NBA Plays of the Day – 3/8
- 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 [ $12,000 / $11,800 ] No surprise here, as Russell Westbrook is, once again, the top play on a slate, where he’ll take on the Phoenix Suns and have the pleasure of an individual matchup with Elfrid Payton. Earlier in the month, Westbrook put up a massive 72.8 FanDuel point effort against the Suns, which was backed by 43 points, 8 assists and 14 boards. Phoenix owns a 110.6 team defensive rating, ranking dead last in the league and Payton holds a terrible 113.9 defensive rating.
Kemba Walker – 22/5/3 [ $9,000 / $8,700 ] Over his prior 5 outings, Kemba Walker has been cruising, save the last game against Philadelphia, as he’s put up 41.7+ FanDuel points in 3 of those contests and looks to be in for another solid night. In the previous meeting with Brooklyn, Walker went for 31 points, 7 assists and 2 steals in 35 minutes of action, which was also played at home. The Nets play at the league’s 7th fastest pace, have the 23rd ranked defense and are the worst team versus point guards per DvP.
• Shooting Guard
Devin Booker – 25/4/4 [ $8,200 / $8,900 ] As the only shooting guard priced above the 8k mark, bar Steph Curry on Draft Kings, Devin Booker is still a reasonable price, considering this matchup and his both lofty and intriguing 31.1% usage. During the last game against the Thunder, Booker exploded for 39/8/6, which ultimately led to his 56.2 FanDuel point outing, on 57.1% shooting. Since Andre Roberson was injured, Oklahoma City places 23rd in defensive efficiency and 24th in field goal percentage allowed.
Dwyane Wade – 11/3/3 [ $5,100 / $5,400 ] The return to South Beach has been a rejuvenation for Dwyane Wade, as he’s gone for 32.1+ FanDuel points in 3 of his last 5 outings, while playing 21+ minutes and scoring 11+ points per game, during. Granting that Wade’s price has increased, his play has too, which was seen against the Sixers in their prior matchup, scoring 27 in 25 minutes. Philadelphia has been extremely tough on shooting this season, but has had difficulty with shooting guards, noticeably, all year.
• Small Forward
Paul George – 22/3/5 [ $8,900 / $8,600 ] Like his teammate Russell Westbrook, although not on the same level, Paul George is in a rather solid spot tonight versus Phoenix, who he put up 42.5 FanDuel points against not too long ago. As a two-way star, George fits in comfortably with the Suns fast pace of play, to which they rank 4th among the league in pace and average 15.6 turnovers. While his price is high, the boost in pace, as well as the sweet matchup, make him the top play at the position, for tonight’s slate.
Josh Jackson – 11/1/4 [ $5,300 / $5,700 ] On the other side of the ball, Josh Jackson comes into favorable territory, as the Thunder have not looked the same defensively and Paul George could face the task of defending Devin Booker. This would also give way to TJ Warren, who is priced much higher than Jackson and with the rookie struggling recently, he’s in line for lower ownership. Setting the past couple of games aside, he’s played quite well and in the last meeting versus OKC, he put up 19/4/5 in 25 minutes.
• Power Forward
LaMarcus Aldridge – 22/8/1 [ $8,200 / $7,700 ] With Pau Gasol being listed out tonight, LaMarcus Aldridge is a candidate to see more time at the center position, as he takes on a targetable Warriors front court on the boards and paint. The Spurs have had to revolve their style around Aldridge with Kawhi Leonard sidelined, conveyed in his 28.9% usage rate and 22 points per game. Golden State allows opponents an average of 47 points in the paint per game, while giving opponents 13.7 second chance points.
Dario Saric – 14/6 [ $6,300 / $6,100 ] Being the consistent player that he is, Dario Saric provides the Sixers relief off of their star players in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons with his shooting, as he shoots 45.3% from the field and 39.1% from three. Saric’s game has been fantastic this season, elevating tremendously from last year and has put 28.5+ FanDuel points in 4 of his last 6 outings. In the previous contest with the Miami Heat, he scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 2 assists in 35 minutes played.
Dwight Howard – 15/12/1 [ $8,400 / $8,300 ] Working along side teammate Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard remains entirely too cheap for what this matchup presents, as he’ll have the luxury of going against the Brooklyn Nets front court. The last time that these teams met, Howard went off for 15 points, 24 rebounds and 1 block, something he very well could emulate again, tonight. Brooklyn allows opponents an average of 46.4 points in the paint per game and gives up an average of 46.5 rebounds per game.
Steven Adams – 13/9/1 [ $7,100 / $6,900 ] Another Thunder player finds his way into the article, as they often do, with the beast that is Steven Adams facing off against a Suns team that has been more than disappointing in most areas. While Adams may not put up insane numbers, he does get things done, which makes him a safer play, especially for cash with a worthwhile price tag. Phoenix gives opponents an average of 45.7 rebounds per game and allows teams to score an average of 47.5 points in the paint.
Extras: Payton, Batum, Durant, Grant, Allen.