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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main nine-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudLuka Doncic, DAL vs. DEN, $12,300 — For the fifth consecutive game, Kristaps Porzingis is out. In the last four games without him, Luka has dominated. He’s scored over 60 DKFP in each game and averaged 66 DKFP. These results aren’t all that shocking when considering that Doncic has a 40.3% usage rating this season when KP is off the court.
ValueEric Bledsoe, MIL at GSW, $6,000 — Coming back from a leg injury, the Bucks have been extremely cautious with Bledsoe’s workload. The positive sign is that his workload is slowly increasing. He played just 16 minutes in his return game and got up to 26 minutes last game. At this rate, Bledsoe figures to be playing close to normal minutes tonight. His price remains close to its lowest point of the season and the Warriors allow the sixth most DKFP to point guards.
StudJames Harden, HOU at ATL, $12,800 — Harden and Doncic are both fairly obvious plays tonight. Just like Doncic doesn’t have Porzingis, Harden will be playing without Westbrook, who is resting. When Russ is off the court, Harden has a 46.6% usage rating and scores 68.76 DKFP per 36 minutes. So the question is who to roster between Harden and Doncic? For me, I prefer Harden in the easier matchup and better game environment. The total for the Rockets’ game against the Hawks is significantly higher than the total in the Mavericks-Nuggets game.
ValueJordan McRae, WAS at ORL, $6,600 — As of late, Jordan McRae has been one of the top breakout players in DFS. He’s been shining since Bradley Beal ($8,500) got injured and should continue to play a massive role as long as Beal is out. McRae has scored double-digit points in seven straight games and is coming off a 39.75 DKFP game against the Celtics. We need to keep an eye on an update for Beal because McRae is going to lose out on a lot of playing time and usage if Beal, who is questionable, returns.
StudBrandon Ingram, NOP vs. CHI, $8,800 — Jrue Holiday has been ruled out in advance of tonight’s game, which impacts both of the guys I have listed as small forward plays. In a tough matchup against the Jazz, Ingram scored 56.5 DKFP because of increased usage without Holiday. He took 26 shots and scored 35 points. As an added bonus, the matchup against the Bulls is much easier on paper than the matchup against the Jazz.
ValueJosh Hart, NOP vs. CHI, $4,200 — Without Holiday, the Pelicans turned to Hart to start last game. He was a chalk play and delivered a massive dud. This might scare people off him, but there is reason to think he will bounce back. For starters, and as I mentioned above, playing the Bulls is a much easier matchup than playing against the Jazz. In addition, Hart got into early foul trouble last game. He picked up two fouls three minutes into the game and barely played in the first half. Hart figures to play more than the 26 minutes he played last game assuming he stays out of foul trouble.
StudJohn Collins, ATL vs. HOU, $8,000 — Looking at Collins’ game log, it seems like he isn’t worth this lofty salary. I think it’s hard to compare this spot to some of his recent games. The total for this game is a gaudy 235.5 points and the Hawks have played some really stiff competition lately. The last three games Collins played in were against the Nuggets, Celtics and Magic. He should fair much better tonight and could go overlooked because of his recent fantasy scores.
ValueMichael Porter Jr., DEN at DAL, $3,800 — It’s really hard to know what to make of Porter. Over the weekend, Mike Malone said that Porter was locked into a sixth-man role and would be playing around 25 minutes per game for the rest of the season. Since saying that, Porter 12 and 20 minutes. Even so, I am bullish on his potential playing time tonight. Will Barton is out for personal reasons and we could see Porter move into the starting lineup. The only time we saw him start this season, he scored 28.5 DKFP. At the very least, MPJ should play extra minutes to help fill the void left by Barton even if he comes off the bench.
StudNikola Jokic, DEN at DAL, $9,200 — It’s been an up and down season for Jokic and he’s been a bit streaky. Following a four-game cold streak, Jokic broke out in a big way last game. He scored a career-high 47 points against the Hawks, leading to a season-best 72.5 DKFP. Given how hot and cold he’s been this season, this looks like a good time to get back on The Joker.
ValueEnes Kanter, BOS vs. SAS, $5,600 — Daniel Theis ($4,400) is questionable to play tonight, so this could be a time for extended Kanter minutes. He rarely plays more than 23 minutes, but he’s extremely effective in the limited time he spends on the court. In 18 minutes per game, Kanter is averaging 23.56 DKFP. If he starts and plays close to 30 minutes, the sky is the limit at his current per-minute production. If Theis ends up playing then Kanter still has upside, but he becomes a much riskier play.
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