Monday’s fantasy basketball slate has 11 games. The most notable injury situations to monitor as of Monday morning are Joel Embiid (ankle) and Jrue Holiday (knee), who both are listed as questionable to play. For up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, download the DK Live app, as NBA news, injury reports and betting lines on DraftKings Sportsbook can change throughout the day. Value also unexpectedly can open up due to late lineup changes and late injury news, making it important to stay up-to-the-minute with the DK Live app until lineups lock. You also can follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive.
Here are some plays that fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings:
StudRussell Westbrook, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ($9,400): Through two games with the Rockets alongside usage monster James Harden, Westbrook’s volume with his new team is a tick down but isn’t too far off from his numbers from last season. His 29.5% usage rate is comparable to the 30.5% mark he posted last season. Westbrook has assisted on 53% of the Rockets’ team assists, compared to a 57% rate with the Thunder last season, and has taken 27% of the Rockets’ field goal attempts, comparable to a 28% rate last season with the Thunder. Westbrook still is creating a heavy amount of potential assists, creating 18 potential assists per game, fourth most. Westbrook has been highly productive in his first two games with the Rockets, scoring more than 60 DKFP in each game, and has a narrative game against his former team, the first time he is facing the Thunder since being traded to the Rockets in the offseason. Other Options — Trae Young ($9,000)
ValueChris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets ($7,400): Fantasy owners who enjoy narratives also can target Paul, who is playing at Houston for the first time since being traded to the Thunder. Paul reportedly had a rocky relationship with James Harden, which helped facilitate an offseason trade to ship Paul out of town. Paul played just 19 minutes Sunday in a blowout win over the Warriors, so he could be a little fresher than he normally would be on the second night of a back-to-back.
Other Options — Lonzo Ball ($6,300)
StudStephen Curry, Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans ($9,500): The Pelicans allowed a lot of wide-open 3s last season, something that has continued through three games this season. The Pelicans have allowed the fifth most wide-open 3s per game based on the league’s player tracking system, which measures the closest defender to the shooter. Curry shot an explosive 53% on wide-open 3s last season, and the extra space the Pelicans allow around the 3-point line could give Curry high-quality looks from deep. The Pelicans also play fast, ranking second in possessions per game last season while continuing a quick pace this season, which fits into the style Curry excels in. Other Options — D’Angelo Russell ($7,700)
ValueDerrick Rose, Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers ($5,400): Reggie Jackson (back) is not expected to play Monday, and Rose saw extremely heavy usage with Jackson sidelined in Detroit’s previous game. Rose had a ridiculous 44% usage rate in that game, taking a heavy 21 shots and scoring 46.75 DKFP. Rose’s 37% usage rate through three games on the season is third highest among all players.
Other Options — George Hill ($3,300)
StudGiannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers ($10,600): Antetokounmpo faces a Cavaliers team that does not have much basket protection. Last season, the Cavs allowed the worst shooting percentage on shots within five feet of the basket, allowing opponents to shoot an elevated 67% in that zone, easily the worst mark in the league. In a small sample of two games this season, Cleveland has continued to post poor numbers in that zone. Antetokoumpo led the league in field goal attempts within five feet of the basket last season, taking 11 of his 17 field goals per game in that zone. Other Options — Ben Simmons ($8,800)
ValueTobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks ($6,500): Embiid enters the day uncertain to play, and if he’s out again, more fantasy opportunities will be available for other 76ers players, including Harris. Harris faces a Hawks team that played fast and allowed a lot of wide-open 3s last season, which contributed to them allowing the most points to opponents by a comfortable margin.
Other Options — Brandon Ingram ($7,500)
StudKawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers vs. Charlotte Hornets ($9,200): With Paul George (shoulder) sidelined, Leonard has been heavily relied on in the Clippers’ offense, posting a heavy 39% usage rate through three games, the highest among all starting players. Leonard also has seen his facilitating boosted in a small sample to start the season with the Clippers, creating 12 potential assists per game, a notable jump from the seven potential assists he created per game last season with the Raptors. Leonard has a matchup against the Hornets, who ranked poorly on the glass last season and enter the matchup as the league’s worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound to start the 2019-20 season. The extreme volume in Los Angeles’ offense makes Leonard a highly appealing fantasy option. Other Options — Pascal Siakam ($8,700)
ValueMarquese Chriss, Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans ($3,200): With the Warriors thin at center due to injuries to Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Willie Cauley-Stein (foot), Chriss started and played 23 minutes Sunday. Chriss was effective, scoring 25.5 DKFP in his 23 minutes. The Warriors are off to a rocky start through two games, but they are in a good spot to bounce back against a Pelicans team that plays fast and allows a lot of wide-open 3s.
Other Options — Draymond Green ($7,100)
StudNikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets at Sacramento Kings ($9,600): The Kings were both one of the league’s worst rebounding teams and worst teams at protecting the basket last season, and that has continued through three games this season. The Kings rank as the seventh worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they have rebounded and have allowed opponents to shoot an ugly 74% on shots within five feet of the basket through their first three games. Jokic is set for a soft matchup in the interior against a team that struggles to rebound and defend the basket. Other Options — Andre Drummond ($9,300)
ValueAl Horford, Philadelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks ($6,200): Horford, who started at PF in the Sixers’ first game of the season, started at center in the Sixers’ most recent game with Embiid (ankle) sidelined. Because Horford was playing closer to the basket, his rebound chances went up, getting 15 rebound chances in his first start at center compared to nine rebound chances in his start at power forward. If Embiid is out again, Horford is a candidate to start at center again at Atlanta, which also has a narrative setting due to it being Horford’s former team, as Horford spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Hawks.
Other Options — Cody Zeller ($5,800)
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