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Here are some players to target for tonight’s five-game NBA main slate on DraftKings:
StudKyle Lowry, TOR vs. SAS, $8,200 — Slowly, the Raptors are starting to get healthy again. Norman Powell is expected to return today, while Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol have been upgraded to questionable. The one guy still out for sure is Fred VanVleet. He’s expected to miss at least a few more games and Lowry is always needed to play a bigger role with the ball in his hands when FVV is out. Without VanVleet on the court, Lowry has a 24.2% usage rating and scores 41.1 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueBrandon Goodwin, ATL at BKN, $3,100 — The biggest injury update we need for today is the status of Trae Young. He’s listed as questionable to play and there is a massive void to fill for the Hawks if he’s out. Goodwin’s minutes have been trending up lately and he is a candidate to start if Young can’t play. Goodwin is scoring over a fantasy point per minute this season, so it shouldn’t take much playing time for him to payoff such a cheap salary.
StudD’Angelo Russell, GSW at MEM, $7,000 — Russell has missed the past six games with a shoulder injury and is probable to play tonight. As long as he doesn’t have any restrictions, he makes for a great play. DLo is at his cheapest salary of the season and was playing extremely well prior to getting hurt. Before missing time, he had scored at least 42 DKFP in five of his past six games.
ValuePatrick Beverley, LAC at DEN, $4,800 — Paul George remains out due to a hamstring injury, creating more opportunity for Beverley. He’s forced to take on a bigger playmaking role without PG in the lineup, which led to Beverley scoring 46.75 DKFP in the Clippers’ last game. Even though a matchup against the Nuggets isn’t ideal, I don’t think it’s reason to write off Beverley. The Clippers tend to give him more playing time against tougher teams and that offsets the difficult of the opponent.
StudKawhi Leonard, LAC at DEN, $9,000 — Just like Beverley, we can expect more production from Kawhi since George is out. Leonard takes on a bigger scoring role without his All-Star teammate. When PG is off the court, Kawhi’s usage rating swells to 36.3% and he scores 57.01 DKFP per 36 minutes. Playing in Denver, Leonard is probably going to need a big scoring night for the Clippers to win.
ValueDeAndre’ Bembry, ATL at BKN, $3,100 — Not only is Trae Young questionable to play for the Hawks, but De’Andre Hunter is also questionable. If both of them are out, I expect Bembry to move into the starting lineup. Coming off the bench, he hasn’t had much success this season, but he has a strong game almost every time he starts. Atlanta has moved Bembry into the starting lineup four times this year and he’s averaged 29.44 DKFP in those games.
StudJohn Collins, ATL at BKN, $8,000 — The Nets allow the 10th most DKFP to power forwards, so this is a nice matchup for Collins even if the Hawks are healthy. If they are missing Young, Collins figures to see an uptick in usage. Collins has seen a 2% usage uptick without Young on the court this season and he comes into tonight in good form. He’s averaging 45.13 DKFP in his last two games.
ValueDario Saric, PHO vs. CHA, $3,100 — I am interested to see what the Suns do with their starting lineup today. In their last game, they moved Deandre Ayton to the bench and started Saric at power forward. I wouldn’t be shocked to see Ayton start tonight, although I suspect that Saric would likely stick in the starting unit anyway. If this is the case, he’s much too cheap. Saric has started more often than not this season and averages 24.43 DKFP when starting.
StudNikola Jokic, DEN vs. LAC, $8,800 — Arguably, the Nuggets had their worst game of the season last night. Playing at home against the Cavs, they lost by eight points. Perhaps they were overlooking Cleveland because tonight they have a much tougher game against the Clippers. It’s been an up and down season for Jokic, but I expect him to be engaged against the Clippers. In recent games, he’s played fairly well, averaging 57.17 DKFP in his past three games.
ValueOmari Spellman, GSW at MEM, $4,100 — The Warriors mixed up their starting lineup last game and Spellman made his first start of the season. Playing center, he looked good and scored 34.75 DKFP. Most importantly, he tied a season-high by playing 28 minutes. It seems Spellman played well enough to earn another start and he’s too cheap if that’s the case.
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