NBA Plays of the Day – 12/19
- 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 – 17/4/3 [ $7,100 / $6,700 ] In 10 of his last 15 outings, Eric Bledsoe has been red hot, putting up 32.1+ FanDuel points, while playing 30+ minutes per game, 80% of the time in that span. Tonight’s meeting with Cleveland is a favorable position for Bledsoe to see similar, or better numbers, as the Cavaliers rank 27th in defense, with a 107.9 team defensive rating.
Rajon Rondo – 7/7/4 [ $6,000 / $6,000 ] When Rajon Rondo sees ample minutes, he capitalizes; with the ability to fill up the stat sheet, or at the very least, make a run for a double double performance. Despite Washington’s stingy top 10 defense, they’ve been beatable down low, and with Davis and Cousins, Rondo should have no problem distributing plenty of production around.
George Hill – 9/2/2 [ $4,700 / $4,600 ] George Hill has been a bit of a wildcard this season, at times looking like the solid, tough player he once was, and still can be, or completely lost, giving little to no sign he even played. However, this matchup with Philadelphia offers a major boost in pace, as well as a friendly Sixers back court that has succumb to opposing guards all year.
• Shooting Guard
Bradley Beal – 23/3/4 [ $8,400 / $7,700 ] Bradley Beal is consistency at its best, putting up 40.4+ FanDuel points in 5 of his last 7, while scoring 20+ points per game in all, but 1 outing in that stretch. With Wall back, Beal should have a much easier go at things, however, his usage will definitely take a bit of a hit, but New Orleans’ 107.8 team defense shouldn’t slow him too much.
Khris Middleton – 20/4/5 [ $7,800 / $7,300 ] In a game that is expected to be extremely competitive, Khris Middleton brings great shooting and an overall consistent game to the table. Over his last 7 outings, Middleton has put up 35+ FanDuel points, sans the game versus the Utah Jazz, and is a great option if you have the salary to pay up for, as he remains a safe option, here.
JJ Redick – 17/3/2 [ $5,600 / $5,400 ] JJ Redick is a nice mid tier guy tonight, given all the studs along with a small 3 game slate, who is in a pretty good spot against a terrible Sacramento Kings squad. Redick’s ability to light it up from deep, along with the Kings’ defensive struggles over the course of the season, make him a solid play, but I fear this game could get out of hand fast.
• Small Forward
Giannis Antetokounmpo – 29/4/10 [ $12,300 / $11,400 ] Tonight, Giannis gets the King, on his home court, meaning this game should be a good one, and he’ll definitely see close to 40 minutes of action. While he should see plenty of court time, I don’t think it’s a must to play him, tonight, but if you want to pivot off of LBJ, he’s a great option who should have similar numbers.
LeBron James – 27/9/8 [ $12,000 / $11,600 ] LeBron James is arguably having one of the best years of his career, and he has the Cavaliers rolling, with 18 wins in their last 19 games, after an egregious start to the season. On FanDuel, James is priced $300 less than “The Greek Freak,” and with the way that he’s been playing as of late, he’s very difficult to fade on this small slate.
Robert Covington – 15/1/6 [ $7,400 / $6,200 ] If you’re looking to differentiate your lineup a bit, or simply just can’t manage to fit both Giannis and LeBron in, Robert Covington is a solid play, and deserves some consideration. In the prior meeting between these 2 teams, it was Covington who had a big game, as he strung together 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 35 minutes.
• Power Forward
Anthony Davis – 25/10/2 [ $11,200 / $10,100 ] Anthony Davis is in line for a big night against Washington, as Markieff Morris hasn’t played over 26 minutes in his last 4 outings, and he’s been fairly good since returning from his injury. This game should be quite competitive, as John Wall is back, and if so, Davis could be one of the better studs to have, and he is a cheaper choice.
Ben Simmons – 17/7/8 [ $9,900 / $9,500 ] On paper, Ben Simmons has been phenomenal in his last 2 games, nearly recording back to back triple doubles, but has struggled in key moments, or even early on. With Embiid set to be back, after a 1 game absence for rest purposes, Simmons will see a dip in usage, but his night should be smoother, and will be a lower owned stud.
Mike Scott – 9/3 [ $4,500 / $4,500 ] At his cheap price, on both sites, Mike Scott has seen 23+ minutes in 4 of his last 5 matches, and has equally scored in double figures, while grabbing 4+ rebounds in those games. If Otto Porter Jr. were to sit for tonight’s contest versus the Pelicans, it would undoubtedly allow Scott to see near to, or more than, that recent play he’s been afforded.
Joel Embiid – 24/11/1 [ $11,500 / $9,900 ] After sitting last meeting against the Chicago Bulls, Joel Embiid will get some fresh[er] legs against a Kings team who has been awful all season, owning a league worst 109.1 team defense. On top of Sacramento’s defensive woes, they have struggled mightily on the glass, ranking 27th defensive rebounding, opening Embiid’s inside game.
DeMarcus Cousins – 26/12/1 [ $11,000 / $10,700 ] Although I think Anthony Davis has the better individual matchup, DeMarcus Cousins is the most dynamic center in the league and certainly has the ability to go off, tonight. The Wizards have been average at best on the boards this year, and Cousins could easily take advantage of the outside game against the older Marcin Gortat.
Kevin Love – 19/10 [ $8,000 / $7,800 ] Kevin Love is in a fantastic spot, especially for his price range, and looks to have a repeat performance against the Bucks, whom he destroyed for 62.7 FanDuel points earlier this season. Milwaukee’s inability to pull down boards, ranking 28th in rebound percentage, allows Love to work the inside and then move out, to complete his arsenal.
Extras: Wall, Holiday, Oubre, Saric, Gortat.
* George Hill ruled OUT, Fox and Mason in play.
* Brogdon, Bogdanovic, and Moore = SG value.