Here are some players to target for tonight’s main 10-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
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StudTrae Young, ATL at WAS, $9,900 — After one of his worst games of the season, Young’s price has dipped below the $10k mark for the first time in over a month. Playing against the Wizards, this is the perfect opportunity for Young to bounce back from Monday’s game. This game has a slate-high 245.5 total on DraftKings Sportsbook and Washington allows the third most DKFP to point guards. The last time these teams met, Young went off for 77.5 DKFP.
ValueT.J. McConnell, IND at CHI, $4,000 — The Pacers are shorthanded. Jeremy Lamb is out for the season, Malcolm Brogdon is doubtful and the list of questionable players includes Victor Oladipo, JaKarr Sampson, T.J. Warren and Doug McDermott. All these injuries put McConnell in place to either start, or at the very least, come of the bench and play extended minutes. The last time Indiana was shorthanded, McConnell played 30 minutes and scored 30 DKFP.
StudDevin Booker, PHO vs. POR, $8,400 — As if a knee injury to Kelly Oubre wasn’t enough, Deandre Ayton sprained his ankle in the Suns’ last game and left the arena on crutches. He’s doubtful to play tonight and it seems like he’s going to have an extended absence. With Ayton and Oubre off the court, Booker has a 32.4% usage rating and scores 44.9 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueD’Anthony Melton, MEM at DAL, $4,400 — I think there’s sneaky upside in Melton. Since moving into the starting lineup, he’s only been mediocre by averaging 22.65 DKFP, but tonight could be different. Melton is playing 24 minutes per game as a starter and there’s reason to think there’s more ceiling to his playing time. Five of the Grizzlies’ last six games have been decided by 17 or more points and he could play extended minutes assuming Memphis plays in a competitive game again.
StudDeMar DeRozan, SAS at BKN, $7,200 — It’s hard to make much sense of DeRozan’s last two games. With Aldridge out, he figured to play an expanded role with added usage. Instead, he had a usage rating under 20% in back-to-back games. Considering that DDR has a 29.5% usage rating and scores 44.45 DKFP per 36 minutes with Aldridge off the court, I have to assume he’s going to play a big role tonight since Aldridge remains out.
ValueMikal Bridges, PHO vs. POR, $5,200 — Due to all of the Suns’ injuries, Bridges is going to have to play a massive role in the short term. As is, he’s averaging 38 minutes per game over the last four and now his usage is going to see an uptick as well. The Trail Blazers are 26th in the league in defensive efficiency, so Bridges should be able to take advantage of an expanded role tonight.
StudAnthony Davis, LAL vs. MIL, $9,800 — Despite playing well, this is the cheapest salary Davis has had in a month. While the Bucks do have an elite defense, they are about league average against power forwards, so AD shouldn’t be too impacted by the matchup. He needs 49 DKFP to hit 5x value, a mark he’s hit in eight of his last 10 games. Davis is also playing at home and he averages 6.18 more DKFP in Los Angeles than he does on the road.
ValueTaurean Prince, BKN vs. SAS, $4,400 — With Garrett Temple out tonight, Prince is in line for extended minutes. He only played 25 minutes in the Nets’ last game, but they lost by 39 and he didn’t play in the fourth quarter. If not for the score, we could have seen Prince push for 30 minutes for the first time in a while. The Spurs allow the third most DKFP to power forwards, putting Prince in a good spot to produce.
StudKristaps Porzingis, DAL vs. MEM, $9,300 — The Mavericks injury report for tonight is pretty extensive. J.J. Barea, Dorian Finney-Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr and Luka Doncic are all questionable to play. Depending how these injuries break, KP might play a massive role tonight. Obviously, Doncic is the most important name we need an update on. Porzingis has a 30.7% usage rating and scores 53.03 DKFP per 36 minutes when Luka is off the court. Download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive for up-to-the-minute news on the Mavericks’ starting lineup.
ValueAron Baynes, PHO vs. POR, $3,000 — When Ayton first got hurt, I assumed that Cam Johnson was going to be the guy to roster tonight since he played 33 minutes and scored 21 points on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it was not to be since he’s been ruled out of tonight’s game with an illness. This likely leaves Baynes in line to start at center and play big minutes. As a starter this season, he’s averaging 25.76 DKFP per game.
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