NBA Plays of the Day 3/17 – The Brow Cleared for Takeoff against Rockets

  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

Chris Paul – 18/8/5 [ $8,100 / $7,900 ] While Chris Paul has been a bit up and down as of late, there’s no denying that he’s in an amazing spot against the Pelicans and remains quite affordable, as this matchup has plenty of potential to be very competitive. New Orleans has been playing extremely well recently, but has struggled mightily all season to defend the point guard position.

Dennis Smith Jr. – 15/4/3 [ $6,600 / $6,700 ] Over his previous 3 games, Dennis Smith Jr. was a hit or miss roster, as he faced off with tough opponents in Houston and Toronto, however, he’ll get a much easier outing, here tonight, versus a sloppy Nets team. Brooklyn owns the 27th ranked defense in the league, possessing a 108.6 team defensive rating and plays at the 7th fastest pace.

Elfrid Payton – 13/6/4 [ $5,600 / $6,000 ] After a hot start with the Suns, Elfrid Payton has cooled down and as his minutes have decreased recently, essentially being a dart in gpps, but will have a chance to bounce back against the injury plagued Warriors. Golden State has had difficulties with point guards, as of late and both teams rank among the league’s top 4 in their pace of play.

• Shooting Guard

Jrue Holiday – 19/5/4 [ $9,000 / $8,300 ] With Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday has proven to be much more versatile, as expected, and over his last 3 contests, he’s put up 43.7+ FanDuel points, where as in Davis’ absence, he went for only 17.6 FanDuel points. Houston will likely have Chris Paul defending (could very well be wrong), but as the second option, he’s met value consistently.

Will Barton – 14/4/4 [ $6,200 / $6,200 ] Last night, Gary Harris took a hard fall, which has subsequently ruled him inactive for tonight’s match versus the Grizzlies, vaulting Will Barton to (more than likely) the starting lineup and an uptick in his minutes. Memphis, somehow, only ranks 20th in the league defensively and in the prior meeting, he put up a 34.2 FanDuel points effort.

Nick Young – 6/1 [ $5,000 / $4,500 ] As mentioned, Golden State has caught the injury bug, leaving them to be overwhelmingly short-handed and have had to rely more on their depth, including Nick Young, to play a tremendous amount of minutes, since. Phoenix continues to struggle, which is to be expected at this point, as they rank dead last defensively with a 110.7 team rating.

• Small Forward

LeBron James – 27/9/8 [ $12,700 / $11,900 ] Although LeBron James is extremely expensive, even more so than Anthony Davis, he has played incredibly well, especially over his past 2 games, as he’s put up 68.9 and 69.8 FanDuel point efforts, respectively. Chicago looks to be in tank mode, resulting in a 108.5 team defensive rating, placing them at the 24th spot in defense standings.

Nemanja Bjelica – 6/1/3 [ $6,400 / $6,000 ] Since Jimmy Butler’s injury, Nemanja Bjelica has filled the starting role nicely and over his last 4 matches, he’s played 38+ minutes per game, while putting up 38.4+ FanDuel points in each of his prior 3 outings. San Antonio ranks 3rd in the league defensively, holding a 102.0 team rating, but has struggled with small forwards, as of late.

Andre Iguodala – 5/3/3 [ $4,200 / $4,700 ] The injury to Kevin Durant and last night, Omri Casspi, has catapulted the veteran Andre Iguodala to the tops of the rankings, in what should be a competitive and fast pace of play versus a young Phoenix unit. The Suns turn the ball over an average of 15.7 times per game and have given opponents an average of 47.5 points in the paint.

• Power Forward

Anthony Davis – 28/11/2 [ $12,400 / $11,500 ] Coming off a rough game against the Spurs, in which he only managed to put up 40.8 FanDuel points, after back to back 70+ FanDuel point performances, Anthony Davis looks to get things straightened, here. The Rockets will likely try to double team him, as is often the case, but don’t have anyone of his speed/length to really stop him.

Draymond Green – 11/7/7 [ $7,800 / $8,800 ] Being the lone (healthy) All-Star that Warriors have available, Draymond Green is in a phenomenal situation in a matchup with the Suns, which will line up to show off his passing ability and creative play style. This is just one of those plays that could come back to bite you if you choose to fade, try to build around him and hope the best.

Bobby Portis – 13/6 [ $7,000 / $7,200 ] Teammates Lauri Markkanen (OUT) and Noah Vonleh (GTD), have opened the door for Bobby Portis to see some extended run against a struggling Cavaliers team, that hasn’t meshed as most had originally expected. Cleveland has had real trouble with opposing power forwards and for lack of depth’s sake, he’s very worthy of you to consider.

• Center

Rudy Gobert – 13/10/2 [ $10,200 / $8,700 ] For his past 3 matches, Rudy Gobert has been very quietly racking up solid outings, and even more so, over the previous 8 contests, he’s failed to reach the 40+ FanDuel point threshold just once, versus Memphis. Sacramento places 29th among the league on the defensive end and grabs an average of just 31.2 defensive rebounds per game.

Clint Capela – 14/10/1 [ $7,700 / $6,900 ] This may come to some of you as a red flag, however, Clint Capela, as terrible as he’s been, sans last night against the Clippers, is very much in play versus a New Orleans team that has been destroyed in the paint. The Pelicans, as alluded to, have allowed opponents to score an average of 48 points in the paint, ranked 28th in the association.

Nerlens Noel – 4/5 [ $5,100 / $3,800 ] Diving a bit into the value section here, Nerlens Noel finds himself in a situation that has benefited most big men all season, as Brooklyn, despite their rebound rankings, have been a soft front court and an easy target. The Nets have been the worst team against centers in year long format and over their past 5 outings, according to DvP metrics.

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