The NBA Daily Plays for Wednesday, December 2nd breaks down the best Stud, Value and GPP plays at each position for FanDuel and DraftKings daily fantasy sports contests. The Stud & Value plays should be considered relatively chalky and are ideal for cash games. The GPP plays dig a little deeper to hopefully find some low owned talent who could pay off big in a tournament. Make sure you check out our NBA projections page to help in your DFS research.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (FD $10,900, DK $10,600) –
Steph Curry will be taking a long stroll down narrative street tonight. He’ll be playing in his hometown of Charlotte vs. the Hornets, and it just so happens that it’s ‘Dell Curry Night’ at Time Warner Cable Arena. If those two tidbits aren’t enticing, then consider that Curry is the best shooter in basketball. He’ll be a must in cash games tonight.
Isaiah Canaan (FD $4,400, DK $5,000)-
Canaan didn’t disappoint fantasy owners last night, easily making value vs. the Lakers. He’ll have a great opportunity to repeat that success vs. the Knicks tonight, at a ridiculously-cheap salary. Canaan makes a great complement for a high-priced stud.
Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans (FD $7,400, DK $6,600)-
You’ll want plenty of exposure to NO @ HOU tonight, as two of the worst defenses in the league go to battle. The scoring total for this one will be outrageous, and Tyreke Evans will have the opportunity to stuff the stat sheet. His ability to contribute in every category makes him an enticing play in this one.
James Harden, Houston Rockets (FD $10,800, DK $10,300) –
Harden will most likely be the highest scorer of the evening. The Pelicans are the worst defensive team in the league, and simply won’t be able to slow down The Beard. He’ll likely be hacked a lot in this one, so look for Harden to camp out at the free throw line tonight.
Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte Hornets (FD $4,700, DK $4,800)-
The Warriors are almost guaranteed to obliterate the Hornets tonight, which means there will be plenty of minutes available for sixth man Jeremy Lamb. Lamb has been the best player for Charlotte not named Kemba Walker, and has produced an average of 25 FPTS over 28 minutes in his last five games.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (FD $6,700, DK $5,900) –
Kobe attempted 17 threes last night, and made four of them. That’s…uh…something. The Wizards allow the most three pointers made per game in the NBA, so it could be a interesting night for soon-to-be-retiree. If his shot is on, the fantasy potential is there.
Paul George, Indiana Pacers (FD $10,000, DK $10,200)
Clippers/Pacers should be the closest game of the evening, with a modest O/U of 200. The most appealing player from this matchup is Paul George, as Indiana will need his production to keep it close in L.A. Along with plenty of scoring, I expect PG13 to grab plenty of boards, as the Clippers are a sieve under the rim. George also gives you exposure to the latest game of the slate, which is monumental.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (FD $9,100, DK $8,700) –
If you’re looking to spend a little less dough at small forward, Leonard is a great option, especially in cash. Leonard is averaging an outrageous 46.5 FanDuel PPG over his last five, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (FD $10,800, DK $10,600) –
Now that the Brow has strung together a few phenomenal performances, it seems that he’s a safe target in daily fantasy once again. He’ll face one of the worst front court defenses in the league tonight, and should feast all night long.
Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets (FD $5,000, DK $5,700)-
Marvin Williams is bound to be overlooked tonight, but is in a great spot. While Al Jefferson is sidelined by injury, Williams will see plenty of court time at the three, four, and five. Tonight, he’ll do battle with a susceptible Warriors front court that will allow for plenty of production. Williams is projected to hit five times his value on both sites as noted on our spreadsheets.
Paul Gasol, Chicago Bulls (FD $7,600, DK $6,800)-
With a large percentage of the field swaying towards Anthony Davis, many other high-priced power forwards will likely be an afterthought. However, I love Gasol tonight, as his floor and ceiling are appealing for any game format. Pau will do battle vs. the Nuggets tonight, and Denver will struggle to stop him.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons (FD $9,400, DK $9,000) –
Drummond is by far the highest scoring center in our projections, and also the most talented center by a wide margin. The Suns aren’t particularly intimidating under the basket, and Drummond should continue his dominance tonight in the Motor City.
Clint Capela, Houston Rockets (FD $4,900, DK $5,500)-
For my money, Capela is my favorite play center tonight. His salary has inflated considerably, but isn’t high enough to scare me off of him. The power forward/center’s matchup tonight vs. the Pelicans is an attractive one, and the Swiss 21-year old should exceed expectations once again.
Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards (FD $5,900, DK $5,600)
I love playing centers vs. the Lakers, and it’s an added bonus when said center is on a hot streak. In the absence of Nene Hilario, Gortat has taken a huge leap, particularly in the scoring category. Gortat is reasonably priced, and is a great pivot from the masses taking Capela instead.