Welcome to Tristan’s NBA Game Theory (2/9)! In this article, I’ll outline my favorite cash game and GPP options at each of the positions. I’ll utilize our Projections Portal when making decisions about what types of leagues specific players are best suited for. You can get all of my Core Plays along with our Cheat Sheets, projections, and Premium Discord channels with our Premium NBA Package.
|C. White||CJ Elleby||A. Davis||CHI/CHA|
|Z. Lavine||Justise Winslow||J. Nurkic||TOR/OKC|
|L. Ball||K. Oubre||N. Vucevic||LAL/POR|
|T. Rozier||D. Bazley||P. Siakam||MIN/SAC|
|D. Fox||A. Pokusevski||PJ Washington||SAS/CLE|
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Smaller slate so I will be very selective on my choices for tonight’s slate…but starting off looking at Coby White who should be slotting into the starting PG spot now that Dosunmu is ruled out with a concussion. Either that or Troy Brown Jr starts…hopefully not but Coby should be good for 30 minutes regardless with the injuries to the Bulls guard depth. Coby is a proven scorer going against the Hornets in a pace up spot who have also been losing and are down a few defenders in Cody Martin and Gordon Hayward. This game should definitely be close as well..meaning full run.
Looking at LaMelo Ball here and you guys usually know I don’t like to put full out studs in the write ups but he’s in a good spot here where 1. CHA could upset the Bulls.. 2. No Gordon Hayward, he has a better chance for ceiling games without Hayward… 3. No Cody Martin, he saw 44 minutes in a 48 minute game which if you know me and Borrego’s minutes on LaMelo, then you know I am bricked up. Shot 5-19 from the field which gives him moreof a ceiling if he can hit some damn shots, CHI is in the middle pack in giving up PTS and FPs to PGs as well. Looking for a 50 burger from the kid today.
Justise Winslow is back baby and he doesn’t keep your wins low anymore. Portland is still missing a ton of bodies, so we should see Winslow play upwards of 30 minutes like he saw last night. He plays hard, hustles, and can accumulate stonks like he did last night. My only gripe is that if he plays he probably will be defending Lebron which could lead to foul trouble…so if you see that then fade the chalk. Either way, he should be pretty well owned tonight on a 6 game slate seeing that he just put up 32.25 DKP last night.
Similar to LaMelo Ball, Oubre is in a good spot as well. Basically the same reasoning from LaMelo’s write up…No Hayward = more secure minutes for Oubre. No Cody Martin = more secure minutes as well. They only ran 8 last game vs the Raptors.. which should’ve been vice versa if you follow the NBA — Nick Nurse runs his dudes in the ground. Anyway back to Oubre, he shot 0-8 last game and still ended up with 31.5 DKP. If that’s not upside then I don’t know what is. 38 minutes is also very encouraging in a similar roster spot that he was in the game before vs the Raptors. At 5.6k I think he has a ceiling of around 40 today.
I’m looking at Anthony Davis for cash games tonight coming in at 10.1k in a great match-up vs the very absent TrailBlazers. Anthony Davis should be able to take advantage of the match-up being more versatile and more willing to put the ball down on the floor to make a play. Portland currently gives up the 5th most FPPG to the C position and we have seen a resurgence of AD in the past 10 or so games where he has been looking like a shell of his former self. Being more aggressive, being more decisive, as well as playing the C position instead of the PF spot.
Nikola Vucevic — now I know his price is insane. Yes… 9.5k is wild for Vuc especially with Lavine and Derozan here but they are still missing Lonzo and Alex Caruso, and now Ayo Dosunmu as well. Last game vs the Hornets Vuc saw 30/14/5 which kills his price right now..and that was WITH Lonzo and Caruso. He is in another great spot vs them and should see increased usage to what he saw the previous game, and they will need him BIG to pull this win off against the Hornets while on the road. I don’t think I have to mention that CHA give up t5 most FPPG to C, while giving up the most reb and 2nd most pts per game to the C spot as well.
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