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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main eight-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudJames Harden, HOU at BKN, $11,000 — He’s back. On Wednesday, Harden dropped a season-high 59 points against the Wizards, giving him 40+ points in back-to-back games. Any concerns about whether he would produce at the same rate playing alongside Russell Westbrook should be gone. In fact, there’s an argument to be made Russ might actually be helping Harden’s production. Swapping out Chris Paul for Westbrook at point guard completely has changed the pace of play for Houston. The Rockets are first in the league in pace after ranking 24th last season.
ValueDerrick White, SAS at GSW, $5,200 — White is going to have to step into a bigger role tonight with Dejounte Murray resting. The Spurs are bring Murray along slowly after he tore his ACL last year, and he won’t be playing with this being the tail end of a back-to-back. In all likelihood, this means White will start at point guard. As a starting guard last season, White averaged 11.1 points, 4.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.
StudD’Angelo Russell, GSW vs. SAS, $8,900 — Stephen Curry is going to be out for a while after breaking his hand on a nasty fall. The Warriors’ roster is a mess, and Russell is one of the only players on the roster capable of creating shots for himself. He figures to carry a massive usage rating while Curry is on the sidelines. With as great as the Warriors’ dynasty was the past few years, I never would have thought that we would be talking about them potentially tanking a week into the season.
ValueMarcus Smart, BOS vs. NYK, $4,900 — Smart is only in play if Jaylen Brown ends up sitting. Brown is questionable to play with an illness, which forced him to sit out of Wednesday night’s game. Without Brown in the lineup, Smart stared and posted a huge stat line. He scored 37.5 DKFP and played 39 minutes. It’s clear the Celtics have to lean on Smart to play a massive role when Brown is out. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Smart had played more than 28 minutes only once this season.
StudCaris LeVert, BKN vs HOU, $6,000 — After the Rockets allowed 158 points to the Wizards, it’s pretty clear they are a team to target for DFS. Houston is first in the league in pace and last in defensive efficiency. This is quite the combination for DFS production. Last season, LeVert appeared on his way to competing for the Most Improved Player Award until he suffered a bad ankle injury. He missed half the season and came back with a minutes restriction. He’s averaging 33.4 minutes per game this season and is back to the form he played at yearly last year. LeVert is scoring 31.1 DKFP per game.
ValueOtto Porter Jr., CHI vs. DET, $4,300 — The pricing is off here and figures to be corrected moving forward. Porter opened the season with an odd minutes restriction, which since has been lifted. This led to poor fantasy production in his first few games. Now that he’s playing normal minutes, Porter was able to score 26.25 DKFP last game. He averaged 28.7 DKFP last year, so his salary should be at least $1,200 or so more expensive. There isn’t any reason to think Porter won’t get back to his production from previous seasons.
StudAnthony Davis, LAL at DAL, $10,600 — What shoulder injury? Tuesday night was an Anthony Davis special. Shortly before the game started, his injury status went from probable, downgraded to questionable and then ruled active. This all happened in a span of about seven minutes. When the game started, the injury had no impact on his performance. Davis dropped 40 points and 20 rebounds on the Grizzlies and even got to make his first in-game trip to the locker room as a member of the Lakers. As long as he plays, the shoulder doesn’t appear to be an issue.
ValueDaniel Theis, BOS vs. NYK, $4,000 — Enes Kanter remains out, so Theis should get another start in a plus matchup against the Knicks. Theis missed a game with an ankle injury but slotted into the starting lineup when he returned last game and didn’t face any sort of restrictions. Theis played a season-high 28 minutes and scored 25.75 DKFP. He should play a similar role tonight, and he was a great fantasy producer last season when playing extended minutes. In nine games where Theis saw 20+ minutes, he averaged 28 DKFP.
StudAndre Drummond, DET at CHI, $9,500 — This is such a great matchup for Drummond’s game. He’s the best rebounder in the league and is going up against the Bulls, who rank 29th in rebound rate. Drummond is averaging 17.4 rebounds per game and has at least a dozen rebounds in all five of the Pistons’ games. It’s hard to envision Chicago keeping him off the glass tonight.
ValueRichaun Holmes, SAC vs. UTA, $5,500 — The Kings made a lineup switch last game and started Holmes at center over Dewayne Dedmon. Not only did Dedmon move out of the starting lineup, he almost fell out of the rotation altogether and only saw four minutes of playing time. All of his minutes went to Holmes, who dominated. He finished with 39.25 DKFP and is averaging 42.5 DKFP in his past two games. The Kings are going to need Holmes to play big minutes over the next six weeks or so with Marvin Bagley injured.
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