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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main four-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudRussell Westbrook, HOU at MIA, $9,100 — This is too cheap a price for Westbrook. It’s odd to see his salary plummet to its lowest price point since opening night when he’s played so well lately. Even though he’s playing alongside Harden, Russ is filling the stat sheet since the Rockets are playing at the fastest pace in the league. Westbrook has scored at least 50 DKFP in every game and is averaging 58.3 DKFP.
ValueFrank Ntilikina, MYK vs. SAC, $3,100 — For now, it looks like Ntilikina is the Knicks’ starting point guard. Elfrid Payton is out with a hamstring injury and Dennis Smith Jr. is questionable to play, but figures to be limited since he’s only played 26 total minutes this season. This puts the young point guard in a prominent role coming off a 25.3-DKFP game against the Celtics. He played 38 minutes that night, so it looks like the Knicks will let Ntilikina play as many minutes as he can handle as long as stays out of foul trouble.
StudLuka Doncic, DAL at CLE, $9,200 — There are a lot of injuries on tonight’s slate and the most significant may be Luka. He’s questionable to play tonight with a potential concussion after he got hit in the head during Friday’s overtime loss to the Lakers. If Doncic plays, we could get him at slightly reduced ownership due to injury concerns and he may have the most upside of any player on the slate. He’s coming off a season-high 75.3 DKFP and has scored over 60 DKFP in three of his last four games. Luka has elevated himself from Rookie of the Year to an MVP candidate.
ValueDelon Wright, DAL at CLE, $4,900 — If Doncic is out, Wright would likely start at point guard in his place. Playing a smaller role off the bench, Wright has been a great fantasy producer. He’s averaging 24.8 DKFP in 25 minutes per game and would figure to play over 30 minutes. The only time Wright played over 30 minutes, he scored 43.3 DKFP.
StudLeBron James, LAL at SAS, $9,300 — Relax, LeBron is still LeBron. Talks about him starting to decline are way overblown. It seemed symbolic that he was able to win a showdown against Doncic, one of the top young stars, in an overtime game last time out. The torch isn’t getting passed quite yet. As for the high end small forward options. The only choices we have for a stud are LeBron or Kawhi. Playing the Spurs, James has a much easier matchup than Leonard has against the Jazz. It’s also hard to look past LeBron scoring 92.5 DKFP against the Mavs.
ValueDanuel House, HOU at MIA, $4,500 — While most of the ownership has been going to Eric Gordon as a cheap wing to roster from the Rockets, it’s been House providing the most value from the small forward spot. He’s starting over Gordon and averaging 25.3 DKFP. Playing alongside Westbrook and Harden, House is getting plenty of good looks from three and is shooting 46.7% from deep.
StudKevin Love, CLE vs. DAL, $9,000 — Before the season, the Cavs were a popular pick to be the worst team in the league. This was an oversight of what a healthy Love is capable of doing. Cleveland is one of the top rebounding teams in the league and a lot of that is because Love is averaging 16.8 rebounds per game. This has been the main source of his fantasy production and he’s eclipsed 50 DKFP in three of his last four starts.
ValueDorian Finney-Smith, DAL at CLE, $3,200 — The Mavs are dealing with some injuries. Not only is Doncic questionable to play, Maxi Kleber is also questionable. This could mean extra playing time for Finney-Smith who has started in the last couple games for Dallas. Against the Lakers, he scored a season best 25.5 DKFP.
StudJulius Randle, NYK vs. SAC, $7,300 — Randle is off to a consistent start to his Knicks’ career. He has double-digit rebounds in every game this season and he’s taken up a big playmaking role. He’s putting up a career high 5.0 assists per game, which figures to lead to some big fantasy games going forward. Randle is only shooting 44.2% from the field, which should bounce back since he’s shot over 52% from the field in each of the last couple seasons.
ValueDwight Powell, DAL at CLE, $3,500 — Coming into the season, Powell was expected to start at center for Dallas. He started the season injured and now has a minutes restriction, but he’s slowly starting to play more minutes. Powell got up to 25 minutes last game and could be relied on to play even more tonight with Kleber questionable to play. This is probably the cheapest price we will be able to roster Powell at for the rest of the season.
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