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This space is going to be used to give you the five best plays for the games on Fri., March 18. Also, for a limited time SB Nation will be competing against other sites in the FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship. You can play along and follow the contest, as well.
So, with that, let's get started.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Timberwolves ($8,600)
KAT is blowing through the rookie wall. He's averaging 20.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game since the All Star break. He and the Timberwolves take on the hapless Rockets on Friday, who are allowing a ridiculous 59.8 FanDuel points to opposing centers (per RotoWire) over their last five games. Houston has ignored defense all year. KAT should be able to take advantage.
2. Devin Booker, SG, Suns ($6,600)
The Suns rookie guard is averaging 17.7 points, 4.2 assists and taking more than five three-pointers per game since the All-Star break. On Friday the Suns take on the Lakers, owners of the NBA's worst defensive rating. Making this matchup even better: the Lakers are surrendering 41.1 FanDuel points to opposing guards this season, the second worst mark in the league. Booker could be in for a big game against Byron Scott's crew.
3. Zach LaVine, SG, Timberwolves ($5,800)
You can't go wrong loading up on Wolves players facing the lifeless Rockets defense. LaVine is seeing lots of playing time since the All Star break, more than 35 minutes per game. He's rewarding Minnesota head coach Sam Mitchell by scoring 18.2 points and shooting 44 percent from deep. He should have no problem reaching 30 FanDuel points on Friday, which, for this low price, would be a great bargain.
4. Ish Smith, PG, Sixers ($6,500)
The Thunder, who the Sixers play on Friday, have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing point guards this season. Smith has also been asked to carry more of the offensive load since Jahlil Okafor went down with an injury. Smith is averaging 15.8 points and 5.8 assists since the All Star break and should be able to top those numbers Friday against OKC.
5. Tobias Harris, PF, Pistons ($6,000)
Harris is averaging 17.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 14 games with Detroit, who traded for the Magic forward at the trade deadline. And yet his price has yet to catch up. Harris also gets to face the Kings on Friday, one of the worst defensive teams in the league who also like to play fast. That should mean lots of chances for Harris to continue cashing in.