NBA GPP Pivots: Monday Jan. 10

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Point Guard

David Duke - Brooklyn Nets (vs. Portland Trail Blazers.

Portland allows their opponents to a league-high average of 37.6% from beyond the arc. Kyrie will be playing for the Nets tonight and I expect him to be one of the most popular plays of the night. If for some reason Kyrie is forced to make the first pass. This beneficial three-point advantage that the Nets have will then shift towards other long-range shooters. David Duke is one of those guys. With Brooklyn’s big three back in the starting lineup, usage will be very hard to nail down but the fact is, Brooklyn has a solid matchup tonight against a hobbled Portland team that will be without Lillard, McCollum, Nance, and Powell. Slim shot for the Trail Blazers tonight.

Other PG Option: Killian Hayes

Shooting Guard

Cade Cunningham - Detroit Pistons (vs. Utah Jazz)

You’re going to hear me talk about the Detroit Pistons a lot tonight. They’re facing a Utah Jazz team that will be without Rudy Gobert. Hassan Whiteside is expected to be another popular play tonight so investing in the Detroit Pistons to win is a solid pivot narrative. The Indiana Pacers defeated the Utah Jazz quite easily in Utah’s last matchup which was without Rudy Gobert. Hayes and Cunningham are back and shooting the ball well especially from long distance. I like the Pistons to win tonight. Yup, I said it. Don’t sleep on Detroit tonight. Cunningham, Bey, and Stewart (even Diallo) are all great plays! When investing in Detroit this season it all starts and ends with Cunningham regardless of the other role players you chose to invest in. Play Jazz players as well, I expect this to go down to the wire!

Other SG Option: Cade Cunningham

Small Forward

Jae’Sean Tate - Houston Rockets (vs. Philadelphia 76ers)

The Houston Rockets are another team who I like as underdogs tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia is not at 100% with both point guards out in Maxey and Milton (along with other key pieces). If you watched Houston play against Minnesota last night, Karl Anthony Towns demolished Houston down low. This should have many people on Joel Embiid tonight as he is in a similar situation as Karl Anthony Towns was last night. The 76ers could also be without Seth Curry. Jae’Sean Tate would be the player to benefit if Philadelphia loses this match-up. Tate was limited in last night’s game against Minnesota after having to get stitches in the second quarter. The truth is, Houston played pretty well last night. Their only problem was the inability to limit Towns. If they can figure out how to change that tonight, Houston has a chance to win against Philadelphia. Two big underdog calls tonight, Houston and Detroit.

Other SF Options: Saddiq Bey

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Power Forward

Isaiah Stewart - Detroit Pistons (vs. Utah Jazz)

It seems as if the Utah Jazz will be without Rudy Gobert again tonight as they set to face the Detroit Pistons. Detroit is as healthy as they’ve been in quite some time although they will be without Jerami Grant and Frank Jackson once again. Utah is favored by -11 points with a 224.5 over/under but something tells me Detroit has a shot tonight. I don't see it! The Jazz are allowing their opponents to shoot poorly from beyond the arc at 33%…Normally. Last night, without Gobert the Jazz were beaten by 12 points playing terrible defense. Without Gobert, this Utah team is significantly less potent. Sabonis led the way against this Jazz roster with 42 points in their last game (also without Gobert). I expect much of the same from Detroit’s Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, and Hamidou Diallo. These players will be able to drive to the basket and stretch the floor against a less than 100% Utah Jazz team. Whiteside disappointed as the chalk in his first start for Gobert in their last game. I expect the same tonight. Gobert is a major piece of this offense and it’s only logical that without him, the Jazz will struggle. Whiteside is also a major step down defensively. With all of this said, the Jazz are still favored and favored big! I don't understand why! In addition to other Detroit Pistons who I mentioned before, Stewart is another benefactor if Detroit can pull off this upset. The Indiana Pacers used a big body in Sabonis to do most of their damage against Utah. I expect Detroit to do much of the same with Isaiah Stewart. Since returning, Stewart has eased into his first two games with just 20 minutes in each. Tonight he should return to his normal allotment of minutes and produce a salary of $4,800 on DraftKings

Other PF Option: Justin Holiday

Center

Robert Williams - Boston Celtics (vs Indiana Pacers)

Domantas Sabonis is going to be another popular player tonight considering the injuries in Indiana. The thing is, Boston has the perfect personnel to defend a player such as Sabonis. I fully expect Indiana’s power forward who performed extremely well against Utah in their last game, to struggle tonight. So, how can we pivot off of this? Well, Robert Williams has been playing unbelievable this season. When opposing teams are shooting poorly from the field he brings in double-digit rebounds as well as a variety of other stats. Williams has been a block and steals machine as of late. This makes him a much better player on FanDuel where blocks and steals are worth 3-point each. Either way, I love Boston to win big tonight which will undoubtingly benefit Robert Williams.

Other C Option: Jusuf Nurkic

Bargain Bin

PG Killian Hayes

SG Cade Cunningham

SF Saddiq Bey

PF Hamidou Diallo

C Hassan Whiteside