It looks like a high-scoring slate of NBA games Friday night, with three different games at over 227 points projected by Vegas. There are a glut of good fantasy options, and this is not the night to play it safe and take the sure points. Tonight’s lineup is all about upside, so we gotta take guys at every position that could blow up and really outperform expectations. Let’s risk it for the biscuit!
SF/PF LeBron James CLE $11.5K vs Los Angeles Clippers
That guy again. LeBron went nuclear in Denver for us Wednesday night with 39/8/10 and a flurry of a finish, and now the West road trip continues. For all their new additions, the Cavs are actually underdogs against the Clippers, and LeBron has a history with Tobias Harris, so he could take this one into his own hands. Fifty points are basically a lock at this point, and there’s another 60 or 70 point upside sitting there as LeBron’s increased assists make him a triple double threat every night.
PG/SG Bradley Beal WAS $9.1K vs New Orleans
Beal continues to be Mr. Everything for the Wizards, and that shouldn’t slow down in a matchup with the Pelicans. They’ve been worst in the league against shooting guards, and Beal is over 40 fantasy points in six of his last seven games. With Wall out and Porter questionable, this one’s all on him. Expect a ton of shot opportunities and his recent added bonus of around seven assists a game with the ball in his hands more often.
SG/SF Will Barton DEN $6.9K vs Los Angeles Lakers
Back to the well on Barton, who was a huge bust for us Wednesday night but averaged 40 fantasy points over the previous five games. The Cavs gave Barton a ton of attention on defense, but the Lakers don’t have the players to match that effort, so Barton should be back to filling up the box score again. He continues to be underpriced and functions as a sort of poor man’s LeBron in your lineup at this point as much as he does, with a 20/7/7 type line most nights.
SF/PF Kyle Kuzma LAL $6.4K vs Denver
Kuzma hit the rookie wall midseason but has bounced back of late, and he’s a value with a huge minutes boost while Brandon Ingram is sidelined. Kuzma has averaged 40 minutes the past two games and responded with 31 points and 18 boards, and he’s averaging 37 fantasy points in those two. He should be a go-to scoring option again in a high-flying game with a lot of offense, so he’s our Lakers pick tonight amidst a handful of good L.A. options.
PF/C Skal Labissiere SAC $5.5K vs Orlando
Injuries and tanking have led to a much bigger role for Skal. He’s averaging over 30 minutes in March and has put up a 13/7/3 line in that stretch with two blocks a game thrown in. He’s actually been pretty consistent and should get plenty of minutes and shots in a huge tanking battle.
PG Frank Mason SAC $3.8K vs Orlando
De’Aaron Fox is questionable for the Kings, and you have to think he sits this one out or plays limited minutes in a game Sacramento really needs to lose. That should mean starter minutes for Mason, who has produced well when given the opportunity. He’s coming off a 16/6 game with Fox playing limited minutes, and he could be a huge bargain play against Orlando’s terrible defense if he gets a big minute load.
PF/C Luc Mbah a Moute HOU $3.5K vs Toronto
Houston just keeps on winning, but you’d never know it from the injury report. The Rockets will be missing Anderson, Nene, and Wright, and Capela is expected to be back but limited. That should mean a bigger minute load for Mbah a Moute and more of them at center against a team that’s given up a ton of fantasy points to opposing centers. He doesn’t have as high a ceiling as the rest of our lineup, but he’s a cheap source of what should be about 20 fantasy points.
SF/PF Jonathan Isaac ORL $3.3K vs Sacramento
One last huge swing in tonight’s lineup for one of our favorite rookies, Jonathan Isaac. The Magic look like they’ll be missing Gordon, Fournier, Ross, and probably Augustin, so there’s going to be a lot of playing time for everyone else in a tankathon game. Isaac is averaging 12 fantasy points over his last four games despite scoring five real life points that entire stretch. He’s getting his fantasy points on defense and rebounding, so if we luck into some scoring against a bad Kings D too, he could pay off. If you prefer a safer option with a lower ceiling, try Atlanta’s Miles Plumlee.