Monday night’s NBA Expert Consensus features an eight-game slate to start out the new week. Beware of potential blowouts which could limit minutes from the starters for the Rockets, Spurs and Clippers who are all favored by double-digits. Meanwhile, the Vegas totals show six games with a total between 204 to 214 and two games (Heat/Spurs and Grizzlies/Jazz) coming in around only 192 points.
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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 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…
- Russell Westbrook (13x) Cash 58% / GPP 43% – He should threaten for another triple-double against the Pistons in a close game on the road in Detroit
- Joel Embiid (11x) 40% / 25% – He is still underpriced for his elite production in limited minutes
- James Harden (11x) 40% / 25% – He should post big numbers against the Sixers but might play reduced minutes if the Rockets jump out to a big lead
- Harrison Barnes (10x) – 35% / 23% – Averaging 30 points over last three games and still reasonably priced
- Anthony Davis (10x) – 35% / 23% – Has been better at home so far this season averaging 37.2 points and 13.4 rebounds per game in favorable matchup against the Celtics
- Kelly Olynyk (10x) – 35% / 23% – Averaging 28 minutes over last three games with Al Horford out
- JJ Barea (7x) – 20% / 17% – Was a late scratch in his last game but should return to 30+ minutes and solid fantasy production in a good matchup with the Knicks
- Carmelo Anthony (7x) – 20% / 17% – Coming off season-high 31 points in previous game
- Trevor Ariza (7x) – 20% / 17% – He could see increased productivity in a good matchup against the Sixers
- Avery Bradley (7x) – 20% / 17% – Averaging close to a double-double over his last 5 games (17.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG)
- Gordon Hayward (7x) – 20% / 17% – Has scored at least 20 points in all five games this season
- Isaiah Thomas (6x) – 17% / 15% – Injured his finger but is expected to play, could be risky
- Marcus Smart (6x) – 17% / 15% – Solid floor and could see increased usage if Thomas is limited
- Josh Richardson (6x) – 17% / 15% – Cheap option who should start at PG with Goran Dragic out
- Blake Griffin (6x) – 17% / 15% – Minutes could be reduced in expected blowout against the Nets
- Monta Ellis (5x) – 13% / 12% – He will have increased usage if Paul George is ruled out
- CJ Miles (5x) – 13% / 12% – Has played 30+ minutes in each of the last three games and will also benefit if George is out
- Ryan Anderson (5x) – 13% / 12% – Coming off his worst game of the season (1-for-13) but will look to get shooting stroke going against the Sixers
- Ish Smith (5x) – 13% / 12% – Still hasn’t exploded for a big scoring output yet this season
- Tim Frazier (5x) – 13% / 12% – Averaging almost 10 assists over his last 4 games
- Pau Gasol (5x) – 13% / 12% – Starting to find his groove with the Spurs averaging 18 points, 8 boards and 6 assists over last 2 games.
- Victor Oladipo (4x)
- Chris Paul (4x)
- Tobias Harris (4x)
- Clint Capela (4x)
- Jon Leuer (4x)
- Seth Curry (4x)
- Kristaps Porzingis (4x)
- Sean Kilpatrick (4x)
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (3x)
- Elfrid Payton (3x)
- Marcus Morris (3x)
- Steven Adams (3x)
- DeAndre Jordan (3x)
- Robert Covington (3x)
- Hassan Whiteside (3x)
- James Johnson (3x)
Hope you find the right combination to cash!
Check back again on Tuesday for the next edition of the NBA Industry Consensus picks.