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NBA Daily Plays: Wednesday

by Stevie "stevietpfl Young

After a small slate on Tuesday, we have a massive 11-game slate tonight. We have a lot of injuries tonight, which should open up some really good options to target. I think it's one of the better large slates we've had this season. Make sure to check injuries before lineup lock.


Let's get into some of my top plays for FanDuel and DraftKings tonight.

Point Guard


Kyrie Irving @ Washington Wizards


Kyrie draws an excellent matchup against the Wizards tonight, and we know the Celtics are without Al Horford and Gordon Hayward. Kyrie Irving has a 29.3% usage rate without Hayward and Horford on the floor this season. He's also averaging 1.15 fantasy points per minute with them off the floor. Washington ranks 28th in defensive efficiency against point guards this season. Kyrie didn't play on Monday against the Pelicans and should be well rested for this matchup tonight against Washington.


Other Options: Jalen Brunson, T.J. McConnell


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Shooting Guard


Kent Bazemore @ Dallas Mavericks


This is one of my favorite plays tonight, and I don't think he's going to be highly owned on an 11-game slate. He's played 33 and 35 minutes in each of the last two games without Taurean Prince, and he's put up 35 and 43.5 fantasy points in those two games. He shot 2-10 from the field against Denver and was still able to fill up the stat sheet on his way to 35 fantasy points. With Jeremy Lin and Prince off the floor, Bazemore is averaging 1.20 fantasy points per minute in 102.7 minutes. Everyone is going to focus on the Trae Young/Luka Doncic narrative, but I think there is a lot more to this game than that.


Other Options: Luka Doncic, Jrue Holiday


Small Forward


Paul George @ New Orleans Pelicans


I never play Paul George, but I really like him in this spot tonight. I will likely play him on FanDuel, but I doubt I'll play him on DraftKings. Roster construction is different on the two sites, but I feel like it's a lot different today. The Thunder have the highest implied team total on the slate, and it's 6.7 points higher than their season average this season. The Pelicans rank 26th in defensive efficiency against small forwards this season and they rank 22 in DRPM. Paul George is expensive, and I hate paying up for him, but he has a lot of upside in this matchup.


Other Options: Kyle Anderson, Justise Winslow


Power Forward


Draymond Green vs. Toronto Raptors


I really hate playing the Warriors when everyone is back, but Draymond is still underpriced because of all the time he missed. He played 29 minutes in his return and should continue to play his normal minutes tonight. I think we see both teams end up going small in this game, which should lead to Green playing the five against Serge Ibaka or Pascal Siakam. Siakam has been a good defender this season, but Green is a different kind of big man and usually gives everyone trouble that defends him.


Other Options: Anthony Davis, Kelly Olynyk




Joel Embiid vs. Brooklyn Nets


Joel Embiid is my favorite play on the slate tonight. With Jimmy Butler expected to sit, and the matchup with the Nets, it's hard not to play Embiid in this spot. The Nets rank 30th in defensive efficiency against centers, and Embiid will see a usage bump without Butler in the lineup tonight. He has a 37.4% usage rate with 1.52 fantasy points per minute with Butler and Markelle Fultz off the floor this season, which is a 3.7% usage bump for him. He has amazing upside in this spot, and I think he ends up the highest scoring player on this slate.


Other Options: Andre Drummond, Rudy Gobert

Stevie "stevietpfl Young
Stevie "stevietpfl" Young is a top-ranked DFS player and GrindersLive host who specializes in NFL, MLB and NASCAR. He provides both written content and media work for RotoGrinders.