NBA Plays of the Day – 1/13
- Plays are based on stats, opposition, and pricing.
- Averaged 17-18 Season stats after player’s names.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
• Point Guard
John Wall – 19/9/3 [ $10,500 / $9,800 ] John Wall has been great as of late, putting up 53.1+ FanDuel points in 4 of his last 6 matches, while grabbing 3+ rebounds and dishing 9+ steals in that span. Tonight, Wall will get the Brooklyn Nets, who play at the league’s 5th fastest pace, and own the 16th ranked defense. Expect him to be highly owned, even with the immense spread.
Ish Smith – 9/3/2 [ $6,500 / $5,500 ] Although Ish Smith hasn’t really met value in a while, the injury to Reggie Jackson thrusted him into the starting lineup, where he has seen secure minutes of 25+ per game. Smith does have upside against the Bulls, as they’ve been the worst team against point guards in their last 5 games. His price is better on DraftKings, but he’s ok regardless.
Delon Wright – 8/2/3 [ $5,500 / $5,600 ] Kyle Lowry isn’t expected to play in tonight’s meeting with the Golden State Warriors, which means that Delon Wright will likely retain his role in the starting lineup. Wright didn’t produce much in his prior outing, putting up just 19.4 FanDuel points, but in a probable competitive match, he could smash. Pivoting to VanVleet isn’t bad either.
• Shooting Guard
DeMar DeRozan – 24/5/4 [ $9,100 / $8,900 ] As mentioned above, it doesn’t appear as though Kyle Lowry will suit up, allowing DeMar DeRozan a definitive increase in usage, and even more so, responsibility. While Golden State does hold the 3rd ranked defense, touting a 102.5 team defensive rating, they have been surprisingly subpar versus shooting guards. I’d just lock him in.
Bradley Beal – 23/3/4 [ $8,700 / $8,100 ] Bradley Beal has been excellent lately, putting up 47.1+ FanDuel point in 4 of his prior 6 outings, as well as managing to score 20+ points per game in each of his last 9 contests. Beal is a nice salary saver if you wish to pivot off of DeRozan chalk, as he still has upside, even with the Nets ability to close out well. He’s more of a gpp play, tonight.
Avery Bradley – 15/2/2 [ $5,300 / $5,600 ] Avery Bradley has been very up and down this season, which is to be expected in his first year with the Pistons, however, he still remains a factor in this Detroit offense. Similar to his backcourt teammate, Smith, Bradley does have plenty of opportunity against Chicago, who has had trouble versus shooting guards. Risky play with upside.
• Small Forward
Kevin Durant – 26/5/7 [ $10,600 / $9,700 ] In his past 2 games, Kevin Durant carried the load for the Warriors with Steph Curry out, but didn’t really take advantage of the situation, as he had done earlier in the year. If Curry plays, as he is probable, it does limit Durant a bit, while also creating a blowout possibility, though not likely. Don’t think that he’s a must play with in this one.
Otto Porter Jr. – 14/1/6 [ $7,100 / $6,300 ] After a few dismal outings, Otto Porter Jr. sees himself in a fantastic spot against the Brooklyn Nets, which should allow him to get somewhat back on track. Even with Porter’s recent hardships, he’s still managing the best season of his career, shooting a career high from three-point and scoring. A lot will be off him, due to how he’s played.
Denzel Valentine – 9/2/5 [ $5,200 / $5,200 ] Denzel Valentine has been impressive recently, putting up 36.1 and 32.8 FanDuel point efforts, respectively, while scoring 19+ points, snatching 8+ boards, and dropping 4+ assists. Detroit has been the 5th worst team against opposing small forwards this season, opening the door for Valentine. Has played 33+ minutes in his prior 2 games.
• Power Forward
LaMarcus Aldridge – 22/8/1 [ $9,500 / $8,700 ] If Kawhi Leonard is unable to play in tonight’s contest with the Denver Nuggets, LaMarcus Aldridge would certainly become a very intriguing play. Denver has been the 3rd worst team in the league against power forwards in the previous 10 outings. Aldridge is in play, nonetheless, with the Nuggets owning the 19th ranked defense.
Lauri Markkanen – 15/7 [ $6,500 / $6,600 ] Coming off what is probably the best game of his young career, Lauri Markkanen looks to continue his solid play versus an average Pistons team. Despite Drummond’s exceptional rebounding, Detroit places 19th among the league in rebounding percentage, at just 49.6%. Markkanen could see regression, with Mirotic able to suit up.
Markieff Morris – 10/5 [ $5,200 / $5,000 ] Markieff Morris is in arguably one of the best spots on tonight’s slate, as the Wizards take on the Nets, who are currently on the second leg of a back to back. Morris’ recent play isn’t an encouraging sign, however, sans the past 2 matches, he’s been alright, putting up 26.7+ FanDuel points in 3 consecutive contests. He’ll likely be high owned.
Andre Drummond – 14/15/1 [ $9,900 / $9,400 ] Andre Drummond continues to do what he does best, rebound the ball well and get double doubles, as he has achieved 8 in his previous 10 matchups. I like Drummond a lot in this matchup, as the Bulls give up 45.3 points in the paint game, and have a 107.8 team defensive rating. The only problem will be fitting him in your lineups.
Pau Gasol – 10/8/1 [ $5,700 / $5,800 ] Pau Gasol is by no means the sexiest play, tonight, but if Leonard sits, the Spurs could elect to run their offense through their bigs, providing upside and some security. Although the Nuggets are rather solid at defending opposing centers, he does come to you quite affordably, and could see a bigger role. If Leonard plays, he becomes a tricky pick.
Marcin Gortat – 9/8 [ $5,000 / $5,100 ] Once again, another Washington player is noted, as Marcin Gortat offers value at center, along with nice production, as he has put up 29.7+ FanDuel points in 3 of his last 5 games. Brooklyn has been the worst team against opposing centers in the past 10 outings. The Nets are good rebounders, but allow an average of 45.6 points in the paint.