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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main eight-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
Damian Lillard, POR at UTA, $9,900 — Lillard has cooled a bit in the last couple of games, but this doesn’t mean he lacks upside. His price is starting to drop and he scored 79 DKFP the last time he played against the Jazz. Something else to consider regarding Dame’s production for the rest of the season, the Blazers are fighting for a playoff spot. As long as games are close, we are probably going to see Lillard play close to 40 minutes in every game for the last couple of months this season.
ValueRicky Rubio, PHO vs. HOU, $5,600 — This is a really good spot for Rubio. He’s only $100 off his lowest price of the season and the Rockets allow more DKFP to point guards than any team in the league. While the recent poor play from Rubio is a bit of a concern, he recently missed a game because of an injury, leading to reduced minutes in his first game back. Last game, Rubio played 35 minutes, leading me to believe that he is back at full strength.
James Harden, HOU at PHO, $12,100 — As is the norm, Russell Westbrook is getting rested since this is the tail end of a back-to-back. With Russ out and Clint Capela now in Atlanta, this should be a monster game for Harden. When Westbrook and Capela are off the court, Harden has a 47.9% usage rating and scores 71.05 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueDe’Anthony Melton, MEM at PHI, $3,700 — The Grizzlies made some big roster changes at the trade deadline. Affecting tonight’s slate, Memphis shipped away Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder, creating a playing time void on the wing. This should benefit Melton who is a strong per minute fantasy producer. He averages 19.88 DKFP in just 18 minutes per game and he could push for 30 minutes tonight.
StudJayson Tatum, BOS vs. ATL, $8,100 — The Celtics’ injury report is ridiculously lengthy. Jaylen Brown (ankle) and Gordon Hayward (foot) have both been ruled out and Kemba Walker ($7,600) is expected to play on a minutes restriction. Tatum’s usage rating is expected to go through the roof. This is also a great matchup. The Hawks allow the third most DKFP to small forwards and Tatum is playing well recently, scoring over 40 DKFP in three straight games.
ValueEric Gordon, HOU at PHO, $5,200 — Gordon stands to benefit from Westbrook resting tonight. He should stick in the starting lineup and he averages 27.63 DKFP as a starter this season. Just like Harden, he also sees a big usage bump when Capela and Russ are off the court. With those guys on the floor, Gordon has a 32.2% usage rating and scores 39.31 DKFP per 36 minutes.
StudKristaps Porzingis, DAL at WAS, $8,800 — Porzingis broke his nose and is questionable to play, so we are going to need an update on his status. If he plays, it’s really hard to ignore him in this spot. He’s been crushing in games that Doncic has missed and Luka is out tonight. KP averages over 50 DKFP in games without Luka and has scored at least 44 DKFP in each game without his All-Star teammate. He also couldn’t get a better matchup since the Wizards are last in the league in defensive efficiency.
ValueKelly Olynyk, MIA at SAC, $3,300 — The Heat are going to be shorthanded tonight. Not only are they unlikely to have the new players they traded for available, but Jimmy Butler ($8,300) is also doubtful and Meyers Leonard is out with an ankle injury. Olynyk entered the starting lineup last game and he figures to draw another start with decent playing time upside.
StudChristian Wood, DET at OKC, $6,000 — Wood is arguably the biggest gainer from the trade deadline. Now that Andre Drummond has been traded to the Cavaliers, Wood stands to gain a bunch of playing time. As is, his playing was already trending up. In the last couple of games, he played over 30 minutes in each and averaged 33.88 DKFP.
ValueEnes Kanter, BOS vs. ATL, $4,400 — Above I mentioned all the wing injuries the Celtics are dealing with. Those aren’t the only injuries. Daniel Theis is also out, opening up extra playing time for Kanter. He started the last game and played 26 minutes. Kanter should start again tonight and he averages 26.15 DKFP when starting.
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