NBA Plays of the Day – 12/17
- Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
- Averaged 17-18 Season stats after player’s names.
• Cleveland @ Washington – 6pm ET
John Wall – 19/8/3 [ $9,500 / $8,500 ] Since coming back from injury, John Wall hasn’t looked quite like himself, only dishing out 4 to 5 assists in his 2 games back. However, tonight’s matchup with the Cavaliers should provide Wall with plenty of chances to fill the stat sheet, should he see more minutes, as Cleveland ranks 27th in team defense, with a 108.1 defensive rating.
Bradley Beal – 23/3/4 [ $8,500 / $7,700 ] Like his teammate, Wall, Bradley Beal is in a great matchup tonight, as the Cavs have struggled to defend well for the better part of the season and struggle mightily against opposing guards. This game should be rather competitive, given the previous meetings between these 2 teams, and Beal’s solid shooting should entail nice production.
LeBron James – 28/9/8 [ $12,500 / $11,800 ] Everyone knows what LeBron James is capable of and if this game can stay close or semi competitive, he could have one of those massive games we’ve been accustomed to seeing. In the first matchup, James put up a sensational 92.7 FanDuel point effort, supported by 57/7/11 with 2 blocks and 3 steals – don’t expect a repeat performance.
Kelly Oubre Jr. – 11/5/1 [ $4,900 / $4,900 ] If Otto Porter Jr. suits up for tonight’s game, Kelly Oubre Jr. will undoubtedly come off the bench, but if he sits, there a nice chance he gets starter minutes, to which would be a great value play. Either way, I don’t mind Oubre at all, as he has been extremely consistent, putting up 23.8+ FanDuel points in 5 of his last 6 outings.
Kevin Love – 19/10 [ $8,000 / $8,200 ] Kevin Love has been pretty good as of late, sans last night’s meeting with the Utah Jazz, and has a favorable matchup tonight against the Washington Wizards. While his individual opponent, Marcin Gortat, isn’t a bad defender, the Wizards are average at best on the boards and are beatable in the paint, paving way for a nice game for Love.
• Indiana @ Brooklyn – 6pm ET
Spencer Dinwiddie – 12/6/3 [ $7,500 / $6,800 ] While many will look to Darren Collison, who is a very solid play and much cheaper, Spencer Dinwiddie is the more consistent choice and has nice upside, given his increased role. Dinwiddie’s all around game, tied in with the Nets extreme pace of play – ranked 2nd in the league, offers relative safety, even at his higher price range.
Victor Oladipo – 24/4/5 [ $9,700 / $9,300 ] Victor Oladipo has been the clear front runner for Most Improved Player and tonight’s meeting with Brooklyn favors an athletic guard, such as him. The Nets’ 106.9 team defense and at times reckless pace of play, with a 15.5% turnover rate, make Oladipo still roster-able, as he has shown his incredibly high ceiling many times.
Lance Stephenson – 8/2/5 [ $4,600 / $4,200 ] Although Bojan Bogdanovic may have a revenge game narrative for this one, Lance Stephenson has been the much more consistent player and has more upside. Stephenson has scored at least 9 points in 3 of his last 4 matches, while putting up 20.6+ FanDuel points in each of those games, and has seen upwards of 20+ minutes per game.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – 14/5 [ $7,300 / $6,300 ] Rondae Hollis-Jefferson wouldn’t be my first choice to plug in at the power forward position, but definitely has the upside and a solid matchup against an Indiana team that gives up 47.9 points in the paint per game. Hollis-Jefferson’s career high 21.9% usage, which is ever increasing, and a sloppy Pacers’ defense are a plus.
Myles Turner – 14/7/2 [ $8,300 / $6,700 ] Brooklyn’s lagging defense, as well as their inability to defend the paint, giving up an average of 46.4 points in the paint per game, make Myles Turner a very intriguing play. Turner will likely see Jahlil Okafor, tonight, but could see Zeller or Mozgov too, but either way, he still has the high ground on a subpar defensive front court.
Extras: Collison, Wade, Carroll, Morris, Gortat.