by Will Overton
There may be only three games on tap tonight, but anytime you get Kevin Durant vs. LeBron James it’s going to be a good night. If you want to afford one, or even both of those superstars, or any of the many others going in these three games, then you need to find some value. It’s not always easy to find that value in a small pool of players, but we have three guys who are standing out to us for tonight’s games. Here are our value plays for the night:
Patrick Beverley, G – Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers – $2,200
While he is known more for his defensive abilities and not his fantasy stats, Patrick Beverley is a good value at this rock bottom price tonight against the woeful Lakers defense. Beverley has taken back his starting job over Ty Lawson and has been playing big minutes which helps with at least creating a fantasy value by quantity kind of thing. Beverley will score in the double digits, kick out at least a few assists, grab a steal or two and hit a three or two. He may not hit 30 or 40 fantasy points, but he should certainly be in the 20 – 25 point range against the Lakers pretty easily.
Louis Williams, G – Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets – $3,000
Recently Lou Williams has moved into unchartered territory, that being the starting lineup. Williams has been almost strictly a sixth man most of his career, but he’s now a starter for the Lakers. The results so far have been fantastic. In his last five games Williams is averaging 32.0 MPG, 16.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.6 APG, and 1.8 3PG. Clearly Williams is still not your traditional point guard with the low assists numbers, but he has been absolutely rolling with his shot and the Rockets don’t really scare me as a team that could shut him down.
Luis Scola, F – Toronto Raptors @ Charlotte Hornets – $3,400
Using Luis Scola can be a bit of a risky proposition as his ceiling isn’t always as high as others, but this is a matchup that I really like. The Hornets frontcourt is a little undersized and definitely undermanned right now. Scola’s ceiling is limited because he is really just a two category guy who gets points and boards, with an occasional steal or three-pointer. Fortunately though, I think Scola can get plenty of boards and points against the likes of Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller using his size and also finesse in the paint. I think you’ll get at least a double-double tonight and maybe even a 20-10 game.