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This space is going to be used to give you the five best plays for the games on Fri., March 25. 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. Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Nuggets ($6,000)
The Nuggets point guard is coming off a 27-point outburst against the Sixers and gets to face the hapless Lakers defense on Friday. Los Angeles has the league's worst defensive rating (109.3) and is allowing 45 FanDuel points to opposing point guards per night, the second highest mark in the league. Mudiay should be able to get to at least 30 FanDuel points on Friday, which would be a steal for this price.
2. Tony Allen, SG, Grizzlies ($4,900)
Allen has become The Man for the depleted Grizzlies team. After failing to reach 20 points for about four years, Allen has now scored 20 or more points in four of his last 10 games. He had 27 earlier this week against the Lakers as Memphis leans on him with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol out of the lineup. He has a tough matchup on Friday in the Spurs, but he should get plenty of opportunities with the ball and is ridiculously cheap.
3. Salah Mejri, C, Mavericks ($4,700)
Not everyday you can get a starting center for less than $5,000. The Mavericks have inserted Mejri into their starting lineup since Chandler Parsons went down and Mejri has responded with back-to-back double doubles. He has a tough matchup in the Warriors on Friday, who will might be able to run him off the floor. But for this price Mejri is worth the gamble.
4. Kyle Anderson, SF, Spurs ($3,500)
Friday is going to be one of those massive night off games for the Spurs. Kawhi Leonard is out. So are Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. We know Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili aren't going to be seeing a ton of minutes. So, who's left? We can only guess, but betting on Anderson is a good place to go.
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Bucks ($9,900)
One of the expensive players all those cheap gambles allow you to get. The Greek Freak has morphed into one of the top fantasy players in the league. He's averaging 47.5 FanDuel points per night over his last six games as he continues to thrive as the Bucks' point guard. He does have to face the Hawks on Friday, one of the best defensive teams in the league. But with how good he's of late the matchup doesn't matter.