If last night’s slate on DraftKings was defined by it’s marquee matchup between the Bucks and the Lakers, this evening’s slate is clearly searching for an identity. For instance, while the presence of Warriors PG Stephen Curry ($8,000) does bring some life to Philadelphia-Golden State, that contest is still more about what’s missing from the affair than what’s actually on the court. Honestly, Kings-Blazers might be the night’s most interesting tilt by default, as a suddenly upstart Sacramento team has worked its way back into the Western Conference playoff picture.
Regardless, we’ve got five games and an endless amount of injuries and storylines. Let’s break it all down position-by-position.
StudEDITOR’S NOTE: WARRIORS PG STEPHEN CURRY (ILLNESS) IS OUT TONIGHT
Other Option: Ja Morant ($6,800)
Stephen Curry, GS vs. PHI, $8,000 – It’s not entirely clear if we can expect to see Curry with a slightly higher minutes threshold this evening than in his return start against Toronto, but that might not matter if he can maintain anything close to his 29.2% usage rate and 41.9% assist rate. The matchup is pristine, too. Since losing Joel Embiid (shoulder) five games ago – a span where the 76ers have also been without Ben Simmons (back) – Philadelphia is surrendering an insane 120.2 opponent points per 100 possessions. There’s simply no one left on this roster who can hope to limit Curry.
ValueMike Conley, UTA at DET, $4,900 – You’ll have to keep an eye on the veteran, as Conley’s had a tendency to sit on the second night of back-to-backs so far this season, but the guard is too inexpensive to ignore if he’s active. While it helps that Conley is coming off arguably his best performance of 2019-20 in a victory over the Celtics, he’s quietly been putting together solid stat lines for the better part of the last few weeks. In fact, Conley’s averaged 34.25 DKFP the past nine times he’s exceeded just 30 minutes of action. At his cheapest salary since Feb. 1, there’s a buying window here.
Other Option: Matthew Dellavedova ($3,100)
StudKevin Huerter, ATL at MEM, $5,600 – Huerter’s upside would obviously be impacted if Trae Young (illness) is back in the fold this evening, but even if that’s the case, the sophomore has value. Here is a complete list of players averaging at least 37.0 minutes of playing time in their team’s past 15 contests: Bradley Beal, Russell Westbrook, Jayson Tatum and Huerter. Never leaving the floor is a good way to rack up DKFP, especially with tonight’s meeting against Memphis possessing the slate’s highest implied total on DraftKings Sportsbook. Other Option: Collin Sexton ($6,900)
ValueJordan McRae, DET vs. UTA, $4,500 – With Derrick Rose (ankle) out and Brandon Knight ($4,800) nursing a sore knee from logging 38 minutes on Wednesday, McRae could see his role increase in his second appearance in a Pistons’ uniform. Honestly, he might be the best scoring option Detroit has on its roster outside of Christian Wood ($8,200), anyway. McRae is putting up 20.8 points per 36 minutes so far in 2019-20 and we’ve seen the 28-year-old respond with big performances when leaned upon back in Washington. Saturday seems like a good time to take a chance on McRae.
Other Option: Dillon Brooks ($4,900)
StudTobias Harris, PHI at GS, $8,300 – This still tracks as a relatively fair price point for Harris’ services. In the last four games the 76ers have played with Embiid out of the starting lineup, Harris leads the squad in minutes (145), field goal attempts (82) and usage rate (27.9%). It also helps matters that the 27-year-old has maintained an impressive .610 true shooting percentage within this span of time. With Golden State conceding the fourth-most opponent rebounds per 100 possessions in the NBA this season (45.6), Harris is on double-double watch this evening. Other Option: Buddy Hield ($5,400)
ValueCedi Osman, CLE vs. DEN, $4,600 – Generally, there’s some level of nuance to choosing players to stick into your DFS lineups; however, when it comes to the Cavaliers, its simply about availability. Due to injuries, Cleveland’s been forced to shrink its rotation the past two contests and that’s resulted in Osman logging 39 and 43 minutes, respectively. If the 24-year-old can hit a few open 3-pointers on Saturday, he should have little issue bringing back value with so much volume.
Other Option: Cam Reddish ($4,400)
StudLarry Nance Jr., CLE vs. DEN, $7,100 – Much like Osman, Nance’s viability comes down to opportunity. The Ohio native has started 10 games for the Cavaliers so far this season, and in those sparse chances to showcase himself, Nance has responded by averaging 37.1 DKFP. In specifically his last two games – contests that Andre Drummond ($8,400) has missed due to a calf issue – Nance has produced an eye-popping 48.1 DKFP per night. If Drummond is sidelined again, look for Nance to see heavy minutes against the Nuggets. Other Option: John Collins ($8,800)
ValueEric Paschall, GS vs. PHI, $5,500 – A serious portion of Paschall’s value rests on the status of Draymond Green (knee), and if Green is unable to give it a go, it’s full steam ahead with the rookie. Paschall’s exceeded 30.0 DKFP in five straight contests, the direct result of averaging a robust 20.6 points per game. However, it hasn’t just been the Villanova product’s scoring that’s impressed as of late. In the Warriors’ past three matchups, Paschall’s also collected 29 potential assists to go along with acceptable rebounding numbers. The comparisons to Green were always going to happen, but Paschall’s making them a lot easier at this point.
StudHassan Whiteside, POR vs. SAC, $8,900 – Whiteside comes into Saturday working on a streak of 12-straight double-doubles, yet his price point has fallen below $9K for just the second time since Feb. 21. We just know the deal with the former second-round pick at this point. He’s a counting stats machine and he had the upside the exceed 50.0 DKFP on any given night. It’s possible that the Kings might get Richaun Holmes (shoulder) back this evening; however, short of that, Sacramento does not possess the size on the interior to handle someone of Whiteside’s archetype. He should control the glass with ease. Other Option: Jonas Valanciunas ($7,300)
ValueDewayne Dedmon, ATL at MEM, $4,300 – Dedmon isn’t going to ever be a sexy DFS play, but he has exceeded 25.0 DKFP in five of his seven games since being traded from Sacramento back to Atlanta. In a uptempo matchup where he has an obvious defensive matchup in Jonas Valanciunas, I think it’s safe to say Dedmon has some sneaky value on this slate.
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