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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main nine-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
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StudMarcus Smart, BOS at CLE, $7,000 — The Celtics have a terrific matchup against the Cavaliers and almost none of their core players will be playing. Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward are both out while Jayson Tatum (illness) has been upgraded to probable. This could leave Smart to play a massive role. As is, he’s scored at least 43 DKFP in three straight games. We do have to make sure Smart doesn’t get suspended because he could be facing discipline after he went after an official last night.
ValueBrad Wanamaker, BOS at CLE, $3,500 — Wanamaker started the second half in place of Walker last night, leading me to think we see him draw the start tonight. It’s not a role we have seen him in this season, but due to all the Celtics’ injuries, it’s not hard to envision a scenario where he pushed for 40 minutes and the Cavs allow the fourth most DKFP to point guards.
StudCoby White, CHI at MIN, $6,200 — The Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February, White comes into tonight on a nice streak of good games. He’s scored at least 34 DKFP in five consecutive games, making it seem like he’s finally finding some consistency after being a very high variance player earlier in his rookie season. We can also expect added usage to go to White since Zach LaVine is out.
ValueJavonte Green, BOS at CLE, $3,300 — Green finds himself in the same situation as Wanamaker. He started the second half in place of Hayward, so I assume that he is going to be in the starting lineup tonight. In limited minutes, Green has shown to be an okay fantasy producer. He is averaging 7.35 DKFP in 9.4 minutes per game. With all the injuries to Boston, he figures to play over 30 minutes, and in a plus matchup against the Cavaliers, Green shouldn’t have much issue being a value at such a cheap salary and his current per-minute production.
StudBradley Beal, WAS at POR, $10,600 — With all the values on tonight’s slate, we need guys to pay up for. Beal fills this role and has been one of the safer DFS plays since the All-Star break. He’s scored at least 50 DKFP in six consecutive games and is averaging 61.21 DKFP over this stretch. Beal is regularly playing 40 minutes with absurdly high usage lately. The Wizards are barely alive in the playoff hunt and it seems like they are going to run Beal into the ground until they are officially knocked out.
ValueKevin Porter, CLE vs. BOS, $5,300 — Despite a matchup against the Celtics looking tough on paper, they are missing most of their starters. This could actually be a plus matchup. In addition, Porter looks like he is going to be starting for Cleveland in the short term. Darius Garland is out and Porter started in his place last game, finishing with 31 DKFP in 41 minutes. The Cavs are going to give him all the playing time he can handle.
StudGiannis Antetokounmpo, MIL vs. IND, $11,400 — If the Bucks didn’t win so many games via blowout, Giannis would be having a fantasy season unlike anything we have ever seen. He’s averaging over 60 DKFP and doing it in just 30.9 minutes per game. He’s never a bad option to pay up for and the Bucks are only favored by 11 points tonight, so this game has a bit less blowout risk than most of their games. Look for Giannis to get back on track after a subpar outing against the Heat. Last game, he scored under 50 DKFP for just the ninth time this season and he’s never been under that mark in consecutive games.
ValueBobby Portis, NYK vs. UTA, $4,000 — Mitchell Robinson has been playing the bulk of the Knicks’ center minutes over the last couple weeks and he’s questionable to play because of a hamstring injury. If he can’t play, look for Portis to get extended minutes. Even though playing against the Jazz isn’t ideal, Portis scored 40.75 DKFP against them earlier in the season. The only issue here is that he needs Robinson to be out to have value and we might not get an update on Robinson’s status until after lock.
StudJonas Valanciunas, MEM at BKN, $7,800 — Just when it looked like the Grizzlies were losing their hold on the final playoff spot in the West, JV stepped up in a big way. In the last three games, he’s averaging 20 rebounds and 46.5 DKFP. This is a great spot to keep the streak going. The Nets are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back after an overtime game and they allow the fifth most DKFP to centers.
ValueNaz Reid, MIN vs. CHI, $5,100 — All I am asking for is Reid to avoid fouling. As a starter, he’s averaging 26.96 DKFP and only playing 25.4 minutes due to foul woes. Last night, we saw him avoid the whistle, leading to a season-high 46.75 DKFP. The Bulls have one of the worst rebounding rate in the league and allow the third most DKFP to centers, so this is another spot where Reid has huge upside, if he doesn’t get into foul trouble.
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