Thursday night's prime time match-ups provide a number of options for fantasy players, even if there aren't as many players to choose from. Taking into consideration both starters and value picks, here are five players worth picking tonight:
Goran Dragic ($6,500)
Avoid Westbrook. Avoid Curry. Given the Thunder's implosion last night, and Curry's uncertain status, both are high-priced gambles. Instead, look to the more reasonably priced Dragic, who will take on his former team the Phoenix Suns, who have been one of the worst teams in the NBA the past couple of months. His projection of 30.45 points is fifth highest among point guards, and would make for great value given his price tag.
Klay Thompson ($7,300)
If Curry is out, expect Thompson shoulder a bigger offensive load for the Warriors. He did just that against Atlanta on March 1st, scoring 26 points to go with six rebounds and five assists. Most importantly, he made six 3-pointers, attempting 16, which was the most he attempted since the 22nd of March. His value as a 3-point shooter makes him the best shooting guard option to go with tonight.
Kawhi Leonard ($8,000)
Leonard has been on a fantasy tear since early February, finishing with 40 fantasy points or more in six of his last seven games. His scoring numbers have gone up in recent games, he's consistently collecting around seven rebounds per game, and he's made between 1-3 3-pointers in his last six. He also doesn't turn the ball over often. The Spurs are matched up against the New Orleans Pelicans, who currently rank 25th in points allowed. At $8,000, Leonard is a great pick.
Draymond Green ($8,600)
Green's value comes from his versatility -- even on nights he doesn't score as many points, he almost always finishes with a high number of assists, rebounds, and steals. In fact, Green has averaged five assists per game over his past three. His ability to contribute to your lineup beyond just scoring was evident the last time the Warriors played the Thunder. Despite only scoring 2 points, Green's 14 rebounds, 14 assists, six steals, and four blocks earned him 56.80 fantasy points.
Hassan Whiteside ($8,600)
He costs over $2,000 less than DeMarcus Cousin, and his match-up against Phoenix could provide for a big night. Like Green, Whiteside earns his points in other areas besides scoring -- specifically, rebounding and blocked shots. Given Phoenix's lack of a rim protector outside of Tyson Chandler, Whiteside could have an easier time on the offensive side of the game tonight.