We have a 14-game slate and almost every team has at least one player listed as questionable to play. We are going to need the latest updates to figure out the best value plays. 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 14-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudKemba Walker, BOS vs. BKN, $6,700 — After suffering a scary-looking neck injury, it appeared Kemba was going to be out a while. Thankfully, this isn’t the case and he’s probable to play tonight, although he was way priced down during his one-game absence. Walker’s cheapest salary of the season was $7,600 and now we have him available for a significantly lower price. This is also a plus matchup since the Nets allow the sixth most DKFP to point guards.
ValueDennis Smith Jr., NYK at TOR, $3,700 — This is an injury-dependent play. The Knicks have both Frank Ntlikina and R.J. Barrett listed as questionable to play. If both are out, the Knicks are going to be forced to give heavy minutes to Smith. We haven’t seen him start this season, but he averaged nearly 30 DKFP as the Knicks’ starting point guard last season. He’s a weak play if Ntilikina and Barrett end up playing.
StudLou Williams, LAC at MEM, $6,900 — The Clippers are playing on the tail end of a back-to-back, meaning we should expect Kawhi Leonard is rested tonight. If Kawhi is out, we can anticipate a big role for Williams. He has a 33% usage rating with Leonard off the court, and the Grizzlies allow the seventh most DKFP to shooting guards.
ValueTyus Jones, MEM vs. LAC, $3,200 — Jones is another player who stands to benefit from injury news. Ja Morant is questionable to play after crashing into a camera man during Monday night’s game. Morant was able to return to game, although the Grizzlies are being cautious with their young star and it’s possible they hold him out. If he can’t play, Jones likely will start at point guard. In his only start of the season, Jones scored 30 DKFP.
StudGiannis Antetokounmpo, MIL vs. ATL, $12,400 — The Greek Freak only knows how to have big fantasy games. He’s scored at least 53 DKFP in 16 of his 17 games this season and averages 64.3 DKFP when playing at home. As a side note, Giannis has gone over 80 DKFP in two of his past three games. The only thing that can slow him down is if a blowout forces him to come out of the game early. For this reason, I think it makes sense to include Trae Young in lineups with Antentokounmpo. It’s likely going to take a massive game from Young to keep this game competitive.
ValueDraymond Green, GSW vs. CHI, $5,700 — Eventually, Green is going to have to play. He’s sat out three games in a row and eight of his past 13 games. The last time we saw Green play, he came two points short of a triple-double. With injuries to Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry and D’Angelo Russell, Green is going to be pushed into a big role whenever the Warriors get him back in the lineup.
StudPaul George, LAC at MEM, $8,600 — If Leonard sits, we should expect a big game not only from Williams, but also from George. No longer on a minutes restriction, George is free to play more than 30 minutes, and he’s been a monster with Leonard off the court this season. PG is scoring more than 60 DKFP per 36 minutes without Kawhi on the court. As an added benefit, the Grizzlies play at the sixth fastest pace in the league and rank 23rd in defensive efficiency.
ValueJaren Jackson Jr., MEM vs. LAC, $5,800 — If JJJ can figure out how to avoid fouling, the sky is the limit. His fantasy lines have been marred by foul woes this season, and he generally has played well when he isn’t fouling out. Last game, foul trouble limited Jackson to 22 minutes and he still managed to score 38.25 DKFP. Overall, he’s been better at avoiding fouls in recent games, which has me bullish about his fantasy value going forward.
StudAnthony Davis, LAL at NO, $10,000 — Anybody who follows me on Twitter @gehrenbergdfs knows I am not a massive a fan of the revenge narrative. Even though I don’t think formerly playing for the Pelicans has an impact on Davis’ expected output for tonight, it does matter he left the Pelicans’ defense in shambles when moving to Los Angeles. The Pelicans are 26th in the league in defense efficiency, setting up an easy matchup for Davis in his return to New Orleans.
ValueKhem Birch, ORL at CLE, $4,200 — With both Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic out, Birch has moved into the starting lineup. Thus far, the new role has not yielded great fantasy results. He’s had a couple of stinkers as a starter, but he got into early foul trouble in both games. The Cavs are allowing the most DKFP to the center position, making me think we finally could see a breakout game from Birch.
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