Thursday night NBA plays
Kyrie Irving – I’m liking Kyrie, he has been the main cog in Boston’s 13 game win streak. Irving is a start, that much we know. But how good has he been on this streak? He is averaging 20.6 points, 5 assists and nearly 2 steals a game. Most importantly, Irving is providing leadership for the young Celtics team. Steph Curry will be slowed by a recovering Quadriceps injury. I like Irving to go off tonight at home
Mike James – On a light night, we will go with Mike James for Phoenix against a Rockets team that gives up 38.8 percent from 3 point range. Backcourt defense is an issue for Houston. Starting Guards Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan had 19 and 27 points respectively. CJ Miles came off the bench to put up another 19 points, including 6 3 pointers. James should have opportunities to score tonight, making him a good value pick.
Devin Booker – James teammate is an easy choice for one of the shooting guard spots. Booker is putting up 23 points, nearly 5 boards, and almost 4 assists. The 3rd year player out of Kentucky has improved in nearly every statistical category thus far this season. With Houston’s soft backcourt defense as mentioned above, this is a night you want Booker in your lineups.
James Harden – the chef will almost certainly have something cooked up for the Suns. in 3 games against Phoenix last year, Harden averaged 33 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, and 42% from 3 point range. Would you sign up for that?
TJ Warren – One of fantasy favorites from last year. Arren was a high performing value pick, and this year he picked up where he left off. Warren is actually producing higher numbers playing fewer minutes, a true sign of efficiency. He is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, and blocks. I think he’ll have a great game against the Rockets.
Andre Iguodala – Iggy is the lone Golden State player in my lineups tonight. He is good for hustle points, steals and rebounds. He may even get more shots than usual especially if Steph Curry does not play a full game.
Jayson Tatum – The rookie is confirming the buzz he had coming out of Duke. He averaging 14 points and 5 rebounds so far on the young campaign. What jumps out is that he shooting nearly 50% from 3 point range. Good bet he’ll continue that against the Dubs.
Ryan Anderson – One thing about Ryan Anderson is that he can shoot it. Over his career, he is a 38% shooter from distance. Phoenix is one of the worst teams in the league defending the long ball. So, I think Anderson will find daylight tonight.
Alex Len – With Tyson Chandler out, Len will see increased minutes. With the increased minutes, there will be increased shots and stats. Good play here.