Fantasy Basketball Daily Pre-Game Report for Wednesday, February 29

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Wednesday’s Fantasy Basketball Daily Tournament Schedule:

Fanduel $1500 NBA Assist – 7:00 PM EST, $5 Entry, Top 36 Teams Paid
Fanduel $2500 NBA Shot – 7:00 PM EST, $2 Entry, Top 123 Teams Paid
Fanduel $4000 NBA Rebound – 7:00 PM EST, $10 Entry, Top 53 Teams Paid
Fanduel $4000 NBA Slam – 7:00 PM EST, $25 Entry, Top 16 Teams Paid
Fanduel $5000 NBA Dunk – 7:00 PM EST, $100 Entry, Top 6 Teams Paid
Fanduel Two Player Head to Head Matches – 7:00 PM EST, $1 to $535 Entry


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

(I’m publishing early today because I’ve got heavy thunderstorms and lightning here and I don’t want to lose this post if the power goes out.  Double check all these lineups closer to gametime!)

Oklahoma City (-3.5) @ Philadelphia   190.5 Total
OKC: R. Westbrook, D. Cook, K. Durant, S. Ibaka, K. Perkins
PHI: J. Holiday, J. Meeks, A. Iguodala, E. Brand, L. Allen

  • Elton Brand started Tuesday, but he only played 22 minutes.  Maybe the thumb injury is limiting more than the Sixers are letting on.  Avoid him for now.
  • With Spencer Hawes out, Lavoy Allen got 17 minutes and Nikola Vucevic got 24 minutes.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Russell Westbrook


Orlando (-8) @ Washington    191.5 Total
ORL:  J. Nelson, J. Richardson, H. Turkoglu, R. Anderson, D. Howard
WAS:  J. Wall, N. Young, C. Singleton, T. Booker, J. McGee

  • Chris Singleton got 40 minutes of action Tuesday putting up 16pt/9reb.  He’s priced cheaply on most daily sites and makes a decent roster filler.
  • Nick Young got benched in the second half in favor of Jordan Crawford.  Crawford is a must add at this point and could be a pretty decent daily play if he keeps getting close to 30 minutes a game.
  • JaVale McGee only got 17 minutes on Tuesday.  He’s facing Dwight Howard tonight, so avoid him.
  • Dwight Howard should post a solid line against the weak interior of the Wizards.
  • Jameer Nelson is probable with a sore knee.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Dwight Howard
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Sleeper Pick:  Jordan Crawford


Milwaukee @ Boston (-6)   185.5 Total
MIL:  B. Jennings, S. Livingston, C. Delfino, E. Ilyasova, D. Gooden
BOS:  R. Rondo, R. Allen, P. Pierce, B. Bass, K. Garnett

  • Boston started Kevin Garnett at center Tuesday night and could keep that going tonight against the Bucks.  Brandon Bass was in at PF and picked up a strong 35 minutes.  Bass could be a nice cheap roster filler in daily games.
  • Chris Wilcox picked up 23 minutes Tuesday and looks like the first big off the bench backing up Garnett and Bass.
  • Drew Gooden returned from a wrist injury Tuesday and put up 15pt/10 rebounds.  He took a hard fall though and is listed as questionable tonight.  He’s a nice cheap option at center.
  • John Leuer was limited to 9 minutes due to the flu.  Avoid.
  • Stephen Jackson was a DNP Tuesday.
  • Brandon Jennings draws the tough defensive coverage of Rajon Rondo, so look elsewhere for a PG.
  • Ersan Ilyasova has been a double-double machine and it might be time to give him a look in daily cash games.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Paul Pierce
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Sleeper Pick:   Ersan Ilyasova


Cleveland @ New York (-10)   194.5
CLE:  K. Irving, A. Parker, O. Casspi, A. Jamison, S. Erden
NYK:  J. Lin, L. Fields, C. Anthony,  A. Stoudemire, T. Chandler

  • Semih Erden got the start Tuesday, but Tristan Thompson was the better play at center going for 13pt/10reb.  Give Thompson a look if you need a cheap center.
  • Tyson Chandler is limited with a wrist injury.  Avoid, even though he has a great matchup.


Golden State @ Atlanta (-6.5)   191 Total
GSW:  N. Robinson, M. Ellis, D. Wright, D. Lee, A. Biedrins
ATL:  J. Teague, J. Johnson, M. Williams, J. Smith, Z. Pachulia

  • Joe Johnson is a gametime decision with a leg injury.  Tracy McGrady could see decent minutes if Johnson can’t play.
  • Stephen Curry is a gametime decision.
  • Charles Jenkins got the start Tuesday in place of the injured Stephen Curry, but he didn’t do much going for 2pt/2ast.  Nate Robinson is the better play.
  • Brandon Rush saw 35 minutes of action Tuesday and could be a nice roster filler today.
  • David Lee could have a good night on the boards against a smallish Hawks interior.
  • Zaza Pachulia is probable with a calf injury.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Josh Smith
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Sleeper Pick:  Nate Robinson


Charlotte @ Detroit (-5.5)   188 Total
CHA:  DJ Augustin, K. Walker, C. Maggette, T. Thomas, B. Biyombo
DET:  B. Knight, R. Stuckey, T. Prince, G. Monroe, J. Maxiell

  • Greg Monroe should have one of his best games of the year against the weak interior of the Bobcats.
  • DJ Augustin could return to his starting PG role and push Kemba Walker to SG.
  • Corey Maggette is dealing with another injury, so be safe and check his gametime status if you want to use him.
  • Rodney Stuckey has really turned his season around and is a daily must start at his reasonable salary.
  • Ben Gordon went 1-10 Tuesday and I just can’t play him anymore.
  • Gerald Henderson is a gametime decision.  Check your waiver wire to see if he’s still out there.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Greg Monroe


Dallas @ Memphis (-2)   182.5 Total
DAL:  J. Kidd, V. Carter, S. Marion, D. Nowitzki, B. Haywood
MEM:  M. Conley, T. Allen, R. Gay, M. Speights, M. Gasol

  • Look for Vince Carter to have a tough game against the solid defense of Tony Allen.
  • Rodrigue Beaubois is getting good minutes with Delonte West out.
  • Marc Gasol could post a good line against the weaker Brendan Haywood.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Picks:  Dirk Nowitzki, Marc Gasol


Toronto @ New Orleans (-3)   179 Total
TOR:  J. Calderon, D. DeRozan, J. Johnson, A. Johnson, A. Gray
NOR:  G. Vazquez, M. Belinelli, T. Ariza, G. Ayon, C. Kaman

  • Chris Kaman should have good game against the weak interior of the Raptors.
  • Greivis Vazquez got the start over Jarrett Jack Tuesday.  Jack still got 28 minutes to just 20 for Vazquez.  Both guys are risky picks.
  • Emeka Okafor is doubtful.
  • Jason Smith is doubtful.
  • Trevor Ariza could be a nice second half play in daily fantasy games.  He’s really starting to improve his game.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Sleeper Pick:  Chris Kaman
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Trevor Ariza


Chicago @ San Antonio (-2)   193 Total
CHI:  D. Rose, R. Hamilton, L. Deng, C. Boozer, J. Noah
SAS:  T. Parker, D. Green, R. Jefferson, T. Duncan, D. Blair

  • I really like Chicago +2 in this one, even on the road.
  • Rip Hamilton finally returned Tuesday, but he only managed 17 minutes.  Avoid him until he works back up above 25 minutes a night.
  • Joakim Noah posted another big line Tuesday going for 15pt/16reb.  He should be a great second half play.
  • The Bulls are really riding Luol Deng pretty hard, he picked up 42 minutes Tuesday.
  • Tony Parker could have a subpar night against the tough defense of Derrick Rose.
  • Tiago Splitter is questionable.
  • Kawhi Leonard is out.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Tim Duncan, Joakim Noah


Portland @ Denver (-3)   200.5 Total
POR:  J. Crawford, W. Matthews, G. Wallace, L. Aldridge, M. Camby
DEN:  T. Lawson, A. Afflalo, C. Brewer, T. Mozgov

  • Rudy Fernandez is out.  More minutes for Corey Brewer.
  • Ty Lawson is probable with a sore ankle.  Play it safe and avoid him.
  • Nene is questionable.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  LaMarcus Aldridge


Houston @ Utah (-2.5)   194.5 Total
HOU:  K. Lowry, K. Martin, C. Parsons, L. Scola, S. Dalembert
UTA:  D. Harris, G. Hayward, J. Howard, P. Millsap, A. Jefferson

  • Alec Burks could be a good gamble for next year in keeper leagues and deserves a flier if you have an open bench spot where you can carry him.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Al Jefferson


Minnesota @ LA Lakers (-4.5)   188 Total
MIN:  R. Rubio, L. Ridnour, W. Johnson, K. Love, N. Pekovic
LAL:  D. Fisher, K. Bryant, M. Peace, P. Gasol, A. Bynum

  • Michael Beasley and Derrick Williams both put up 27 points Tuesday.  The problem here is having the luck to actually pich which of these two is going to get minutes.
  • Kevin Love is a gametime decision with bruised ribs.
  • Kobe Bryant is a gametime decision.  Steve Blake would get the start if Kobe can’t go.
  • Daily Fantasy Tournament Value Pick:  Ricky Rubio

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