NBA Plays of the Day – 11/29
- Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
- Averaged 17-18 Season stats after player’s names.
• Point Guard
Russell Westbrook – 21/9/9 [ $11,000 / $11,200 ] Russell Westbrook is starting to turn on the jets, as he has reached a minimum of 60.7 FanDuel points in 3 of his last 4 outings. Tonight, Westbrook has history on his side, averaging 76.8 FanDuel points in his last 5 games against the Orlando Magic and he also averages over 70 FanDuel points versus them in his career.
Kyle Lowry – 15/7/6 [ $8,200 / $7,800 ] With DeMar DeRozan questionable and Kemba Walker out, Kyle Lowry is in line for a big game against backup Michael Carter-Williams. Over the last 3 games, Lowry has managed to rack up 10+ rebounds, which all have resulted in double doubles, making him a solid play with or without DeRozan.
Dennis Smith Jr. – 14/4/3 [ $5,800 / $5,600 ] Dennis Smith Jr. has been good so far in his rookie campaign, but even better, he has been consistent, putting up 22.4+ FanDuel points in his last 4 games. Although Dallas is one of the slowest paced teams in the league, the Brooklyn Nets are in town, who rank are the top fastest, giving the explosive Smith more bang for his buck.
Tim Frazier – 3/3/2 [ $4,900 / $4,400 ] John Wall is out again tonight, so Tim Frazier should remain in the starting lineup, however, his 15 minutes last night were not too encouraging. Overall, Frazier has played well as a starter and is a fine play at a cheap cost against Philadelphia, who continues to struggle against opposing guards.
• Shooting Guard
Bradley Beal – 23/3/4 [ $8,300 / $8,100 ] As mentioned above, John Wall is out tonight and Bradley Beal has been fantastic in his absence and tonight’s matchup with the Sixers is as good as it gets. Beal is good for about 20+ppg on most nights and if his shot starts falling he could have a repeat performance against Philly – 48.2 FanDuel points in 1st meeting.
Tyreke Evans – 17/3/5 [ $7,500 / $6,600 ] If Mario Chalmers is unable to suit up tonight against the Spurs, Tyreke Evans could possibly see himself in the starting lineup. Evans insane usage of 26.8% could easily increase if Chalmers were to sit and his recent play warrants some exposure even with all the other nice plays on this slate.
Jeremy Lamb – 15/3/5 [ $6,300 / $5,500 ] With Kemba Walker out tonight with a shoulder injury, Jeremy Lamb is in a great spot to see an increase in both time and usage. Lamb is priced up higher than Batum on FanDuel, but remains lower than him on DraftKings, where he is in a great spot and is easily one of my locks of the night for that site.
Avery Bradley – 16/2/2 [ $5,300 / $6,100 ] Avery Bradley has one of the best individual matchups on tonight’s 10 game slate with a duel against Devin Booker. At his low price, Bradley offers a high ceiling and a relative safe floor, to which he should have no trouble achieving against the awful defense of the Phoenix Suns and Booker.
• Small Forward
Jimmy Butler – 17/4/5 [ $8,600 / $7,400 ] In his last 2 contests, Jimmy Butler has been much more reliable, putting up 48.3 and 42.4 FanDuel point games, respectively. Butler’s overall game lands him in a solid spot against a decent defensive team in New Orleans, who have struggled against the small forward position and turnover the ball an average of 16.6 times per game.
Harrison Barnes – 18/1/7 [ $6,500 / $6,100 ] If you’re looking for a safe play with big game potential, look no further than Harrison Barnes, who takes on the terrible Brooklyn Nets. Barnes is in an excellent spot to go off and while his shooting percentages are down, he has a nice usage rate of 24.8 and provides steady minutes of around 35 per game.
Robert Covington – 15/1/5 [ $6,200 / $6,200 ] The Sixers may be cautious with Ben Simmons for tonight’s game and if he is ultimately held out, Robert Covington would certainly get a boost. Like Barnes, Covington gives a relatively safe floor, while offering plenty of upside in his overall game and could potentially do so against the Wizards, tonight.
DeMarre Carroll – 13/1/6 [ $5,800 / $5,800 ] At a low price, DeMarre Carroll sees himself in a sweet matchup against Harrison Barnes, who has an awful 111.3 defensive rating. To add the icing onto the cake, many of the Nets players are sitting or are questionable, including Allen Crabbe and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, increasing Carroll’s usage and minutes.
• Power Forward
Anthony Davis – 26/11/1 [ $10,800 / $10,800 ] Just like his buddy, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis should have a solid night in all areas, as the Timberwolves have really struggled defensively, especially against bigs. Davis provides an assortment of stats and with his price being under 11k that could make him a decently high owned player on tonight’s slate.
Kristaps Porzingis – 27/7/2 [ $8,900 / $8,200 ] With Hassan Whiteside out, who isn’t much of nuisance defensively anyway, Kristaps Porzingis should have no problem doing what he wants down low. While Enes Kanter is probable to play tonight, Porzingis’ matchup is just too good, as he will likely see James Johnson, who is 6’8″ – giving the unicorn a major edge.
Carmelo Anthony – 19/6 [ $6,200 / $7,000 ] On FanDuel, Carmelo Anthony is practically a steal at his price point, almost guaranteeing he hits 5X value in this one. Anthony has been a solid contributor all year to this rebuilt Thunder team and should be highly owned in this matchup against the Orlando Magic, for many reasons.
Trevor Booker – 10/6 [ $4,900 / $4,900 ] I’m going to continue going back to the well on this one, because the Dallas Mavericks have been torched by many big men this season and Trevor Booker has a nice usage rate of 20.5. If you’re looking to fit high priced studs in your lineup, Booker provides plenty of salary relief, while offering decent production.
DeMarcus Cousins – 25/12/1 [ $10,900 / $11,000 ] DeMarcus Cousins is by far 1 of the most dynamic centers in the league and in a matchup with KAT he could easily have a field day. With his price under/at 11k on both sites, Cousins is a solid play against a sloppy Minnesota defense, owning a 107.6 team defense and an even worse defender in Towns, at a 110.0 defensive rating.
Andre Drummond – 14/15/1 [ $9,400 / $9,200 ] Andre Drummond has been really good this year, improving his overall game and giving the Pistons much better minutes. The Suns are a fairly good rebounding team but are atrocious defensively, with a 108.7 team defensive rating, meaning that Drummond should still see plenty of opportunities to match his high price range.
Clint Capela – 13/11/1 [ $7,600 / $7,400 ] The addition of Chris Paul and the superstar talent that is James Harden have made Clint Capela even more of a threat this season. Capela capitalizes on his minutes, giving good fantasy return value, which he showed in the prior matchup versus the Pacers, with 42.9 FanDuel points in just 31 minutes of action.
Steven Adams – 12/8/1 [ $5,600 / $5,500 ] Despite the last game dud against the Mavericks, Steven Adams has played very well as of late and is in a good spot tonight in a game versus Orlando. Nikola Vucevic isn’t known too much for his defense, as evidenced by his 107.0 defensive rating and neither are the Magic as a whole, giving the tough Adams solid value.
Extras: Dinwiddie, Powell, Johnson, George, Gortat.