Happy Saturday, everyone. One couldn’t ask for a better NBA weekend, as last night’s 10-game slate is followed up by another tenfold of great match-ups. Coincidentally, 10 teams playing tonight are on the second night of a back-to-back. Usually this would cause me some worry, but avoiding all of these teams simply isn’t viable, and many of these squads are fighting for postseason glory. Don’t get sucked into the head games- rostering solid players with great match-ups is always a fail-proof strategy. My breakdown today will feature my favorite plays at each position, and there are plenty to choose from. Lets get into the NBA Daily Plays
There are plenty of great point guards to choose from tonight, whether you’re looking to spend up at the position or save some dough with a value play. My favorite PG play of the night is Tyreke Evans. This move strictly applies to FanDuel, as he’s still listed as a shooting guard on DraftKings, but I encourage playing him on all sites. If you can roster multiple point guards on your DraftKings line-up, I strongly recommend doing so. ‘Reke is on the second night of a back-to-back, but I love targeting strong guards against Damian Lillard’s weak defense. Ish Smith is another great play at a considerably cheaper price. Isaiah Canaan is sitting this one out, so Smith will get all of the minutes he can handle in a favorable match-up vs. the Hornets. Elfrid Payton vs. MCW is tempting, but it’s tough to predict which offensive talent will get most of the production for Orlando. Play the rookie at your own risk. Kemba Walker will be a popular play tonight, but I’m hesitant to play the Hornet while Charlotte’s offense looks this putrid.
Shooting guard is a little shallow tonight. Tyreke Evans is the premier choice for DraftKings players, but the choices aren’t so easy on FanDuel. Eric Bledsoe is a must-avoid in a tough match-up vs. the Jazz defense, and Dwyane Wade is broken down physically. Klay Thompson has been playing much better lately, and has an elite match-up vs. the Mavericks and Monta Ellis. After the high-priced options, the talent slope is significant. Gerald Henderson is worth a look with both MKG and Al Jefferson out, but offensive options for the Hornets have been unplayable lately. Kyle Korver makes for an interesting contrarian play in GPPs, and his ability to knock down threes is an absolute goldmine on DraftKings.
Small forward is a value position tonight. There are absolutely no elite options, and the closest guy close to elite is Gordon Hayward. I’ll be using this position to pay down, as it will allow me to spend up on other spots. Two cheap plays come to mind: Otto Porter and Al-Farouq Aminu. I haven’t heard a single peep about Paul Pierce’s availability tonight, as he has sat out the past two games due to rest, not injury. If he sits vs. the Grizzlies tonight, Porter makes for an intriguing play. The small forward has been a staple in my past two line-ups, and has paid dividends, but his recent production makes it easy to forget how young and inexperienced he is. I’d rather play Al-Farouq Aminu, a player that has proven production over a long stretch. Richard Jefferson is starting for the injured Chandler Parsons tonight, but the 34 year old only brings inconsistent shooting to the table. Aminu, on the other hand, has excelled in past games when Parsons has sat, and can contribute all across the board. Aminu is cheap on all sites, and is an ideal value play.
Power forward is straight up ballin’ tonight. Want to play Anthony Davis? He’s available. Feelin’ a little bit of Amare Stoudemire? Go for it. My favorite play at the position is Nerlens Noel. The should-be ROTY is a two-sided player. When Isaiah Canaan is on the court, he’s pretty bad. However, when Ish Smith is controlling the offense, Noel balls out. Canaan has been ruled out tonight, which means I’m all in on Nerlens. Noel was recently kicked to power forward, but it hasn’t hurt his value as one would expect. Tonight, he’ll face off against a Hornets front court lacking Al Jefferson. Robert Covington also makes for an intriguing play, as he’s starting at shooting guard tonight. His match-up isn’t ideal, but I still think he hits value at his low-end price. Thaddeus Young, now a main staple in the Brooklyn offense, has a great match-up vs. the forgiving Atlanta front court.
Center is awesome tonight, too. For all of you FanDuel players, I apologize that you are limited to only one 7 footer. However, on DraftKings, you can roster two, which is a very good idea. I’ll kick this beautiful position off with Rudy Gobert. The only think that can stop the dominating rookie is himself, and tonight he’ll have plenty of opportunities to do the opposite. His match-up is excellent tonight- there isn’t a soul on the Suns that can stop him, and he’ll make Brandan Wright look silly all night long. Gobert is expensive, but it’ll be easy to roster him tonight with all of the value available. Another great play is Andrew Bogut. The Warriors have relied on him heavily as of late, and it’s obvious Golden State missed Bogut dearly. Tonight he has the Mavericks, who have gotten stomped by opposing centers all season long. If you’re feeling a little gutsy, I believe Hassan Whiteside makes for a sneaky play. With Wade ailing, I believe Spoelstra will have now choice but to give Hassanity heavy minutes vs. a dangerous Andre Drummond. However, Drummond is only dangerous on the offensive side of the court, as the Pistons have been one of the worst teams in the league vs. opposing centers. If Whiteside gets the minutes, he’ll bring the production.