76ERS VS PISTONS
Joel Embiid is listed as questionable and I do not expect him to play tonight. Philly is on a back to back and the Pistons have already ruled out Blake and Rose, which makes me want to believe Philly is more likely to rest Joel. The good thing is it’s the first game of the slate so we'll know before lock. Now if Joel is out, Tobias, Ben, and Dwight make for great plays. Last time Joel sat Ben and Tobias did disappoint, but I don’t see that happening often. The thing I love the most about Ben is in a slate filled with a lot of good guards you can play him at forward. Pistons have ruled out Blake and Rose, which makes me like guys like Wright, Josh Jackson, Grant, and Bey. you can honestly play all four of these guys in cash if needed, I would probably play two for sure. Wright's minutes have been inconsistent throughout the year, but the past couple of games it has been better and he has been playing better as a result. I am especially not worried about it tonight because not only is Rose out, but so is Hayes. If Joel sits I really like this game and I would expect it to stay close, however if Joel plays I will have no interest in the Philly guys and I will probably only play the cheap guys from Detroit and stay away from Grant.
PELICANS VS TIMBERWOLVES
The Timberwolves are going to be without DLO which is huge and Rubio is also listed as questionable. Pelicans are listed as 8 point favorites as of now, but I am really not worried about this game blowing out. Pelicans have just looked awful recently. I expect this game to stay close even without DLO and/or Rubio. When Lonzo first returned to the lineup he did have a limit I expected him to cut more into NAW time, but NAW had led Bledsole and Lonzo in minutes that game. The game after NAW only played 18, while Bledsole and Zo played 27 and 28. I feel like the rotation is just too hard to predict with them and we have way better guards on this slate in general so they are a stay away for me. My favorite play from NOLA is easily Zion. Zion lives to score in the paint and the Wolves are the worst defensive team in the league and it’s not even close. Everyone has been waiting for a Zion ceiling game and it might happen today. On the Wolves side I really like Beasley, he is easily the number one option on the team today. Rubio should start if he plays, if he is ruled out look for McLaughlin to start and make for a really good value today. Vanderbilt at 4.7 is another good play for cash and gpp. Edwards is a stay away for me unless Rubio is ruled out, if Rubio sits Edwards is fine, but he seems to be more of a gpp vs cash play to me.
HEAT VS NETS
A lot of people are out for Miami again because of health protocol. No, Herro and Butler give a huge boost to guys like Dragic and Bam, even Nunn. Nunn has worked his way back into the rotation with all the injuries Miami has dealt with and he has been playing 30 plus minutes recently because he has been effective when he has been on the court. Miami is in such a good spot vs Brooklyn, this should be a really high scoring game. I do not mind playing Dragic, Nunn, and Bam together, I would say to pick one of Dragic or Nunn mainly because of how many good guard plays we have on this slate. On the Brooklyn side I really have no interest in Kyrie, KD, or Harden. I would much rather just play Luka. if you play one of the three I think KD would be the best gpp option.
LAKERS VS BULLS