- 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
Russell Westbrook – 25/10/9 [ $11,200 / $11,600 ] This will be an obvious play for just about everyone who plays DFS, but Russell Westbrook is very difficult to fade, tonight. Although he may say that he approaches every game that he plays the same, there’s just something about playing the Warriors and former teammate Kevin Durant, that makes Westbrook go insane. Golden State turns the ball over an average of 15.9 times per game and Steph Curry is by no means an elite defender, which should allow for some comfort.
Damian Lillard – 25/6/4 [ $9,700 / $9,800 ] After a relatively average outing against a tough Jazz team, Lillard looks to get back on track versus the Phoenix Suns, who own the league’s worst defense with a 110.7 team defensive rating. Lillard’s individual matchup in Elfrid Payton is a smash spot, allowing for a ton of upside, as he possesses a terrible 114.2 defensive rating. The suns play at the league’s 4th fastest pace and turn the ball over an average of 15.6 times per game, which ranks 27th among the entire association.
- Shooting Guard
Devin Booker – 24/4/4 [ $7,700 / $7,400 ] Undoubtedly, Devin Booker will be a very popular choice tonight, as he takes on the Trailblazers, who despite holding the league’s 10th best defense, have a very targetable backcourt. In the previous matchup against Portland, Booker went off for 67.2 FanDuel points, propelled by a massive 43 real points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and a block. While I wouldn’t necessarily expect the same kind of numbers, he’s incredibly capable of returning value and is viable in all formats.
Zach LaVine – 17/2/4 [ $7,200 / $7,500 ] Yet again, Chicago will be without a few of their players (Lopez, Holiday and Zipser), opening up some nice minutes and usage for Zach LaVine and company. While I’m not usually high on revenge narratives, LaVine versus the Timberwolves is an interesting one and with Jimmy Butler out, Andrew Wiggins will face the task of defending him, to which he has a 107.6 defensive rating. Minnesota has been quite poor on close outs this year, allowing opponents to shoot 47.8% from the field.
- Small Forward
Paul George – 22/3/5 [ $8,800 / $9,300 ] Like his teammate Russell Westbrook, Paul George has performed well against the juggernaut that is Golden State this season, especially in the last meeting, where he put up 63.5 FanDuel points in 36 minutes. As a two-way star, George fits into this matchup perfectly, as he’ll have the job of guarding Durant, while being a major facet on the offensive end to alleviate Westbrook’s attention. OKC has had a habit of keeping games close all year and that’s what I expect again, here.
TJ Warren – 19/1/5 [ $6,000 / $5,700 ] At this price range, TJ Warren is a sweet bargain, as he’s extremely capable of returning value and more in tonight’s contest. Amidst a solid offensive year, Warren is averaging a career high 19.5 points per game, despite the fact that his game hardly utilizes the three-point shot, taking a mere 1.4 attempts per outing. The only downside to playing him is risk of a blowout, but he should still have ample time, seeing as he’s the number two option on a terrible team focusing on development.
- Power Forward
Derrick Favors – 12/7 [ $6,100 / $6,300 ] Going into the All-Star break, Derrick Favors put together a string of three games where he put up 36.2+ FanDuel points, while scoring at least 15 points per game. Although there’s no way to tell if that will carry over, as he faced some troubles last night against Portland, understandably, Favors does see himself in a get right spot versus the Dallas Mavericks, who rank 23rd in defensive rebounds, only grabbing 32.6 per game. Dallas is targetable down low, but limits points in the paint.
Carmelo Anthony – 17/5 [ $5,700 / $5,900 ] Similarly to the aforementioned forward TJ Warren, Carmelo Anthony is underpriced for what he’s capable of and his matchup. One thing to keep in mind is that Anthony will more than likely pair up with the reigning DPoY, Draymond Green, which could limit his post game a bit. However, I like this spot a lot for him, as he’ll likely see upwards of 30 minutes and in what is expected to be a very competitive contest against the Warriors, he’s going to be needed for his offensive game.
Karl-Anthony Towns – 20/12/1 [ $9,700 / $9,600 ] As noted above, Butler will not suit up for tonight’s meeting versus the Bulls, as he’s been diagnosed with a meniscus injury, catapulting Karl-Anthony Towns into a prime position. Chicago will sideline their center Lopez, which allows Towns to see the backup Cristiano Felicio, who stands at 6’9″ and has a 114.7 defensive rating over 32 games played on the year. Priced just under the 10k mark on both sites is actually a bargain for the roster, considering the situation at hand.
Steven Adams – 13/9/1 [ $7,000 / $6,900 ] Yes, I know, this is the fourth Thunder player in my article, but Steven Adams is a major mismatch for Golden State, especially seeing as they will be starting JaVale McGee over Zaza Pachulia, tonight. Adams’ traditional game tied in with the focus that Westbrook, George and Anthony draw is a thing of beauty as he does what is optimal and uses his brute strength to his advantage in the paint and on the boards. In the prior game between these two, he collected 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Extras: Mitchell, McCollum, Durant, Portis, Gasol.