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Here are some players to target for this afternoon’s three-game NBA slate on DraftKings, which is set to lock at 2:00 p.m. ET:
StudEric Bledsoe, MIL vs. PHO, $6,700 — Giannis Antetokounmpo is dealing with a new injury. He missed time earlier in the week because of a shoulder strain and now hamstring tightness could force him to sit today. If Giannis ends up sitting out, Bledsoe would be in line for a big role. Without the Greek Freak on the court, Bledsoe has a 33.7% usage rating and scores 53.42 DKFP per 36 minutes. Download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive for up-to-the-minute news on the Bucks’ lineup.
ValueTy Jerome, PHO at MIL, $3,100 — In addition to Giannis, there is one other key player listed as questionable for this small slate. Ricky Rubio is dealing with an ankle injury and I think we could see Jerome move into the starting lineup if Rubio is out. Jerome has taken over the backup point guard minutes in recent games, leaping Elie Okobo on the depth chart. In limited minutes, Jerome has scored over 20 DKFP in back-to-back games, so it seems like he would have decent upside in a starting role if he gets extended minutes.
StudJames Harden, HOU vs. NO, $11,200 — Slump over? After going through one of the worst shooting stretches of his career, it seems like Harden got back on track last night. He scored 35 points on 25 shots, leading to 75 DKFP. It was the first time in three weeks that he scored over 60 DKFP. In a game against the Pelicans with a 245-point total, I expect another big scoring night from Harden.
ValueMikal Bridges, PHO at MIL, $4,000 — Bridges doesn’t have the highest upside in the world, but he’s had a fairly high floor lately, which could be valuable on such a small slate. He’s gone over 20 DKFP in four of his last five games and he typically plays in garbage time, a nice role to have when playing against the Bucks. Milwaukee is favored by 12.5-points and arguably playing in garbage time would be better for his value than playing in a close game against starters.
StudKhris Middleton, MIL vs. PHO, $7,800 — If Giannis is out, we can count on both Bledsoe and Middleton to play massive roles on offense. With Giannis off the court, Middleton has a 34.1% usage rating and scores 52.7 DKFP per 36 minutes. When Anteokounmpo was out earlier in the week, Middleton scored 51 points and 76.5 DKFP.
ValueJJ Redick, NO at HOU, $3,700 — There aren’t really any cheap small forwards that are exciting plays for this slate. At the very least, we can expect Redick to be able to get some shots up in a game that figures to be played at an extremely high pace, and he’s close to his cheapest salary of the season. Despite a dip in price, Redick has been decent lately, scoring at least 22 DKFP in four consecutive games.
StudZion Williamson, NO at HOU, $7,700 — What is the ceiling for Zion? We are yet to see him play over 30 minutes, but he’s been really close to the 30 minute mark in his last few games. If not for blowouts, we likely would have seen him play close to a full allotment of minutes. I don’t think we need to be too concerned about his restrictions anymore. As is, he’s averaging 32.45 DKFP in 25 minutes per game. At this per minute production, Williamson should be averaging well over 40 DKFP once he starts playing more than 30 minutes. This is a great game environment to see his minutes get expanded.
ValueChris Boucher, TOR vs. CHI, $3,300 — With Marc Gasol injured, Boucher has rejoined the rotation. Per minute, he’s a fantasy monster, averaging 15.15 DKFP in just 12.9 minutes per game this season. It doesn’t take much run to get a decent game from Boucher and the Bulls are one of the worst teams in the league against big men. Chicago is dead last in the league in rebound rate.
StudSerge Ibaka, TOR vs. CHI, $6,200 — Just like Boucher, Ibaka has been benefiting from the injury to Gasol. Also like Boucher, he gets to play against the weak Bulls frontcourt. After coming off the bench for a few weeks, Ibaka finds himself back in the starting unit to fill Gasol’s role. As a starter, Ibaka averages 34.41 DKFP.
ValueBrook Lopez, MIL vs. PHO, $3,900 — This is a curiously low salary for Lopez. He would be in line for a bump in usage if Giannis is out, but we can consider him as a viable option whether Antetokounmpo plays or not. Lopez came off the bench last game, but it was only because it was Greek heritage night and the Bucks wanted to give Thanasis Antetokounmpo the first start of career. Lopez figures to be back in the starting lineup tonight and the Suns allow the ninth most DKFP to centers.
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