- 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
Kyrie Irving – 23/5/3 [ $9,200 / $9,200 ] Kyrie Irving has lead the Boston Celtics to a league best 19-4 record with his phenomenal play, shooting a career high 48.1% from the field. While this game features two teams who are on totally opposite ends of the defensive spectrum, with the Celtics ranked 1st and Suns ranked 29th, this game still does have some nice appeal, especially with Irving. Phoenix likes to play at a fast pace and they’re quite reckless, as they average 16.6 turnovers per game.
Dennis Schroder – 20/6/2 [ $8,200 / $8,500 ] It seems as though the Hawks get thinner and thinner every day, but one constant has remained – the solid play of Dennis Schroder. This game against Brooklyn could be a shootout till the end and if so, it will be a long game for Schroder’s matchup, Spencer Dinwiddie, who owns a dismal defensive rating of 107.4. With a 30.0% usage, along with the Nets fast pace of 105.19 possessions per game and their sloppy 108.1 team defense, he’s in a smash spot.
Austin Rivers – 13/3/2 [ $6,400 / $6,100 ] Austin Rivers has filled in nicely for Patrick Beverley, who is out for the season, and is in a good scenario against Dallas to continue his hot trend. In the first meeting between the Clippers and Mavericks, Rivers had a nice outing of 19 points and 3 assists, in just 25 minutes of action. As of late, he has been playing upwards of 35 minutes per game and with the Dallas Mavericks awful team defense of 106.6, he should have no problem producing in this one too.
• Shooting Guard
Lou Williams – 18/4/2 [ $8,000 / $7,800 ] With Blake Griffin out for the foreseeable future, Lou Williams becomes their definitive source of point production. Williams’ 27.1 usage percentage and fair shooting numbers off 45.6% from the field and 37.8% from three, added on to Dallas’ front court defensive woes, give him an edge over anybody they could potentially put on him. Though his high salary may raise some concerns, he did score 17 points in only 18 minutes against them earlier this year.
Devin Booker – 22/4/4 [ $6,500 / $7,500 ] Although this matchup isn’t necessarily ideal for Devin Booker, we all remember what he did to the Celtics last season. At his incredibly low price point on FanDuel, Booker offers plenty of scoring opportunities with his 28.4% usage, along with his team’s extremely quick pace of play. Let me be clear, I fully expect this game to be a blowout with the way Boston has been playing this season, however, he’ll still get his chances to score – 505 points scored, already.
Caris LeVert – 10/3/3 [ $5,400 / $5,000 ] Caris LeVert has quietly put together solid outing after solid outing, scoring at least 24.9 FanDuel points in 5 of his last 6 games. Though he has only played 30 minutes in 2 games this year, LeVert continues to be consistent in his production and showed that in the first meeting versus Atlanta, where he a nice stat line of 16/6/4 with 3 steals. The Hawks remain horrible against opposing guards and their team defense of 108.4 isn’t exactly worrisome.
• Small Forward
DeMarre Carroll – 14/1/6 [ $6,300 / $5,900 ] DeMarre Carroll is proving to be a nice pickup for the Nets and has been a key part to their offensive game plan. The mass amounts of injuries, specifically to Lin and Russell, have given Carroll a deeper role, as he is responsible for 18.8% of their usage and is having a career year in points and rebounds. In their prior meeting this season, he easily had one of his best performances this season, a stat line of 17/3/2 along with 2 blocks and 2 steals – sweet revenge.
Jaylen Brown – 14/1/6 [ $5,900 / $6,300 ] While Jaylen Brown has been a bit up and down this season, there’s no denying this a sweet spot for an athletic two-way guard like himself. This game offers Brown a major pace up situation and if he sees Devin Booker, who owns a terrible 109.6 defense, he could have a breakout type game. His ownership may be lower than other options due to his recent play, blowout risk, and other nice matchups on the slate, but he’s definitely due for a nice game.
Wesley Johnson – 7/1/3 [ $5,500 / $4,800 ] Wesley Johnson has one of the most favorable matchups on this slate, as Harrison Barnes possesses a dreadful 111.3 defensive rating. With Danilo Gallinari out, Johnson’s minutes have seen into the 30s and his production has been very encouraging to see. On DraftKings, his super cheap price allows you to stock up elsewhere, while still being afforded the luxury of high minutes and solid to big game potential in a battle with the awful 5 win Mavericks.
• Power Forward
Jayson Tatum – 13/1/5 [ $5,900 / $6,200 ] Jayson Tatum has by far been one of the most impressive and consistent rookies to come out of this year’s draft. Priced similarly to his teammate, Jaylen Brown, Tatum comes in at a mid tier salary and is in an excellent matchup against the struggling Suns, who only know how to play one way – fast. Phoenix’s reckless play style and lack of any team defense, paired with his matchup TJ Warren’s suspect defensive rating of 108.7, only benefit his athletic game.
Ersan Ilyasova – 6/4 [ $5,600 / $4,500 ] With John Collins, Dewayne Dedmon, and Mike Muscala all being sidelined, Ersan Ilyasova emerges into the starting lineup. The Nets have been decent on the glass this season, but Ilysova’s true value lies in his ability to score, to which he should see a ton of chances to do so in a pace up game, along with bad defense on both sides. Like Johnson, his low price on DraftKings makes him a difficult option to ignore, given his easy matchup and expected minutes.
Trevor Booker – 10/6 [ $5,000 / $5,500 ] Although Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is probable to play, Trevor Booker is still a huge factor to this team, even if he is coming off the bench. Booker’s 20.9% usage, tied in with his insane 112.9 offensive rating, make him a solid play in a game that should stay rather competitive for the better to most part of it. In the previous meeting between Brooklyn and Atlanta this season, he tallied 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal, in a cool 28 minutes from the bench.
Al Horford – 13/8/1 [ $7,700 / $8,100 ] Al Horford is having what is perhaps the best year of his career and though it is early could definitely keep this effort season long. Horford’s 99.3 defensive rating, along with his improved rebounding numbers are a huge part of the Boston Celtics successful start. While Phoenix is a solid rebounding team, his recent play has great promise that can hold his own against the Sun’s physical, back to the basket type centers and beat them inside and out, offensively.
DeAndre Jordan – 9/13/1 [ $7,700 / $7,300 ] No Blake Griffin means more rebounds for DeAndre Jordan and against the Mavericks, that shouldn’t be too difficult a task. The parting of Chris Paul has hurt Jordan’s point production and usage by quite a bit, but he still has remained somewhat effective, despite his subpar defense. With 9 double doubles accumulated this season already, it wouldn’t be out of reach for him to eat down low against a weaker Dallas front court and pick up another one.
Tyler Zeller – 8/3 [ $3,800 / $3,700 ] Hear me out on this one, Tyler Zeller is only a decent play due to the Hawk’s recent injuries in their front court and his recent minutes. There’s nothing pointing to an outcome that Zeller will or will not continue to see the extended run that he has enjoyed, but if you’re trying to fit in a ton of studs and need some salary relief, he might be a fine punt option to get you there. It also doesn’t hurt that Atlanta ranks last in the league for defensive rebounding percentage.