Welcome to Bales’ Stacks and Hidden Gems! Below I will discuss my NBA favorite plays for tonight’s slate!
Easy Breezy: Chalk Stack
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks currently rank 15th and 12th in the NBA in pace, respectively. Golden State also ranks 25th in the league in offensive rating. With that being said, Atlanta only ranks 29th in the NBA in defensive rating this season. The Warriors are +6.5 point underdogs in a game set at 222 points, but they still boast an implied team total of 107.8 points tonight.
Golden State is dealing with a plethora of injuries at the moment. That will thrust Alec Burks into a major role in the offense. He’s averaging 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.0 steals (32.2 DK points) in 34.0 minutes per game over the last 10 days. Burks hasn’t necessarily been a consistent option recently, but he has scored 40+ DK points in 3 of his last 7 games. He’s expected to see a usage rating around 25% tonight, which will likely lead the Warriors offense. Burks is still cheap enough that he will be one of the highest owned players on the slate tonight.
Marquese Chriss is coming off of a terrible game. He had scored 24+ DK points in each of his 7 games prior to that, though. He has also flashed upside recently, scoring nearly 35 DK points against the Memphis Grizzlies. Chriss is averaging 1.11 DK points per minute over the last month of play. He’s expected to see 20+ minutes for Golden State tonight, as well. Atlanta has struggled at times against bigs this season, and Chriss is a player that can exceed value in limited minutes, specifically in this matchup.
Kevon Looney is expected to return to the lineup tonight. In his only game this season, he scored 15.75 DK points in only 10 minutes. While Looney won’t be thrust into major minutes tonight, he’s expected to see around 20 in this game. He has proven throughout his career that he can find success in limited time on the court, and he’s far too cheap for his upside. Looney’s price tag, along with the other Warriors, allows you to easily fit some of the more expensive options into your lineups tonight.
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