Friday’s eight-game NBA slate is absolutely loaded with post-trade deadline and injury value. Get ready for some a high scoring slate. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
BETS TO CONSIDER
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Target worth paying up for: James Harden ($12,100) at PHX (11th)Russell Westbrook (rest) carried the Rockets in the debut of their new small-ball lineup, and Friday in Phoenix will be Harden’s turn to do so. Harden’s already averaging 63.3 DKFP in a pair of games against the Suns this season.
Best value: Kendrick Nunn ($4,800) at SAC (15th)No Jimmy Butler (shoulder), no Tyler Herro (foot) and it sounds like none of the new trade additions for Miami. Nunn’s going to be the go-to-guy on the wing, and get all the minutes he can handle.
Positional StrategyPositional strategies are almost worthless on this slate given how deep every position is. Miami and Detroit have the best values, while Houston, Phoenix, Philly are the best spots to pay up in my opinion.
Target worth paying up for: Devin Booker ($7,900) vs. HOU (29th)A pair of poor games gives us an unusually cheap salary on Booker. The paced up matchup against the small-ball Rockets should play right into a potential ceiling game for Book.
Best value: Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5,200) at WAS (25th)Kristaps Porzingis (nose) is questionable, but regardless, THJ is too cheap for the shorthanded Mavs against the woeful Washington defense. A 35-plus minute opportunity leaves a lot of upside against the Wiz.
Positional StrategyPretty much looking the same places for value here, while you can add Dallas. Outside of Harden and Booker, I would only play value at SG.
Target worth paying up for: Jayson Tatum ($8,100) vs. ATL (28th)The Celtics will be getting some firepower back in the backcourt, but Jaylen Brown (ankle) and Gordon Hayward (foot) will take away a couple of perimeter plays. With those two essentially playing the same position as Tatum, JT should be in even better position than he has in recent games. Tatum scored 62 DKFP on Wednesday, and 45.25 DKFP in Atlanta on Monday.
Best value: Bruce Brown ($4,900) at OKC (16th)The Pistons are really lacking bodies, which has led to at least 33 minutes for Brown in three straight games. Even with a bump in salary, Brown’s 32.7-DKFP average over his last three is still right around where he should remain.
Positional StrategyTatum’s value here could go overlooked. Walker will be on a minutes restriction, so his scoring should be counted upon more than recent games. He’s my only pay up spot, otherwise, SF is a ton of value.
Target worth paying up for: Pascal Siakam ($7,500) at IND (13th)Siakam was $9,100 in salary on Sunday and scored 50 DKFP in this exact matchup against Indy on Wednesday. Now he’s $7,500 to pace the Pacers again. Go figure.
Best value: Kelly Olynyk ($3,300) at SAC (16th)Olynyk’s been exceeding value for the most part over his last five games, playing 21-25 minutes in each. He could see 30-plus minutes given the lack of bodies in this one.
Positional StrategyThe position really depends on the status of KP. If Prozingis plays, he’s in a very strong spot, and I’d be looking to get him and Siakam in my lineup.
Target worth paying up for: Hassan Whiteside ($7,700) at UTA (15th)Whiteside’s been a really high upside play recently, scoring over 50 DKFP in three of his last four. The drop to $7,700 makes no sense. Utah has also been getting destroyed by opposing centers recently. Look at the 80-DKFP triple-double Nikola Jokic put up this week.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Whiteside (leg) is questionable for tonight’s game.
Best value: Enes Kanter ($4,400) vs. ATL (23rd)Aside from Brown and Hayward, Daniel Theis (ankle) remains out. If Kanter plays the 26 minutes he did on Wednesday against this Atlanta frontcourt, you can expect a lot more production than the 21.5 DKFP he posted against Orlando.
Positional StrategyCenter is loaded per usual. As I said yesterday, Joel Embiid ($8,500) is a fade for me once again.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLEKristaps Porzingis (nose)
Jonas Valanciunas (ankle)
Richaun Holmes (shoulder)
T.J. Warren (concussion)
Josh Richardson (hamstring)
Dewayne Dedmon (trade)
Seth Curry (knee)
JJ Barea (ankle)
Jabari Parker (shoulder/trade)
John Henson (trade)
PROBABLETrae Young (ankle)
DOUBTFULAndre Iguodala (trade)
Jae Crowder (trade)
Soloman Hill (trade)
Bruno Fernando (calf)
OUTLuka Doncic (ankle)
Russell Westbrook (rest)
Jimmy Butler (shoulder)
Gordon Hayward (foot)
Jaylen Brown (ankle)
Clint Capela (trade)
Derrick Rose (hip)
Thomas Bryant (foot)
Glenn Robinson III (trade)
Alec Burks (trade)
Daniel Theis (ankle)
Tyler Herro (foot)
Marc Gasol (hamstring)
Markieff Morris (illness)
Cam Reddish (concussion)
Svi Mykhailiuk (hip)
Kyle O’Quin (personal)
Gorgui Dieng (trade)
Dario Saric (ankle)
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