Jayson Tatum

Thursday had a small two-game NBA slate on DraftKings as the league heads into the final night of games before the All-Star break. The NHL had a large 11-game slate. Some notable injury news emerged during the evening. First, a report from Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes stated that Trail Blazers PG Damian Lilliard was expected to be out 1-2 weeks to recover from a groin strain, which Lillard suffered during Wednesday’s game. Lillard was forced to pull out of the All-Star Game as a result, and Devin Booker was named to the All-Star roster to replace Lillard.

There was another significant injury to an NBA star on Thursday night, as Clippers SF Paul George injured the same hamstring that caused him to miss extended time in January. The timing will allow George to recover over the All-Star break, but it’s unclear how this injury will affect his status after the break.

There was also MLB injury news:

Report: Mitch Haniger’s 2020 debut will be significantly delayed — Haniger underwent his second surgery in the last three weeks, which is going significantly delay his 2020 season, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Haniger has already undergone core surgery and the latest procedure is currently unclear. Regardless, Haniger is looking at a lengthy timetable to return to the Mariners. The team is looking to continue their rebuild this upcoming season but they did recently sign Carlos Gonzalez to a minor league contract and would make $750,000 if he makes the Opening Day roster, a scenario that looks likely at this point. Haniger has struggled with injuries over the past couple of season and slashed just .220/.314/.463 with 15 home runs and 32 RBI through 63 games in 2019. — Steve Buchanan


NIGHTLY RECAP

Here’s how DK Live recapped some of Thursday’s biggest fantasy NBA performances on DraftKings and notable themes on DraftKings Sportsbook. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.


Jayson Tatum leads the way in win vs. Clippers — What a way to go to the All-Star break. In a contest that saw a seemingly never-ending string of lead changes, it was Boston that eventually came out on top in double-OT, defeating Los Angeles by a score of 141-133. It was Tatum ($8,200; 56.25 DKFP), in particular, that truly shined in the clutch. The 21-year-old, who came into Thursday averaging 26.5 points per game in February, was absolutely incredible, collecting 39 points and nine rebounds in 48 minutes of action. Keeping the Clippers close was their dynamic bench duo of Lou Williams ($6,100; 60.5 DKFP) and Montrezl Harrell ($4,500; 55.25 DKFP), with the former netting a cool 35 points of his own. — Garion Thorne


Chris Paul’s double-double helps gives Thunder the win over Pelicans — It was said that fans were having issues entering the Smoothie King Center and quite frankly, they were better off not coming. Paul ($7,100; 48 DKFP) earned his eighth double-double of the season, scoring 14 points with 12 assists and eight rebounds through 34 minutes. For someone who doesn’t have many double-doubles on the season, this is now his fourth over his last 10 games. His 12 assists also tied for his season-high, which he posted originally back on Dec. 11 against the Kings. The Thunder now head into the All-Star break with a 33-22 record and are seventh in the Western Conference. — Steve Buchanan


For a full leaderboard of tonight’s fantasy NBA scoring, download the DK Live app or head over to live.draftkings.com.


And here’s how DK Live recapped Thursday’s most noteworthy fantasy performances and news from the NHL:


Craig Smith produces a hat trick in win vs. Islanders — Though he’s managed at least 20 goals in five of his past six seasons, Smith ($4,000; 36.0 DKFP) isn’t exactly regarded as one of the NHL’s prolific scorers. Still, you wouldn’t know that from his last three games. Smith had managed a goal in both of Nashville’s past two contests coming into Thursday’s slate, where he would go absolutely crazy against New York. Smith picked up the first hat trick of his career in the Predators’ 5-0 victory, his 14th, 15th and 16th tallies for the entirety of 2019-20. Juuse Saros ($7,800; 31.7 DKFP) was equally impressive, stopping all 31 shots he faced to notch the shutout. — Garion Thorne


Jack Eichel collects three points in OT win vs. Blue Jackets — Eichel ($8,000; 29.0 DKFP) has been racking up the points as of late and that trend didn’t stop Thursday in Buffalo’s 4-3 OT victory over Columbus. Still, despite having registered at least a point in 16 of his last 18 contests, it had been some time since Eichel had managed to hit the three-point bonus on DraftKings. In fact, you’d have to go all the way back to Dec. 2 to find such a performance prior to this evening’s effort. The former second-overall pick was all over the ice, scoring his 32nd goal of the season and notching a pair of assists, the second coming on Victor Olofsson’s ($6,800; 22.8 DKFP) game-winner. In short, it was a productive night. — Garion Thorne


James van Riemsdyk continues to collect points in 6-2 win over Panthers — It’s been quite the offensive showing for van Riemsdyk ($4,700; 26 DKFP) as of late, who now has at least a point in four straight games. Tonight, he did it multiple times, registering his 17th goal and two assists to give him 20 on the season. He put the Flyers on the board first just minutes into the first period, starting off Sergei Bobrovsky’s ($8,100) night on a sour note. He’d then assist on a goal in the first and second, capping off his big night. After a rather quite month of January, his play offensively has really picked up as of late and he now has eight points in February through six games after scoring just six points through 11 games in January. — Steve Buchanan


Wayne Simmonds breaks out of an ugly slump in win vs. Red Wings — On Thursday night, in the span of less than two minutes, Simmonds ($3,400; 23.0 DKFP) scored two goals. To a casual observer, that might not seem like all that big a deal. However, there are some factors to consider. First and foremost, Simmonds’ first tally turned out to be the game-winner in New Jersey’s 4-1 win over Detroit. That’s definitely notable. Still, the bigger story might be Simmonds’ year-long slump. Two goals in less than 120 seconds is pretty impressive when it’s juxtaposed by having netted just a single goal in the 34 games prior. It was the veteran’s first multi-goal effort of 2019-20 and only the second time he’s exceeded 20.0 DKFP. — Garion Thorne


A LOOK AHEAD

Friday will feature the NBA Rising Stars Game at 9:00 p.m. ET, followed by Saturday’s skills, 3-point and slam dunk contests. The NBA All-Star Game is on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET. Despite the NBA heading into the All-Star break, fantasy owners can still get in on the action on DraftKingsOn Friday, there is a Showdown slate for the Rising Stars Game between the World and the United States. Set your lineups here: NBA Showdown $300K Rising Stars Special [$100K to 1st] (RS). Then, on Sunday, fantasy owners can play NBA All-Star Game Showdown slate. Set your lineups here: NBA $500K All-Star Showdown [$100K to 1st] (ASG).

There is also a four-game NHL slate on Friday. Set your lineups here: NHL $100K Hockey Week Puck Drop [$20K to 1st].

In addition, Sports bettors can get in on the NBA All-Star weekend action on DraftKings SportsbookGiannis Antetokounmpo (+400) and LeBron James (+450) are the favorites to win All-Star Game MVP, while Joe Harris (+450) is the favorite to win the 3-point contest. Download the DK Sportsbook app here.


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