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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main four-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudSpencer Dinwiddie, BKN vs. PHI, $8,200 — The consistency of Dinwiddie since Kyrie Irving (shoulder) got injured is remarkable. He’s started 14 games in place of Irving and has scored at least 35 DKFP in each of those games. Dinwiddie’s upside isn’t super high, but he’s a safe bet to score 35-40 DKFP, which would be a great outcome for a smaller slate with limited options.
ValueElfrid Payton, NYK at DEN, $4,400 — We haven’t seen Payton play a ton this season. A hamstring injury has limited him to nine games, although he’s proven to be a good fantasy producer when on the court. This has been especially true as he gets further removed from his hamstring injury. Payton no longer has a minutes restriction and has scored 26 DKFP or more in three of his last four games. If the Knicks end up moving him into the starting lineup, look out. His upside is sky high and he had a stretch of games with five consecutive triple-doubles towards the end of last season.
StudD’Angelo Russell, GSW at SAC, $7,900 — Until Russell’s price goes up, he’s going to have to be considered a strong play due to his role in the Warriors’ offense. Without Stephen Curry, Golden State doesn’t have anybody to create their own offense outside of D’Lo. As a result, Russell has a 33.7% usage rate since Curry got hurt. He’s taken at least 20 shots in the Warriors’ last three games.
ValueKevin Huerter, ATL vs. LAL, $4,000 — Due to injuries, Huerter has had a minutes restriction for most of the season. As of last game, this is no longer an issue. On Friday, Huerter played 30 minutes for the first time since early November, which bodes well for his upside going forward. Even though the matchup is negative, I think the price should somewhat offset the Lakers’ defense. Huerter is averaging 19.8 DKFP in just 23 minutes per game and we should expect over 30 minutes from him tonight.
StudDraymond Green, GSW vs. SAC, $6,500 — A few weeks ago, Steve Kerr said the plan was to cap Green at 27 minutes for the rest of the season. It appears this is no longer the case. In his last three games, Green has played 40, 33 and 30 minutes. Over this stretch, he has averaged 39.9 DKFP and he’s coming off his second triple-double of the season.
ValueJosh Richardson, PHI at BKN, $4,600 — This is starting to feel like a trend for today’s slate. Richardson is another player who is a bit too cheap coming off a minutes restriction. He missed six games with a hamstring injury and is expected to play close to 30 minutes tonight after averaging 23.6 minutes in his first three games back from injury. Considering that Richardson was priced at $6,400 prior to getting hurt and averages 27.1 DKFP on the season, this is likely going to be his cheapest price for the rest of the season as long as he stays healthy.
StudAnthony Davis, LAL at ATL, $10,600 — The biggest injury news of the day is that LeBron James is questionable to play with an elbow injury. If he’s out, AD is going to be pushed into a massive role in a plus matchup against the Hawks. Atlanta is ranked 28th in the league in defensive efficiency and Davis has a 38.3% usage rate with LeBron off the court. Per 36 minutes, AD is scoring 63.7 DKFP when James isn’t on the floor.
ValueMike Scott, PHI at BKN, $3,600 — While not quite as significant as the injury to LeBron, Al Horford (knee) is another name we need to look out for since he’s questionable to play after missing the last few games. In the recent games missed by Horford, Scott has moved into the starting lineup and returned decent value. In three starts this season, Scott is averaging 24.8 DKFP. Coming off the bench, he only averages 11.7 DKFP, so we need Horford to be out for Scott to be a viable option.
StudNikola Jokic, DEN vs. NYK, $8,900 — A lot has been made of Jokic’s physique this season. In the past, he would never get mistaken for an underwear model, but he came into this season noticeably heavier than we have seen from him in previous years. His production is down, which I am chalking up to his poor conditioning. The good news is that this is something that should improve as the season progresses. It’s difficult to stay out of shape playing 30+ minutes of basketball every night. After Jokic scored a season-high 70 DKFP in his last game and posted his fourth triple-double of the season, I am optimistic that he’s starting to turn the corner.
ValueMitchell Robinson, NYK at DEN, $5,900 — The Knicks recently made a coaching change and it looks like Robinson is reaping the benefits. Sure, the Knicks still stink, but at least Robinson should score more fantasy points in the losses. He has at least 27 DKFP in five of his last six games after not reaching that mark in seven straight games. With a new coach in place, it looks like getting Robinson more playing time has become a priority.
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