Wednesday night tips off with the clashing styles of the Warriors and Hornets, and wraps up with a couple of teams that play at a nearly identical pace, at least in terms of possessions per game, with the Pacers and Clippers getting together in Los Angeles. There are seven games in between, making this a slightly thinner slate than usual on a Wednesday. It’s those two bookend games, however, where we find three of our must-plays in daily games for the evening’s action.
Note: All prices are courtesy of FanDuel and based on a $60,000 budget.
PG: Kemba Walker ($8,200) vs. GS: You always fade Stephen Curry at your own risk, but there are other places to find superstars on Wednesday. Walker’s skill set is perfectly suited to the heightened pace the Warriors force their opponents to play. This game comes with an over/under of 211.5, and Walker leads the Hornets in points, assists and steals. Her should be able to beat those averages playing in a faster game.
SG: Jeremy Lamb ($4,700) vs. GS: It appears Lamb is at his best when he’s second banana to Walker. It worked for him at Connecticut, and it’s working again in Charlotte. He, too, should take advantage of the quicker pace expected with the Warriors in town. He has averaged 23.6 fantasy points per game across his last 10, and 24.6 in his last five.
SF: Paul George ($10,000) @ LAC: Back in the baseball season, Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta turned themselves into automatic starts because the price tag couldn’t catch up to their dominance. George has turned into basketball’s version of Kershaw and Arrieta. He’s finally a five-figure player, but that still feels like a bargain for a guy averaging 27.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. His floor is 40 fantasy points, and while his ceiling rests somewhere in the neighborhood of 65.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis ($7,200) vs. PHI: Talk about a rookie turning the corner and doing it quickly. Porzingis is averaging 37.5 fantasy points per game in his last seven contests, and has racked up at least 41.1 points in four of those games. The Sixers have allowed the fourth-most points per game to power forwards. The Knicks are also looking at a very bad team on the second night of a back-to-back. For all we know, the Sixers spent all Tuesday night celebrating after avoiding the ignominy of the worst start in NBA history.
C: Marcin Gortat ($5,900) vs. LAL: The Gortat pick is identical to the Porzingis tout in spirit. The Lakers are a bad team on the second night of a back-to-back, and they’ve allowed the fifth-most points per game to centers. Gortat has been on a heater of late, scoring at least 32.3 fantasy points in four of his last five games. He’s a worthy pivot from the high-priced centers, like Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.