What’s up everyone and welcome to Ben’s Building Blocks! If you’ve never read my content before, welcome. To those that have, welcome back. I truly appreciate everyone that reads and supports during NBA season. This article is designed for me to highlight the top plays of the day. Obviously, things can change rapidly in the NBA with injury news close to lock, so I would be sure to subscribe to our premium package for access to our Final Thoughts cheat sheet, our premium discord channel and my core plays. Our Core Plays product gives you the ability to tail all of our analysts in your contests each night. We do the work for you, and you simply plug and play with our premium Core Plays. With that being said, let’s hop into the plays…
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Philly is once again down James Harden, Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid. Even on a back-to-back, guys like Shake Milton and De’Anthony Melton are going to be asked to play major minutes in a game separated by just 4.5 points on the spread. Both Milton and Melton were heavy chalk last night, and should be some of the highest-owned options again tonight even with it being a bigger slate. We have Milton projected for north of 24 minutes here and I believe him to be the top point per dollar play for cash games on Wednesday night.
Reed went absolutely ham off the bench for the 76ers last night, putting up a 19-10 double-double in 31 minutes of action. Montrezl Harrell was named the starter, but Reed vastly outperformed him and stole a lot of minutes throughout the game because he was playing so well. Reed looks like a better player currently than Harrell, and while we can’t expect 31 minutes again he is still a quality play. He’s priced below $4K on DraftKings, and we have him projected in the mid-20’s in terms of minutes. He’s shown point per minute upside this season, and the Hornets aren’t an overly strong rebounding team. He’s in play in all formats for his price.
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Haliburton is pricey, and will likely be low-owned tonight despite playing in what looks to be a fantasy goldmine. Minnesota/Indiana checks in with the slate’s second-highest O/U at 237.5 separated by just 1.5 points in favor of the Wolves. Haliburton has been absolutely balling, he’s averaging nearly 23 potential assists per game and seems to be dropping double-doubles nightly. The price is high for someone that probably doesn’t have that Giannis or Luka-type ceiling in him, but he has been one of the most consistent plays in all of fantasy this season. He ranks second on the team in usage rate, we know he has the ball in his hands a ton and is averaging over 1.3 fantasy points per minute. I love the idea of pairing him with one of the better Wolves players for a mini-correlation to start off your OwnersBox lineup.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)