Twenty NBA teams are playing tonight, and if the start of the season is any indication, players are going to get ruled out and change the shape of the slate throughout the day. For up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, download the DK Live app, as NBA news, injury reports and betting lines can change throughout the day. We will keep you up to the minute on the DK Live app.
Here are some players to target for tonight’s main NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudTrae Young, ATL at DET, $9,400 — With some of our usual high-priced targets more expensive than normal, we might have to look to the next tier of superstars in lineup builds tonight, and Young has as much upside as anybody. He’s scored at least 45 DKFP in six of his past seven games and put up 62.3 DKFP in his only matchup against the Pistons this season. Both of these teams are struggling as of late, although it is a good game to target for fantasy purposes with a total of 225.
ValueDeAndre’ Bembry, ATL at DET, $4,100 — Cam Reddish is questionable to play tonight. His absence doesn’t seem like it would be significant since he isn’t producing many fantasy points, however, there are a lot of minutes to fill if Reddish is unable to play. In the past three games, he’s averaging nearly 30 minutes because Kevin Huerter is out with a shoulder injury. If Reddish can’t play, I expect most of his minutes will go to Bembry, who would be a candidate to enter the starting lineup.
StudLuka Doncic, DAL vs. CLE, $11,400 — At this point, how can we not roster Doncic? He’s dropped to +800 on DK Sportsbook to win MVP, and there is an argument to be made Doncic would win the award if the season ended today. His fantasy performances have been nothing short of amazing this season. Doncic is coming off a 75-DKFP performance and he needed to play only 25 minutes to hit that fantasy point total. He has at least 72 DKFP in six of his past 10 games.
ValueYogi Ferrell, SAC at BKN, $3,500 — The Kings might be extremely thin in the backcourt. De’Aaron Fox has been out with an ankle injury and will continue to be out for a while. In his place, Cory Joseph has been starting. Joseph is listed as questionable to play. When Joseph isn’t on the court, Bogdan Bogdanovich usually runs the offense. Guess what, Bogdanovich also is listed as questionable. If both are out, the Kings are going to have to turn to Ferrell to play huge minutes.
StudBen Simmons, PHI vs. SA, $8,100 — It’s 3-point specialist Ben Simmons! No, Simmons isn’t going to start hitting triples every night, although the threat might give teams pause to leave him wide open on every play. More important than the deep shot he hit last game, Simmons scored a season-high 51.8 DKFP. Simmons seemed to break out of a funk he’s been in, and he draws a strong matchup against the Spurs. San Antonio has the third worst defensive efficiency in the league.
ValueJoe Harris, BKN vs. SAC, $5,000 — For the fourth straight game, Kyrie Irving is out. Without Irving, the Nets have relied on Harris to soak up extra minutes. He’s played more than 35 minutes in two of the past three games and scored as many as 44 DKFP.
StudAnthony Davis, LAL at OKC, $10,100 — There is a bit of concern with AD’s rebounding numbers. Playing most of his minutes at power forward instead of center this season, he’s averaging only 9.0 rebounds per game. At least his fantasy value is remaining in tact due to an uptick in defensive stats. Davis has blocked at least one shot in every game this season and is averaging a career-high 3.1 block per game. In his last game against the Thunder, AD had two blocks, four steals and 61.3 DKFP.
ValueLauri Markkanen, CHI vs. MIA, $6,000 — It was about time Markkanen had a breakout game. He went 13 games in a row without scoring more than 18 points before busting out and scoring 24 points Wednesday. Markkanen made half of his 14 field goal attempt, so hopefully this bumps his confidence going forward. His usage dipped during his cold streak and it went up to 28% last game.
StudNikola Jokic, DEN vs. BOS, $8,400 — Enes Kanter is starting to become more involved in the Celtics’ rotation, which is a good sign for opposing centers. A lot has been made of Jokic coming into the season out of shape, and it looks like he’s starting to work his way into better form. Jokic played 32 minutes last game — his biggest workload in nearly two weeks — and scored a season-high 24 points.
ValueJakob Poeltl, SAS at PHI, $4,900 — With the Spurs struggling, they mixed up the starting lineup last game. One of the moves included starting Poeltl at center, and he responded with his best game of the season. He scored 27.8 DKFP in a season-high 26 minutes. The Spurs figure to need his size tonight to matchup against Joel Embiid.
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