After the robust Saturday NBA schedule, we are presented with a more sedate set of options on Sunday. DraftKings has three different options for our gaming pleasure with a five game “All Day” slate tipping off at 3:30pm ET, a four game main slate at 6:00pm ET and a two game “Late” contest grouping beginning at 8:00pm ET. There is quite a bit of strategy involved with this sort of setup, so let’s get right to the recommendations!
Chris Paul – LAC vs CLE – $9,700 – EARLY – In his last three meetings with Cleveland, CP3 has had 53.8, 28.5 and 51.5 DraftKings points. He has carried the Clippers over the last 34 games without Blake Griffin and they have performed well with a 25 wins against just nine losses. Over the last month in a dozen games, Paul is averaging 35.8mpg, 23.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 11.8apg, 2.6 combined blocks/steals and 2.3 made three-pointers which are worth a half point bonus on DraftKings. This production works out to 54.1 fantasy points and this is a fine Sunday matinee matchup for Paul.
D’Angelo Russell – LAL vs NYK – $7,200 – Russell has been phenomenal over his last eight games as a starter and has posed 33.2mpg, 23.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.4 combined blocks/steals and 3.3 made three-pointers for 37.7 DraftKings points. Over their last eleven games, the Knicks have allowed the seventh most fantasy production to opposing point guards and this is a nice spot for DAR.
Shelvin Mack – UTA at SAC – $4,600 – Mack is coming off a career high 27 points against Washington on Friday night and he has been a steady source of production with 18.8+ DraftKings points in nine of his last eleven games. Neither Rajon Rondo nor Darren Collison are interested in playing defense, making Mack a solid discount play on Sunday.
Monta Ellis – IND at ATL – $6,100 – While Ellis has scuffled a bit this season as he is in the decline phase of his career, he has been outstanding against Atlanta. In the three prior meetings with the Hawks this year he has averaged 35.1mpg, 20.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.0apg and 4.3 combined blocks/steals with a healthy boost from 4.0 made three-pointers per game for an outstanding 38.9 DraftKings points. I am willing to roll the dice once more with Monta, which is something I would not normally consider on a full slate of games.
Khris Middleton – MIL at BKN – $7,300 – Middleton has been terrific this season as heading into Saturday’s contest with the Pelicans he has tallied fifteen straight games with at least 30+ DraftKings points and he has upside as evidenced by his eight games over forty fantasy points in that stretch. The Brooklyn Nets are a tire fire inside of a dumpster fire and this is a nice situation for Middleton.
Kobe Bryant – LAL vs NYK – $5,000 – Kobe is a complete wild card in the Sunday night finale as he has been dealing with a shoulder injury and may not play. However, that big red Q next to his name is going to keep his popularity down and with the late swap available to us on DraftKings, he is a fine tournament option. Just make sure to leave him in your guard or utility position and in the worst case you could swap to Jose Calderon – $4,100 or Marcelo Huertas – $3,800 and leave yourself an escape route.
LeBron James – CLE at LAC – $9,900 – EARLY – The Cleveland Cavaliers have some holes considering that they are one of the main championship contenders coming out of the Eastern Conference, however, King James is not one of them. Over his last 24 games he has been below 40 fantasy points just once. The Clippers struggle with wing players and LBJ is still one of the best in the league. Enjoy!
Carmelo Anthony – NYK at LAL – $8,300 – I am willing to bet that ‘Melo and his balky knee will be able to have one last hurrah against Kobe Bryant who is in the midst of his farewell tour. In his last seventeen games, Anthony has taken at least 15 shot attempts and it is hard not to see him approaching 50 fantasy points in the Sunday nightcap.
Derrick Williams – NYK at LAL – $3,800 – If you need some savings, look to Derrick Williams in a fine matchup with the Lakers on Sunday night. While he does not get a lot of minutes, he should be able to extend his three game streak of 20+ DraftKings points in what is likely to be a spirited affair.
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC vs UTA – $10,200 – After being suspended by the Kings yet again, this time for an aggressive confrontation with Coach George Karl, who knows what will happen with Boogie. He could dance his way to 55+ DraftKings points which is want he is averaging against the Jazz in two game this season or he could sulk and pout his way to a complete dud performance. Tournaments only.
Derrick Favors – UTA at SAC – $7,100 – This is a fair price point for Favors who is a viable option in all formats on Sunday. He has posted 35+ DraftKings points in three of his last four meetings with Sacramento and that feels like a good target once again.
Tristan Thompson – CLE at LAC – $5,200 – EARLY – TT is in the mix for the early games as a mid-tier option with upside. The Cavs will need someone to bang with DeAndre Jordan and Thompson is a double double machine which is worth a bonus 1.5 DraftKings points. While that does not seem like a lot, every edge needs to be examined on a thin five game slate.
Greg Monroe – MIL at BKN – $6,300 – It looks like Coach Jason Kidd may be moving Monroe back into the starting lineup and this bodes well for him against the rebound averse Brook Lopez. In two meetings with the Nets so far this season, Monroe is averaging 21.5ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.5apg and 3.0 combined blocks/steals for 42.6 DraftKings points. Keep an eye on his usage from Saturday night, but at this reasonable price point he will be hard to pass up.
Brook Lopez – BKN vs MIL – $7,800 – BroLo has averaged 34 DraftKings points in his last three games against Greg Monroe. The Bucks are coming off a back-to-back after battling the Pelicans in Milwaukee on Saturday night and tired legs should swing the advantage to Lopez. He has 50 DraftKings point upside and could very well be a tournament difference maker.
Robin Lopez – NYK at LAL – $5,900 – Sundays are best spent with family, so why not make it a virtual family reunion by doubling down with the other Lopez twin. In seven of his last ten games, RoLo has posted 30+ DraftKings points including Friday’s shellacking of DeAndre Jordon in the Staples Center with 20 points and 19 rebounds. He is never a popular play in daily fantasy circles, so he could be under the radar once again, even on the thin Sunday slate.