NBA Plays of the Day – 12/16

  1. Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
  2. FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
  3. Averaged 17-18 Season stats after player’s names.

• Point Guard

Jeff Teague – 13/7/2 [ $6,400 / $6,500 ] Though Jeff Teague hasn’t been as consistent as his extreme minutes should garner, this exhibition with Phoenix is just too good to pass up on, as it’s a major pace up situation, with the Suns ranking 2nd in the league. Teague will have the benefit of attacking a team defense of 109.3, which ranks dead last, while he’s got home court advantage.

Ricky Rubio – 12/4/3 [ $4,900 / $5,000 ] Ricky Rubio’s incredibly low price(s) almost seem criminal, as he can go off for big games with his all round play, highlighted by solid scoring production and phenomenal vision. The Cavs’ 107.9 team defense is a very exploitable spot and with Rudy Gobert out, Rubio may have to take things more into his own hands to keep competition.

Dejounte Murray – 6/2/4 [ $3,600 / $4,400 ] With Tony Parker expected to rest, Dejounte Murray could be positioned into the starting lineup, as Patty Mills runs the bench. Last game Parker was sidelined, Murray played a solid 26 minutes and produced 8 points, a whopping 14 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal – this game against Dallas is a nice spot, as they struggle against guards.

• Shooting Guard

Khris Middleton – 20/4/5 [ $7,500 / $7,000 ] Khris Middleton has been outstanding as of late, putting up 35+ FanDuel points in 6 of his past 8 matches. Even though Houston has proven to be a defensive juggernaut this year, with their impressive 102.2 team defense, as well as many solid to elite level defenders on their team, Middleton should have less focus on him and see Harden.

Andrew Wiggins – 18/1/3 [ $6,300 / $6,100 ] Like his teammate, Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins hasn’t shown much consistency this season and while he’s an extremely athletic player, he hasn’t lived up to most expectations. However, this game has exactly what Wiggins feeds off of – fast pace situations, sloppy opposing play, and a terrible defense that should show little resistance.

Rodney Hood – 17/1/2 [ $5,300 / $5,300 ] Although Donovan Mitchell and Alec Burks have been playing great in Rodney Hood’s absence and beyond, he still possesses the usage and minutes, even off the bench. Hood remains the first option on the second unit and a meeting with the Cavs in Cleveland, without Rudy Gobert, could entail a potential blowout, which would benefit him.

• Small Forward

Jimmy Butler – 19/4/5 [ $9,700 / $9,000 ] Jimmy Butler has been fantastic as of late, putting up 51.7 and 54.9 FanDuel point efforts, respectively, in his last 2 outings. Butler has owned this matchup versus Phoenix this year, with the previous games resulting in 42.7 and 48.3 FanDuel points, while averaging 25/5/5 with 2 steals and a block – I’d expect about the same, tonight.

Rudy Gay – 12/1/5 [ $5,900 / $5,900 ] Kawhi Leonard will be out, tonight, and with Kyle Anderson’s recent injury, Rudy Gay remains the only true small forward that the Spurs have to play. At his very reasonable price point, Gay offers steady minutes and will certainly see a boost in usage; to add the icing on the cake, he crushed the Dallas Mavericks last meeting, with 21/1/5.

Josh Richardson – 10/1/3 [ $4,900 / $4,500 ] Justise Winslow is listed as questionable for tonight’s game and Hassan Whiteside is still out, which increases Josh Richardson’s overall value, especially fantasy wise. Richardson has scored in double figures in 8 of his 9 matches and this meeting with the Clippers is a promising, should he see minutes, as LA ranks 20th in team defense.

• Power Forward

LaMarcus Aldridge – 22/8/1 [ $8,500 / $8,000 ] With Kawhi Leonard resting, tonight, LaMarcus Aldridge is in line for another huge night and a major bump in usage, to which he has taken advantage of, for the better part of the season. In the last meeting against the Mavericks, with Leonard out, Aldridge put up 33/10/3 with 3 assists and 2 steals – good for 64.5 FanDuel points.

James Johnson – 11/5 [ $6,500 / $6,000 ] As mentioned above, Hassan Whiteside remains out for tonight’s contest against LA and James Johnson has seen 31+ minutes in each of his last 4 games, to which he put up 30.1+ FanDuel points. The Clippers have been dismal defensively this year, holding a 106.9 team defense, and rank 22nd in defensive rebound percentage, at 76.6%.

Taj Gibson – 11/8 [ $5,800 / $6,200 ] Taj Gibson has performed well in 2 matchups against the Phoenix Suns this season, with 36.4 and 37.3 outings, respectively, both resulting in double doubles. While the Suns have managed to rebound fairly well for the better part of the year, Gibson’s toughness and inside presence should be enough for yet another solid effort in this one.

• Center

DeAndre Jordan – 10/14/1 [ $8,600 / $7,300 ] DeAndre Jordan’s recent play has been quite encouraging, as he has achieved double doubles in 6 of his 8 prior games. While I like Jordan a lot tonight, on both sites, his price on DraftKings is more intriguing, offering flexibility (given the salary differences), and this spot looks to be a good one for him to hit or exceed value.

Pau Gasol – 10/7/1 [ $6,000 / $5,500 ] Pau Gasol may not be the sexiest play on tonight’s slate, but he definitely has upside against this Dallas team, despite last meeting, where he had only 9 rebounds and 2 assists. The Mavericks poor rebounding percentage, at just 47.5% – 28th in the league, as well as lagging defense, makes them susceptible to the inside game of Gasol.

Tyson Chandler – 7/9 [ $5,200 / $4,400 ] While Tyson Chandler hasn’t lived up to expectations in the prior meetings this season, there’s no doubt that this is still an ideal and elite matchup. His individual opponent, Towns, owns an awful defensive rating 108.6 and collectively, Minnesota gives up 45.4 points in the paint and only grabs an average of 31.7 defensive rebounds.

Extras: Paul, Mitchell, James, Anthony, Towns.

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