NBA DFS Playbook: Top Plays and Values– 12/31
In tonight’s NBA Playbook, we have a solid 6 game slate. One thing I have learned about games that fall on New Years is that players have a very low level of patience. Not a lot of defense will be played, games will go by a lot quicker, and overtime will be avoided by all means necessary. Remember, these athletes are people too! Regardless, for Daily Fantasy purposes pick your poison in your stars and ride the players that have been hot. Good luck tonight everyone and Happy New Year!
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Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook: Play one of or both of these guys tonight with confidence. In a fast paced game against the injury depleted Suns, both should be able to thrive in the open court. I don’t think it will be a blowout, but I do think OKC should win easily. Both players will be highly owned and are very expensive. Westbrook is averaging over 25 ppg while Durant is averaging close to 27. Vegas has a very high over/under for this one, so the scoring should be in full effect from these two stars.
Draymond Green: Curry is most likely out tonight which should mean an insane usage rate for Green. He already stuffs the stat sheet on the regular, so with increased opportunity he should take full advantage. The Warriors lost just their second game of the season last night so expect them to come out with high intensity tonight against the Rockets.
Khris Middleton: Middleton has been on fire and I don’t think he slows down anytime soon. He has really grown as a scorer and fits well in the ‘small-ball’ lineup that the Bucks like going to. While I am not a fan of his matchup tonight (Paul George may guard him), I am a fan of his opportunity. Minutes and Usage Rate usually transfer to fantasy points. In all honesty, his price is really not that expensive which makes him a valuable play.
Karl Towns: Ride the hot hand. Towns has six games of 25 points and 10 rebounds this season, and is by far the rookie of the year. Expect him to continue his dominance in a nice matchup against the Pistons. Andre Drummond has battled foul trouble his entire career and Towns should be able to tack a few early ones on the big man. Regardless, the Pistons jack shots from everywhere on the court so the rebounds are a guarantee for KAT. There are far more expensive options at Center tonight that I will be fading in favor of Towns.
Devin Booker: The increased minutes for Booker have really benefited him from a fantasy perspective. His value is steadily rising, so be sure to take advantage while you still can.