NBA Plays of the Day – 12/31

  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

Russell Westbrook – 24/9/9 [ $11,900 / $11,600 ] Russell Westbrook has been phenomenal as of late, putting up 57.5+ FanDuel points in each of his last 7 outings. With Paul George and Andre Roberson out, Westbrook should see more responsibility, on top of his already immense 33.9% usage. Dallas ranks 18th defensively, with a 106.5 team defense, and struggles with guards.

Milos Teodosic – 8/5/3 [ $6,200 / $5,100 ] Austin Rivers has been ruled out for tonight’s game versus the Hornets, opening up the door for Milos Teodosic to see plenty more action. In his last 2 games, Teodosic has put up 26.8 and 27.5 FanDuel point efforts, respectively, while filling the stat sheet. Charlotte has had trouble with point guards for the better half of their last 10 matches.

TJ McConnell – 7/4/3 [ $4,800 / $4,400 ] Over his last 3 contests, TJ McConnell has performed well, putting up 27.6+ FanDuel points, and has played 25+ minutes per game in that span. However, Joel Embiid is set to be back tonight, which could in turn limit McConnell’s minutes, though not much. Phoenix plays at the 3rd fastest pace and ranks 28th among the league defensively.

• Shooting Guard

James Harden – 32/9/5 [ $11,000 / $11,700 ] Sans the past game against the Wizards, James Harden has been fantastic, putting up 67.6+ FanDuel points in 3 of his last 5 outings. As of now, James Harden is questionable for tonight’s meeting with the Lakers, meaning Chris Paul and Eric Gordon would see boosts if he sits. He tallied 51 real points in the former meeting between them.

Tyreke Evans – 19/4/5 [ $8,600 / $7,900 ] Tyreke Evans continues to impress, as he has put up 41.1+ FanDuel points in his previous 5 matchups. While Mike Conley has been sidelined, Evans has taken over the majority of the ball handling duties, and has only 65 turnovers, despite his 27.7% usage. The Kings place dead last in the league defensively, with a 109.7 team defense.

Devin Booker – 24/4/4 [ $7,800 / $8,600 ] Since coming back from injury, Devin Booker has played great, producing an average of 29 points over the previous 2 games, and hasn’t been limited in minutes. This should be a very fast paced night, as both teams rank among the top 3 in pace, allowing Booker plenty to capitalize on. Philadelphia struggles relentlessly against the backcourt.

• Small Forward

Brandon Ingram – 16/3/5 [ $7,000 / $6,400 ] With Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out tonight, Brandon Ingram will need to step up against the Rockets. Jordan Clarkson will have an incredibly tough time against Chris Paul, forcing Ingram to take more into his hands. He played 40 minutes in the prior meeting, backed by 13 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds plus 2 steals.

Harrison Barnes – 18/2/6 [ $6,200 / $6,100 ] As mentioned above, George and Roberson are out, the Thunder’s 2 best defenders, meaning Harrison Barnes shouldn’t have much in his way. Although Barnes’ recent logs would suggest he is more of a cash play, in light of tonight’s situation, he could be in for a big game. While I do expect him to be pretty high owned, he’s still a wildcard.

Robert Covington – 14/1/6 [ $6,100 / $5,700 ] This is exactly the kind of game I’d want to roster a “3 and D” type player in, and Robert Covington perfectly fits that role for the Sixers. The Suns turn the ball over an average of 15.8 times per game, ranked 25th in the league, but limit the three decently well. Covington’s matchup, TJ Warren, owns a terrible 107.6 defensive rating.

• Power Forward

Dario Saric – 13/7 [ $6,500 / $6,600 ] Dario Saric has been one of the more consistent players on this young team as of late, putting up 40.8+ FanDuel points in the last 2 matches. Saric has played 30+ minutes and scored in double figures in each of the previous 9 games. Ben Simmons has more upside in this game, but hasn’t returned value in 5 straight outings, so this is safer.

Kyle Kuzma – 17/6 [ $6,500 / $7,100 ] Noted above – the Lakers are short handed, with now 3 of their usual starters out, so like Ingram, they will have to rely more on Kyle Kuzma to pick up the slack. Kuzma torched Houston in the 2nd meeting, going for 55.4 FanDuel points, fueled by 38 real points. The Rockets have been stingy this year against power forwards, but he’s proven.

Carmelo Anthony – 17/6 [ $5,900 / $6,300 ] With Paul George sidelined, Carmelo Anthony will get a ton more usage, as well as minutes, tonight. While the Mavericks have actually been pretty good on the inside, Anthony’s game relies on his shooting ability, to which Dallas may answer by putting Harrison Barnes on him. He’s pretty much a lock, given his scenario and price.

• Center

Joel Embiid – 23/11/1 [ $10,500 / $9,900 ] After missing the last contest for rest, Joel Embiid is expected to be available in tonight’s meeting with the Phoenix Suns. In the 1st matchup, Embiid put up 51.4 FanDuel points, supported by 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks in his 34 minutes. The Suns give up an average of 48.7 points in the paint per game – 29th in the league.

Marc Gasol – 18/8/1 [ $8,600 / $8,200 ] Marc Gasol has been hovering right around value in 4 of his previous 6 matches, giving good point production, along with decent rebounding and solid assist numbers. While Sacramento does limit points in the paint well, they’re the worst defensive rebounding team, grabbing 30.6 per game. Gasol is in line for a huge night against a bad team.

Dwight Howard – 15/12/1 [ $8,400 / $7,400 ] Although this matchup does look better on paper, Dwight Howard has been back to his old ways this year, and is up for the challenge. The Clippers now have Blake Griffin back, which could hinder some progress, but it will also mean that they will attack the paint more. DeAndre Jordan has a 108.4 defensive rating, great news for Howard.

* Josh Hart opens up, as Caldwell-Pope is out.

* Dirk Nowitzki – 33.2+ FDP in his last 4 games.

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