We have some “extremes” on Monday night’s seven-game slate. We have high Vegas total of 236 points in the Nuggets/Rockets game and a low 192 total points for the Jazz/Pacers matchup. We also have “extremes” when it comes to salaries on the Highly Touted players with high-priced studs such as Russell Westbrook and James Harden and some cheap options such as Taurean Prince. Feels like a Stars and Scrubs night for lineup construction.

The numbers in the parenthesis are the number of experts that picked that player to give you more context as to the gaps between players and the tiers. Also listed are our new “smarter” projected ownership percentages for Cash and GPP leagues to help determine which players will be the chalk and which players could be a good low owned contrarian play.

Here are the Industry Consensus picks for tonight…

Highly Touted

  • Ersan Ilyasova (14x) – Cash 53% / GPP 36% – Put up 23 points in last game without Paul Millsap
  • Rudy Gobert (11x) – 37% / 27% – Averaging 15.0 points, 13.7 boards and 3.7 blocks in his last three games
  • Richaun Holmes (10x) – 35% / 25% – Cheap option, who could see big minutes if Jahlil Okafor is out
  • Taurean Prince (10x) – 44% / 29% – Cheap option with Kent Bazemore out who can contribute in multiple categories
  • Russell Westbrook (9x) – 23% / 20% – Averaging 31.3 points, 10.7 boards and 10.3 assists in three games against Warriors this season
  • James Harden (8x) – 18% / 17% – On fire his last four games, averaging 34.2 points, 11.5 boards and 11.2 assists and gets a great matchup against Nuggets
  • Blake Griffin (8x) – 22% / 19% – Production has been down his last three games, averaging just 16.3 points and 8.0 boards per game but get a plus matchup versus Knicks
  • Nikola Vucevic (8x) – 22% / 19% – Averaging 19 points and 12 boards in three games versus Sixers this season
  • Dennis Schroder (8x) – 22% / 19% – Has only shot 6-for-30 in his last two games, will need to shot better than that to pay off his rising salary
  • Dwight Howard (8x) – 22% / 19% – Has played 30+ minutes in each of his last four games and should see big mintues and rebounds with Millsap out
  • Gordon Hayward (8x) – 22% / 19% – Has had a couple down games in a row and playing in the lowest Vegas total of the night
  • DeAndre Jordan (7x) – 19% / 17% – Back-to-back games with 17 boards, looks to make it three in a favorable matchup with Knicks
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (7x) – 19% / 17% – Will move into starting lineup with Bazemore out, averaging 17.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 18 starts this season
  • Evan Fournier (7x) – 19% / 17% – Has topped 20 points in four of his last seven games

Recommended

  • Elfrid Payton (6x) – 15% / 14%
  • Robert Covington (6x) – 15% / 14%
  • Stephen Curry (5x) – 12% / 12%
  • Kemba Walker (5x) – 11% / 11%
  • Draymond Green (5x) – 11% / 11%
  • Dario Saric (5x) – 11% / 11%
  • Klay Thompson (5x) – 11% / 11%
  • Mason Plumlee (5x) – 12% / 12%
  • Jeff Teague (5x) – 12% / 12%
  • Kenneth Faried (5x) – 19% / 14% 

Suggested

  • Nicolas Batum (4x) – 9% / 9%
  • Victor Oladipo (4x) – 9% / 9%
  • Jameer Nelson (4x) – 9% / 9%
  • Joe Ingles (4x) – 9% / 9%
  • Thabo Sefolosha (4x) – 14% / 11%
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (4x) – 14% / 11%
  • Nikola Jokic (3x) – 6% / 8%
  • John Wall (3x) – 6% / 8%
  • Chris Paul (3x) – 7% / 8%
  • Carmelo Anthony (3x) – 7% / 8%
  • Will Barton (3x) – 7% / 8%
  • Otto Porter (3x) – 7% / 8%
  • George Hill (3x) – 7% / 8%
  • Lou Williams (3x) – 7% / 8%
  • Trevor Ariza (3x) – 7% / 8%
  • Joe Johnson (3x) – 9% / 8%

Hope you find the right combination to cash!

 

Check back again on Tuesday for the next edition of the NBA Industry Consensus picks.

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