- 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
Eric Bledsoe – 16/4/3 [ $7,600 / $7,100 ] It seems as though I say this just about every slate he’s on, but Eric Bledsoe has been on fire, scoring at least 36.9 FanDuel points in each of his last 5 games. Not too long ago, Bledsoe had this same matchup versus the Kings and took advantage, posting a stat line of 21/5/5 with 3 steals and 0 turnovers in just 23 minutes of action.
Lonzo Ball – 9/7/7 [ $7,000 / $6,600 ] While Lonzo Ball hasn’t necessarily been the player most expected him to be, as of late he has been consistent, sans the meeting against the Clippers. Ball’s recent success is certainly encouraging and this is another favorable game for him to have a nice night – 11/16/11 triple double in last meeting versus the Denver Nuggets.
Jerryd Bayless – 9/2/2 [ $4,000 / $3,400 ] With T.J. McConnell out, again, Jerry Bayless should continue to see solid minutes, even if he comes off the bench and Ben Simmons starts at the point. Bayless’ low price, especially on DraftKings, opens up salary relief elsewhere in your lineup, while affording you a stretch of 20-30 minutes of gameplay and an array of stats.
• Shooting Guard
Will Barton – 15/2/5 [ $7,200 / $6,800 ] Will Barton was fantastic in his last outing, putting up an impressive stat line of 37/2/3 in 35 minutes against the struggling Chicago Bulls. Barton should continue to see similar minutes, with star players Millsap and Jokic out, and in a major pace up situation against the Lakers, this matchup highly favors an athletic guard like himself.
Jrue Holiday – 15/5/4 [ $6,800 / $6,000 ] The unfortunate injury to Anthony Davis will undoubtedly benefit DeMarcus Cousins, but also give a bump in usage towards Jrue Holiday. While Portland has been very good defensively and so has CJ McCollum, Holiday’s recent shooting, along with the 38+ minutes he’s seen lately and usage boost, make him a fine play.
Avery Bradley – 16/2/2 [ $5,500 / $5,600 ] Avery Bradley has been playing consistently well over his last 3 matches, scoring 13+ points in each game while recording 2 or more steals. Philadelphia ranks 4th in pace and continues to struggle against opposing guards and when added to the spectacular defensive abilities and offense of Bradley, he has an edge against the Sixers.
• Small Forward
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 29/4/10 [ $12,400 / $11,600 ] Giannis Antetokounmpo is making a solid case as one of the league’s best players, with his improving all around game. In Giannis’ recent meeting with Sacramento he played extraordinary, finishing with 32/5/5 with a block and 5 steals in only 26 minutes – The Kings have an awful 109.1 team defense.
Brandon Ingram – 15/2/5 [ $6,700 / $6,300 ] With all the hype around teammates, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram is quietly having a pretty nice start to the season. Denver has struggled to remain healthy, which makes Ingram’s job a little bit easier tonight, as there will be no Millsap or Jokic to clog the paint, in a game that should be pretty competitive.
Robert Covington – 14/1/6 [ $6,300 / $5,900 ] Though Joel Embiid is set to be back tonight, which will lower Robert Covington’s usage, he’s still in a good spot versus the Detroit Pistons. Covington’s matchup, Stanley Johnson, gave up a big game last night to a similar player in Otto Porter Jr. and he could very well do the same, with the attention focused on Simmons and Embiid.
• Power Forward
Ben Simmons – 18/7/9 [ $10,400 / $9,600 ] As mentioned above, Embiid will play in tonight’s game, but Ben Simmons is basically a jack of all trades and should benefit from running point guard. Simmons offers a LeBron-esque play style and with his 24.8% usage paired with Philadelphia running the ball through him, he could be on triple double watch if this game stays close.
Larry Nance Jr. – 9/7 [ $6,200 / $5,500 ] This matchup is a sure fire shootout and Larry Nance Jr. doesn’t need points to have a productive night, but that shouldn’t be an issue with Jokic and Millsap out. Nance’s effort, along with improved defense and knack for being in the right spot at the right time, put him in an awesome situation, despite Denver’s good rebounding.
Kenneth Faried – 5/4 [ $5,200 / $4,800 ] With Paul Millsap and now Nikola Jokic out for some time, Kenneth Faried is in line to see increased minutes and usage in a weakened front court. Over his last 3 games, Faried has seen upwards of 22 minutes and with the recent injuries shaking up the rotation, he should be in line for a double double type night against the Lakers.
DeMarcus Cousins – 25/12/1 [ $10,700 / $10,400 ] Anthony Davis’ injury surely won’t take pressure off of DeMarcus Cousins, but he will definitely be the go to guy tonight, to which he should benefit from. While this matchup against Nurkic and Portland is rough, as they rank 2nd in both defense and rebounding percentage, Cousins has the ability to dominate with Davis out.
Andre Drummond – 14/15/1 [ $9,100 / $8,600 ] Andre Drummond looks like a new player this season and he has been a double double machine, with a total of 15 double doubles, already. This isn’t a pretty spot for Drummond against Embiid, but if this game stays competitive and he stays out of foul trouble, he could have one of those massive games he’s very capable of.
Mason Plumlee – 5/4 [ $4,700 / $3,800 ] Besides Faried, and maybe even more so, Mason Plumlee should be the main beneficiary from the Jokic injury and will see solid minutes moving forward. Plumlee isn’t just a punt play, tonight, he’s in a solid spot against the Lakers and his low price, specifically on DraftKings, and minutes boost give a great value.
Extras: Rondo, Evans, Middleton , James, Embiid.