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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main nine-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
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StudLuka Doncic, DAL at SAS, $10,300 — Tonight, Luka takes on the Spurs, a foe he’s had a lot of success against this season. In his two games against San Antonio, he’s averaging 64.6 DKFP, including a triple-double. If you look at Doncic’s game log, it might look like he struggled last game, which wasn’t the case. Due to a blowout, he only played 25 minutes. If not for the score of the game, Luka likely would have had a triple-double and a monster stat line on Monday.
ValuePatrick Beverley, LAC at PHO, $3,900 — This is much too cheap a price for Beverley. Coming back from a groin injury, he played just 19 minutes on Monday, but I expect him back to his full workload tonight. Considering he averages 25.33 DKFP for the season and the Suns allow the ninth most DKFP to point guards, Beverley’s price is at least $1,000 too cheap. This is the first time he’s been priced below $4K all season.
StudDevin Booker, PHO vs. LAC, $7,900 — A matchup against the Clippers isn’t as daunting for Booker as it might appear. They are allowing the 11th most DKFP to shooting guards, so we can consider this a neutral to slightly above-average matchup for Booker. Despite this, he’s priced down for the game. Booker needs 39.5 DKFP to hit 5x value, a mark he’s hit in six of his last seven games. The Suns aren’t quite out of playoff contention yet, so Booker figures to play heavier than normal minutes over the next few weeks.
ValueShabazz Napier, WAS vs. BKN, $4,700 — Is there a change coming in the Wizards’ lineup? They clearly need to shake something up and playing Napier more minutes or having him start at point guard seems like something worth trying. His playing time is trending up lately, culminating in him playing 36 minutes and scoring 47 DKFP in the Wizards’ last game. It was easily his best game since being traded to Washington.
StudDeMar DeRozan, SAS vs. DAL, $7,000 — DeRozan is one of my favorite plays on the slate. LaMarcus Aldridge has been ruled out ahead of this game, leaving DDR to carry the offense. When Aldridge is off the court, DeRozan leads the Spurs with a 32.5% usage rating and scores 46.57 DKFP per 36 minutes. Fighting for a playoff spot, the Spurs can’t afford for him to have a bad game and he could push for 40 minutes.
ValueJosh Jackson, MEM at HOU, $4,500 — When the Suns traded Jackson for a bag of expired Doritos, I didn’t think we would hear from him again. Alas, he’s worked his way back into my life. Now that Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke are both injured, Josh Jackson is in line for a big role. On Monday, he started the second half after Clarke got injured, leading me to believe he’s going to be in the starting unit tonight.
StudRobert Covington, HOU vs. MEM, $6,200 — Covington is finding his groove playing in the Rockets’ new small-ball scheme. Even though his price is at it’s highest point of the season, I still think there’s room for more upside in his price. Covington has scored at least 32 DKFP in four straight games and finds himself in a great spot tonight. The Grizzlies have been slightly below-average against power forwards this season, but the absence of JJJ and Clarke should mean a pretty big hit to their defense.
ValueAl Horford, PHI at CLE, $5,000 — For most of the season, Horford has looked washed, but this doesn’t mean his fantasy value is totally cooked. After being relegated to a reserve role, he was promoted back into the starting lineup last game since Ben Simmons (back) is injured. For the season, he averages 30.09 DKFP as a starter, which appears will be his normal role until Simmons comes back.
StudJoel Embiid, PHI at CLE, $10,500 — The injury to Simmons sucks for the 76ers, but it is great for Embiid’s fantasy value. He carried Philly last game without Simmons, scoring a season-high 79 DKFP in a win over the Cavaliers. Both he and Simmons are clearly great talents although it’s unfortunately becoming apparent they play their best basketball when one of them is injured. This is something we are going to want to take advantage of in the short term.
ValueJakob Poeltl, SAS vs. DAL, $3,200 — Poeltl is my favorite value play on the slate. With Aldridge out, he figures to move into the starting lineup. It’s a role we saw him take on with Aldridge out earlier in the season with great success. Poeltl averages 26.97 DKFP as the Spurs’ starting center and we have seen him get to over 40 DKFP on a couple of occasions.
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