Finally, the day is here, regular season basketball! Moving on from the choppiness that was preseason, we will start to see more consistancy and production. Kicking things off we have the much anticipated meeting between once former teammates, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. After that, Houston visits Golden State in a matchup of the stars. Alright, lets get into some plays!
- Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
- Point Guard(s):
Steph Curry [ $9,700 / $8,800 ] – For some reason or another, it seems as though Steph Curry just has a target on Chris Paul’s head. Last season, Curry shot a career low 41% from three, [wow] but remained highly effective, with averages of 25/6/4, even with the addition of Kevin Durant.
Chris Paul [ $8,800 / $8,000 ] – More than likely Curry will have to guard Chris Paul here in this one as he will not be able to hide on Harden or Ariza. As one of the last traditional point guards, CP3 averaged 18/9/5 and was named to first team all-defense.
Kyrie Irving [ $8,200 / $8,300 ] – Playing his first game against his former team, Kyrie Irving will look to backup his game. Kyrie remains among the elite scorers of the league, posting 25ppg last season and should see his 30.2% usage rating go up, sans LeBron.
Derrick Rose [ $5,500 / $5,000 ] – With a matchup with Kyrie, who ranked among the worst defenders at point guard last season, Rose should have a field day. D-Rose showed great poise with the Knicks averaging 18/4/3 and showed signs of his past.
- Shooting Guard(s):
James Harden [ $11,000 / $10,000 ] – James Harden is one of the most unstoppable players in the league when he gets going, as he often does against the Warriors. Harden will likely see a dip to last year’s 34.1% usage rating, but should be able to achieve close to his ’16-’17 campaign of 29/11/8.
Klay Thompson [ $6,800 / $6,200 ] – In a shootout type game, Klay Thompson is he perfect guy to roster tonight. As one of the league’s best two-way guards, Klay proved so with 22ppg and a defensive rating of 107.8 – constantly guarding the number one.
Dwyane Wade [ $6,000 / $5,200 ] – Reunited with his former team and best friend, LeBron James, Wade already has a nice chemistry. For a 35 year old, Wade looks good and averaged 18/3/4 last season, but played in just 60 games.
Jaylen Brown [ $3,700 / $3,700 ] – Now in the starting lineup, the second year man from Cal, Jaylen Brown, is in line for some good minutes. In his first season, he averaged 6 points and 2 rebounds and looks to be in the mix for more than just 17 minutes.
- Small Forward(s):
LeBron James [ $10,400 / $10,200 ] – As of now, James is listed as a game time decision, dealing with a lingering ankle injury. In spite of that, LeBron is still the best player in the world and owned a 29.7% usage rating last year.
Kevin Durant [ $9,800 / $9,600 ] – Probably a top five scorer this game has ever seen playing in a high tempo game, looks like a good time for KD. In just 62 games last season, Durant scored 1,555 points and had a career high 8.3 rebounds per game.
Gordon Hayward [ $7,600 / $6,700 ] – Back with his former college coach, Brad Stevens, Gordon Hayward is in a familiar game plan. Hayward averaged 21/3/5 on 47% from the field and 39% from three over the course of 73 games, last season.
Trevor Ariza [ $5,600 / $4,500 ] – With the fantastic preseason that Trevor Ariza had, it’s only right to carry his hot start over to a game against Golden State. Last season, Ariza averaged 11/2/5 and could see time at power forward this season.
- Power Forward(s):
Draymond Green [ $8,300 / $7,000 ] – Draymond Green is by far one of the most versatile players in the league. Green won defensive player of the year and boasted a league best 98.9 defensive rating over the course of last season.
Kevin Love [ $7,000 / $7,800 ] – Moving on over to the center position, Kevin Loves gives the Cavs even more spacing and a smaller lineup. Without Kyrie, Love becomes an even bigger piece for Cleveland and should be better than last season’s 19/11.
Ryan Anderson [ $4,700 / $4,100 ] – Last season, Ryan Anderson was among the best of the league from beyond the arc, shooting over 40%. Anderson remained rather consistent last year, but certainly have fits with the likes of Draymond Green.
Jae Crowder [ $4,500 / $4,300 ] – Sliding over to the power forward is something new for Jae Crowder, but his hard nosed defense will make up for his lack of size. Last season, Crowder averaged 13/2/5 and helped spread the floor with his 39% three.
Al Horford [ $7,200 / $6,000 ] – Consistancy was the biggest thing that Al Horford brought to the Celtics last season and he’ll look to continue that trend here. Horford opens a lot up for the C’s, averaging 14/6/1 along with 5 assists per game.
Clint Capela [ $6,000 / $5,600 ] – With Chris Paul and James Harden in the backcourt, how could you not consider Clint Capela. Playing a career high 59 games last season, Capela impressed and averaged 12/8/1 and looks to be even better with Paul.
Tristan Thompson [ $5,200 / $3,900 ] – Now coming off the bench for this season, with Love sliding over to center, Tristan Thompson looks to be stample for the reserves. Thompson averaged 8/9/1 last season and will probably see a dip on the bench.
JaVale McGee [ $3,300 / $3,200 ] – Though JaVale McGee hasn’t played a ton of minutes as a member of the Warriors, he has been extremely productive in his time. Playing only 9 minutes a game last season, McGee averaged 6/3 off the bench.
Extras: Smart, Gordon, Tatum, West, Baynes.