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    Now that we are officially in the shortest month of the year, we have quite a treat on tonight’s slate. We have nine games to really build out and win on, featuring plenty of superstar talent, and value mixed in. 

    Tonight we have as always my favorite point totals to target in the player pools below, with 220 as the magic number which represents the current odds in four games. Many of the high-priced studs on the card are healthy for a change, along with some potential bargain-bin chalk as well. We have quite a rundown to go through, so let’s dive into some of my absolute favorite plays of the night!

    Player Tiers

    Expensive Tier

    Nikola Jokic ($12,600) – Despite the designation as the highest priced player night in and night out, we have to ride the Jokic train for several reasons. First, he is coming off an embarrassing loss the night before to the Timberwolves, where he barely touched the floor in the 4th quarter. Second, he is the reigning MVP and is prime for another massive triple-double thanks to Rudy Gobert missing this game for the Jazz. However, he is currently listed as questionable with right toe soreness and that will be worth monitoring as we approach tip-off.

    Joel Embiid ($12,000) – Coming off a rare night off, Embiid is back home and healthy taking on a Wizards squad without a clear direction at the center position. Embiid has massive double-double upside in this game along with his customary steals and blocks to round out a line of over 65-70 fantasy points. 

    LaMelo Ball ($9,500)- Ball is someone I touch on consistently within these articles due to his high upside relative to price potential. Coming off a game where he had 50 fantasy points in a blowout win against the Clippers, I will be targeting him again here at home in a projected closer game vs the Celtics. In half his games against this very same team he has had a triple-double. 

    Russell Westbrook ($9,400)- With LeBron James set to miss another game here, Westbrook once again has elite upside in a matchup vs the Trailblazers at home. Coming off near 50-point fantasy games in his last two, this is the perfect game script to surpass that mark against a bottom tier defense. Despite Anthony Davis likely playing tonight, Russ is a prime candidate for massive usage. 

    Mid-Tier

    Jaylen Brown ($8,700) – I fully expect a battle between Brown and Ball tonight, in what could very well be the highest scoring game of the entire night. Brown is significantly cheaper than his running mate Tatum, and that only adds to my interest level here. Coming off a string of relatively quiet games for his standards, look for him to go back to his 50 fantasy-point tendencies in this one. 

    Jarrett Allen ($7,700) – The Cavaliers big man is overdue for a signature 20 and 15 performance. Without Darius Garland yet again, Allen is in a prime position to have another massive game going up against Christian Wood. Ownership levels should be very low as well making him a potential tournament winner. 

    Wendell Carter Jr. ($6,200) – Following up a revenge game, Carter Jr. is facing a Pacers squad down to very few bodies in the frontcourt, who I will mention shortly. This is a safe pick due to the potential pace of this game, as well as his ability to shoot from all three levels on the court. 

    Isaiah Jackson ($5,400) – The young rookie out of Kentucky, has burst on to the scene due to a string of injuries to the Pacers frontcourt. Coming off an impressive debut performance of 47 fantasy points, look for Jackson to keep rolling tonight. 

    Robert Covington ($5,400) – Covington has been getting consistent minutes over 30 lately making him a rock-solid option on this slate. A matchup without LeBron makes him even more deserving due to his ability to rack up steals and blocks with relative ease. 

    Value

    Cedi Osman ($4,600) – Despite a minor price hike, Osman is an opposing wing option tonight due to his relative safe playing time. Coming off a miserable shooting display in his last game he still managed 27 fantasy points, making him a high upside option in the value category of options. 

    Garrison Mathews ($4,000) – A player that has a relative safe floor, and a very reasonable price tag as well. If the Rockets get blown out early, Mathews will have his fair share of scoring opportunities at only $4K.

    Honorable Mentions: Luka Doncic ($11,600), Ja Morant ($10,500), Christian Wood ($8,900), CJ McCollum ($8,100), Kevin Porter Jr. ($6,600), and Aaron Gordon ($5,800)

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