NFL playoffs are underway, but that doesn’t mean that basketball stops. We have a four-game slate on tap Sunday night. For up-to-the-minute news, analysis and lineups, download the DK Live app, as NBA news, injury reports and betting lines can change throughout the day. We will keep you up to the minute on the DK Live app.
StudStephen Curry, GSW @ DAL, $9,800 — This is a game I want exposure to with a slate high 228 point total. Curry has been incredibly consistent lately with at least 46 DKFP in seven consecutive games. The only thing limiting his ceiling is a string of recent blowouts. Golden State won four of their last six games by double digits and the minutes for the starters have been down. The Warriors are only six point favorites with this game on the road, so it should stay competitive until the final buzzer.
ValueJalen Brunson, DAL vs. GSW, $3,800 — The point guard situation for the Mavericks is a mess. Dennis Smith Jr. ($4,500) is questionable to play and Brunson is in line for extended minutes for Smith can’t play. J.J. Barea was officially diagnosed with a torn Achilles on Saturday, leaving Dallas thin in the backcourt. Brunson will likely come off the bench if Smith is ruled out, but this wouldn’t be a reason to avoid him. He scored 41.75 DKFP in a bench role with the Mavericks thin at point guard in a game against the 76ers last week.
StudJames Harden, HOU @ ORL, $12,700 — If Harden is playing then chances are that every hoops article you read on DK Playbook will mention him at some point. He is coming off a game in which he scored 88 DKFP in under 30 minutes. The last time he scored under 57 DKFP was Dec. 11, so his combination of ceiling and floor is unmatched by any other player in the league. He always has the ball in hands with Eric Gordon and Chris Paul both injured and Harden’s usage rating has been over 42% in nine of his last 10 games.
ValueMalik Beasley, DEN vs. POR, $4,400 — Gary Harris is expected to miss another game for the Nuggets tonight and even though Will Barton ($5,200) is back in action, he is playing limited minutes off the bench. This means a fourth consecutive start for Beasley, who averaged 28.25 DKFP in his last starts. He doesn’t need to play all that well to hit value with a cheap price and Denver playing him 36 minutes per game as a starter
StudLuka Doncic, DAL vs. GSW, $8,500 — Why even wait to the end of the season to give Doncic the Rookie of the Year award. Not only is he the best rookie in the league, but he could end up the All-Star team. Luka is among the leaders in All-Star voting amongst the fans and he seems to get better every time he steps on the court. He came up two rebounds shy of his first career tripe-double in his last game and enters tonight in good form with an average of 52.8 DKFP in his last three contests.
ValueDanuel House, HOU @ ORL, $3,900 — Most of the offseason acquisitions for Houston did not work out. This combined with a slew of injuries has the Rockets thin on role players. House has stepped into the starting lineup and found success playing alongside James Harden. He is shooting 47% from three after struggling with his shot in a reserve role. The gravity of Harden is creating cleaner looks for him to knock down shots on the perimeter.
StudKyle Kuzma, LAL vs. CLE, $6,900 — After dropping a career high 41 points on the Pistons, Kuzma struggled against the Jazz and scored just 11 points. Utah is a tough defense to score points against, so it wasn’t a spot we should have expected Kuz to succeed in, but his price dipped after the poor performance. Now we get to roster him at a cheaper salary in a game against the Cavaliers, who are dead last in defensive efficiency.
ValueMaxi Kleber, DAL vs. GSW, $4,000 — In recent games missed by Dennis Smith Jr., Kleber has started with Doncic moving into the point guard role. Kleber reached 6x value in each of his last two starts and is overall averaging 23.25 DKFP in six starts this season. Golden State has been tough against power forwards, but Kleber should be able to exceed value an expanded minutes. He is only in play if Smith is out, but he could play center in small ball lineups to match up against the Warriors.
StudJusuf Nurkic, POR @ DEN, $8,300 — Not many centers have the upside of Nurkic. He is having a career year and has had some huge games lately. He scored at least 47 DKFP in five of his last nine games with a peak performance of 82.75 DKFP against the Kings. His recent play is working him into the discussion to win the Most Improved Player award. Nurkic matches up well against the Nuggets and dropped 41.25 DKFP against them earlier in the year.
ValueTristan Thompson, CLE @ LAL, $6,100 — With Larry Nance out due to a knee injury, Thompson is relied on to gather all the rebounds. He pulls down 13.7 boards per 36 minutes with Nance off the court this season. He also draws a strong matchup against the Lakers, who allow the fifth most DKFP to centers. There is a bit of blowout risk with a 9.5 point spread but a big game from Thompson will help keep the score close.
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