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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main seven-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudRussell Westbrook, HOU vs. LAC, $8,900 — The salary for Russ is awfully cheap. We can’t say that playing alongside James Harden kills his production since he scored at least 50 DKFP in each of his first five games of the season. The past few games have been a different story. Westbrook has been held under 45 DKFP in four straight games. What’s the issue? The biggest problem has been foul trouble. He has 13 fouls in his past three games, and it’s holding his playing down a bit. Tonight, he’s going to be mostly matching up against Patrick Beverley, who doesn’t draw many fouls. This should allow Westbrook to play bigger minutes.
ValueDerrick White, SA at MIN, $4,700 — After a mediocre start to the season, the Spurs are starting to mix up their rotations. One thing to take note of is White is starting to play alongside Dejounte Murray, which didn’t happen in the first couple weeks of the season. This allowed White to play a season-high 29 minutes and score 28.75 DKFP in the Spurs’ last game. Not only is his playing time on the upside, he draws a favorable matchup. The Timberwolves allow the fifth most DKFP to point guards.
StudD’Angelo Russell, GSW at LAL, $8,100 — In four games without Stephen Curry, Russell has attempted 24, 37, 19 and 25 shots. The Warriors don’t have anybody else on their roster capable of using possessions, and it’s leading to a monster role for Russell. On paper, this matchup appears less than ideal since the Lakers are at the top of the league in defensive efficiency, however, they are playing on the tail end of a back-to-back and could be resting players.
ValueBen McLemore, HOU vs. LAC, $3,100 — I thought McLemore was going to be a good basketball player coming out of Kansas. I was wrong, but at least his career is being resuscitated in Houston. The Rockets have found a role for McLemore, and it looks like he’s going to be stepping into big minutes with Eric Gordon injured. McLemore started the second half of last game in place of Gordon, leading me to believe he’s going to be in the Rockets’ starting lineup tonight. Houston is also without Danuel House, so it appears McLemore could be playing massive minutes.
StudBen Simmons, PHI at ORL, $6,800 — I am speculating, but Joel Embiid would seem to be a rest candidate with the Sixers playing on the tail end of a back-to-back. Embiid sat the last time Philly was in this situation, and it seems the goal is to make sure he’s healthy for a playoff run this season. If he’s out then Simmons would be pushed into a bigger offensive role at his cheapest salary of the season.
ValueKyle Kuzma, LAL vs. GSW, $4,100 — It looks like Kuz is back. He no longer has a minutes restriction and scored a season-high 23 points against the Suns last night. This is odd to say, but the Warriors are a significantly easier matchup than the Suns. Things turn quickly in the NBA, and Kuzma’s price only figures to go up from here.
StudPascal Siakam, TOR at POR, $8,700 — No Lowry. No Ibaka. Not too much of a problem for the Raptors since they have Siakam. We need to start looking into the viability of a guy winning Most Improved Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. Siakam is a guaranteed All-Star player and could be heading towards making an All-NBA Team. The amount Toronto is relying on him right now is what makes him such a safe play for DFS. Siakam is averaging 43 minutes in the past two games and is averaging more than 50 DKFP in his past four games.
ValueRondae Hollis-Jefferson, TOR at POR, $4,500 — The Raptors are not only down Ibaka and Lowry. O.G. Anunoby is out with an eye injury and Norman Powell is questionable to play with an ankle injury. The mounting injuries pushed RHJ into a big role last game after he was out of the Raptors’ rotation for most of the season. He ended up playing 29 minutes and scoring 28.25 DKFP.
StudClint Capela, HOU vs. LAC, $7,400 — Capela has a shoulder injury early in the season, and it limited his ability to grab rebounds. In the past few games with a healthy shoulder, his fantasy production has gone through the roof. In his past three games, Capela is averaging 18.7 rebounds and there isn’t any reason to fret over his lackluster early-season performances. It looks like he’s going to be fine going forward.
ValueChris Boucher, TOR at POR, $4,300 — Boucher has been everybody’s favorite DFS play over the past couple games, and his price hasn’t gone up nearly enough. He’s a fantasy point scoring machine and is averaging 28 DKFP in his past two games despite only playing 23 minutes per game. As long as he can avoid foul trouble, it seems likely we see more minutes from Boucher tonight, which means we should expect 30+ DKFP.
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