benchwith Shaun Livingston starting at SG. 
  • Mike Dunleavy makes a good 6th man type play for the Bucks.
  • Be careful playing Brandon Knight, he’s really struggling right now and could be running short on energy.
  • Jason Maxiell got the start for Ben Wallace last game.  Check it gametime to see if the Pistons stick with Maxiell.
  • Rodney Stuckey is dealing with a sprained ankle, but he’ll play Friday.
  • Ben Gordon is out Friday.
  • Will Bynum is a gametime decision.
  • Greg Monroe has a pretty decent matchup with Andrew Bogut out.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Sleeper Play:  Drew Gooden $6000


Minnesota (4.5) @ New Jersey   198 Total
MIN:  R. Rubio, L. Ridnour, D. Williams, K. Love, N. Pekovic
NJN:  D. Williams, J. Farmar, S. Williams, K. Humphries,

  • Darko Milicic is a gametime decision after missing practice with a sore knee.  Nikola Pekovic could take his starting job soon and deserves a look if he’s still on your wire.
  • MarShon Brooks is out.
  • Anthony Morrow is probable with an ankle injury.
  • Mehmet Okur is out with a back injury.
  • DeShawn Stevenson is out for the next 1-2 weeks.
  • Johan Petro is probable after recovering from a stomach illness.
  • Jordan Farmar could be a sneaky daily play if Anthony Morrow can’t play.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Sleeper Play:  Nikola Pekovic $4600


New York @ Boston (-6.5)   184 Total
NYK:  I Shumpert, L. Fields, C. Anthony, A. Stoudemire, T. Chandler
BOS:  A. Bradley, R. Allen, P. Pierce, K. Garnett, J.  O’Neal

  • Toney Douglas returned to the bench Thursday and appears to have fallen completely off the fantasy radar, only getting 15 minutes Thursday.
  • Iman Shumpert started at PG Thursday and looks to stay there until Baron Davis returns.
  • Landry Fields is breaking out of his slump and makes a great daily play with a reasonable salary.
  • Rajon Rondo is again a gametime decision, but he did make it through shootaround this morning.  Avery Bradley will continue to start if Rondo can’t go.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Value Play:  Paul Pierce $7500


Phoenix @ Houston (-6.5)   201 Total
PHO:  S. Nash, J. Dudley, G. Hill, C. Frye, M. Gortat
HOU:  K. Lowry, K. Martin, C. Parsons, L. Scola, S. Dalembert

  • Grant Hill is a gametime decision with a sore knee that caused him to miss the second half of his last game.  Play it safe and avoid him.
  • Jared Dudley could see a little extra run with Grant Hill hurting and makes a nice daily value play.
  • Steve Nash is over his thigh injury and makes a safe play.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Value Play:  Steve Nash $7000


Memphis @ Oklahoma City (-8.5)   193 Total
MEM:  M. Conley, T. Allen/OJ Mayo, R. Gay, M. Speights, M. Gasol
OKC:  R. Westbrook, D. Cook, K. Durant, S. Ibaka, K. Perkins

  • Dante Cunningham had a good game Thursday going for 8pt/12reb and could be in line for more minutes.
  • Daequan Cook will get the start at SG Friday.  James Harden will still see good minutes.
  • Look for Tony Allen to see big minutes tonight, as he’s the only guy the Grizz have who can defend Kevin Durant on the perimeter.  OJ Mayo might see a few less minutes tonight if this game is close.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Value Play:  Rudy Gay $7400


Indiana @ Dallas (-4.5)   191.5 Total
IND:  D. Collison, P. George, D. Granger, D. West, R. Hibbert
DAL:  R. Beaubois, V. Carter, S.  Marion, D. Nowitzki, I. Mahinmi

  • Shawn Marion is probable.
  • Jason Kidd is out.  Rodrigue Beaubois will start at PG.
  • Brendan Haywood is probable.
  • Shawn Marion recently suffered a knee injury, so check his status tonight just to be safe.
  • Lamar Odom is probable.
  • Danny Granger has been hot lately and has a good matchup against Shawn Marion, who may not be 100% due to a hyperextended knee.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Value Play:  Roy Hibbert $7000, Rodrigue Beaubois $5500


LA Lakers @ Denver (-4)   196.5  Total
LAL:  D. Fisher, K. Bryant, M. Barnes, P. Gasol, A. Bynum
DEN:  T. Lawson, A. Afflalo, D. Gallinari, T. Mozgov, Nene

  • Matt Barnes and Metta Peace have been splitting starts a SF and it’s anyone’s guess who picks up the majority of minutes on any given night.  Neither are fantasy worthy.
  • Corey Brewer will miss the next two games with a personal issue.
  • Had to do a double check on this line.  Yes, it’s the Lakers getting 4.  Might be worth a shot there.
  • Steve Blake is out tonight, but he should return in the next week or so.
  • Daily Fantasy Cash Game Value Plays:  Ty Lawson $7100, Danilo Gallinari $7300

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