NBA Plays of the Day – 1/16
- 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
Damian Lillard – 24/6/4 [ $9,300 / $9,300 ] Since returning from injury, Damian Lillard has been a bit more consistent, scoring 20+ points per game and dishing out 8+ assists, in all 3 matches. Tonight’s meeting with the Suns makes Lillard a great play, as Phoenix ranks 3rd in pace and 28th defensively, owning a 109.2 team defensive rating.
Kyrie Irving – 24/5/3 [ $8,200 / $8,500 ] Despite his ability to fill up the stat sheet, Kyrie Irving’s fantasy production has trended downward as of late, which is mainly due to some low scoring outings. This game should be competitive, and with the Pelicans allowing opponents 90.0 field goal attempts per game – 29th in the league, Irving could smash.
Jeff Teague – 13/7/3 [ $6,900 / $6,400 ] After missing 7 games with an injury, Jeff Teague is back to his old ways, putting up 37.8 and 39.2 FanDuel point efforts, respectively, over his last 2 contests. Teague’s individual matchup, Elfrid Payton, allows for a ton of offensive upside and certain safety, as he possesses a horrible 114.4 defensive rating.
• Shooting Guard
CJ McCollum – 21/3/4 [ $8,200 / $7,700 ] Sans the last meeting with Minnesota, CJ McCollum has been phenomenal lately, putting up 41.2+ FanDuel points is 4 of his prior 6 outings. Similar to his backcourt teammate, Damian Lillard, McCollum is in a sweet situation, with his matchup, Devin Booker, holding a 110.3 defensive rating, a career-low.
Devin Booker – 24/4/4 [ $7,800 / $8,000 ] Even with his ability to score with the best of ’em, Devin Booker has been up and down recently, failing to reach 30 points in 5 consecutive games. While Portland ranks 7th among the league defensively, to which they’ve slipped in the standings, Booker’s 30.1% usage creates some security.
Evan Fournier – 17/2/3 [ $5,400 / $5,100 ] More than anything, this is an instinctual type of play, backed by support, as Evan Fournier, and the Magic have struggled to get things going offensively. Minnesota is currently allowing their opponents to shoot their field goals at 47.5%, which ranks 29th in the league, giving Fournier some breathing room.
• Small Forward
Jimmy Butler – 21/5/5 [ $9,400 / $9,200 ] Following a slow start, the Timberwolves are now sitting pretty with a 29-16 record, and have been lead by Jimmy Butler, who has quietly thrown his name in the MVP race. The Magic boast the league’s 27th ranked defense, supported by a 109.0 team defensive rating, offering Butler some upside opportunity.
Harrison Barnes – 18/2/6 [ $6,800 / $6,800 ] Consistency is key, and Harrison Barnes has proved to be the definition, putting up 32+ FanDuel points in 6 of his past 7 contests, as well as playing 33+ minutes per game. This game should be at least somewhat competitive, with Denver and Dallas ranked 21st, and 22nd defensively, respectively.
Jaylen Brown – 14/1/5 [ $5,500 / $5,900 ] This year has been a roller coaster for Jaylen Brown, but being the young player he is, this is to be expected, although he has been a key focal point for the Celtics. New Orleans has struggled to close out on shooters, as noted above, to which they rank 24th in defense, owning a 107.5 team defensive rating.
• Power Forward
Anthony Davis – 26/10/2 [ $11,000 / $10,200 ] Last game, Anthony Davis showed the sports world what he’s capable of, putting up 48 points, 17 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 steals, in 49 minutes of action. While that likely won’t happen against the Celtics, as they’ve been solid on defense, Davis is in line for a nice night – Boston could start big.
Trey Lyles – 10/4 [ $5,800 / $5,500 ] Other than the prior matchup with San Antonio, Trey Lyles has been superb this season for the Nuggets, playing a sixth man type role, but still seeing near starter minutes. The Mavericks are a very favorable team to attack, especially with big men, as they possess a league-worst 47.1 rebound percentage.
Al-Farouq Aminu – 9/6 [ $5,500 / $4,700 ] Recently, Al-Farouq Aminu has seen a lot of court time, playing 30+ minutes per game in 8 of the Trailblazers previous 10 matches. Phoenix turns the ball over an average of 15.9 times per game, and with that’s tied in with their weak defense, and fast pace of play, Aminu could produce a solid outing.
DeMarcus Cousins – 25/12/1 [ $11,200 / $10,500 ] Over his previous 9 games, DeMarcus Cousins has posted 8 double doubles, enforcing himself as a consistent dominance. Despite the Celtics league leading defense, owning 99.6 defensive rating, and thorough paint presence, big men against Boston have been a “real thing,” giving Cousins a shot.
Karl-Anthony Towns – 20/11/1 [ $9,500 / $9,500 ] This season is shaping into a breakout year for Karl-Anthony Towns, who has improved on both ends of the court, and has put up 21 double doubles in his past 25 outings. Orlando has allowed opponents to score an average of 49.6 points in the paint per game – dead last in the league.
Jusuf Nurkic – 14/7/1 [ $7,000 / $6,700 ] Besides the meetings with Houston and Minnesota, Jusuf Nurkic has been pretty good as of late, and has really become a big factor in Portland’s offense, holding a 27.8% usage. Although the Suns have rebounded fairly well, they give up a ton of points in the paint, allowing an average of 48.0 per game.