FanDuel NBA Plays for Wednesday, January 8th
Welcome to Wednesday Night in the NBA! We have a full slate of NBA games tonight and a whole bunch of cash to give away, including the $90,000 NBA Super Slam. Below I’ve given you some of my favorite plays at varying price ranges. And as a side note, remember that the NBA is volatile as far as injuries and stomach flus and what not, so always be sure to keep up with the latest news so you don’t get stuck with a dud. I prefer to use Twitter for my up to the second information. Here’s a very short list of fantasy basketball people I follow who update that kind of information.
Kyle Lowry ($8,500) Tor vs Det — Lowry is putting up good numbers with the Raptors on a five-game winning streak. Over that span, Lowry averaged 18.4 points, 5.0 boards, 10.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.8 threes with a nice 49.2 percent from the field. Over the last 15 days Detroit ranks 29th in giving up 48.46 FanDuel points per game to point guards. In his last 10 games he is averaging 40.88 FanDuel points per game.
Goran Dragic ($7,200) Phx @ Min – With Eric Bledsoe still sidelined with a sprained knee, Dragic will need to continue shouldering the offense. Over the last four games he’s averaged 23.8 points, 2 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.5 threes for 38.15 FanDuel points per game. The Timberwolves have allowed the 22nd most FanDuel points to point guards with 42.07 over the last fifteen days. This game also has the highest over/under of the night at 213, which is always a plus.
Tony Parker ($6,700) SA vs Dal – Parker is averaging 30.6 FanDuel points over his last 8 games and is starting to show a bit more consistency, but his price is still depressed. Over the last 15 games the Mavericks have given up 41.65 FanDuel points per game to point guards.
James Harden ($8,600) Hou vs LAL – Harden has one of, if not the best matchup of the night. The Lakers give up 39.26 FanDuel points to opposing shooting guards, which is the most in the league, but if you add Harden’s last two games against the Kings and the Knicks into the equation you have the potential for huge numbers. He absolutely torched both of them and averaged 50 FanDuel points in the process. And at $8,600 his price does not even come close to his ceiling.
Manu Ginobili ($5,500) SA vs Dal – This Spurs/Maverick’s game has the second highest over/under of the night at 209. The Mavs are in the middle in FanDuel points allowed to shooting guards at 34.91, but at his cheap price and how he fills out the stat sheet he should have no trouble getting to value on the night. He is averaging 32 FanDuel points over his last four games and all he’ll need to do is hit 30 to easily be worth this price.
Terrence Ross ($4,300) Tor vs Det – On the season the Pistons are giving up 2.51 triples against shooting guards per game while Ross is averaging 2.7 per on the season. In his last five games he’s faced the Pacers twice, Miami, Chicago and Washington. That’s not the easiest schedule, but Ross continues to get his minutes and the Pistons, over the last six games, are allowing 39.64 FanDuel points to shooting guards, which ranks 27th in the league.
Paul George ($8,700) Ind @ Atl – George got into foul trouble last night and played 28 minutes scoring 11 points, so he should be ready to go in Atlanta tonight as he takes on a team that has given up 41.53 FanDuel points to small forwards over the last eight games. George is actually playing at a higher level on the road with a 47.4 field goal percentage on the road, compared to 44.8% at home. He’s also averaging 25.3 points to 21.4 and shooting better at the line. It looks like his focus is heightened on the road and after this down game at home I look for a bounce back on the road.
Paul Pierce ($5,600) Bkn vs GS – Pierce has averaged 33.2 minutes over the last five games along with 28.82 FanDuel points. So he’s around value for his price right there, but with Deron Williams out Pierce will need to fill the scoring void with no strong backup for Williams.
DeMarre Carroll ($4,900) Atl vs Ind – Carroll has been steady since returning from his thumb injury three games ago with double digit points and seven boards each game while averaging 27.4 FanDuel points. The best stat is that he’s averaging 35 minutes a game over the last three and should continue getting to value for his price.
Anthony Davis ($8,700) NO vs Was – Mr. Davis hasn’t been home to play a game in 2014, but will do so against the Wizards tonight after a strong fantasy outing in Miami where he put up 42.8 FanDuel points. His price has dropped $500 after a couple down games, one at Indiana where every big man has trouble. At $8,700 his average of 40 FanDuel points is a gift.
Terrence Jones ($5,900) Hou vs LAL – Jones has been erratic this season, but is still averaging a nice 31.1 FanDuel points over the last six games and faces the Lakers who are dead last n FanDuel points allowed per game to power forwards with a healthy 48.76.
Dwight Howard ($8,500) Hou vs LAL – Howard should have some stuff to work out in this game, his first back in L.A., but that’s not why I’m recommending him. I’m recommending him because the Lakers just aren’t good at defending big men and that is one thing Howard is. They allow a league worst 15.78 rebounds per game to centers and the second most FanDuel points at 48.1. Howard’s price is low due to some inconsistency, but his big games have been huge. Only Demarcus Cousins is averaging more FanDuel points than he is and Cousins costs $1,300 more and doesn’t play tonight.
Robin Lopez ($5,800) Por vs Orl – Sideshow Bob is playing well at home this season with 11.9 points and 9.22 rebounds per game in Portlandia. Over the last seven games Orlando is allowing 16.97 boards per game to centers. I think Lopez will hit his value in the trenches in this one.
Robert Sacre ($3,800) LAL @ Hou – His price and his place in the starting lineup right now are the big selling points for Sacre. He is averaging 20 FanDuel points and just under 30 minutes per game since being inserted into the starting lineup three games ago and for his price that’s good enough, especially if it helps you get the studs you need.