The NBA season is winding down as there are only 11 days left of the regular season. Tonight features a five-game slate with playoff implications all over the board. These four plays below are driven by Awesemo’s Fantasy Basketball Rankings. There is one player listed below who rates out poorly, but this is a stats-driven and gut feel type of play. There is not a lot of news right now, but it is always important to stay up to date on Awesemo’s NBA Starting Lineups page to see who is in and out of the lineup tonight.
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*Grades are ordered DraftKings, FanDuel. The initial grade indicates a player’s strength of output, with the value grade indicating their strength as a play in relation to their salary.
SG Caris LeVert — Grades: B, B | Values: A, A
After an abysmal shooting night against the Magic, Caris LeVert bounced back with his best performance last night since February 4th. LeVert finished with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and 46 DraftKings points while shooting 11-of-19 from the field. Since moving back into the starting lineup, LeVert is averaging 35.7 minutes per game over the last three games. Awesemo NBA projections have LeVert to play 34.5 minutes and be the best value on FanDuel and have the highest boom percentage in our NBA DFS Boom/Bust Tool.
This matchup against the Hawks features two teams that will more than likely be in the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks have the fifth-worst defensive rating this season, while allowing 112.4 points per game. This game has the second-highest total on the slate at 225.5 points as the Cavaliers are 5.5-point underdogs due to Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen being injured. LeVert is necessary for cash games as he is by far the most popular play on both DraftKings and FanDuel in our NBA DFS ownership projections.
C Joel Embiid — Grades: A, A | Values: C, B
The best pay-up option on the slate is a battle between Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo. They rate out extremely close, but Embiid gets the nod by a hair in most of Awesemo’s tools. He is coming off back-to-back dominant performances where he averaged 33 points, 14.5 rebounds and 64.4 DraftKings points per game while shooting 52.1% from the field. Embiid still ranks second in usage rate and points per game. His ceiling is shown in our Boom/Bust Tool as he ranks top four in boom percentage for both sites.
The 76ers and Pistons have not played against each other since November 4th. In their two previous meetings, the 76ers won both while Embiid averaged 24.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Embiid has only gotten better since early November and is projected to lead the entire slate in scoring tonight with 32.3 points. The Pistons lack interior size and strength. They rank last in rebounding percentage and 22nd in points allowed in the paint per game. Embiid has leverage on this slate as he is coming in lower-owned than Giannis.
C Rudy Gobert — Grades: A, A | Values: B, A
The Jazz have a lot of pieces that can pop tonight in this matchup against the Lakers. They are the biggest favorite on the slate, as they are implied to score 118.75 points. The Jazz are favored by 13 points as the Lakers will be without LeBron James and likely Anthony Davis. Going with another center seems like the best option in this matchup as Rudy Gobert should destroy this Lakers frontcourt. Gobert continues to lead the league in rebounding with 14.6 per game and is one of the best options in our Fantasy Basketball Rankings.
The Lakers have been one of the worst teams since the All-Star Break with a 4-13 record as they try to hold on to the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. They rank 28th in defensive rebounding since the break and have allowed the fourth-most points per game in the paint this season. Without Davis, they have no interior presence to stop Gobert tonight. He is a near-lock to a double-double as he has a top-four boom percentage for both sites in our NBA Fantasy Boom/Bust Tool. His upside is high, even if this game blows out.
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SG Seth Curry — Grades: C, D | Values: D, C
Getting exposure to the Nets and Bucks game seems critical on this slate, as it has by far the highest total on the slate at 243 points. Many will look to the studs in Giannis, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and rightfully so. However, since Embiid is the pay-up option, it is smart to save some salary and go down to Seth Curry. He does not rate out well in our Fantasy Basketball Rankings, but this is a great spot to target Curry’s outside shooting. In 16 games with the Nets, Curry is averaging 3.1 made 3-pointers per game.
If you take out the game that Curry left due to an ankle injury, he has made at least two 3-pointers in every game since joining the Nets. Over the past five games, he has two games where he finished with five and seven made 3-pointers. The reason this is so significant is because the Bucks allow the most 3-point attempts and 3-pointers made per game in the entire league. They have one of the best interior defenses and can match up well with Jrue Holiday on Irving and Giannis on Durant, leaving shooters wide open. Insert Curry.
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