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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main nine-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudKyle Lowry, TOR vs. IND, $6,700 — This is pretty close to the cheapest salary Lowry has had all season. His production is a bit down in the last couple of games, but it was because of blowouts. The Raptors won their last two games by 13 and 27 points, respectively, limiting the amount of time starters had to play in the second half. Prior to those games, Lowry had scored over 40 DKFP in three or four games. He averages 39.66 DKFP for the season, leading me to think his price tag has dipped a bit too far.
ValueReggie Jackson, DET vs. PHO, $4,900 — Derrick Rose remains out tonight, so we should see an expanded role from Jackson. His minutes restriction appears to be mostly lifted after missing most of the season due to a back injury. Recently, we saw Jackson play as much as 34 minutes in a game. He followed it up by only seeing 24 minutes although it was the tail end of a back-to-back and the Pistons got blown out. Jackson figures to play around 30 minutes against the Suns.
StudDevin Booker, PHO at DET, $8,300 — The Pistons are looking like sellers at the trade deadline and their defense is starting to fall apart. They have lost six of their last sevens games, allowing at least 115 points in five of those games. This sets up as a better matchup than the DVP numbers indicate and Booker has scored over 40 DKFP in all but four of his last 20 games.
ValueVictor Oladipo, IND at TOR, $5,300 — It looks like it is finally time to start rostering Oladipo. He could be moving into the starting lineup tonight and Nate McMillan said he could be allowed to play up to 28 minutes. The uptick in playing time bodes well for Oladipo’s future production. Twenty-eight minutes isn’t nearly as harsh of a restriction as it may seem. Last season, Oladipo played 32 minutes per game and averaged 37.56 DKFP. We aren’t that far off from getting his normal workload.
StudJayson Tatum, BOS vs. ORL, $7,900 — After both of them sat out last game, Marcus Smart (thigh) and Kemba Walker (knee) have been ruled out again tonight. With both of them out on Monday, Tatum scored 45.25 DKFP. It was the fifth time in the last six games that he scored over 40 DKFP. This shouldn’t have come as a shock since the Celtics lean heavily on him when Walker and Smart are off the court. Without them on the floor, Tatum leads Boston with a 34.8% usage rating.
ValueBruce Brown, DET vs. PHO, $4,900 — Just like Reggie Jackson, Brown has been benefitting from Rose being out. Detroit is incredibly thin on backcourt depth, leading to Brown playing 38 minutes a night over the last two games. In these games, he’s averaging 36.88 DKFP. Until his price tag goes up more, Brown has to be a consideration when Rose is unable to play.
StudKristaps Porzingis, DAL vs. MEM, $8,300 — In the six games Porzingis has played without Doncic this season, he’s scored at least 44 DKFP in all of them and gone over 50 DKFP in five of those games. He carries the Mavs when Luka is hurt. We should see more of the same tonight and this game against the Grizzlies has a pretty high 229-point total.
ValueBrandon Clarke, MEM at DAL, $4,900 — Jonas Valanciunas is one of the most significant names on today’s injury report. He’s listed as questionable and I expect that Clarke would start if JV is unable to play. The Grizzlies have a deep team, so it isn’t often we see Clarke play extended minutes. In the time he has been on the court, he’s shown the potential to be a fantasy monster. Clarke is averaging 23.88 DKFP in just 21.7 minutes per game. If he starts and plays 30-plus minutes, he would be in line for close to 40 DKFP at his current per-minute production.
StudDeandre Ayton, PHO at DET, $8,300 — There was an odd period where Ayton came off the bench for Phoenix and he’s been playing the best ball of his career since moving back into the starting lineup. Maybe it was a motivational tactic or maybe it was just a dumb coaching decision that coincidentally worked out in the end. Ayton has scored at least 45 DKFP in four of his last five games and the Pistons allow the ninth most DKFP to centers.
ValueEnes Kanter, BOS vs. ORL, $4,200 — I have my fingers crossed that Kanter ends up starting tonight. He’s healthy again after missing five games with a leg injury and it couldn’t come at a better time. Daniel Theis is out, putting Kanter in line for a bigger role. He’s made five starts this season, averaging 26.81 DKFP in the role. Kanter scores well over a fantasy point per minute, so he won’t need to play much to pay off his cheap price tag.
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