Russell Westbrook

Monday’s fantasy basketball slate has seven NBA games on DraftKingsThe featured contest is the NBA $450K Big Jam, which pays out $100k to first place. Set your lineups here: NBA $450K Big Jam [$100K to 1st – Record Week].

There are a few notable players with statuses that need to be monitored leading up to the 7:00 p.m. ET lock time, including Luka Doncic (thumb) and Khris Middleton (neck). Kristaps Porzingis is also a rest candidate on the second night of a back-to-back, so his status is also worth monitoring.

For up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, download the DK Live app, as NBA news, injury reports and betting lines on DraftKings Sportsbook can change throughout the day. Value also unexpectedly can open up due to late lineup changes and late injury news, making it important to stay up-to-the-minute with the DK Live app until lineups lock. You also can follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive.

Here are some plays that fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings:



Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets at New York Knicks ($10,000) — The Rockets made a critical lineup change a month ago that has helped Westbrook utilize his strengths and increase his production. Houston began playing without a traditional center, starting 6’5” wing P.J. Tucker at center. By trading C Clint Capela to the Hawks and moving Tucker to center, Westbrook has had an easier time getting clearance to the basket due to more floor spacing. Westbrook is shooting 67% on shots within five feet of the basket since the lineup change, a boost from 59% in that zone previously. Westbrook is driving to the basket more often and scoring more points off drives to the basket as a result. 66% of Westbrook’s points have come off drives to the basket since the Rockets made their lineup change on Jan. 31, a boost from 55% previously. In that time frame, Westbrook is shooting an efficient 54% from the field on a heavy 26 field goal attempts per game, a boost from 46% from the field on 22 field goal attempts per game previously.

The Rockets are 9.5-point favorites over the Knicks on DraftKings Sportsbook today, so there is blowout risk, but if the game doesn’t get out of hand, the matchup is plus considering the Knicks have allowed more points to opponents than average.


Elfrid Payton, New York Knicks vs. Houston Rockets ($6,700) — Payton has a good matchup against the Rockets, who play one of the fastest paces in the league and rank in the bottom third in points and assists allowed to opponents. Payton has flashed strong fantasy output lately, scoring 45+ DKFP in five of his last nine games while peaking at 59 DKFP. Payton’s $6,700 price tag is the cheapest it’s been in about a month and the first time he has been priced under $7,000 since Feb. 3.



Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz at Cleveland Cavaliers ($7,900) — Mitchell has a soft matchup against a poor Cavaliers defense that has allowed the second most assists to opponents and seventh most points to opponents. The Jazz are 8.5-point favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook, so there is some risk of Mitchell’s minutes being cut if the game is lopsided late, but Mitchell should be in good position for points and assists provided a normal minute load.


Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls ($6,500) — Luka Doncic (thumb) did not play on Sunday, and Kristaps Porzingis has been frequently rested on the second night of a back-to-back this season as part of an injury recovery protocol to manage his workload returning from knee surgery. If both Doncic and Porzingis are out on Monday, Hardaway would have clearance for large volume. The last time both Doncic and Porzingis missed a game together back on Feb. 22, Hardaway posted a heavy 32% usage rate and took 22 field goal attempts, both sizable bumps from a 21% usage rate and 12 shots per game on the season. Download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive for up-to-the-minute news on the Mavericks’ starting lineup.



Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks ($7,500) — While a matchup against an elite Bucks defense isn’t ideal, Butler’s $7,500 price tag is the fourth lowest it’s been all season. Milwaukee’s league-leading pace can also help boost possessions for fantasy scoring despite the Bucks having an elite defense on a possession adjusted basis. The Bucks are also flying into Miami on the second night of a back-to-back, so the Heat will have the rest advantage and home court advantage. Butler is averaging 43 DKFP per game in home games this season.


Kevin Porter Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Utah Jazz ($4,900) — Starting guard Darius Garland (groin) is out Monday. Garland has started 59 of the Cavaliers’ 60 games this season, so his absence from the rotation will be a rarity. Garland’s only missed game came on Jan. 28, and Dante Exum got the start in place of Garland that day. However, with Exum also out on Monday due to an ankle injury, Porter is a candidate to take on an expanded role, making him a salary relief play despite a tough matchup against the Jazz. Despite the clearance for an expanded role, Porter Jr.’s price tag is down $200 from the Cavs’ most recent game.



Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat ($11,400) — Khris Middleton’s status is uncertain as he deals with a neck injury, which kept him out of Sunday’s game. Antetokounmpo’s usage rate ticks up a bit with Middleton off the court this season and he sees a significant spike in assist rate. With Middleton out on Sunday, Antetokounmpo scored an explosive 77.5 DKFP after posting an elite 39% usage rate in the game, up from his season average of 36%. If Middleton remains out, paying up for Antetokounmpo is worth considering. Download the DK Live app and follow DK Live on Twitter @dklive for up-to-the-minute news on Middleton’s status.


Kyle Anderson, Memphis Grizzlies at Atlanta Hawks ($4,400) — With the Grizzlies thin at forward due to injuries to Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) and Brandon Clarke (quad), Anderson has seen an expanded role recently, playing at least 30 minutes in each of his last two games, his two highest minute loads of the season. Anderson draws a highly appealing matchup against the Hawks, who have allowed the second most points to opponents and rank as one of the worst rebounding teams in the league. Both the Grizzlies and Hawks play a fast pace, which should increase possessions for fantasy scoring in what is expected to be a high-scoring game, as DraftKings Sportsbook has given the game a total points of 239.5.



Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls ($8,600) — If Luka Doncic (thumb) remains out Monday, Porzingis would be a highly appealing play against the Bulls if he’s not held out to rest. Porzingis has been frequently rested on the second night of a back-to-back this season, so DraftKings users will need to monitor his status, which can be done by downloading the DK Live app and following DK Live on Twitter @dklive to confirm Porzingis is playing. If Porzingis does play and Doncic remains out, Porzingis would have clearance for very strong volume. Porzingis is coming off a massive 75.75 DKFP outing yesterday with Doncic sidelined after taking a ridiculous 14 3-point attempts and 25 total shots, finishing with a 34% usage rate in the game, up from his season average of 26%. A matchup against the Bulls is particularly appealing on the glass, as Chicago has been one of the league’s worst rebounding teams. If Porzingis ends up sitting out, Cavaliers C Andre Drummond ($8,000) could be pivot option. Cavs C Tristan Thompson (knee) is out again, and Drummond scored 60 DKFP in 36 minutes with Thompson sidelined on Saturday, his best marks since being traded to the Cavs. Drummond was productive in a matchup against the Jazz and Rudy Gobert earlier in the season, scoring 50 DKFP in 36 minutes.


Jonas Valanciunas, Memphis Grizzlies at Atlanta Hawks ($6,800) — Valanciunas is set for an elite matchup against a Hawks team that struggles on the glass and struggles to defend the interior. The Hawks rank as the league’s fourth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots rebounded and have allowed the second most field goals within five feet of the basket. Valanciunas takes more than half of his field goal attempts within five feet of the basket and ranks as the league’s seventh best rebounder by the percentage of missed shots rebounded. Valanciunas has also pulled down 20 rebounds in two straight games. Valanciunas carries significant point and rebound upside in this matchup.

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