NBA Stud Breakdown – 3/18
Hey FanCavers, with tonight’s slate being that of only 3 games, I’ll be breaking down the 3 studs we have, here. Below, I have included their recent play and why I think they’re each worthy of building around, or maybe stacking. Alright, let’s get into it!
As you can see, Karl-Anthony Towns has absolutely crushed the Houston Rockets over the course of his career and in this year alone, Towns has averaged 25/13/3 along with 3 assists and 1 steal per game, in 3 meetings so far.
Tonight, KAT will get another chance to pounce on the Rockets and will get the opportunity to do so at home, but without his fellow All-Star teammate Jimmy Butler, which could provide some benefits to his minutes and usage.
Priced as the cheapest stud out of the lot, on both FanDuel and DraftKings, he opens the door for you to save some salary and while keeping his history in mind, he’s more than worthy of being considered of, when building lineups.
Since the All-Star break, James Harden has been terrific, although he has seen a mild dip in his three-point shooting, but with his insane 36% usage during the 61 games that he’s played this season, that is to be expected of somewhat.
Noted above, Butler will not be available to play, which could tilt things a bit, however, as of now, this game owns the highest over/under on the slate (222) and only has a 7 point spread (favoring Houston), per FantasyLabs.
On both FanDuel and DraftKings, Harden is the middle of the pack priced stud and comes in at rather reasonable price points – Minnesota has allowed opponents to shoot an average of 47.7% from the field and 36.2% from deep.
The injury to DeMarcus Cousins, sent Anthony Davis on a mission, as the Pelicans are currently the 8th seed in the Western Conference with a record of 39-30 and behind Davis’ play, have a real shot at making the playoffs.
Boston will, undoubtedly, be a tough test, as they possess the best defense in the league, holding a solid 101.2 team defensive rating, but Davis did put up a massive 45 point, 16 rebound performance against them in the last meeting.
Paying up for him will obviously limit other spots in your lineup(s), nonetheless, he’s a good play with tremendous upside, as he owns a crazy 33.4% usage and plays an average of 37.1 minutes per game, over the observed duration.