In our NBA Fantasy Basketball Daily Shopper series, RotoBaller Brad Leibfried brings you his expert picks for NBA Daily League contests on DraftStreet.
The Daily NBA Fantasy Shopper: NBA Expert Picks for DraftStreet – 11/20/2013
We’ve got a bunch interesting matchups to choose from today, so let’s get to it!
PG: Goran Dragic ($13,358): Even with new star Eric Bledsoe on the team, Suns point guard Goran Drgaic has still been able to be productive. Since returning from an injury four games ago, Dragic has scored in double digits in each game and had games of 11 and 8 assists. With Bledsoe potentially sidelined for a few games with a shin bruise, Dragic should have the ball in his hands even more. Tonight he faces the Kings for the second night of a home-and-home; he should again post near double-double numbers.
SG: J.J. Redick ($11,712): Redick has been a huge pickup for the Clippers as he has scored 16.6 points and 2.2 threes per game while also tossing in 2 assists and 2 rebounds. It is worth noting that the only team to hold Redick to under 10 points this season was his opponent today in Minnesota. With that said, the Wolves gave up 25 points to Bradley Beal last night; Redick should atone for his last game against the Wolves and put up a big scoring night.
SF: Evan Turner ($14,269): With rookie Michael Carter-Williams out, Turner has taken an even bigger playmaking role for the Sixers. After his first game in single digits on Saturday, Turner responded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists against Dallas on Monday. Philadelphia plays at home against Toronto tonight which should set up well for Turner. The Raptors only allow 97 points a game, but they allow opponents to dish out over 22 assists per game. Turner should come close tonight to matching Monday’s output against Toronto.
PF: Blake Griffin (19,631): Another Clippers play who seems to have grown under new coach Doc Rivers, Griffin is playing up to the level most predicted when he was the number one pick a few years ago. Griffin has scored 22 or more in seven straight games and in all but one of those games he had double-digit rebounds. He also has put up a respectable 3.2 assists a game. Griffin played well against Kevin Love in their last meeting, posting 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, and after Nene abused Love last night, Griffin is likely licking his chops in anticipation of this matchup.
C: Chris Bosh ($13,105): Bosh has always been the least heralded of the “big three,” but in many ways he is the most consistent. Last night against the Hawks, Bosh was 8-for-9 from the field while scoring 19 points and grabbing 5 boards. Outside of Nikola Vucevic, the Magic have very little up front, which should provide Bosh with the chance to reach double digits in rebounding. Additionally, the Magic allow opponents to block 6.7 shots a contest so look for Bosh to not only score around his average but also put up above-average defensive numbers.
U: Harrison Barnes ($10,650): With the news yesterday that Steph Curry would miss this game with a mild concussion, Barnes’s value shot way up. With backup point guard Toney Douglas also out with an injury, Andre Iguodala will be forced into point guard duty and thus open up big minutes for Barnes at small forward. He is also coming off his best game of the year, as he had 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting against the Jazz. Memphis is still a very good defensive team, but they’ll be missing Tony Allen for the game as he was suspended for a kick to Chris Paul’s face. With minutes available and the opponents’ top wing defender out, Barnes should be in for a nice game.
U: Tayshaun Prince ($7,141): Speaking of Allen missing the game, Prince should stand to benefit from the absence of the Grizzlies’ defensive stopper. Prince has clearly lost a step from the time he was in Detroit, but he does still have some ability to produce a solid all-around game. In the last time out against the Warriors, he put up his only double-digit scoring game of the year while chipping in 6 rebounds and 3 assists. He will not provide huge numbers in any one category, but as he should get upwards of 35 minutes, Prince is likely to fall into a solid performance for a minimum price.
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