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Reggie Jackson, OKC (at LAL), PG/SG ($4,800):
Defenses to Avoid
With a Sunday slate full of offensive-minded matchups, there are no defensive matchups to avoid for daily play tonight.
Offenses to Use
Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers: Amidst several solid options for strong daily play Sunday, the matchup between the Thunder and the Lakers easily stood out as a game to exploit. Over the Thunder’s last three games, the average final score yielded 121.0-106.3 points per game in the favor of the Thunder. Meanwhile, over the Lakers’ last three games, the average final score yielded 136.0-115.0 points per game in favor of the Lakers’ opponents. In each case, the Thunder, Lakers, and their opponents have put up high-scoring performances. The Lakers have been dealing with a myriad of issues throughout the season—from injury, to internal conflicts, to injury. Bruised up over their freefall of late, the Lakers are bound to give up another high-scoring loss to the offensive-minded Thunder, while at the same time providing some value fantasy plays of their own kind. Look for Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and Pau Gasol (ankle) to continue playing up to their standards, while Reggie Jackson, Jodie Meeks, Kent Bazemore, Kendall Marshall, Jordan Farmar, and possibly others to put up solid performances on a tight budget.
Teams on a Back-to-Back Set
First game of a back-to-back: Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors
Second game of a back-to-back: None
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Jackson serves as a speculative play for Sunday, as he’s capable of producing solid numbers when given the minutes. Though Russell Westbrook
isn’t dealing with any injuries, Jackson figures to have a good run if the Thunder can blow out the Lakers early on. As mentioned above, both teams have been playing in extremely high-scoring games for the past week, and the Lakers have always had trouble containing fast guards like Jackson.
Other suggestions: Ty Lawson
(at NOP), PG ($8,000), Jordan Farmar
(vs. OKC), PG ($5,000), Kendall Marshall
(vs. OKC), PG ($4,800)
Joe Johnson, BKN (vs. SAC), SG/SF ($5,300):
Johnson is averaging 20.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 3.0 three-pointers made over his last three contests and should be considered a value play for Sunday’s matchup against the Kings, who have struggled to guard perimeter players this season. With Paul Pierce
(shoulder) a possibility to miss the game, Johnson should be a solid investment for Sunday.
Other suggestions: Lance Stephenson
(at DAL) SG/SF ($6,400), Eric Gordon
(vs. DEN) SG ($5,700), Jodie Meeks
(vs. OKC) SG ($4,600)
Wilson Chandler, DEN (at NOP), SG/SF ($5,800):
Chandler has been on a hot streak, averaging 21.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.7 three-pointers made over his last three contests. In two games against the Pelicans this season, Chandler is averaging 20.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals, and 2.5 three-pointers made per game. Consider him a solid mid-priced option for Sunday’s slate.
Other suggestions: Josh Smith
(at BOS), SF/PF ($7,900), Kent Bazemore
(vs. OKC), SG/SF ($4,900), Kyle Singler
(at BOS), SG/SF ($3,900)
LaMarcus Aldridge, POR (at HOU), PF/C ($8,800):
We’ve all been waiting for Aldridge to return to his dominating ways after dealing with a groin injury that kept him out for five games. He finally exploded for 30 points and 17 rebounds Friday against the Mavericks after the Blazers lifted his minutes limit, and it appears he could be only getting better from here on out. His price tag is still lower than what he’s capable of producing, and Aldridge happens to find himself in a favorable matchup Sunday. In three games this season, Aldridge is averaging 26.3 points, 16.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game against the Rockets, making him a rather intriguing option to pick for daily play.
Other suggestions: Anthony Davis
(vs. DEN), PF/C ($9,500), Dirk Nowitzki
(vs. IND), PF/C ($7,500), J.J. Hickson
(at NOP), PF/C ($5,600)
Dwight Howard, HOU (vs. POR), PF/C ($9,200):
Howard has been dealing with a sore back over the past few days, but it hasn’t limited him from posting solid performances over his last few games. Still, we could expect a resurgence is his fantasy game on Sunday, as he’ll be matched up against Robin Lopez
and the Blazers. Similar to Aldridge, Howard has stepped up his game when the Rockets and Blazers have matched up. In three games this season, Howard is averaging 28.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 20 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. Perhaps deploying him together with Aldridge wouldn’t be such a bad idea in a marquee matchup against two of the West’s better teams.
Other suggestions: Andre Drummond
(at BOS), PF/C ($8,000), Taj Gibson
(vs. MIA), PF/C ($5,700), Kelly Olynyk
(vs. DET), C ($4,000)
(knee) expects to return to action Wednesday against the Cavaliers.
(back) is still without a timetable to return.
(knee) will miss at least one more week.
(back) could miss the entire season.
(groin) will miss approximately four more weeks.
(calf) will miss approximately three-to-five more weeks.
(ankle) expects to return to action Friday against the Suns.
(nose) suffered a nasal contusion but is expected to play Sunday.
(back) suffered a back injury but is expected to play Sunday.
(ankle) had an X-ray on his ankle return negative, and he’s expected to play Sunday.
(knee) is a game-time decision Sunday.
(knee) is a game-time decision Sunday.
(shoulder) is questionable to play Sunday.
(back) is questionable to play Sunday.
(knee) is questionable to play Sunday.
(ankle) is questionable to play Sunday.