Welcome to the SharkTank ladies and gents!
Here at the tank I cover who’s good, and who we might think is good, in our 11-game Friday!
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Shark-O-Meter: 64-36 64%
Shark of the Night: 4-2 67%
Value Shark: 6-0 100%
Marc Gasol @ TOR (32+ FPTS) SHARK OF THE NIGHT – Marc Gasol is expected to have a big night against the struggling Raptors tonight. He has been a monster given the right matchups and tonight is just that. It couldn’t get any better against the Raptors simply because they don’t have anyone in the paint to defend against Gasol. It also doesn’t help that he is going to be a huge presence for the Grizzlies inside and will offer good defensive stats. Put him in your lineups.
Randy Foye @ PHX (15+ FPTS) VALUE PICK – Foye’s price hasn’t been increasing much simply because of his inconsistency. I’m not suggesting Foye on a nightly basis as well just because of that. Tonight is going to be against a Suns squad who pretty much doesn’t play defense, and I like Foye’s chances. We’re looking at a high scoring affair, and blow out or not, I’m expecting 26+ minutes for Foye as a starter. For the price I’m paying, I’m definitely going for that.
Rajon Rondo v NJ (30+ FPTS) – It didn’t take a long while to shake the rust off for Rondo as he put up his third triple double of the season the other night. It’s a huge plus that he has to help in rebounding the ball because of the lack of bigmen for the C’s. The Celtics need to win, and they need Rondo to do it for them. His matchup isn’t all that great against Deron Williams, but he does have enough in the arsenal to put up big numbers against any point guard in the league, so I am taking Rondo as he tries to improve his season, not only for him but for his team.
Josh Smith v MIL (32+ FPTS) – Josh Smith was sluggish in his last outing, reports say he was feeling ill but he forced himself to play. With a day off to recover, he should bounce back with a better performance tonight. The Bucks bigmen, Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova have been overperforming with regards to their stats but not defensively. We’re all still hoping for a Josh Smith explosion against these types of defenses. Smoove bounces back tonight so get him in!
Al Jefferson v MIA (32+ FPTS) – As I say on every Heat game, a certain team has to have their best player in a good matchup for them to get even close to the heat. Big Al is up against a very weak interior in Miami. He’s going to be battling the likes of Joel Anthony in the paint which should be a breeze for him. It’s also going to be the only way that they keep this game close. I’m looking for Jefferson to step up and give his club a chance to W with a big night. Take a long hard look at him.
Tony Parker @ CHA (32> FPTS) – Now that more and more Spurs are getting healthy and stepping up in scoring, it’s hard to see Parker repeating what he did during their win streak just before the All-Star break. I understand that he has an easier matchup against the Bobcats, but Augustin is also much fresher. With a huge card tonight, I’d rather look at other PG’s.
Deron Williams @ BOS (34> FPTS) – I hate putting Deron here but I just can’t see the Nets winning this one at Boston. It also doesn’t help that Brook Lopez is gonna get some looks and Deron is finally getting some help. His price has gone up by a lot because of his stellar play that I don’t think it’s worth even playing him anymore. I’ll wait for Deron to go lower and then he might be worth a look. I’d keep him out until a very favorable matchup.
Monta Ellis @ PHI (33> FPTS) – Monta is going to be a part of a long list of top tier players, who’ve struggled playing against the Sixers. They’re also playing away from home, so I’m not really sure how this game is going to go. It’s hard to imagine Philly giving up this one, and I’m expecting more production from David Lee and their bench. I’d pass on Monta tonight.
Marcin Gortat v LAC (32> FPTS) – Gortat has had a great season with the Suns. It’s been all consistent and even on off nights, he delivers a subpar line which is very manageable. I guess what I’m trying to say here is that the subpar line that he offers in certain games such as this, won’t be enough for his price. There are tons of centers out there that are cheaper and have better matchups, so I’m gonna pass on Gortat against Jordan tonight.
Brook Lopez @ BOS (32> FPTS) – Lopez dropped 38 points on his third game back for the Nets. He also dropped it against a Dallas team which has noone who can play defense inside the paint. One can argue that the C’s don’t have a true center as well but at the same time they are a better defensive team overall. And for someone who comes back in his 4th NBA game this season, and is priced this much. It’s a huge risk to take, and it’s very easy to take him when he’s proven that he’s back to his old form. Also, Lopez still doesn’t rebound. So stats are going to come mostly on points alone.
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