Tuesday brings an eight-game NBA slate has plenty of moving parts to keep an eye on. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:
BETS TO CONSIDER
Target worth paying up for: D’Angelo Russell ($9,000) at NOP (24th)With Russell shifting over to Minnesota, but Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) sidelined, D-Lo’s been getting a massive usage rating with his new team. There is downside here as a massive underdog, but it also gives Russell a higher ceiling if Minnesota can stay in what should be a high scoring game. There’s tournament potential here.
Best value: Terry Rozier ($6,100) vs. SAS (15th)Malik Monk is suspended and Devonte’ Graham has been ruled out with an ankle injury, so Charlotte’s backcourt is all of the sudden thin. Rozier should be the guy to slide into a much larger role, and he is reasonably priced due to a shooting slump. Let’s hope this is a breakout spot.
Positional StrategyPG is a pretty balanced position. There’s a ton of value plays priced below Rozier, so realistically, it’s probably a mid-min priced position, and you can spend up elsewhere.
Target worth paying up for: DeMar DeRozan ($7,400) at CHA (25th)DeRozan comes in very affordable thanks to a couple of recent duds, but we know he has 50-plus DKFP upside with LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) out of the lineup. DeRozan scored 38.5 DKFP against Charlotte with LMA in the lineup, and he should be able to take advantage of this matchup.
Best Value: Alec Burks ($4,400) at LAL (1st)Philly is without Joel Embiid (shoulder), Ben Simmons (back) and now Josh Richardson (concussion). Burks scored 28 DKFP against the Clippers in 25 minutes, and he should have to play more in this contest.
Positional StrategyPhilly, San Antonio and Charlotte have the strongest backcourt values from the injury news. Jaylen Brown ($7,100) is another consideration, assuming Jayson Tatum (illness) is ruled out.
Target worth paying up for: Brandon Ingram ($7,800) vs. MIN (28th)This is a classic “buy-low” spot on Ingram. He’s shown he’s back from the injury that was nagging him around the All-Star break, going for 48-plus DKFP in each of his last two games in February. But coming off a dud, his salary actually goes down for one of the best forward matchups in the NBA. Ingram tagged the Wolves for 56 DKFP earlier in the season.
Best Value: Caleb Martin ($3,000) vs. SAS (20th)We can always use a minimum priced play, and with the two guards out for Charlotte, Martin should see some extra run. Martin’s had some scattered games with 20-plus minutes, and he has shown the ability to reach 20 DKFP.
Positional StrategyThe value really applies in the same spots here. Furkan Korkmaz ($4,000) is another versatile SG/SF value to consider.
Target worth paying up for: Zion Williamson ($7,700) vs. MIN (14th)Zion’s salary is down $800 over the last week, but he gets a tremendous matchup against the Wolves. Blowout potential is the only reason to use caution here, but the Pelicans’ forwards are much too cheap on this slate.
Best value: Trey Lyles ($5,200) at CHA (22nd)A $1,400 salary boost over the last two games isn’t ideal, but that’s what happens when you’re averaging 40 DKFP in those games. Lyles is playing just about 39 minutes per contest over the last two, with San Antonio extremely thin up front. No reason that won’t continue in Charlotte.
Positional StrategyLyles is one of my favorite plays on the slate, but New Orleans has the plays to pay up for at PF. Ingram and Zion are pretty cheap when it comes to paying up.
Target worth paying up for: Anthony Davis ($9,900) vs. PHI (18th)AD has been upgraded to probable and facing a Philly frontline that’s down a ton of bodies. Davis’ two recent down games came in blowouts, playing just 25 minutes in each. That has his salary down entering a matchup he should be able to fare well in.
Best value: Bismack Biyombo ($4,300) vs. SAS (21st)Biyombo jumped into the starting lineup three games ago. Since then, he’s averaging 30.75 DKFP in 27 minutes per contest. Keep rolling him out there against a Spurs lineup that has no healthy bigs right now.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Hornets PF/C Cody Zeller will start ahead of C Bismack Biyombo tonight vs. the Spurs.
Positional StrategyThis isn’t your classic center slate. It’s probably a slate to pay down when it comes strictly to center-only eligible plays. But some of the top plays like AD, Lyles and Zion are all PF eligible, so we can squeeze them in multiple slots.
Key news to monitor on DK Live:
QUESTIONABLEFred VanVleet (shoulder)
Serge Ibaka (knee)
Garrett Temple (shoulder)
Paul Millsap (ankle)
Corey Joseph (heel)
Alex Caruso (hamstring)
PROBABLEAnthony Davis (knee)
Marcus Smart (illness)
De’Aaron Fox (abdomen)
Cam Johnson (upper body)
DOUBTFULJayson Tatum (illness)
OUTJoel Embiid (shoulder)
Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist)
Ben Simmons (back)
LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder)
Draymond Green (knee)
Kelly Oubre (knee)
Devonte’ Graham (ankle)
Malik Monk (suspension)
Josh Richardson (concussion)
Ky Bowman (ankle)
Jakob Poeltl (knee)
JJ Redick (hamstring)
Marco Belinelli (illness)
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