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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main 10-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
TOP OPTION TO CONSIDER
StudLonzo Ball, NOR vs. CLE, $7,000 — The narrative of Ball as a DFS asset has greatly changed over the last month. Earlier in the season, he was an extremely high variance player. Ball would his good games, but they were infrequent and difficult to predict. His bad game were total duds, forcing the Pelicans to move him to a bench role. Lately, something has clicked. Maybe it was Zion Williamson coming back from his knee injury or maybe it’s just a case of a young player maturing. Ball rarely has bad nights anymore. He’s scored at least 30 DKFP in 12 consecutive games.
ValueCory Joseph, SAC at MEM, $3,500 — There is a chance that De’Aaron Fox is going to be out tonight. As of now, he’s considered questionable after missing last night’s game, but there are some ominous signs. After going to visit a doctor for a back injury, he’s reportedly seeking other opinions. This likely means Fox didn’t like what he heard from the first doctor. If he’s out, we can expect another start from Joseph after he scored 30.5 DKFP as the starting point guard last night.
StudDevin Booker, PHO vs. DET, $7,800 — Kelly Oubre has a torn meniscus, which figures to sideline him for the rest of the regular season. The Suns don’t have much incentive to rush him back from injury. When he’s off the court, Booker is the Suns’ player who sees the biggest uptick usage. Playing without Oubre, Booker has a 32.7% usage rating and scores 45.36 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueJeff Teague, ATL vs. BKN, $3,600 — Trae Young is questionable to play due to flu-like symptoms. He had to stay home when the rest of the team practiced yesterday, although it is worth noting that he played through the illness on Wednesday and had a big game. If he’s out, Teague would likely move into the starting lineup. He’s made 16 starts this season and averaged 29.77 DKFP in those games.
StudBrandon Ingram, NOR vs. CLE, $7,500 — It doesn’t look like we need to be worried about whether Ingram can produce when playing alongside Zion anymore. When he first returned, Ingram’s production dragged. The two have since figured out how to coexist with both as strong fantasy options. Last game, put up 50.75 DKFP against the Lakers and finds himself in a much more favorable situation against the Cavs tonight. The Lakers have the best defensive efficiency in the Western Conference and Cleveland is dead last in the NBA.
ValueJames Ennis, ORL vs. MIN, $3,700 — To get more floor spacing, the Magic have inserted Ennis into the starting unit. He doesn’t have much upside although we could be starved for value if the stars listed as questionable end up playing. Ennis has averaged 20.5 DKFP as a starter in the last couple of games and the Wolves have been hemorrhaging fantasy points since the trade deadline.
StudChristian Wood, DET at PHO, $7,200 — Wood finds himself back in the starting lineup, hopefully for good. Detroit oddly moved him to the bench for a couple of games despite his strong play. After he continued to produce well off the bench, the Pistons went ahead and moved him back into the starting unit. In his last five starts, Wood is averaging 40 DKFP. His price should go up from here.
ValueRondae Hollis-Jefferson, TOR vs. CHA, $4,100 — The Raptors always seem to be dealing with at least one of two injuries. At the moment, Marc Gasol is out and Serge Ibaka is listed as questionable. The last time we saw the Raptors play without either of their centers, they went small and moved RHJ into the starting lineup. He played well in that game, finishing with 36 DKFP in 34 minutes. He’s a strong play as long as Ibaka is out.
StudDeandre Ayton, PHO vs. DET, $8,100 — Just like Booker, Ayton should benefit from the injury to Oubre. He scores 46.66 DKFP per 36 minutes when Oubre is off the court. Ayton also draws a solid matchup since the Pistons are allowing the fourth-most DKFP to centers
ValueBruno Fernando, ATL vs. BKN, $3,400 — Trae Young isn’t the only player on the Hawks’ injury report. Dedmon is out and expected to miss a few games to an elbow injury. In his place, Fernando started last game and scored 24.75 DKFP. He likely played well enough to earn himself another start and the Nets allow the fifth most DKFP to centers.
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