NBA Plays of the Day 4/5 – Can McCollum and Company Give Houston Problems?

  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

Eric Bledsoe 17/4/3 – Although priced as the fourth highest point guard on tonight’s slate, Eric Bledsoe possesses the best matchup, as he takes on the Brooklyn Nets, who have been the worst team all season against the position, according to DvP metrics. Over his last 5 games, Bledsoe has put up 42.6+ FanDuel points in 3 outings and should really benefit here with the Nets ranking 7th in the league in pace and 25th in defense.

Shabazz Napier 8/2/2 – Just moments ago, Damian Lillard was ruled out, which should slide Shabazz Napier into the starting lineup and give him extra run, as well as relieve some salary for elsewhere in your lineup, if you do choose to roster the backup guard. Chris Paul and the Rockets will be a tough test, undoubtedly, and while Napier has not been great in the last couple of meetings, averaging 6/1/1, he will get time and is cheap.

• Shooting Guard

Donovan Mitchell 20/3/3 – With both the Jazz and the Clippers having something to play for tonight, it shouldn’t be a shock that Donovan Mitchell is mentioned, especially since Los Angeles has been one of the worst teams against shootings guards, all season. The floor that Mitchell has is remarkable, even more so for a rookie, as he’s put up 30+ FanDuel points in 21 of his previous 24 contests, while playing heavy, crucial minutes.

CJ McCollum 21/3/3 – As noted, the Trailblazers will be without their All-Star guard in Lillard, which will boost up many Portland players, but none more than CJ McCollum, who will be the definitive number one option and is rather underpriced, in this one. During the prior game versus Houston, McCollum had a mere 14.9 FanDuel points and while that should be taken into consideration, he’s a solid play and will be very chalky.

• Small Forward

Kevin Durant 26/5/6 – While not accounted for on the DraftKings’ slate, Kevin Durant and the Warriors are available on FanDuel, as they’ll take on the Pacers, who on paper, present a brutal matchup versus the small forward position, which will shy a lot away. However, Durant holds a monster 34.4% usage over his past 3 matches, where he has played 30+ minutes per game and has put up, at least, 27/4/10 and a block, in that time.

Otto Porter Jr. 14/2/6 – This may come as a surprise to many, seeing as Otto Porter Jr. has been shaky lately, but this is a bounce back spot in a playoff atmosphere meeting versus the Cavaliers, who possess an awful 111.3 defensive rating, since All-Star break. If you wanted to, skidding on down to Kelly Oubre Jr. is a fine option too and is much cheaper, but LeBron has saved his energy for offense and has a 111.1 defensive rating.

• Power Forward

Kevin Love 17/9 – On the other side of this matchup, Kevin Love is considerably cheap, despite his capabilities and what this game has to offer, as the Cavaliers are implied to score 112 points (LIVE) with only a +5.5 point spread favor (LIVE), as per FantasyLabs. For this match, Love could be slotted in at the center position and if that becomes the scenario, he would be of big benefit, as Washington has had plenty of difficulty, there.

Taj Gibson 12/7 – There is much to like about this contest between the Timberwolves and the Nuggets, but when you look into the numbers, Taj Gibson should be poised for a big night, as Denver has been the worst team versus power forwards, as of recently. Although Gibson has only scored in double figures in 5 out of his past 10 games and hasn’t recorded 10 rebounds in any, he does have upside and will play a ton, tonight.

• Center

Nikola Jokic 18/10/5 – Sliding over to the Nuggets side of things, Nikola Jokic could be a hit or a miss, which is quite a gamble when considering his price, but with this game having an over/under of 224.5 (LIVE), it’s fair to say that he’ll be a contributor to that. Minnesota has had some troubles with centers in their previous 10 games and with the play style that Jokic bring to the table, they’ll yet again have their hands full with him.

Jusuf Nurkic 14/8/1 – For the third time, a Trailblazer makes his way, as Jusuf Nurkic will see bumps to his usage percentage and possibly to his minutes, which haven’t seen the 30 minute mark in nearly a month, but are enough for him to get things achieved. In the prior outing against the Rockets, Nurkic went for a massive 54.7 FanDuel point effort, propelled by 21/11/4, as well as 3 assists and 2 steals – temper your expectations.

Extras: Rubio, Harden, Giannis, Green, Allen.

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