Whenever two of the fastest paced teams in the NBA square off, we can anticipate a high projected total. That’s the case today, as Boston (#4 in possessions/game) hosts Golden State (#1 in possessions/game) with a 216 point over/under. I highly recommend targeting this game for daily fantasy purposes, as Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Avery Bradley, and Isaiah Thomas all have the makings for solid performances.
In addition to that, here are your top 5 matchup plays of the day, also including a few honorable mentions:
TOP 5 MATCHUP PLAYS
1. Serge Ibaka – PF – OKC (at LA Lakers)
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will sit out this game, so we can expect Ibaka to see more offensive opportunities. He already poured in 39 FP against the Lakers (who rank dead last at defending PF’s) earlier this season, and replicating that performance is very much a reality considering a bump in usage. If you are playing the early/all day slate, try your best to fit Ibaka into your lineup (especially on FanDuel with a nice $7,200 price point).
2. Mo Williams – PG – CHA (at Orlando)
Mo Williams is the man in Charlotte, as he has done his best Kemba Walker impression while filling in for the Hornets leading scorer. He’s averaging 36 fppg in his new home, and the salary hasn’t come close to fully accounting for that increase. On top of that, Orlando’s defense has been dreadful as of late, and they rank 28th in defensive efficiency vs PG’s. Expect another quality outing from Mo Willy.
3. LaMarcus Aldridge – PF – POR (at Sacramento)
After a few down performances, Aldridge bounced back in a huge way Friday night, amassing 59 FP vs Oklahoma City. The matchup profiles favorably tonight as Sacramento ranks 26th in defensive efficiency vs PF’s. In addition, the Kings will be without DeMarcus Cousins, and their rebound rate will assuredly suffer. Aldridge’s price tag is depressed due to a few subpar outings, creating an encouraging return on investment opportunity.
4. D.J. Augustin – PG – OKC (at LA Lakers)
With Russell Westbrook out, Augustin will take over the starting PG duties for Oklahoma City (Durant out as well). Because of this, he should be in majority (if not all) of your lineups. The matchup couldn’t be any better, as the Lakers rank dead last in defending opposing PG’s. Augustin has shown the ability to step right in and contribute (with Chicago last season, Detroit earlier this year), so deploy him with plenty of confidence.
5. Rudy Gay – SF – SAC (vs Portland)
I mentioned earlier how DeMarcus Cousins is considered doubtful with an ankle/hip issue. That means more shot attempts for Rudy Gay, who should thrive in this pleasant matchup vs Portland (24th in D-eff vs SF’s). Darren Collison’s continued absence from the lineup should only boost his usage rate as well. He’s already averaging 33 points, 7 rebounds in two games vs Portland this season, and tonight sets up perfectly to sustain that mark.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – SF – CHA (at Orlando)
MKG is a pseudo sneaky pick in this spot, taking on an Orlando team that ranks 28th against SF’s and 25th in rebound rate. Kidd-Gilchrist is fully healthy at the moment, seeing heavy playing time as a result (34 min/game). That has translated to a spike in production (31 fppg over last four), so definitely keep him on your radar as a viable mid-range SF.
Eric Gordon – SG – NO (at Denver)
Gordon receives a nice bump in usage rate with Anthony Davis out of the lineup. It just so happens that the matchup at Denver (27th in D-eff vs SG’s) sets up beautifully as well. Gordon has emerged as New Orleans’ go-to guy with Davis on the shelf, and he’s seeing a whopping 37-40 minutes per game.