NBA Plays of the Day – 3/10
- Plays are based on stats, opposition and pricing.
- FanDuel and DraftKings prices listed respectively.
• Point Guard
Russell Westbrook ( $12,000 / $11,500 ) Although Russell Westbrook has failed to return value over his prior couple of contests, he still remains one of the safest plays on tonight’s slate, despite his tough matchup with the San Antonio Spurs. In all honesty, rostering Westbrook can be a hit or miss, especially at his price(s), but when he has this kind of floor/ceiling combo, he’s viable.
Sindarius Thornwell ( $3,600 / $3,300 ) Let me be very clear, Sindarius Thornwell is a gpp dart – he has upside in the fact that he’s seen an average of 32 minutes per game in his previous two outings and has performed quite well, to be fair. While staying at a nice, low price, as he should, Thornwell finds himself in a solid matchup against a Magic team that places 26th defensively.
• Shooting Guard
Lou Williams ( $8,000 / $8,500 ) Similarly to his teammate Thornwell, but on another level, Lou Williams is in a favorable spot, as Orlando has allowed opponents to shoot an average of 47.3% from the field and 36.3% from three-point range. Adding to this scenario is Williams’ consistent play, because while he does produce a lot through points, he’s capable of filling up his stat sheet.
Ben McLemore ( $4,600 / $5,400 ) After a lousy outing versus the Utah Jazz, which is always tough, Ben McLemore sees a more targetable opponent in Dallas, as he should face off against Wesley Matthews, who owns a 111.4 defensive rating. Before his last game, McLemore had strung together 31.4+ FanDuel points over a three game span and looks to get back on track, here tonight.
• Small Forward
Jonathan Simmons ( $6,200 / $5,400 ) With both Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon remaining sidelined, Jonathan Simmons has become a much bigger part of the Magic’s offensive game plan, as he put up 25/1/5 last night against the Kings. Los Angeles has been having difficulties with small forwards and shooting guards recently, so wherever he plays, he should be in for a nice one.
Mario Hezonja ( $4,800 / $5,600 ) Continuing on with Orlando, as Mario Hezonja has also seen a boost due to some key injuries, which, at his cheap price (more so on FanDuel), could be a nice salary saver, while still benefiting your line. Hezonja saw a solid 33 minutes of action yesterday versus Sacramento and like Simmons, he’s in a good spot, as the Clippers have had some trouble.
• Power Forward
LaMarcus Aldridge ( $8,700 / $8,400 ) In his past contest with the Warriors, LaMarcus Aldridge came up huge for the Spurs, as he scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, only to fall short by the late game heroics of Kevin Durant. Tonight, Aldridge will meet up with OKC, who have really struggled defensively without Roberson and is likely to be guarded by the smaller Carmelo.
Jarell Martin ( $4,500 / $4,800 ) Memphis has decided to rest Marc Gasol tonight, which will open up a ton of minutes for many of the guys in the front court, including Jarell Martin, who has produced well in short periods of time. While a lot of people will look to JaMychal Green first and I don’t blame them at all (he’s a great play), Martin is extremely cheap and in a very good spot.
DeAndre Jordan ( $8,300 / $7,800 ) Priced as the second highest center (FanDuel), DeAndre Jordan is in a plus situation, as he’s set to take up Nikola Vucevic, who possesses a 108.4 defensive rating and a terrible Orlando team defense. The Magic have let opponents score an average of 49.2 points in the paint per game and rank 30th in the league for defensive rebound percentage.
Deyonta Davis ( $3,800 / $4,000 ) Just like his teammate Martin, Deyonta Davis is a strong candidate to see a minutes increase, to which makes him a viable play at the center position, especially if you’re looking to spend up elsewhere. The Mavericks rank 23rd in the league in defensive rebounding, grabbing an average of just 32.9 per game and have been bothered by bigs all year.
Extras: Beal, Porter, Harris, Green, Vucevic.