NBA Plays of the Day – 1/27
- 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
Dennis Smith Jr. – 14/4/3 [ $6,600 / $6,300 ] Although Dennis Smith Jr. has failed to reach 20 points in now 3 consecutive outings, he’s remained a rather valuable roster, sans the meeting with Houston, putting up 32.6+ FanDuel points in 6 of his previous 8 games. This meeting against the Nuggets is a great one for DSJ, as Denver is bottom 3 in DvP against point guards.
Darren Collison – 12/5/2 [ $5,400 / $5,900 ] After an explosive effort against the Cavaliers, which was a major part of my cheat sheet, Darren Collison sees himself in a fantastic individual matchup versus Elfrid Payton, who possesses a terrible 112.9 defensive rating. While the same output as last night shouldn’t be expected of here again, Collison is cheap with solid upside.
• Shooting Guard
Bradley Beal – 24/3/4 [ $8,100 / $8,100 ] The injury to John Wall has catapulted Bradley Beal into what is the arguably the top play of tonight’s slate, despite Kent Bazemore’s excellent defensive presence. Undoubtedly, focus will be on Beal, but he’s been extremely good when Wall hasn’t played, as expected, putting up an average of 43.8 FanDuel points over his past 4 absences.
Nicolas Batum – 11/4/4 [ $6,000 / $5,800 ] Tonight’s contest with the Heat is a familiar one for Nicolas Batum, who has managed to put up solid numbers against them over the last 2 matchups, including a 43.6 FanDuel point effort just a week ago. The game that Batum offers won’t wow you, but his all-around style, on top of Miami’s troubles with shooting guards, should be enough.
• Small Forward
Otto Porter Jr. – 13/1/6 [ $6,700 / $6,300 ] As mentioned above, John Wall will not suit up for tonight’s contest versus the Atlanta Hawks, which shifts Otto Porter Jr. into a more positive trending role, to which he’ll likely take advantage of. With both Durant and Butler questionable, but on track to play, Porter could be the stud of the position, and even more so, he’s in a terrific spot.
Jaylen Brown – 14/1/5 [ $5,300 / $5,700 ] To further promote what Joe said on his podcast, Jaylen Brown could see extended time, especially if KD plays, as the Celtics will look for something they can do to slow him. Brown hasn’t played more than 28 minutes in his past 2 outings, in turn affecting his production – for more in depth info, listen to the pod: FanCave Audio Wave.
• Power Forward
Draymond Green – 11/7/7 [ $7,700 / $7,700 ] At an extremely low price, as listed, Draymond Green is damn near a lock, tonight, especially when you consider that this game features the number 1 and number 6 defenses in the entire league. Save the prior match against Minnesota, Green has scored in double digits his last 5 contests, while supplying an array of stats to propel him.
Taj Gibson – 12/7 [ $5,800 / $5,800 ] First of all, I do have a concern with this matchup, as both RHJ and Russell will sit, meaning, this could easily get out of hand, however, that doesn’t take away the beauty of a spot Taj Gibson sees himself in. The Nets have been a targetable team all season with bigs, because even though they rebound well, their defense is just inconsistent at times.
Nikola Jokic – 16/10/5 [ $9,600 / $8,900 ] Many of you will remember what Nikola Jokic did in the previous matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, but if you don’t let me remind you – 29 points, 18 boards, 7 assists, a block and 2 steals. This is may be even a better roster than Bradley Beal… maybe, as the Mavericks, aside from their starting line, play small, which will let Jokic smash.
Karl-Anthony Towns – 20/12/1 [ $9,600 / $9,800 ] Like his teammate, Taj Gibson, Karl-Anthony Towns is in an incredible spot against Brooklyn, and while he disappointed in the last go around, he does tend to play big at home. If Jimmy Butler can’t play, Towns could be in for an even bigger outing, although recent indications wouldn’t point to that, but it would certainly benefit.
Extras: Satoransky, Rozier, Durant, Lyles, Biyombo.