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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main six-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudRussell Westbrook, HOU vs. UTA, $9,800 — This isn’t the same Jazz defense from previous seasons. They are giving up the ninth most DKFP to point guards, making this a decent spot for Westbrook. Even though the matchup is decent, Russ is at his lowest price in a while and the price drop isn’t warranted. He’s scored over 50 DKFP in 10 of his past 11 games.
ValueCoby White, CHI at PHI, $4,600 — The trade deadline has come and gone and there is reason to think the Bulls will make more of an effort to play their young guys. Last game, White played 31 minutes — one of his heaviest workloads of the season. He responded by scoring 35 DKFP, so it looks like White is somebody to roster going forward. He could also be in line for a bump in playing time and usage if Zach LaVine is ruled out. LaVine is currently questionable.
StudLou Williams, LAC at CLE, $6,800 — We could see Williams move into the Clippers’ starting lineup tonight. It’s the tail end of a back-to-back, so Kawhi Leonard is probably going to be resting and Patrick Beverley is questionable to play because of a groin injury. We have seen Williams start when neither of them are available and in six starts, Williams is averaging 41.5 DKFP. Also, keep in mind that the Cavs are allowing the sixth most DKFP to shooting guards.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Leonard and Beverly have been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Cavaliers.
ValueDe’Anthony Melton, MEM at WAS, $4,000 — The Grizzlies traded away Solomon Hill and Jae Crowder at the deadline and got back Justise Winslow. Winslow isn’t close to being ready to play, leaving a playing time void on the wing. Melton was decent in the first game after the trade deadline, scoring 21 DKFP against the Sixers. He faces a much easier matchup tonight against the Wizards and Memphis has the highest team total on the slate.
StudPaul George, LAC at CLE, $8,100 — Assuming Kawhi rests tonight, George is in line for a heavy workload. With Leonard off the court, he has a 34.9% usage rating and scores 56.6 DKFP per 36 minutes. Even though this is a back-to-back situation, I don’t think we will see PG play limited minutes as long as this game isn’t a blowout. This season, he’s averaging 32.5 minutes when playing on the second leg of back-to-backs.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Leonard has been ruled out for tonight’s game vs. the Cavaliers.
ValueShaq Harrison, CHI at PHI, $3,000 — Zach LaVine is questionable and if he’s out, we could see Harrison move into the starting lineup. It’s a role he’s been in a few times this season with good success. Harrison has made four starts this season and averaged 22.38 DKFP. He doesn’t need to start to have value, although he likely won’t be a good value play unless LaVine is ruled out.
StudJohn Collins, ATL vs. NYK, $8,700 — Quietly, Collins has been really solid lately. He’s scored over 40 DKFP in six straight games and the Hawks are starting to play him more minutes. Collins has played at least 38 minutes in three straight games after playing around 31 minutes for most of the season. His playing time could dip when Clint Capela debuts, which we don’t have to worry about for now as Capela remains out with a heel injury.
ValueMike Scott, PHI vs. CHI, $3,100 — As per usual, the 76ers are dealing with injuries. Al Horford is questionable to play and we usually see Scott start when Horford is ruled out. In seven starts, Scott is averaging 18.79 DKFP. We should expect a bit more than his average as a starter against the Bulls since they are one of the worst teams in the league at defending big men. They allow the second most DKFP to power forwards.
StudJoel Embiid, PHI vs. CHI, $8,200 — After leaving the 76ers’ last game early because of neck stiffness, Embiid will be available to play tonight. Prior to leaving, he crushed the Grizzlies. Embiid scored 33.5 DKFP in just 16 minutes. His salary has gone way down after that game and he should have no problem tearing apart the Bulls’ frontcourt as long as the neck isn’t an issue. The Bulls are near the bottom of the league in rebound rate and give up the third most DKFP to centers.
ValueJaren Jackson Jr., MEM at WAS, $5,800 — There are two possible outcomes for a JJJ game. He either gets in foul trouble and struggles in limited minutes or he stays on the court and has a big fantasy game. Jackson’s salary dropped in a big way after he got into foul trouble and struggled last game, but he should bounce back against the Wizards. Washington allows more points than any team in the league and the Grizzlies have the highest team total on the slate.
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