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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main eight-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudLuka Doncic, DAL at PHO, $11,800 — Last game, Luka scored under 55 fantasy points for the first time in nine games. It took playing against the Clippers’ elite perimeter defense to slow him down. No other team is going to be able to throw out the combination of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard to defend him. He shouldn’t have any issue bouncing back against the Suns, a team he posted a triple-double against in the last time he played against them.
ValueKendrick Nunn, MIA vs. GSW, $5,600 — Jimmy Butler ($8,300) is questionable to play after an illness forced him out of Wednesday night’s game. If the night off for Thanksgiving wasn’t enough time to get Butler healthy, we can expect a bigger role for Nunn. With Butler off the court, Nunn is scoring 36.4 DKFP per 36 minutes. It’s also nice that he draws the Warriors and their 27th ranked defensive efficiency.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Butler is expected to play in tonight’s game.
StudMalcolm Brogdon, IND vs. ATL, $7,900 — Returning from a back injury, Brogdon’s fantasy results have been just fine, even though he hasn’t been playing his normal minutes. In his two games since coming back, he’s averaging 37.25 DKFP, even though he’s played an average of just under 30 minutes per game. Brogdon’s playing time figures to ramp back up and he draws the defense of Trae Young ($9,500), who finished last season ranked last in the NBA in defensive real plus-minus.
ValueDeAndre’ Bembry, ATL at IND, $3,800 — Cam Reddish returned from a wrist injury in the last game and appeared to get injured again. He only played 22 minutes and he’s back on the injury report as questionable to play. In the two games he missed, Bembry stepped into the starting lineup and returned great value. He averaged 37.38 DKFP in 33 minutes per game. If Reddish plays and Bembry comes off the bench, we can ignore him. Bembry averages just 18.48 DKFP in a reserve role.
StudDraymond Green, GSW at MIA, $6,200 — Finally, Draymond Green returned from another injury absence in the last game. Even though he only played 24 minutes in a blowout win, Green scored 33.25 DKFP. If this game stays competitive, he figures to play more minutes and should have substantial upside. The Warriors rely on him to facilitate the offense with Russell, Curry and Thompson all injured.
ValueMiles Bridges, CHA at DET, $4,900 — Finding a cheap small forward to roster is difficult. As of now, nobody really stands out as a strong value play. If I had to play on a cheap guy at the position, it would be Bridges. After playing a season-low 15 minutes a couple of weeks ago, Bridges has been playing with a renewed energy. He’s scored at least 25 DKFP in five of his last six games and has played over 30 minutes in five consecutive games. It looks like his role is safe again.
StudBlake Griffin, DET vs. CHA, $7,500 — I think the rough start to the season for Griffin may have come to an end. Offseason knee surgery led to a minutes restriction and uncharacteristically poor fantasy performances in his first few games. On Wednesday against this same Hornets’ team, Griffin scored a season-high 38 DKFP. His price should continue to go up from here as he gets all the rust off him. Blake was priced as high as $10,100 last season.
ValueMaxi Kleber, DAL at PHO, $4,300 — One of the key injuries of the night, Kristaps Porzingis is probable to play with knee soreness. Given how careful the Mavs are being with his health after he missed all of last season with a torn ACL, there is a chance the Mavs could take it easy on their big man. If Porzingis does not play after missing practice on Wednesday, I expect Kleber to move into the starting lineup. He started five games at the start of the season and averaged 24.2 DKFP.
StudJoel Embiid, PHI at NYK, $9,000 — After the worst outing of his career where he scored zero points against the Raptors, Embiid bounced back with 33-16 line against the Kings. He scored 59 DKFP and should be able to clean up again tonight taking on the struggling Knicks. Al Horford is resting, which figures to mean a bigger role for Embiid. With Horford off the court, he is pulling down 15.1 rebounds and scoring 58.36 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueBismack Biyombo, CHA at DET, $3,800 — Wednesday night, Biyombo got his first start of the season. He played 34 minutes and scored 35.75 DKFP, yet his price has actually gone down for tonight. Cody Zeller ($3,900) is questionable to play after sitting out last game, and Biyombo likely earned himself another start if Zeller is out.
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