HIGH FIVE/low five
Daily Fantasy can be quite the grind! Let us do the grinding for you with “High Five/Low Five”. Each day we help put you in the money by presenting you with FIVE of the “top-tier” plays, as well as a quick list of FIVE “value plays”. Golden State Warriors’ PF David Lee flies high as Wednesday’s top Daily Fantasy Basketball play of the night.
Let’s rip it up.
Point Guard: Damian Lillard, POR ($7,500): Several things about this matchup vs. the San Antonio Spurs screams “Must play!!” For starters, LaMarcus Aldridge is out and Lillard should shoulder a little bit more of the offensive load as a result. Next up, with a 213 over/under, this game not only figures to be tight all the way, but should also be one of, if not the highest scoring game of the evening. If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, the Spurs rank 27th vs. PGs over the last fifteen days and they’re not any better without Tony Parker, who will miss tonight’s game. The price is right tonight on Portland’s young star and 35-40 FPs should come as no problem.
Shooting Guard: James Harden, HOU ($8,600): Have I mentioned how much I dislike SG? Not a lot. Have I mentioned how much I like SGs vs. the Los Angeles Lakers? A ton. That’s because the Lakers are horrible against them — 29th in recent weeks in fact. That said, James Harden is your man tonight against the Lakers in what expects to be quite a high scoring affair. There is a slight risk of blowout here, but Harden is the type of player that can get 30+ FPs in three quarters when he’s rolling, and he should be hitting on all cylinders from the get go tonight. Harden has a definite 35+ FP floor tonight and all the upside in the world if this game can stay competitive. Roll ‘em out.
Small Forward: Rudy Gay, SAC ($7,600): With DeMarcus Cousins doubtful for tonight’s matchup against the Golden State Warriors, Rudy Gay has every chance in the world to be the top scoring SF for tonight’s slate. If you remember, he played great when Cousins missed time earlier this year and should do so again tonight. To be fair, the Warriors aren’t the best matchup on the board tonight, but given the probable increase in his roll on the offensive end and the nice 206 over/under, those two things should be more than enough to mitigate any concerns about the middle-of-the-road matchup. 30-35 FPs shouldn’t be a problem tonight if Cousins is out.
Also consider: Chandler Parsons, HOU ($7,000)
Power Forward: David Lee, GS ($7,900): I’m sliding down a tier for this pick tonight, and it’s not to say that I don’t like any of the top-tier options, I just think that David Lee is the better value play this evening vs. the Sacramento Kings. For starters, this game has a nice over/under of 206 and should stay close most of the way, giving David Lee plenty of minutes to have his way with a Kings frontcourt that ranks just 24th vs. PFs in recent weeks. The real kicker in this game, though, is that both teams are expected to be without their starting centers tonight. Andrew Bogut is already listed as out and DeMarcus Cousins is listed as doubtful. This leaves David Lee as by far the most talented big man on the court tonight.
Center: Nikola Vucevic, ORL ($6,500): Nikola Vucevic didn’t exactly set the world on fire as I expected him to last night, but he still managed to put up a very valuable 31.8 FPs for a nice price. Vucevic should be able to do the same again tonight vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers and their 25th-ranked defense, who will again be without starting center Anderson Varejao. In his lone matchup with Cleveland earlier this year, Vucevic pulled down 13 rebounds and though he only managed six points, it was in an atypical shooting performance. With an average shooting performance tonight, and similar production on the boards, 30-35 FPs shouldn’t be a problem.