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PlayLine NBA Projection: Draymond Green, Wednesday 5/16

Josh Engleman

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Zach Brunner finds the best NBA fantasy Monkey Knife Fight picks for the Grizzlies vs. Warriors Western Conference play-in game tonight.

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If you missed our PlayLine Primer or original PlayLine article, I highly recommend you read it first. Awesemo did an outstanding job explaining how to create your own projections for these contests. I’ll be repeating a lot of that process here, in lesser detail.

Today, I’ll be projecting the expected points, rebounds and assists for Draymond Green in Wednesday’s Game 2 versus the Houston Rockets. Green is one of three guys (Harden/Curry) in the “Awesemo.com Presents: $1,000,000 Perfect Line Bonus + $3,600 GTD – The Big Shot” tournament on PlayLine.

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Draymond Green

After a victory in Game 1, the Warriors will be looking to make it 2-0 heading back to the west coast. The Rockets are currently a 1.5 point favorite, with a total of 224.5. In the first game, Draymond had a quiet scoring night, scoring just 5 points in 37 minutes. He did have a huge impact in the game otherwise, with 9 rebounds and 9 assists to go with a +19 on/off rating. Below you will find Draymond averages and deviations for the 2017-18 season.

Average: 11.2 points, 7.5 assists, 8.1 rebounds

Standard Deviations: 5.3 points, 2.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds

In general, you should be aiming to be within 1.5 deviations of the average. I would start my build in the following range:

Points: 3 to 20

Assists: 2 to 14

Rebounds: 3 to 12

Draymond is unique for this type of contest, as his game is less reliant on scoring. There are still plenty of points to go around based on the results of Game 1 and the implied totals for Game 2. I would expect Draymond to do a bit better than 1-5 from the field. I don’t have a ton of confidence in predicting this game, but I do expect Draymond to fill the stat sheet. A low-scoring triple double is in the cards. I’m starting my placeholder at 10 points, 6 assists and 10 rebounds. In my article from Monday, I took a look at James Harden’s ownership from our last PlayLine contest. That data has me shading Draymond’s points and assists below his seasonal averages.

Josh is Contributor for Awesemo.com where he hosts video and writes content regularly across the primary sports of MLB, NBA, and NFL as well as contributing to the development of models and projections for soccer. He originally started producing projections & articles for Reddit's r/DFSports in 2014 where he built a loyal following that brought him to where he is today. Josh is most known for his elaborate Excel spreadsheets, which he shares in all of his video content. You can find him on Twitter or hanging out in Awesemo's Premium Slack. You can contact Josh by emailing [email protected].

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