HAPPY FRIDAY, FAMMM! Welcome back ladies and gents, it is another Friday we have reached and this is another article in the Quick Bricks archive! I will not spend a whole bunch of time rambling, but let me say that this slate should be a high-scoring affair as there are TONS of studs on it. It is going to be tough fitting those studs though, really tough, so let’s get to work!
Russell Westbrook ($11,400)- I believe Russ is back to “must play every slate he’s on” status, and tonight is no different here as he and the Thunder will host the Hawks, who could be without starting PG Dennis Schroder. I can already here the “blow-out” chants already from you guys, and I understand that, but let me hit you guys with some knowledge. With the exception of his last game (26 mins), Russ has played at least 36 minutes in his last 7 home bouts, so take that as you will, and for me, I believe we know Russ is going Trip-dub hunting as usual, and this should be an easy one for him. At home, Russ is averaging 26.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, and 10.1 apg, while averaging 36.1 minutes per game, and carrying a lovely 35.2 usage rate as well, which is the second highest in the NBA for guards behind Harden.
Spencer Dinwiddie ($6,400)- I really like this game tonight with WAS/BRKN as a really nice game stack. It carries a 212 total, which isn’t exactly a whopper of a total, but I think this game could see more than that in my opinion. Dinwiddie’s home/away splits are more diverse than an old wooden ship, and being at home tonight, I do like him a good bit. In his home contests so far, this season, he is maintaining a modest 22.8 usage rate, with a scorching 124 offensive efficiency rating. Also, averaging 28.1 minutes per game, 15.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 7.1 apg on his home floor. In these two teams prior meeting in Brooklyn (Yes, there was no Wall), Dinwiddie shot terribly (4-14 from field, 1 of 11 from 3 PT) but still managed 43 fantasy points on a line of 11 points, 6 boards, and 12 assist. I do think Wall will change this game a bit, but I think it could see a faster pace as well due to that. I like Dinwiddie tonight at home and think his price is down around more where it should be currently.
Jrue Holiday ($7,300)- Holiday has been streaky hot lately, and even with AD coming back. I do have quite the bit of liking to him again tonight in a very nice match up, ORL is allowing the 2nd most FPs on average to the SG spot over their last 5 games by an average of 19.1 FPs. It does seem that Fournier may come back tomorrow, but is still questionable, so it would be worth watching. Now, Holiday in his last 4 games on the road has been pretty busy with fantasy totals of 33, 51, 60.5, and 33.8. Couple this with his 21.8 usage rate, and 37.2 minutes on the floor on average for the road contests, I think Jrue is a very nice option in what could also be a nice game stack tonight with the Magic/Pelicans.
Eric Gordon ($5,900)- We have the situation where there is No CP3 once again, and we all know how beneficial this was for Gordon earlier on this season. Not to mention the fact that Gordon has been lighting up the nets over his last two games as well with CP3, but we get him tonight on his home floor where he has really played his best this season. in his home games, Gordon is sporting a 24.6 usage %, while shooting 44% from the field, while also clipping 38% from behind the arc, which we know is where he does most of his damage. Over his last two at home, he has notched 32 and 40 fantasy points, so to say he is heating up like NBA Jam style is quite sufficient. Don’t sleep on him tonight.
Kevin Durant ($11,600)- Guys and Gals, I apologize, but there are going to be a few studs in this article, and I think it is backed with tons of merit, and not just me picking the “known” big names. Only adding these guys in here because they have been absolutely dominant, and have the best matchups in their games tonight. Durant just torched this Laker squad for 72 fantasy points, and now he gets them at home in the Oracle. KD has the 4th highest usage rate out of qualified forwards behind guys like Kristaps, Giannis, and LBJ, and even more so lately (31.4 usage %) since there has been no Steph or Draymond. Klay took over a bit in their last game at home vs the Grizz, but KD will be ready once again for this match up. Lakers have allowed the 2nd most FPs on average to the SF spot over their last 5 (mainly because of Durant).
Caris Levert ($5,300)- There really weren’t a ton of intriguing options under the $6k salary mark for the SF spot, but I do like Levert in that game stack tonight, and he has been mildly better at home this season. Levert may also not have to deal with Otto Porter once again who has been on the sidelines now for the Wiz last 2 games. This has also contributed to the fact that the Wiz have allowed the 8th most FPs to SFs on average over their last 5 games as well. Now, Levert doesn’t just play SF, he plays the 1-3 spots in his rotation, so he is very versatile and valuable, especially against a Wiz team that allows a good amount of real points on average to opposing teams so far this season. Levert is carrying a modest 21.2 usage rate at home, playing an average of 27.1 minutes per game there as well. Also, with decent line of 12.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, and 4.7 apg at home as well. 3 of his last 5 at home have gone for at least 29 or more fantasy points, so I believe he brings nice value at his price tonight in what I believe should be a shoot-out game.
Anthony Davis ($10,500)- I hate using AD in this article more than I hate using a Phoenix Suns Forward, but here we are. Seriously though, AD ravaged this Orlando team in their lone meeting this season on a line of 39 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 swats over 41 minutes on the floor. With his 28.1 usage rate on the road, averaging 25.2 ppg, 11.2 rpg, and 1.7 apg, you have to at least fairly like AD at this discount price tonight where every other stud is over the $11k salary. Also, ORL could once again be without starting PF Air Gordon, so this would put Hezonja in a very, very tough match up against AD. I will be looking to roster AD in at least one LU tonight.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($6,000)- RHJ has been very consistent this season. Once again, staying in the WAS/BRKN game stack, it does help that WAS is allowing the 3rd most FPs on average to the PF spot over their last 5 contests. Also, in RHJ’s last 4 games at home, he has managed fantasy point totals of 31.5, 24.5, 48.2, and 36. Also, at home this season, RHJ carries a 21.1 usage%, averaging 14.4 ppg, 6 rpg, and 2 apg, over a span of an average of 28.1 minutes on the floor as well. I believe he can continue his consistency tonight, and has nice value at the mid-tier salary range.
Dwight Howard ($7,600)- Yall thought I was about to go Cousins right?? I have enough studs on this article already. I do like some Dwight tonight though, and do believe he will go well under-looked on tonight’s slate. I think he is a fascinating tournament play for tonight. Howard comes into tonight carrying a very lovely 25.4 usage rate, averaging 15.9 ppg, 12.5 rpg, and 1.3 apg. Also, in two games this season versus MIL, Howard has averaged 31.7 minutes of floor time, 12.5 ppg, 16.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 2 bpg. Very nice numbers against MIL, who is also allowing the 9th most FPs on average to the C spot over their last 5 contests.
Jusuf Nurkic ($6,400)- With no Dame, I believe most will be looking at McCollum, and I have no problems with McCollum tonight, but I feel like Nurkic could see a lot more action also. Nurkic already comes in with one of the higher usage rates of the C spot with a monster 29.4 rate in his home turf, while also averaging almost 28 minutes on the floor as well. DEN comes into tonight’s game allowing the 8th most FPs on average to the C spot over their last 5 games, and I believe that Nurkic should be able to have some success! It is worth noting that Mason Plumlee is returning home to POR tonight, but as a Nugget, so if you are into that sort of revenge thing!
I more than likely will not have another article out until after the holidays, so I would like to take a second to wish all of you fine folks a very Merry Christmas! Please, take the time to spend with family (we all know the real MVP’s sneak away to the bathrooms to check scores, make quick lineups, place wagers, etc. anyways!), so be cool and enjoy your time off!