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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main six-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
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StudLuka Doncic, DAL vs. DEN, $11,000 — Since this is the tail end of a back-to-back, I am assuming that Kristaps Porzingis will be rested. He’s consistently sat when games are played in consecutive days. As long as this holds true, Doncic is in line for a big night. When KP is off the court, Luka has a 39.7% usage rating and scores 61.91 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueGoran Dragic, MIA vs. CHA, $5,500 — The Heat are dealing with a handful of injuries in the backcourt. Jimmy Butler ($8,000; toe), Tyler Herro ($3,300; foot) and Kendrick Nunn ($4,800; illness) are all listed as questionable, and if a couple or all of them are out, Dragic figures to play a massive role. He also draws a positive matchup against the Hornets who rank 25th in defensive efficiency.
StudJrue Holiday, NOP at SAC, $8,200 — With the Pelicans fighting for a playoff spot, Holiday his role increase in recent games. As a result, he’s averaging 52.94 DKFP in his last four games and has shown 60+ DKFP upside. Not only is his usage up, but Holiday is also playing increased minutes. He’s playing around 38 minutes per game lately, which has been a boon for his fantasy value.
ValueR.J. Barrett, NYK at ATL, $5,500 — Barrett’s rookie season has not gone as the Knicks hoped. He’s not close to being a consideration in the Rookie of the Year voting, and it’s questionable whether he would still be a Top-5 pick if the draft was redone. Still, the Knicks have been trying to get him extra reps down the stretch of the season, as they should. With steady playing time, Barrett has scored at least 27 DKFP in six of the last seven games.
StudTobias Harris, PHI vs. DET, $8,500 — We need to keep an eye on the injury report since Joel Embiid could be returning to the 76ers tonight. If he’s back, Harris is going to see a huge dip in usage. For the time being, he’s had to play a huge role for Philly with Simmons and Embiid both injured. When the two All-Stars are off the court, Harris has a 27.2% usage rating and scores 41.88 DKFP per 36 minutes.
ValueCam Reddish, ATL vs. NYK, $4,900 — For Reddish, the big challenge has been making it through games. He’s been a risk for in-game injuries and has only played one half in two of the Hawks’ last four games. In recent games that Reddish has avoided injury, he has been terrific, scoring over 35 DKFP in the last three games he played start to finish. The injury risk makes him dicey for cash games, but Reddish has clear upside for GPP.
StudChristian Wood, DET at PHI, $8,100 — It’s hard to believe how much time Wood spent buried on the Pistons’ bench this season. Arguably, he’s been the most valuable player on Detroit’s roster. Now that he’s playing extended minutes, Wood is showing a ton of consistency for fantasy purposes. He’s scored at least 37.5 DKFP in nine consecutive games, making him one of the safer cash options of the night.
ValueMaxi Kleber, DAL vs. DEN, $4,600 — I am going to be making some assumptions here. I am assuming that Porzingis will rest, and I assuming that Kleber will start in his place. If these predictions come to fruition, I am also going to predict that Kleber returns solid value. As a starter, he’s averaging 25.01 DKFP, and he has averaged 30 DKFP in his two games against the Nuggets this season.
StudAl Horford, PHI vs. DET, $7,400 — Ditto to basically everything I said about Harris. All the same logic applies to Horford, who is a good option if Embiid is out, but overpriced if Embiid ends up returning. When Simmons and Embiid are off the court this season, Horford has a 20.4% usage rating and scores 41.41 DKFP per 36 minutes. The 76ers’ offense has had to run through him a lot recently because of Philly’s injuries.
ValueBobby Portis, NYK at ATL, $4,200 — Predicting the Knicks’ rotations is next to impossible although it looks like Portis has played himself into a consistent role off the bench. Last night, he scored 37 DKFP against the Wizards, and it was the fourth time in the last five games that he scored at least 26 DKFP. Despite the recent run of success, his salary hasn’t moved much.
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