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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main six-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudDerrick Rose, DET at POR, $5,900 — Whenever the Pistons play in a close game this season, it is probably going to have to be because Rose has a big game. With Andre Drummond, Markieff Morris and Reggie Jackson all gone, Detroit is out of scoring options other than Rose. There’s always a chance of a blowout when Detroit plays, but he’s underpriced. Rose averages 32.07 DKFP as a starter and he should see increased usage and playmaking duties going forward.
ValueJordan McLaughlin, MIN at DEN, $4,300 — Speaking of decimated teams, the Wolves are not only missing Karl-Anthony Towns again, D’Angelo Russell is resting. I expect McLaughlin to slide into the starting lineup as the point guard. In his only other start this season, he played 37 minutes and scored 48 DKFP. He’s one of the top values on the slate.
StudC.J. McCollum, POR vs. DET, $8,400 — Until Damian Lillard comes back from his groin injury, the Blazers are going to have to lean heavily on McCollum. Fighting for a playoff spot, he’s going to have to play close to 40 minutes in close games to keep them alive. McCollum is also going to be playing a heavy role since he has a 33.6% usage rating and scores 43.16 DKFP per 36 minutes when Dame is off the court.
ValueMalik Beasley, MIN at DEN, $5,800 — Since coming to the Wolves, Beasley has played a much larger role than he played with his former team, who is playing against tonight. With Minnesota, Beasley is averaging 37.5 DKFP as the starting shooting guard. With both KAT and DLO out, we can anticipate that he plays an even bigger role today.
StudBrandon Ingram, NOR at GSW, $6,900 — The last couple of games for Ingram haven’t been great. Last game, he got into foul trouble, limiting him to 27 minutes. In the game before that, he sprained an ankle and barely played more than a half. This has led to a reduced price, but Ingram had scored at least 36 DKFP in four consecutive games prior to the last two. Against a weak Warriors team, he should be able to get back on track.
ValueJeremy Lamb, IND at TOR, $4,800 — The return of Victor Oladipo has been a bumpy road. After looking rusty coming back from an absence of over a year because of a knee injury, Dipo is now dealing with a back injury and is doubtful today. It Oladipo is out, it should move Lamb back into the starting lineup. His role was on the decline with Oladipo injured and he figures to be back to his early season minutes tonight. As a starter, Lamb is averaging 25.12 DKFP, meaning he has slight value at his current salary.
StudZion Williamson, NOR at GSW, $8,500 — Zion’s rookie season has been ridiculously impactful. He’s helping to propel the Pelicans up the standings and they have won eight of their past 11 games. This is almost entirely because Williamson is now healthy after missing the start of the season with a knee injury. We can now expect him to play over 30 minutes regularly and he draws a matchup against a really weak Warriors frontcourt. Not only do they have one of the league’s worst defenses, but Draymond Green is out today.
ValueEric Paschall, GSW vs. NOR, $4,400 — I mentioned above that Green is out. Meanwhile, not only is he on the injury report, but Marquese Chriss is listed as questionable. If both are out, there’s a pretty good chance we see Paschall move into the starting lineup. In 24 starts this season, he’s almost always provided good value, averaging 28.89 DKFP.
StudNikola Jokic, DEN vs. MIN, $10,200 — The Wolves are already a poor defense and now most of their key players are injured. This is a situation that Jokic should be able to take advantage of, with the only concern being a potential blowout preventing him from playing down the stretch. The only other time Jokic played Minnesota at home this season, he put up a triple-double and scored 58 DKFP.
ValueNaz Reid, MIN at DEN, $5,500 — In the Wolves’ last game, Reid made the first start of his career filling in for Karl-Anthony Towns. He scored 38.75 DKFP, likely earning himself another start since KAT remains out. Even though there is a chance of this game becoming a blowout, I expect that Reid would play in garbage time since he’s a rookie.
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