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NIGHTLY RECAPFriday’s NBA slate on DraftKings had eight games. Here’s how DK Live recapped some of the biggest fantasy performances and notable themes on DraftKings Sportsbook. To read all of these recaps in real time, download the DK Live app.
Christian Wood impresses with a new role in loss at Thunder — Don’t you love it when narratives are just this easy? In Detroit’s first game following the trade of Andre Drummond to Cleveland, Wood (52.0 DKFP), seen as the former All-Star’s replacement, absolutely went off against Oklahoma City. It wasn’t enough to get the Pistons a hard-fought victory on the road – as they’d drop this one 108-101 – however, Wood collected 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes of action. It was quite the impressive performance for a man who once honed his craft in the G League and I’m sure we’ll be seeing his price point skyrocket in the near future. For the Thunder, Chris Paul (41.0 DKFP) had 22 points in the win. — Garion Thorne
Suns obliterate the shorthanded Rockets — The Rockets small ball strategy looked great against the Lakers last night and less so tonight against Phoenix. In fairness to Houston, Russell Westbrook was resting and Eric Gordon ($5,200) got injured after playing just eight minutes. In the second half, the Rockets ran out of steam and Phoenix took over. Kelly Oubre ($6,700) had the top fantasy performance. He scored 58.75 DKFP on a career-high 39 points. Devin Booker ($7,900) also had a strong game and finished with 50.75 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
Joel Embiid (neck) exits early vs. Grizzlies — Just minutes after the start of the third quarter, Embiid (33.5 DKFP) was ruled out for the remainder of Friday’s contest against Memphis. The official injury designation is neck stiffness. It’s the continuation of what’s been an incredibly rough stretch for the All-Star, as Embiid’s exceeded 50.0 DKFP just once since returning from a gruesome finger ailment. This includes going a paltry 6-for-26 in Thursday’s loss versus Milwaukee. Still, Embiid did look like he was on the precipice of a great DFS performance this evening, collecting 10 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes of action. — Garion Thorne
Furkan Korkmaz has a career night in win vs. Grizzlies — What do you get when you cross a Joel Embiid (33.5 DKFP) neck injury with almost a full quarter of garbage time? Well, you get easily the greatest DFS performance of Korkmaz’s (52.0 DKFP) career. The 22-year-old came into Friday having never even registered 35.0 DKFP in a single contest in 2019-20. Yet, in Philadelphia’s lopsided 119-107 victory over Memphis, Korkmaz exploded for 34 points and seven made three-pointers on 13-of-16 shooting overall. He’d also add six rebounds, four assists and a block to his final stat line. Ironically, with the 76ers’ recent additions of Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks, expect Korkmaz’s role to be diminished going forward. — Garion Thorne
Kyle Lowry (neck) exits early vs. Pacers; unlikely to play Saturday — After taking a tough fall with just over two minutes left in the third quarter, Lowry (37.5 DKFP) was ruled out for the remainder of Friday evening’s contest with Indiana due to whiplash. The aliment was clearly caused when Lowry collided with teammate Serge Ibaka’s leg, forcing his neck into a strange position. Few teams have been as injured as Toronto so far in 2019-20, so, at the very least, there’s a pretty clear blueprint for what’s going to happen if Lowry’s forced to miss significant time. Fred VanVleet will take over point guard duties, while Patrick McCaw and Terence Davis will see increased minutes. Lowry exits with 16 points and 11 assists. Postgame X-rays came back negative, yet, according to Nick Nurse, Lowry is sore and likely won’t play Saturday versus Brooklyn. — Garion Thorne
Eric Gordon (leg) exits early Friday vs. Suns — Something appeared amiss after Gordon played just eight minutes in the first half Friday night. He stayed in the locker room for the start of the second half and the Rockets ruled him out shortly after the start of the third quarter. Gordon’s night ended with just 8.75 DKFP. Houston was already shorthanded since Russell Westbrook was resting and Gordon’s exit left Houston really fighting an uphill battle against the Suns. — Greg Ehrenberg
Anfernee Simons (concussion) exits early vs. Jazz — After having to leave the court late in the first quarter of tonight’s contest against Utah, Simons (7.75 DKFP) would not return thanks to a concussion. The sophomore’s absence wouldn’t normally be too big a deal for Portland, as Simons’ minutes have been down as of late; however, with Trevor Ariza (2.0 DKFP) also ejected in the first half and the Blazers’ roster picked clean following the trade deadline, Portland didn’t have many active players left. — Garion Thorne
And here’s how DK Live recapped Thursday’s most noteworthy fantasy performances and news from the NHL and PGA:
Jimmy Howard does all he can in loss vs. Blue Jackets — To say that 2019-20 has been a rough go for Howard ($6,900; 28.9 DKFP) would be a massive understatement. Coming into Friday’s tilt with Columbus, the veteran had lost each of his past 17 starts, with his most recent victory coming all the way back on Oct. 29 vs. Edmonton. Yikes. Well, unfortunately, Howard’s horrid streak would continue this evening in a 2-0 loss to the Blue Jackets; but it most certainly wasn’t the goalie’s fault. Howard stopped 42 of the 43 shots he faced, yet his team simply couldn’t generate him any offensive support. Elvis Merzlikins ($8,300; 20.5 DKFP) was perfect on the other end, making 16 saves. We all feel for you, Jimmy. — Garion Thorne
John Tavares scores game-winning goal in OT — It was the second goal of the game for Tavares ($7,300), who also added an assist en route to 33.6 DKFP. The Maple Leafs scored five goals and the team had a few big fantasy performances. As per usual, Auston Matthews ($8,700) led the team with 46.7 DKFP and assisted on Tavares’ game-winning goal. Matthews also scored a goal of his own and tallied three assists. Mitchell Marner ($7,500) also had three assists and finished with 22.5 DKFP. — Greg Ehrenberg
Carter Hutton makes 37 saves in win vs. Rangers — It came very close to completely slipping away from Hutton (27.9 DKFP), but the goalie pulled it together just in time to help Buffalo defeat New York, 3-2, on Friday. Honestly, with about five minutes left in regulation, it looked like Hutton might be on pace for his third shutout of 2019-20. However, quick goals from Mika Zibanejad (24.0 DKFP) and Chris Kreider (12.8 DKFP) made things uncomfortably close. Still, let’s not let 120 seconds detract from Hutton’s overall performance. The 34-year-old stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced and it’s his highest DFS output since Oct. 17. — Garion Thorne
Joel Eriksson Ek comes up clutch in win vs. Stars — Eriksson Ek (21.5 DKFP) isn’t exactly known for his scoring pedigree. In fact, coming into Friday’s matchup with Dallas, the 23-year-old had only registered one goal in his past 15 games. Well, he’d double-up that mark in a 3-2 victory over the Stars. Down 2-0 midway through the second period, Eriksson Ek got the Wild on the scoresheet with his fifth tally of the season. Then, tied at 2-2 with fewer than 30 seconds remaining in regulation, Eriksson Ek buried the game-winner. It’s the first time in 2019-20 that the former first-round pick has exceeded 20.0 DKFP. — Garion Thorne
Nick Taylor holds the lead at Pebble Beach going into the weekend — Taylor ($7,000; 90 DKFP) only has one win on tour and it came at the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2014. He’s in the running to notch the second win of his career this weekend. After shooting 63 on Thursday, he followed it up with another strong round on Friday. Taylor shot -6, moving him to 14 under par for the tournament. He’s going to have to hold off big names like Jason Day ($10,300; 75 DKFP) and Phil Mickelson ($9,500; 76.5 DKFP) to bring home the win. — Greg Ehrenberg
Jason Day sits two strokes back after two rounds — After shooting a four-under round of golf on Thursday, Day ($10,300; 75.0 DKFP) was nearly unstoppable Friday afternoon at Pebble Beach. Day was actually the low man for Round 2, playing bogey-free golf and finishing -8. Day’s biggest success came on the 14th hole, where the 32-year-old was able to eagle the lengthy Par 5. Heading into the weekend, Day is trailing Nick Taylor ($7,000; 90.0 DKFP) by two strokes. — Garion Thorne
A LOOK AHEADSaturday has an eight-game NBA slate on DraftKings, and you can set your lineups here: NBA $350K Fadeaway [$100K to 1st]. Here’s an early look from DK Live at some notable NBA news and injuries ahead of Saturday’s NBA slate.
D’Angelo Russell (quad) questionable to play Saturday vs. Clippers — After being acquired from Golden State by Minnesota on Thursday, Russell ($8,800) is being considered questionable to suit up on Saturday due to a quad issue. Honestly, he’ll fit right in with the Wolves, as there’s probably more players with an unknown status for the team’s matchup with the Clippers than not. These are the types of things that can happen when you trade half your roster. Anyway, if Russell is in fact unable to make his Minnesota debut, look for Jordan McLaughlin ($4,300) to get an opportunity to start, with Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,500) getting all the shot attempts he could possibly imagine. — Garion Thorne
Draymond Green (back) questionable Saturday vs. Lakers — Green is dealing with lower back tightness and it has him questionable for Saturday against Los Angeles. There has been a lot of load management for the defensive star of the Warriors given that this season is completely lost for them, and it would be in their best interest to keep their best players fresh, while securing a higher draft pick. If Green ends up missing the contest, Eric Paschall should see a sizable bump in production. He has played 8.3 additional minutes, and scored 9.9 more DKFP in games Green has missed this season. — Anthony Amico
Will Barton (knee) out Saturday against Suns; Paul Millsap (knee), Jordan McRae (ankle) probable — Barton (knee) will remain out after missing Wednesday’s game for Denver. However, Jerami Grant (ankle) is probable after missing last game, while Michael Porter Jr. (ankle) continues to be out. It would be a return after a 16-game absence for Millsap. The Nuggets could use the help after only dressing seven players on Wednesday. Adding McRae to the guard rotation would mean less minutes for Gary Harris and Monte Morris. Vlatko Cancar should return to a limited (or non-existent) role if Grant and Millsap both suit up. Expect Millsap to be on a minutes restriction. — Anthony Amico
Brandon Ingram (ankle) questionable Saturday against Pacers — Ingram left early against the Bulls on Thursday, but X-rays came back negative, meaning he avoided serious injury. Still, there is a chance he does not suit up against Indiana on Saturday. If that happens, it should mean more court time for J.J. Redick and E’Twaun Moore. Zion Williamson has also seen a 7.4% increase in usage with Ingram off the floor. He is likely the go-to scorer if his teammate is unavailable. Kenrich Williams (back) remains out. — Anthony Amico
Patrick Beverley (groin) ruled out Saturday vs. Timberwolves — After re-injuring his groin in Wednesday’s victory over Miami, Beverley has been ruled out of Saturday’s contest between Los Angeles and Minnesota. It’s just another moving piece to consider as the Clippers will also likely add Marcus Morris ($6,300) to their rotation this weekend, following his trade from New York. The last time Beverley was forced to miss a contest, it was Landry Shamet ($4,400) who entered the team’s starting five. It’s a role where Shamet’s thrived as of late, averaging 27.2 DKFP in his past five starting opportunities. However, with Lou Williams ($6,000), Kawhi Leonard ($9,800) and Paul George ($8,400) all expected to be active, Shamet’s usage shouldn’t be overly impressive..– Garion Thorne
Report: Marvin Williams is finalizing a buyout with the Hornets; planning to sign with the Bucks — The 33-year-old is set to become a free agent, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. After Williams is bought out he plans on signing with the Bucks according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. Williams had fallen out of the Hornets’ rotation, so it made sense for the two sides to part ways. A former second overall pick in the draft, Williams is averaging 6.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He is still a capable shooter, making 37.6% of his threes. — Greg Ehrenberg
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