Thursday-Friday 2-7 and 2-8 NBA Fanduel Analytics

By: Bryan Povlinski on February 7, 2013

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Top Overall Plays

1. Joakim Noah – This is obviously pending on Noah’s health and his availability to play on Thursday night. If he’s ready to go you’ve got to believe Coach Thibodeau will ride him for his regular allotment of 35-38 minutes. Taj Gibson has played nearly every minute of games in Noah’s absence so resting players and easing them back into the rotation doesn’t seem to be in Thibs’ mindset. The Nuggets are atrocious against centers (witness Samuel Dalembert‘s explosion on Tuesday) so Noah could be in store for a huge game.

2. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade – The Heat should be in store for a fast-paced battle against the Clippers at home. Look for Bron and D-Wade to produce like you’d expect.

3. LaMarcus Aldridge – He’s been extremely consistent lately and Houston loves to run so this could be a high scoring affair.

4. James Harden – The Beard struggled for the last couple weeks of January, but he’s come on extremely strong as February has come along with his first career triple double and a monster game against D-Wade and the Heat. Don’t hesitate to pay the premium to get him in your lineup.

Best Value Plays

1. Jerryd Bayless – With Rudy Gay gone he’s become one of Memphis’ top scoring options on the wing

2. Marreese Speights – The backup power forward has thrived since his arrival in Cleveland. You can count on him to be productive.

3. Robin Lopez – He’s extremely cheap and he produces fairly consistent numbers for the Hornets. He’ll likely be needed to bang against Al Horford and Atlanta’s big bodies.

4. Ricky Rubio – He’s finally starting to turn it on, and it seems like it may be due to the fact that he’s finally at full health after his return from knee surgery.

Trending Upward

1. Taj Gibson – This ranking could be affected by playing time if Noah and Boozer are both full-go for the Thursday night game. Be sure to check back to the analytics spreadsheet as injury information is updated up until game-time.

2. Eric Bledsoe – If Chris Paul still is not ready for the game against the Heat Bledsoe could be in store for another big night. He’s been the Clips best player over the last week.

3. Earl Clark – With Pau Gasol out for several months and Dwight Howard still recovering from his shoulder injury – Clark is locked into as many minutes as he can handle and he’s been producing every night.

4. Nate Robinson – He’s been a huge reason the Bulls have maintained a solid record with Rose out. Hinrich is still expected to be out for the Bulls so he should have free reign in the Bulls’ backcourt.


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