Friday’s fantasy basketball slate has nine games. Notable players whose statuses will need to be monitored during the day include LaMarcus Aldridge (illness), Myles Turner (hip), Kris Dunn (back), Jaren Jackson Jr. (quad) and Derrick White (heel).
Anthony Davis ($8,700) is expected to play, but the Pelicans say they will decrease both Davis and Jrue Holiday’s ($8,200) minutes for the rest of the season, with Davis sitting in the 20-25 minute range.
For up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, download the DK Live app, as NBA news, injury reports and betting lines on DraftKings Sportsbook can change throughout the day. Value also unexpectedly can open up due to late lineup changes and late injury news, making it important to stay up-to-the-minute with the DK Live app until lineups lock.
Let’s take a look at some plays fantasy owners can consider using on DraftKings.
Kemba Walker, CHA vs. WAS ($9,300): Walker faces a Wizards team that ranks towards the bottom of the league in possession-adjusted team defense and has allowed the second most points and second most assists to opponents.
The Wizards have allowed more wide-open 3s than average based on the league’s player tracking system, which measures the closest defender to the shooter. Walker is shooting 43 percent on wide-open 3s this year, up from 36 percent on all 3-pointers, and the extra space around the 3-point line the Wizards allow could help Walker get better looks from deep. Walker canned 6-of-9 triples in his previous matchup against the Wizards this year in a 64.5-DFKP outing.
Other Options — Russell Westbrook ($11,500)
Ricky Rubio, UTA at OKC ($5,800): The Thunder play a lightning fast pace, ranking third in possessions per game, and the Jazz have had their possessions significantly boosted in earlier matchups against the Thunder this year. In two previous meetings, the Jazz have played 106 possessions per 48 minutes against the Thunder, about a six-possession boost from their season average.
Rubio has taken advantage of the extra possessions against the Thunder, averaging 35 DKFP per game while creating 16 potential assists per game, four more than his season average of 12 potential assists per game.
Other Options — Jamal Murray ($6,300)
Bradley Beal, WAS at CHA ($9,200): Beal has had an uptick in facilitating lately, creating 16 potential assists per game over his past four, a boost from his season average of 10 per game. He faces a Hornets team that ranks in the middle in points allowed to opponents and has allowed the fifth most assists to opponents.
The Hornets have also allowed more wide-open 3s than average based on the league’s player tracking system, which measures the closest defender to the shooter. Beal is shooting 41 percent on wide-open 3s this year, a boost from 35 percent on all 3s.
Other Options — Donovan Mitchell ($8,300)
Bojan Bogdanovic, IND vs. NO ($5,500): The Pacers face a Pelicans team that is poor defensively and plays fast, which has them allowing the fourth most points to opponents.
The Pelicans also have been prone to allowing space at the 3-point line, allowing the most wide-open 3s per game based on the league’s player tracking system. Bogdanovic has been an excellent long distance shooter this year and is shooting 43 percent on wide-open 3s.
Other Options — Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5,100)
DeMar DeRozan, SA at TOR ($7,300): For fantasy owners who enjoy narrative use, DeRozan is in a premium revenge narrative spot in his first game back in Toronto since being traded to the Spurs. DeRozan was very unhappy with being shipped out of town and stuck it to the Raptors in his first meeting against them in San Antonio, scoring 62 DKFP on a 21-point, 14-rebound, 11-assist triple-double.
Other Options — Luka Doncic ($9,100)
Nicolas Batum, CHA vs. WAS ($4,600): Batum is in a good spot against the Wizards, who have allowed the second most points to opponents and rank as the worst rebounding team in the league by the percentage of missed shots they rebound. Batum scored 26 DKFP in his previous meeting vs. the Wizards.
Other Options — Andrew Wiggins ($6,500)
Blake Griffin, DET at ATL ($8,900): Griffin hasn’t had success in two previous games against the Hawks on the back of inefficient shooting, but he’ll be a candidate to bounce back in a matchup against the team that allows the most points to opponents per game and plays the fastest pace in the league. The Hawks also have been a poor rebounding team, ranking in the bottom third in the percentage of missed shots they rebound.
In two previous games against the Hawks, the Pistons have played roughly 103 possessions per game, a four-possession boost from their season average of 99.
Other Options — Kawhi Leonard ($9,400)
Domantas Sabonis, IND vs. NO ($5,500): Myles Turner’s status is uncertain as he deals with a hip injury, and if Turner can’t play, Sabonis would be in line for a role upgrade. Sabonis is averaging 32 minutes per game in starts this season, an eight-minute boost from his 24 minutes per game off the bench.
Editor’s note: Turner has been ruled out for tonight’s game.
A matchup against the Pelicans is also good. The Pelicans have allowed the fourth most points to opponents and have allowed the 10th most field goals per game within five feet of the basket. Sabonis takes six of his nine field goal attempts per game in that zone. Sabonis’ 22.5 player efficiency rating is also excellent. Download the DK Live app for up-to-the-minute news on Turner’s status and the Pacers’ starting lineup.
Other Options — Aaron Gordon ($6,600)
Nikola Vucevic, ORL vs. CHI ($9,800): The Bulls rank as the league’s fourth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound, giving Vucevic a good matchup on the glass. In three previous games against the Bulls this year, Vucevic has is averaging 14 rebounds and 54 DKFP per game. The Bulls also have allowed more points to opponents than average and have showcased mediocre basket protection.
Other Options — Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,400), Nikola Jokic ($10,100)
Marc Gasol, TOR vs. SA ($6,300): Gasol’s price has tanked to a season-low $6,300 after being reduced to a bench role in his first three games with the Raptors, playing just 20 minutes per game, down from 34 minutes per game as a starter with the Grizzlies. However, the Raptors have left the door open for Gasol moving into the starting five on Friday.
If that happens and he is given a normal starter’s workload, fantasy owners can utilize Gasol’s season-low price in a matchup against the Spurs, who rank as a below-average rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound. Download the DK Live app for up-to-the-minute news on the Raptors’ starting lineup.
Other Options — Cody Zeller ($5,200)
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