NBA Cash Core, December 16th
I will be adding the write ups throughout the day. Wanted to get the core up on a busy day. A lot of value out there on this slate.
Russell Westbrook – PG – 10.8k
Westy against Lillards defense? Yeah, sign me up. Curry has a wonderful matchup tonight too but I’ll take Westbrook at a slightly cheaper price with just as much upside. Russell has a usage of 35% and this should be one of the higher scoring games on the night. He’s good for close to 40 min/gm and as mentioned, Lillard is not known for his defense. His floor is in the 40’s tonight but his ceiling is 60. You shouldn’t have to worry too much about getting your money’s worth here.
Jahil Okafor – C – 6.9k (I had Porzingis here, but Noel is out again. Okafor is an elite play tonight)
Noel is out again (officially) so Okafor is an elite/must play for me tonight at C. He’s almost 7k but all of his stats boost greatly when Noel is missing from the roster. He’s gone over 35 FP in three of his L4 games and with Noel out his usage shoot get about a 15% boost. Atlanta’s paint defense isn’t anything to brag about so you can feel very good about C tonight by playing Jahil.
John Henson- PF – 3.5k
Henson doesn’t have much of a ceiling but for 3.5k he’s a decent punt play which allows me to really spend up elsewhere. I feel confident he can at least hit his value if he indeed does start for Monroe (out). He played only 23 minutes last night in a game in which Monroe didn’t play which is cause for concern but he hit value and if he can get at least the same amount of minutes tonight I feel good about him eclipsing 16 FP.
O.J. Mayo – SG – 4.9k
With Mayo continuing to start at PG, you’re getting even more value by being able to play him at SG. PGs have the ball in there hands more often than an average SG and he’s only 4.9k. With Monroe being out, Mayo will have to also add to his scoring to help out the Bucks. He should see close to 30 minutes tonight and should have no problem exceeding value.