- 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 – 25/6/4 [ $9,200 / $9,000 ] Currently, Russell Westbrook is a game-time decision, ultimately making him a weary play considering we may not get news before lock, setting up Damian Lillard as safe pivot in a nice spot. While many will look to Steph Curry, understandably, Lillard is in a pace-up situation against the Hornets, to which should be a competitive contest.
Shelvin Mack – 5/3/2 [ $4,500 / $3,600 ] With the now former starting point guard of the Magic, Elfrid Payton, being traded to the Suns at the deadline, Shelvin Mack is a candidate to shift into the starting lineup, along with DJ Augustine. Both are in play, but I heavily favor whoever starts ( I think Mack ), as he’ll matchup with Dennis Schroder, who owns a 110.8 defensive rating.
• Shooting Guard
Nicolas Batum – 12/4/4 [ $6,700 / $6,600 ] No doubt about it, Bradley Beal has been and will continue to be a chalky play on just about all nights until John Wall returns, so looking lower, Nicolas Batum takes on a subpar defender in CJ McCollum. Opponents have shown that the key to attacking Portland is in the backcourt, and Batum definitely has a motive with revenge on his mind.
Josh Hart – 5/1/3 [ $6,300 / $5,500 ] The deadline strikes again, as Josh Hart should retain his newfound heavy minutes, now that the Lakers have moved on from Jordan Clarkson, which allows him space to grow in this young system. Over the last 3 matches, Hart has been afforded 31+ minutes per game, while producing across the board, which is possible tonight, without Roberson.
• Small Forward
Paul George – 22/2/5 [ $8,600 / $8,800 ] As mentioned above, Westbrook is listed as questionable, as well as Carmelo Anthony, which would even more so put Paul George over the top as the best play on tonight’s slate. Los Angeles ranks among the bottom 3 in DvP for season long, as well as in the previous 5 games, making George an appealing roster, even if they are able to suit up.
Michael Beasley – 12/1/5 [ $6,200 / $6,300 ] When Kristaps Porzingis obtained his season-ending injury, it forced the Knicks into a state of trouble, however, Michael Beasley has stepped big time in games that Porzingis has missed this year. This meeting in Toronto is undoubtedly a tough spot, as the Raptors possess the 3rd best defense in the league, but Beasley remains reasonable.
• Power Forward
Dwight Powell – 7/4 [ $5,500 / $4,500 ] Although the injury to Harrison Barnes has the Mavericks in a hole against the Warriors, Dwight Powell is certainly in line to see more time, just as he has lately, playing 27+ minutes in his prior 3 outings. Though they have been a powerhouse team, Golden State has struggles down low, allowing an average of 47.4 points in the paint per game.
Kyle Kuzma – 15/1/5 [ $4,700 / $5,100 ] Included in the package that sent Jordan Clarkson to Cleveland was Larry Nance Jr., so in a now ‘clearer’ front court, Kyle Kuzma should see more action, especially since we all know what he’s capable of. The previous matchup against the Oklahoma City showed that Kuzma could compete against them, as he went for a cool 25.1 FanDuel points.
Dwight Howard – 15/12/1 [ $8,200 / $8,300 ] Simply put, Dwight Howard is too damn cheap for the way he’s been playing almost all year long, showing signs of the vintage version of himself back in Orlando at times. At very reasonable price points, on both sites, Howard offers a presence on either end of the floor with upside, and already put up 9/15/1 with 4 assists against Portland.
Kyle O’Quinn – 6/5/1 [ $4,000 / $4,400 ] Noted earlier, the unfortunate injury to Porzingis, as well as the trade of Hernangómez during the trade deadline, frees up Kyle O’Quinn as the only real option for the Knicks at center. I don’t mind this spot at all for O’Quinn, but just know he will be chalky as ever due to these circumstances, not that reasons such should steer you from him.
Extras: Curry, Beal, Porter, Green, Randle.