We have officially reached the point in the NBA season in which teams and coaches become completely unpredictable. Moving forward, it is very important to be very conservative with you bankroll in order to avoid a disastrous late scratch. Tonight’s six-game slate is very unappealing as it features many teams that are very defensively oriented. With that said, here are the top plays for FanDuel’s NBA offerings this evening.
John Wall, Washington Wizards, $9,000 – John Wall at home, against a fast pasted team? Yes, Please! Throughout his career, John Wall has been a player that always performs much better at home and this season is no different. Wall is averaging an additional four fantasy points per game at home opposed to on the road. The Wizards have the second highest team total on the night at right around 107. Wall is my top target at the point guard position tonight.
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Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets, $5,900 – Deron Williams has reclaimed the starting point guard job for the Brooklyn Nets. Williams has exceeded 30 minutes of action in three out of four games. During this four-game stretch, Williams has gone over 23 fantasy points in all four of these games. The 76ers offer a very appealing matchup for Deron Williams. They turn the basketball over at highest rate in the entire NBA and allow the third most three-point field goal attempts per game. Both of these statistics work in Williams’ favor.
Rodney Stuckey, Indiana Pacers, $6,300 – $6,300 is typically much more than I like playing for a bench player, but I’m will to make an exception tonight. Rodney Stuckey has played between 29 and 37 minutes in four straight games and he’s proven during this stretch that is the best offensive player on the team. Stuckey in coming off back to back games with performances of 40.2 and 54.7 fantasy points. He has not produced less than 22 fantasy points in seven games, which is a very decent floor at his current price. Stuckey is a fine shooting guard play tonight.
Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets, $5,400 – Don’t get me wrong, Joe Johnson has been playing really poorly lately. That being said, he’s a guy that I’m willing to consider tonight for a few reasons. First, he has played at least 35 minutes in two out of three games. Second, he has a great match-up with the 76ers who have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards on the season. And lastly, his $5,400 price tag is just about as low as it’s ever been.
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, $7,800 – Hayward blew up for a 29/4/7 performance good for 45.3 fantasy points last time out after a one-game absence. This performance marked the third straight game that he has exceeded 36 fantasy points. Detroit possesses a defense that does not have a very good wing defender. I like Hayward to continue his hot play in this matchup with the Pistons tonight.
Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers, $5,500 – Covington was moved back into the starting last night and the results were very impressive. In 28 minutes of action, Covington was able to produce 24 actual points. As long as he remains in the starting lineup, Covington offers a discounted price for his starting role. He is a very active player on the court that is capable of producing across the board, which adds appeal to his potential upside.
Derrick Favors, Utah Jazz, $7,900 – Rudy Gobert is listed as questionable tonight. I think Favors is an excellent play regardless of Gobert’s status, however, he would receive a decent boost if the towering center were to sit out tonight’s game. Gobert’s absence would lock in some additional minutes and rebounding opportunities for Favors. In addition to this, the matchup versus the Detroit pistons is elite, as they have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards.
David West, Indiana Pacers, $5,900 – David West has not been playing well lately, however, the lack of options on this slate makes him a guy to consider. His individual matchup tonight is very solid due to the weak interior defense of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards. It’s certainly not the sexiest pick, but I don’t mind targeting West on this difficult Saturday night.
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets, $7,200 – Lopez reclaimed his starting job recently and has been performing quite nicely. If you take a look at the game logs for Brook Lopez you will find a very close correlation between playing time and production. He has produced over 32 fantasy points in four straight games. The individual matchup for Lopez could not be any better, as the Philadelphia 76ers have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing centers. Lopez is a great center option tonight.