- Plays are based on stats, opposition and pricing.
- Averaged 17-18 Season stats after player’s name.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
• Point Guard
Kyle Lowry – 16/6/6 [ $7,700 / $7,400 ] This season has been a bit up and down for Kyle Lowry, who has all the tools in the toolbox, but lacks to use them consistently, however, he remains a very viable roster in a competitive, plus matchup. As most would expect, DeMar DeRozan should see Jimmy Butler defense, freeing up Lowry, as he sees Teague’s 108.8 defensive rating.
Dejounte Murray – 6/2/5 [ $6,300 / $5,900 ] The injury to Tony Parker earlier in the year, as well as the unforgiving Father Time, have thrusted Dejounte Murray into the starting lineup, where he has played well, giving 30.4 FanDuel points in 4 of his last 5 outings. Denver has been among the worst teams at defending the point guard position, which should give Murray opportunity.
De’Aaron Fox – 10/4/2 [ $5,700 / $5,500 ] Amidst a rebuild, tank effort, in some sort, Sacramento has elected to give their young guns more of a run, shifting De’Aaron Fox into more of a defined role, to which he has taken advantage of. In the previous game between the Kings and Pelicans, Fox provided nice output, supplying 14/4/1 with 2 steals – both teams have different looks now.
• Shooting Guard
Jrue Holiday – 18/5/4 [ $8,500 / $8,300 ] Devastating as it is, DeMarcus Cousins going down, which is obviously not an ideal thing to happen, nonetheless, has opened the door for Jrue Holiday, who has seen a boost in usage with either big out. Sacramento is terrible defensively, owning a 109.8 team defensive rating and allowing their opponents shoot a whopping 47.6% from the field.
Bradley Beal – 23/3/4 [ $7,900 / $8,400 ] More injury news has surfaced, as John Wall is expected to be sidelined for 6 – 8 weeks, solidifying Bradley Beal as the clear cut number one option on a surprisingly average Wizards team. Though the Thunder rank 6th in the league defensively, slowly but surly declining, Beal did put up 41/7/12 last meeting, when Andre Roberson was active.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – 18/3/4 [ $6,400 / $6,500 ] As a Knicks fan, I’m hoping Tim Hardaway Jr. can stay healthy and continue to be that supporting piece behind Kristaps Porzingis, which he is definitely capable of being and has shown. Tonight’s matchup with the Nets isn’t exactly perfect, but considering Brooklyn plays at the 5th fastest pace and ranks 19th defensively, he’s still in play.
• Small Forward
Jimmy Butler – 21/4/5 [ $9,000 / $8,800 ] In a tough, gritty playoff atmosphere type game, between Minnesota and Toronto, we can expect Jimmy Butler to be a defining factor against a Raptors team that ranks third among the league in defense. Although Butler did miss the prior contest, and may not be ready for everything thrown his way, his price is just way too cheap, tonight.
E’Twaun Moore – 12/2/2 [ $5,700 / $4,900 ] With the Kings defensive struggles and E’Twaun Moore having possibly the best year of his career, shooting 51.9% from the field and 42.7% from deep, as well as owning a 108.5 offensive rating, he’s worth a look. I, as many would, expect him to see more opportunity, due to the Cousins injury, as they flow through Davis and then funnel out.
Stanley Johnson – 7/1/3 [ $4,300 / $3,900 ] Due to last night’s trade, which highlighted a swap of Blake Griffin for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic, the Pistons seem to be short-handed, allowing minutes to Stanley Johnson. As it appears, Reggie Bullock has seen the majority of small forward minutes, but Cleveland’s defensive woes and availability provide value.
• Power Forward
Anthony Davis – 26/10/2 [ $12,500 / $11,400 ] Previously mentioned above, twice, Boogie’s season ending injury makes Anthony Davis a usage monster, which will definitely drive up both his ownership and price, accordingly. We will see how the Pelicans adjust to this situation, but one thing is for sure and that is that Davis will have his way with any opposing team from here on.
Kristaps Porzingis – 23/6/2 [ $8,800 / $8,100 ] An inner-city matchup between the Knicks and Nets propels Kristaps Porzingis into an elite position, as Brooklyn has been poor against opposing bigs, despite their solid rebounding. The Nets are allowing an average of 44.7% points in the paint per game – 16th in the league, and gets blocked an average of 5.7 times – 29th in the league.
Markieff Morris – 10/5 [ $5,500 / $5,500 ] Noted above, John Wall’s injury won’t only impact Bradley Beal, but also Otto Porter and Markieff Morris, as the latter sees himself in a solid spot, tonight against a weak defender in Carmelo Anthony. During the past matchup versus OKC, Morris had an excellent outing, putting up 36.8 FanDuel points, backed by 20 points and 9 rebounds.
Karl-Anthony Towns – 19/12/1 [ $9,600 / $9,200 ] Double doubles have been a thing of consistency for Karl-Anthony Towns, who has now accumulated a crazy 22 over his past 25 contests, while supplying more effort on defense. Towns’ has an alright individual matchup with Jonas Valanciunas, who possesses a 105.2 defensive rating, and should be steady with Butler available.
Rudy Gobert – 12/9/2 [ $8,200 / $7,500 ] Since returning from injury, Rudy Gobert has played well, posting 38.1+ FanDuel points and has began playing upwards of 30 minutes over his last 2 matches. Golden State has been hammered in the paint by bigs all season, allowing an average of 47 points in the paint per game – my only real concern is that the Warriors will blowout the Jazz.
Steven Adams – 13/9 [ $7,100 / $6,500 ] I’ve continued to reverberate this time and time again this year – Washington is a very targetable team down low, especially against tough, physical centers like Steven Adams. Not too long ago, Adams put up a solid effort of 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals and considering that he was relatively off with his shooting, things could get better.