Thursday was a busy day in the NBA, as the 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline led to a multitude of transactions before the games got going. Here’s how DK Live recapped some of the day’s most notable trades:
Report: The Warriors have traded D’Angelo Russell to the Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins — We’ve heard rumblings about Russell teaming up with his buddy Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota for a while now, and it’s finally come to fruition. The reported deal will ship Russell to the Wolves along with Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, a protected 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 second-rounder, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Minnesota gets an instant upgrade in talent, as Russell and KAT should thrive in the same offense. Wiggins’ future with the Warriors is unclear, but he should have massive fantasy value to round out this season. He’ll be the go-to guy for the Dubs for as long as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson remain out. — Julian Edlow
Report: The Pistons have traded Andre Drummond to the Cavaliers — This is essentially just a salary dump for the Pistons, who will send Drummond to Cleveland in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson and a second-round pick, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. But the moving pieces should have a significant impact from a fantasy angle. We’ve seen the Pistons play without Drummond, and it opens up a ton of frontcourt value, highlighted by Christian Wood. For the Cavs, Drummond will share the frontcourt with Kevin Love, which could limit each of their fantasy upsides. This move almost all but confirms that Tristan Thompson will find himself on the buyout market, looking for a new team to sign with following the deadline. — Julian Edlow
Report: Marcus Morris has been traded to the Clippers — The Clippers got some toughness and versatility ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, adding Morris from the Knicks, per multiple reports. In return, New York will receive Moe Harkless and a first-round pick, while Jerome Robinson will head to Washington in exchange for Isaiah Thomas. IT will reportedly be cut and hit the buyout market, per David Aldridge. Morris is averaging 31.4 DKFP this season, which is almost sure to drop playing alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. For the Knicks, top scorers like Julius Randle and RJ Barrett (when healthy) should see a boost in fantasy value. — Julian Edlow
Report: Jae Crowder and Soloman Hill have been traded to the Heat — Memphis will be including Crowder and Hill in the trade that’s centered around shipping Andre Iguodala to Miami, multiple reports. Along with Justise Winslow going back to the Grizzlies, recent reports indicate that Dion Waiters and James Johnson will also be included in the deal. There’s been some speculation that Miami has been trying to add Danilo Gallinari, so the addition of Crowder to this deal could be an indication that those talks have died down. Adding Crowder and Iggy should limit some of the production we’ve seen from Miami’s young wings. Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn should all see less playing time. — Julian Edlow
The NBA All-Star Game starting lineups were also finalized. The game is set to take place on Sunday Feb. 16, and fantasy owners can get in on the All-Star Game action in Showdown contests on DraftKings. Contests will open closer to the start of the game.NBA All-Star starting lineups now set after televised draft — It would appear that Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James are nostalgic for the old All-Star Game format. While it was no surprise that the latter’s teammate Anthony Davis was the first player off the board, James and Antetokounmpo each stuck to their own conference when drafting the starters for the upcoming festivities in Chicago. Team Giannis will see the reigning MVP flanked by Joel Embiid, Kemba Walker and first-time All-Stars Pascal Siakam and Trae Young. Team LeBron will consist of the aforementioned Davis, Luka Doncic, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. The All-Star Game will be played Feb. 16, and fantasy owners can get in on the action on Showdown contests on DraftKings. — Garion Thorne
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Thursday’s NBA slate on DraftKings had five games. Here’s how DK Live recapped some of Thursday’s biggest fantasy performances and notable themes on DraftKings Sportsbook. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.
Giannis Antetokounmpo destroys 76ers inside in 11-point win for Bucks — Antetokounmpo ($11,100; 72.50 DKFP) is one the league’s best at the rim, shooting 71% on shots within five feet of the basket while averaging a league-best eight made field goals per game in that zone. For reference, the average NBA player shoots 63% on shots in that zone. Despite having a huge starting lineup, the 76ers could not slow Antetokounmpo down at the rim on Thursday. Antetokounmpo made 9-of-12 (75%) of his shots within five feet of the basket and drew 12 free throw attempts, sinking nine of them. Antetokounmpo’s dominance inside allowed him to overcome shooting just 1-of-7 (14%) from 3-point range. He was also a monster on the glass, grabbing a season-high 20 rebounds, giving him his first career 30-point, 20-rebound game. — Timothy Finnegan
The best from The Greek Freak: 36 PTS | 20 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 52% FG pic.twitter.com/HiJJ38gONb — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 7, 2020
“Unbelievable. I have not seen a violent act like that in years!!” #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/E2tzVsp3Jz — Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 7, 2020Adam Mokoka inspires a miracle Bulls push on DKSB — My condolences for anyone that bet New Orleans (-6) with the spread on DraftKings Sportsbook on Thursday night. While you were still able to walk away with a push in the Pelicans’ 125-119 victory over Chicago, it seemed like an easy cover was taking place as we went into the fourth quarter. New Orleans entered the frame leading by a whopping 22 points, a margin it would increase to as much as 27 during the final 12 minutes of action. However, garbage time was all Bulls, specifically Mokoka ($3,000; 16.5 DKFP). The 21-year-old had not registered a single point in the NBA prior to this evening, yet he proceeded to go 6-for-6 in his brief stint on the court, dropping 15 points. That’s a tough beat. — Garion Thorne
Elfrid Payton steals a win away from the Magic –– New York is on a three-game winning streak? Honestly, what a day for the Knicks. They found their new team President, they got some good future assets for an expiring contract, and, most surprisingly, they defeated Orlando 105-103. Leading the way for the hottest team in New York state was Payton ($7,300; 47.0 DKFP), who built off an impressive triple-double performance in the Knicks’ win over the Cavaliers back on Monday night. The former lottery pick scored 15 points and dished out nine assists in the victory, while also becoming just the fourth player in 2019-20 with at least seven steals in a single contest. Payton has now exceeded 40.0 DKFP in three consecutive starts. — Garion Thorne
Brandon Ingram (ankle) will not return Thursday at Bulls — Ingram ($7,600; 30.75 DKFP) was involved in a collision with Chandler Hutchison ($4,300) during the first half of the game and initially stayed in. Midway through the third quarter, Ingram motioned to come off the floor and went to the locker room, where he was ruled out shortly after with a right ankle sprain. Despite his early exit, he still scored 15 points with three rebounds and five assists through 21 minutes. Josh Hart ($4,900) and JJ Redick ($3,600) should round out the remainder of the game in his place while Hart has the potential to start on Saturday if Ingram is unable to play. — Steve Buchanan
The late NBA game featured a matchup between the Lakers and Rockets in Los Angeles. Anthony Davis ($9,700; 66.25 DKFP) feasted against a very small Rockets lineup, scoring 32 points with 13 rebounds, but it was the Rockets who ended up winning the game by downsizing and taking advantage of the Lakers’ trapping of James Harden ($12,400; 36.25 DKFP). The game also produced this magical photo of LeBron James throwing down a two-handed reverse windmill dunk:
Year 17 pic.twitter.com/7iCOxAwK4g — NBA (@NBA) February 7, 2020
And here’s how DK Live recapped Thursday’s most noteworthy fantasy performances and news from the NHL and PGA:
MacKenzie Blackwood shoos away Flyers offense in 5-0 win — Give the Flyers credit, they threw 46 shots at Blackwood ($7,100; 35.2 DKFP) this evening. The problem was that he stopped every single one of them. Pitching the shutout for the Devils, they, in turn, scored five times between Brian Elliott ($8,200) and Alex Lyon. What makes it even worse is that the Devils only took 18 shots on goal. This is the second shutout of the season for Blackwood, who did so earlier this season against the Canucks where he stopped all 25 shots he faced. This was also a nice bounce-back after Blackwood allowed five goals in the Devils overtime loss to the Predators in his last start. — Steve Buchanan
Mark Stone collects five points in win at Panthers — Stone ($6,000; 47.5 DKFP) has seen his offensive production mirror the play of his team as of late. Coming into Thursday’s tilt between Vegas and Florida, Stone had registered just two goals in his past 12 games, a stretch that’s also seen the Golden Knights lose seven times. Well, those trends turned in the opposite direction this evening. Vegas destroyed the Panthers by a final score of 7-2, with the former All-Star doing most of the damage. Stone netted his 19th and 20th goals of the season to get the Golden Knights on the board, then proceeded to assist on three of their final five tallies. It’s just the second time in 2019-20 that Stone’s exceeded 30.0 DKFP in a single night. — Garion Thorne
Dylan Larkin leads the way in win at Sabres — There haven’t been many bright spots this season for Detroit, but Larkin ($6,500; 32.0 DKFP) has certainly tried his best to give fans in Michigan a reason to smile. In fact, coming into Friday’s slate, the 23-year-old had managed an impressive 15 points in his past 16 games. He’d keep the good times going this evening in a 4-3 victory over Buffalo. Larkin netted the first two goals of the contest – his 15th and 16th of the season – then, if that wasn’t enough, he led off the shootout by beating Jonas Johansson ($8,400; 2.1 DKFP) with a nifty move. It’s the first time in 2019-20 that Larkin’s eclipsed the 30.0 DKFP plateau. — Garion Thorne
Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho each score twice in win at Coyotes — Svechnikov ($5,600; 35.5 DKFP) and Aho ($6,700; 30.8 DKFP) simply couldn’t be stopped on Friday night in Carolina’s 5-3 victory over Arizona. Despite the Coyotes breaking out to an early 2-0 lead, the Hurricanes stormed back thanks to the efforts of the team’s two leading goal-scorers. Svechnikov would put Carolina ahead 3-2 late in the second period with his 22nd of the season, while Aho would collect the eventual game-winning goal in the third, before tacking on an empty-netter with 34 seconds left to play. Each would finish the contest with two goals and an assist, with this marking Svechnikov’s first multi-goal performance since all the way back on Oct. 29. — Garion Thorne
Elias Pettersson (lower body) a late scratch Thursday at Wild — After taking a late hit in Vancouver’s contest against Boston on Tuesday, Pettersson was ruled out less than 10 minutes before start of tonight’s matchup with Minnesota due to a lower body injury. The 21-year-old is in the midst of a fantastic sophomore campaign, leading the Canucks in goals (23), points (55) and points scored specifically on the power-play (20). The latter is where Vancouver should see some opportunity for value, with Bo Horvat ($6,200) and Adam Gaudette ($3,500) likely to now see a bit of extra ice time with the man-advantage. — Garion Thorne
Nick Taylor leads Pebble Beach Pro-Am after first round — Taylor ($7,000) had the luxury of playing the Monterey Peninsula course on Thursday, which is the easiest of the three-course rotation each golfer will play through this weekend. Taylor still has a lot of golf ahead of him if he wants to finish the tournament on top. He shot eight under par on Thursday, two better than anyone else taking the course. He made six birdies and one eagle, finishing with 64.5 DKFP. — Anthony Amico
Patrick Cantlay two strokes back of the leader after first round at Pebble Beach — Cantlay ($10,900) was the second-favorite this week behind Dustin Johnson ($11,600), and is right now every bit the favorite after the first round. Though he is two strokes behind Nick Taylor ($7,000), Cantlay played his first round at the Spyglass course, which is more difficult than Taylor’s Monterey Peninsula. Cantlay made nine birdies on the day, but unfortunately also had three bogies. He finished the first round with 48.5 DKFP, and will play Monterey on Friday. — Anthony Amico
A LOOK AHEADFriday has an eight-game NBA slate on DraftKings, and the featured contest is the $4 entry $400K Micro-Max Finale, which pays out $100k to the winner. Set your lineups here: NBA $400K Micro-Max Finale [$100K to 1st!, 150 Entry Max]. Russell Westbrook (rest) is expected to sit out on Friday after playing on Thursday. Here’s an early look from DK Live at some notable NBA injuries ahead of Friday’s NBA slate.
Kristaps Porzingis (nose) is questionable Friday at Wizards — Porzingis suffered a broken nose during Wednesday’s loss to Memphis, so we’ll see if he’s able to get comfortable in a mask in time to face the Wizards on Friday. Seth Curry (knee) and J.J. Barea (ankle) are also both questionable to return from injuries, missing Dallas’ last two games and one game, respectively. If KP winds up being ruled out, Dallas would be loaded with value plays, particularly against a defense as poor as the Wizards. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber jump out as strong plays. If KP is able to play without any restrictions, it’s an ideal matchup for him to stay hot, following three straight games with 56 or more DKFP. — Julian Edlow
Jaylen Brown (ankle), Gordon Hayward (foot), Kemba Walker (knee) questionable Friday vs. Hawks — Walker was the only player of this trio to actually miss Boston’s last game against Orlando. Additionally, Daniel Theis (ankle) is out, while Marcus Smart (quad) is probable. If everyone plays, Smart would stand to lose the most from a Walker return. He averages 10.5 more DKFP per game when Walker is out. Brown sees 3.8% more usage when Walker is out, while Hayward remains virtually unaffected by his presence. Jayson Tatum would have the most to gain if any combination of starters are out. He receives a 12.5% usage increase when Brown, Hayward, and Walker are all off the floor. — Anthony Amico
Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) questionable to play Friday at 76ers — It’ll be interesting to see how Memphis might react if Valanciunas is actually unable to give it a go against Philadelphia on Friday. You’d have to think it’s unlikely that the newly acquired Gorgui Dieng will be available less than 30 hours after being traded from Minnesota, which would definitely leave the Grizzlies undermanned in the paint, with Solomon Hill now calling Miami home. So, that would basically leave Jaren Jackson Jr. and rookie Brandon Clarke to split the minutes at the five. If this scenario does come to fruition, you’d have to like Joel Embiid’s upside on an eight-game slate, especially with Memphis’ uptempo style pushing the contest’s pace. — Garion Thorne
Victor Oladipo (rest), TJ Warren (concussion) questionable Friday vs. Raptors — While the Pacers said they would be raising Oladipo’s minutes limit this week, he is still not expected to play on any back-to-backs this season. Indiana faces Toronto on Friday, followed by the Pelicans on Saturday, both at home. Oladipo will sit one of those contests, but the Pacers have not decided which one yet. Warren, meanwhile, has missed the last two games with a concussion, but could return for this one. If both players are out, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis will reap the most reward, seeing usage rate increases of 7.3 and 2.5 percentage points when both players are off the floor this year. Justin Holiday would get a boost if either Oladipo or Warren miss, and would play even more if they were both out. — Anthony Amico
Clint Capela (heel) listed out Friday at Celtics; De’Andre Hunter (ankle) questionable — If trading a bunch of players in the last 48 hours wasn’t enough, Atlanta’s injury report is ridiculously long heading into its Friday clash against Boston. Capela will not make his Hawks’ debut, Hunter is questionable with a left ankle sprain, Cam Reddish is doubtful and likely to miss his third-straight contest with a concussion; while Trae Young (ankle), Jeff Teague (knee) and Kevin Huerter (adductor) have all been listed as probable. Essentially, you’re just going to have to keep an eye on this roster as we get closer to lineup lock. If Dwayne Dedmon is also inactive, a few injuries and a limited rotation could mean heavy minutes for anyone who actually does end up starting. — Garion Thorne
Jimmy Butler (shoulder) listed as doubtful Friday at Kings — Along with Butler ($8,300) listed as doubtful, Tyler Herro is out for a second straight game due to an ankle injury. Butler left Wednesday’s game against the Clippers at the end of the third quarter with a strained right shoulder and never returned. He’s been scheduled to get an MRI, but the team has already said the injury is not said to be serious. Goran Dragic ($5,300) could draw the start in place of Butler, a role he’s only taken on once this season and scored 19 DKFP through 33 minutes against the Rockets. We should have further conformation after Friday morning shootaround. — Steve Buchanan
Richaun Holmes (shoulder) questionable to play Friday vs. Heat — After missing Sacramento’s past 13 games due to shoulder soreness, Holmes ($5,400) has been listed as questionable to suit up for Friday’s contest against Miami. Needless to say, following a trade of Dwayne Dedmon to Atlanta, the Kings could really use the 26-year-old. Without Marvin Bagley (foot) available in Sacramento’s win over Minnesota on Monday, Dedmon was forced to log a substantial 34 minutes of action. It’s unlikely Holmes would be able to shoulder that level of role in a prospective return; however, if he’s not able to play, it could mean a whole lot of Harry Giles III ($3,200). Holmes is averaging 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 2019-20. — Garion Thorne
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