GAMES ON FRIDAY 11TH APRIL
Let’s spend a little time having a ‘peek ahead’ of what to look for in the coming day’s games. I will name one player from each position who is likely to exceed their usual production given their upcoming matchup, as well as guys available on the waiver-wire to help you in specific categories.
MATCHUPS TO EXPLOIT
Mike Conley, PG, Memphis Grizzlies vs Philadelphia 76ers
Conley has been super impressive in the Grizzlies last three games — even the blow out loss to the Spurs. Now, with the Grizzlies desperate for every win, he has the Sixers on deck. While it’s unlikely they lose regardless of how many minutes Conley plays, I’d imagine the former Buckeye will be going all out to ensure the Grizz get that vital W. He’s averaged 21.7 points in those last three games.
Klay Thompson, SG/SF, Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Lakers
As good as Thompson has been lately (19th in the last week), he’ll be fuming that the Warriors let yesterday’s game against the Nuggets slip. In the last month, he’s averaged 21.4 points with 3.0 triples per game shooting 48.6 percent from the field. He’s also hit multiple threes in his past six games.
James Johnson, SF/PF, Memphis Grizzlies vs Philadelphia 76ers
In the victory over Miami, Johnson started in place of the injured Tayshaun Prince and should do the same in Philadelphia. As we saw earlier this season, Johnson is a fantastic source of blocks, steals and threes. He’s also had some offensive explosions, but I wouldn’t rely on that too often.
Jeff Adrien, PF, Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Adrien has taken full advantage of Ersan Ilyasova‘s injury and has now posted back-to-back double doubles, including a monster 17 rebound game against the Pacers on Wednesday. He should be in a good position to do the same against the Cavs.
Andrew Bogut, C, Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Lakers
Bogut has yet to crack 30 minutes in his two games back from injury, but has increased the minutes from game one to game two. He should get closer to 30 against the Lakers, and double digit boards should be the expectation along with some blocks and points.
PLAYERS TO PICK UP FOR SPOT START DUTY
This section highlights players who are available in more than 50% of ESPN leagues and are a decent option if you are looking for a guy to stream in for a day to give you the edge in your matchup.
If you need points: Anthony Morrow, SG, New Orleans Pelicans @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Morrow has now dropped double digit points in his last five games and it shows now signs of abating with Eric Gordon out for the rest of the season.
If you need threes: Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors vs New York Knicks
Ross has hit 10 triples in his past three games, including an insane 360 attempt versus the Sixers. Ross has been a great option of wires all season for the deep ball.
If you need rebounds: Jeff Adrien, PF, Milwaukee Bucks vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Adrien has pulled down a total of 29 boards in his past two games, as well as blocking six shots in his past four. He’s really staking a claim for a nice pay day next off-season.
If you need assists: J.J. Barea, PG/SG, Minnesota Timberwolves vs Houston Rockets
Barea is worth a look even though he missed Wednesday’s game with a foot issue. If he returns, he’ll need to play decent minutes given the injury concerns in the Twin Cities. A night of five to six dimes is not out of the realm of possibility.
If you need steals: Draymond Green, SF, Golden State Warriors @ Los Angeles Lakers
David Lee is still questionable to return, so Green will get a lot of minutes. He’s averaging 1.3 steals over the past month.
If you need blocks: Kyle O’Quinn, PF/C, Orlando Magic vs Washington Wizards
O’Quinn has totalled 14 blocks in the past four contests and should assume a large role if Nikola Vucevic continues to sit out.
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