Here are some players to target for tonight’s main 8-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
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StudRussell Westbrook, HOU vs. ORL, $10,000 — Westbrook rested yesterday and things got ugly for the Rockets. They didn’t score until seven minutes into the game and ended up losing to the Hornets. Now rested, look for Russ to help pull Houston out of its three-game losing streak. Despite the matchup, his price is too cheap. Westbrook has scored at least 50 DKFP in 15 of his last 19 games.
ValueEric Bledsoe, MIL at PHO, $5,400 — Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful to play tonight, opening up a massive hole in the Bucks’ lineup. There is a ton of usage to fill and Bledsoe figures to get a good portion of it playing against his old team. When Giannis is off the court this season, Bledsoe has a 33.2% usage rating and scores 52.59 DKFP per 36 minutes. This is also a good matchup since the Suns allow the seventh most DKFP to point guards.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out tonight vs. the Suns.
StudDeMar DeRozan, SAS at CLE, $7,300 — Once again, LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out by the Spurs. In their last game, they went with a smaller starting lineup, moving DeRozan to power forward. This seemed to work for him and he scored 43.25 DKFP despite playing limited minutes due to a blowout. The Cavaliers have the second worst defensive efficiency in the league, so we should see more of the same tonight.
ValueDerrick White, SAS at CLE, $4,500 — Above I mentioned the Spurs going to a small lineup last game. This included moving White into the starting unit, where he played 27 minutes and scored 32.5 DKFP. Even before moving into the starting lineup, White had been playing well recently. He’s scored at least 24 DKFP in six of the last eight games. White is a great play if starting, but he’s still viable even if coming off the bench.
StudKhris Middleton, MIL at PHO, $6,500 — Middleton has had some massive games this season without Giannis, including a 51-point game with 76.5 DKFP. Playing against the Suns with Antetokounmpo likely out, Middleton should go off again. When Giannis is off the court, Middleton leads the Bucks with a 33.9% usage rating and scores 51.7 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueBogdan Bogdanovic, SAC vs. TOR, $5,200 — Bogdanovic is coming off one of his best games of the season. Playing against the Trail Blazers last night in a key game for playoff positioning, he scored 52.25 DKFP with 27 points. This is part of a strong stretch for Bogdanovic and he’s now scored at least 30 DKFP in three straight games. Considering his recent production, Bogdanovic is too cheap.
StudDomantas Sabonis, IND at DAL, $8,700 — The Pacers are dealing with all kinds of injuries. Not only is Malcolm Brogdon week-to-week with a torn muscle, T.J. Warren and Victor Oladipo are both questionable. If both of them are out, Sabonis is going to be in line to have a huge game. With Warren, Brogdon and Oladipo all off the court, Sabonis has a 26.3% usage rating and scores 51.53 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueMarvin Williams, MIL at PHO, $3,000 — It’s unclear who is going to start at power forward if Giannis is out. Whoever gets the start makes for a strong value option. The choice for the Bucks is likely going to come down to Williams or Ersan Ilyasova. In the past without Giannis, Ersan has started for Milwaukee, a role he’s averaging 29.29 DKFP in. All those starts came before Williams was on the team, which is why I am uncertain who will enter the starting lineup. Download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive for up-to-the-minute news on the Bucks’ starting lineup.
StudNikola Vucevic, ORL at HOU, $8,900 — Playing against the Rockets’ small frontcourt, this is a spot that I think Vucevic can take advantage of. Houston doesn’t have anybody to matchup against him and he’s scored over 50 DKFP in three consecutive games. Vucevic has seen a bump in playing time as the Magic are looking to seal their playoff spot.
ValueAron Baynes, PHO vs. MIL, $5,400 — How could I not bring up Baynes after what he did on Friday night? With Cam Johnson and Deandre Ayton out for the Suns, Baynes entered the starting lineup and scored 69.5 DKFP on 37 points and a franchise-best nine made 3-pointers. His price has gone up, but it’s hard to deny that Baynes still has upside after what he did last game.
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