NBA Top Plays: Sunday 2/14

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Louis Cangiano
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Point Guard

Kyle Lowry - Toronto Raptors (vs. Minnesota Timberwolves)

Lowry has been playing solid defense this season. The Raptors allow massive assist totals to opposing point guards. What does this mean? This means that guards are not able to beat Lowry (and the Raptors) off the dribble. Passing, teamwork, and minimal turnovers should be your gameplan when going up against the Raptors. Unfortunately, these are not the Timberwolves’ strong suits. They allow 7.5 steals per game off an average of 13.5 turnovers per game. Their major problems have been recent. The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost their last four games allowing at least 119 points a game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven games, averaging 125.6 points in each win. The Raptors are favored to win by - 8 points with a 230 O/U courtesy of Pointsbet.com.

Other PG Option: Ricky Rubio - Minnesota Timberwolves (vs. Toronto Raptors)

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Shooting Guard

Wayne Ellington - Detroit Pistons (vs. New Orleans Pelicans)

The Pelicans have one glaring weakness. They allow a league-high 16.1 three-pointers per game. Ellington has made 53 three-pointers this season which is ranked second-most on the Pistons (second only to Jerami Grant). Ellington is also three inches taller than his projected matchup in Eric Bledsoe. This should allow Ellington to shoot over the top for more accuracy. If Plumlee is confirmed out, a Piston’s team stack could be lucrative at low percentages. The Pelicans are favored by -4.5 with a 220.5 O/U courtesy of Pointsbet.com.

Other SG Option: Malik Beasley - Minnesota Timberwolves (vs. Toronto Raptors)

Small Forward

Jerami Grant - Detroit Pistons (vs. New Orleans Pelicans)

As I mentioned, the Pelicans allow opposing teams to make a league-high 16.1 three-pointers per game. This play is simple. If the Pistons want to keep this one close (without Plumlee potentially), Jerami Grant and Blake Griffin must exceed value. These two forwards will see an increase in minutes, rebounds, and shot attempts. The salaries are low and the upsides are high for these Detroit Pistons tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans are favored by - 4.5 points with a 220.5 O/U courtesy of Pointsbet.com.

Other SF Options: Brandon Ingram - New Orleans Pelicans (vs. Detroit Pistons)

Power Forward

Blake Griffin - Detroit Pistons (vs. New Orleans Pelicans)

As you can tell the Pistons are on my radar tonight. Mason Plumlee is looking like a game-time decision but oddly enough that’s not a concern. If he can‘t go, Detroit’s backup center, Isaiah Stewart is more than capable of getting the job done. He’s averaging 18.9 fantasy points per game and shooting over 79% from the field over his last five. If Plumlee is confirmed out, fire up Blake Griffin, Jerami Grant, and Wayne Ellington. They should see solid matchups with increased usage at valuable salaries. The Pistons are underdogs at +160 with a 220.5 O/U courtesy of Pointsbet.com.

Other PF Option: Anthony Edwards - Minnesota Timberwolves (vs. Toronto Raptors)

Center

Jakob Poeltl - San Antonio Spurs (vs. Charlotte Hornets)

The San Antonio Spurs will be matching up against the Charlotte Hornets tonight. The Spurs will be without LaMarcus Aldridge again and the Hornets will be without Cody and Caleb Martin as well as P.J. Washington (COVID-19 protocol). The Hornets are allowing 11.0 offensive rebounds per game (2nd highest in the NBA). The Hornets are also allowing 45.7 per game (9th highest in the NBA). Poeltl has the 10th most offensive rebounds in the NBA this season. He’s averaging 9.4 total rebounds per game over his last five games. This is not looking good for charlotte. Poeltl can do some serious damage tonight. At low salaries on YahooSports, FanDuel, and DraftKings, Poeltl comes in as one of my top plays on tonight’s nine-game slate. The San Antonio Spurs are favored by - 2 with 228.5 O/U courtesy of Pointsbet.com.

Other C Option: Enes Kanter - Portland Trailblazers (vs. Dallas Mavericks)

Bargain Bin

PG Delon Wright

SG Wayne Ellington

SF Anthony Edwards

PF Blake Griffin

C Jakob Poeltl & Isaiah Stewart