Moneyball NBA picks – Wednesday 9th December 2015

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Picks for Wednesday 9th December 2015:

POINT GUARD:

Stephen Curry (GSW) – $11,100

The Warriors are currently halfway through a 6-game road trip and they come up here against the Pacers. This will be one of the biggest tests the Warriors have faced this season and their perfect record could be in doubt. Enter Steph Curry. Curry is currently in the midst of one of the greatest individual seasons in NBA history and he will take it upon himself to keep the streak alive.

Elfrid Payton (ORL) – $6,900

Payton has been consistently inconsistent this season, with his range of scores varying dramatically. He has put together a good little run of late, with his 3-game average currently sitting at 34.7. He has a super match-up here against the Nuggets and their rookie PG so look for Payton to stay hot for another game.

Patrick Beverley (HOU) – $4,500

Beverley has put together a great string of games and his price has increased accordingly. He has a minimum of 19.5 Fantasy Points over his past 6 contests and has a favourable match-up here against the struggling Nets. If he can provide 25+ points he will be great value.

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SHOOTING GUARD:

James Harden (HOU) – $11,600

Harden is the most expensive player for this day’s games which is surprising when you have the likes of Westbrook, Curry, Durant and James playing but the reason is simply that Harden is in some outstanding form. He has only scored less than 49 Fantasy Points twice in his past 10 games and being matched-up here against the Nets his season high of 78.1 could be in jeopardy.

Alec Burks (UTA) – $5,400

Burks provides the Jazz with a great offensive spark off the bench, with a current season average of 15.3 points per game.With Rudy Gobert out and the Jazz needing to play small-ball to cover his absense, Burks could see a few additional minutes. In what should be a great match-up against the Kings this could all equate to a decent return on price.

Rodney Stuckey (IND) – $4,400

Another player who has been hot off the bench of late is Rodney Stuckey. Stuckey has never quite hit his potential after being a first round draft pick way back in 2007 but he has settled into a reserve role nicely for the Pacers. He has a 3-game average of 31.7 FPPG and in what should be a shoot-out agianst the Warriors Stuckey should get plenty of looks.

SMALL FORWARD:

Paul George (IND) – $10,200

If the Pacers are going to have any hope of knocking off the undefeated Warriors then Paul George is going to have to have the game of his life. Funnily enough he is coming off the best scoring game of his career, knocking down 48 points in a loss to the Jazz. If George remains hot this game will be a must-see.

Tobias Harris (ORL) – $6,400

Harris is currently enjoying a very solid season with the Magic, with averages of 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 28.3 Fantasy Points. He seems to be another Magic player that is currently struggling with consistency but in a great match-up against the Nuggest Harris should easily outscore his season average.

Andre Iguodala (GSW) – $4,300

In the absense of Harrison Barnes the Warriors have had to cover the loss collectively as a team, rather than just relying on one player. Iguodala has been a team member the Warriors have looked to to assist with the duties and he hasn’t disappointed. In what should be a huge game look for Iguodala to step up and help keep the streak alive.

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POWER FORWARD:

Derrick Favors (UTA) – $7,800

Favors has had to carry the load in the Jazz frontcourt since Rudy Gobert went down with a knee injury. It hasn’t seemed to worry him, with Favors posting a career high 35 points, as well as grabbing 13 rebounds, in his team’s last outing. He is matched-up here against the Kings so there should be plenty of points for Favors to get amongst once again.

Thaddeus Young (BRO) – $6,900

Young just continues to get it done on a nightly basis without garnishing too much fanfare or attention. He is currently averaging 15.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 30.6 Fantasy Points for the season. The Nets play the Rockets here so look for Young to continue his solid play.

Joffrey Lauvergne (DEN) – $3,900

King Joffrey has returned from his back injury and has made his way back in to the starting line-up for the Nuggets. He had back-to-back games of 24.4 and 29.5 Fantasy Points and then put in a shocker against the 76ers, returning only 6.9 Fantasy Points. Look for him to bounce back here against the Magic.

CENTRE:

Nikola Vucevic (ORL) – $7,300

This game against the Nuggets should be a dream match-up for Vucevic, who is currently in some solid form, scoring at least 31 Fantasy Points in 3 of his last 4 outings. He has a 3-game average of 32.7 but look for him to outscore that by a considerable margin in this game.

Kosta Koufos (SAC) – $4,700

Kings coach George Karl has recently said he is going to change the starting line-up that he has ran with since rookie Willie Cauley-Stein went down with injury. Karl is keen to get Omri Casspi back into the second unit which suggests that Koufos will get the start for the forseeable future.  At only $4,700 Koufos is a great value play if he can get considerable court time.

Festus Ezeli (GSW) – $4,600

Ezeli is in a time-share arrangement with Bogut at the Centre position for the Warriors but this does not seem to hurt his Fantasy value. He brings a lot of energy to the court, something the Warriors will need in this game vs the Pacers. Look for Ezeli to get plenty of time on the floor and improve on his 20.6 FPPG season average.

There you have it, my picks for Wednesday 9th December 2015. Let me know your thoughts via Twitter – @pearcey47

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