NBA Plays of the Day – 2/22

  1. Plays are based on stats, opposition and pricing.
  2. Averaged 17-18 Season stats after player’s names.
  3. FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.

• Point Guard

Kemba Walker – 22/5/3 [ $9,100 / $8,600 ] Tonight, Kemba Walker sees himself in a fantastic matchup against a Nets team that ranks 23rd among the league defensively, owning a 107.9 team rating and plays at the league’s 6th fastest pace. Before the All-Star break, Brooklyn was the worst defending team against point guards and in Charlotte (home), Walker could have his way.

Austin Rivers – 15/3/2 [ $5,100 / $5,100 ] With Avery Bradley having been ruled out for tonight’s contest, which will free up time for others, Austin Rivers should be in line to see extended time, as well as a decent bump to his usage. This pace up scenario in Golden State has plenty to offer Rivers, as he’ll likely be guarded by Curry, who is by no means known for elite defense ability.

• Shooting Guard

Lou Williams – 23/5/2 [ $7,000 / $6,900 ] For similar reasons to his teammate, Austin Rivers, but in a more definitive role, Lou Williams has been the scorer that the Clippers have relied on, especially with Blake Griffin now in Detroit. In the previous game against the Warriors, Williams put up 58.9 FanDuel points, propelled by an incredible 50 real point effort – temper expectations.

Tim Hardaway Jr. – 16/2/4 [ $6,200 / $6,300 ] Now that the Knicks no longer have Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. is the clear cut option and will benefit greatly in the usage department from here on out for the rest of the season. Orlando possesses the 27th ranked defense in the league, holding a 108.6 rating and have allowed opponents to shoot a crazy 47.3% from the field.

• Small Forward

LeBron James – 26/8/8 [ $11,600 / $11,800 ] Things have looked up for LeBron James, as the Cavs are currently on 4 game win streak and look to be gelling very nicely, to which they’ve benefited from their new look and motivation. James has dominated the Wizards this season, putting up a massive 57/11/7 stat line in the first meeting and a triple double during the next matchup.

Michael Beasley – 12/1/5 [ $7,000 / $7,100 ] Again, the injury to Porzingis has severely limited the Knicks potential ceiling on the year, catapulting Michael Beasley into a larger, more important position, allowing for more opportunities. While Beasley does have rather high price, he does come as a relatively safe roster and over the prior 2 games, he played a solid 39 and 40 minutes.

• Power Forward

Ben Simmons – 16/7/7 [ $9,000 / $9,000 ] Up until the break, Ben Simmons looked to be turning things around and playing at a much more consistent and expected level, putting up 40+ FanDuel points in 6 of his last 7 outings. With Chicago giving control to the younger players, Simmons could take advantage, as he did during the past meeting, going for an unreal 19/17/14 stat line.

Lauri Markkanen – 15/7 [ $6,400 / $6,000 ] As mentioned above, the Bulls are shifting things over to their young guns, which will sideline Robin Lopez tonight, giving Lauri Markkanen extra minutes and some nice boost in usage. With many other power forward options in tough spots, Markkanen is a much safer play, although Philadelphia possesses the league’s 3rd best defense.

• Center

Dwight Howard – 15/12/1 [ $9,000 / $8,400 ] Over the first half of the season, Dwight Howard showed flashes of his past, looking good in all aspects of his game and being the dominant force that the Hornets have come to rely upon. The Nets struggled a lot versus big men before break and I don’t envision that changing soon – opponents scored an average of 45.9 points in the paint.

Enes Kanter – 14/10 [ $7,500 / $7,600 ] Noted above (twice), Porzingis’ season ending injury opens up a ton of opportunities for plenty of guys, meaning Enes Kanter could be in line for extra minutes and much more upside. The Magic will have both Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon available tonight, but they will be on limited minutes and shouldn’t pose too much issue for Kanter.

Extras: Westbrook, LaVine, Oubre, Harris, Embiid.

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