The NBA has unusual pacing this week leading up to a massive 12-game slate Saturday. The week tips off Monday with a limited five-game slate before getting busier as the week goes on. The 10 teams include the Warriors, who will go for their 11th straight win as they visit the Pacers, who still are adjusting to the loss of Victor Oladipo. Elsewhere on the schedule, it’s worth noting the Clippers and Knicks are finishing back-to-back sets.
As you get your lineup ready for this Monday, check out these top studs and values at each position. Remember to check back on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any last-minute news that should impact your lineup.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Kyrie Iriving (hip) has been ruled out of tonight’s game.Other Options — Lou Williams ($7,400), Trae Young ($6,700)
ValueDarren Collison, IND vs. GS, $5,900 — Collison has been more involved in the Pacers’ offense without Oladipo and was playing well even before the injury. He has at least eight assists in three straight games and has scored more than 15 points in four straight. He had 18 points, nine assists and 36 DKFP against the Grizzlies, matching his total from Wednesday against the Raptors and giving him at least 30 DKFP in seven of his past nine. He should be able to keep things rolling with continued heavy involvement against Golden State.
Other Options — Monte Morris ($4,600), Shelvin Mack ($3,600)
StudWill Barton, DEN at MEM, $6,900 — With Jamal Murray (ankle) sidelined, Barton could step up and help shoulder the load against the Grizzlies. Barton has been slowly returning to his productive role since missing extended time as a result of a groin injury earlier this season. He re-entered the starting lineup Friday against the Suns and had 29.75 DKFP in 26 minutes. He has at least 29 DKFP in three of his past five, highlighted by 45.25 DKFP in a well-rounded game against the Jazz. He has a high ceiling with Murray out since he’s rounding back into his usual multi-category form. Other Options — D’Angelo Russell ($8,600), Klay Thompson ($6,100)
ValueShabazz Napier, BKN at MIN, $4,600 — The Nets’ rotation has been severely depleted by injury, and Napier has stepped up when given the chance. He helped fill in on the wings earlier this year, but now he is working as the leader of the second unit in place of Spencer Dinwiddie (finger), who is out for a few weeks. Napier played 28 minutes Friday against the Knicks and had 25 DKFP on 18 points in 28 minutes. He struggled with his shot, going just 3-for-13, but still managed to return value. Since Brooklyn continues to be short on options, he’ll get plenty of usage regardless of game script as the Nets visit the Celtics. Earlier this month, he had 29.75 DKFP in 33 minutes during a blowout loss in Boston.
Other Options — Allonzo Trier ($5,300), Patrick Beverley ($4,500)
StudTobias Harris, LAC vs. ATL, $8,000 — Harris has continued to be the go-to option for the Clippers on offense. He only scored 18 points as the Clippers cruised past the Kings on Sunday but still had 31 DKFP on 18 points, six boards and three assists in 33 minutes. He had carried an even heavier workload with more than 40 DKFP in four of his previous five games, with at least 27 points in each of those four outings. Harris had 42 DKFP when the Clippers visited the Hawks earlier this season and has a good chance at producing more than 40 again in the rematch, which would make him worth over 5x value. Other Options — Kevin Durant ($9,400), Thaddeus Young ($5,700)
ValueTheo Pinson, BKN at BOS, $4,400 — Like Napier, Pinson should be in for more work especially if Joe Harris ($4,900; hip, questionable) or Treveon Graham ($3,500; back, questionable) are unable to play. Pinson has played only eight games this season, but he was impressive Friday with 19 points, eight rebounds and 36 DKFP in 26 minutes against the Knicks. He had 22 DKFP against the Bucks — the only other time this season he played at least 20 minutes. Pinson isn’t as dependent on shooting and can contribute in lots of categories if he ends up in an expanded role.
Other Options — Tyreke Evans ($5,200), Rodions Kurucs ($4,000)
StudJohn Collins, ATL at LAC, $8,200 — Collins and the Hawks started their trip to the West on Saturday in Portland, where the second-year big-man had 21 points, six boards and 31 DKFP. He has at least 31 DKFP in each of his past 10 games, averaging 38.7 DKFP on 21.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 0.5 steals per contest. He had a massive 53-DKFP game in Chicago on Wednesday and only needed 20 minutes to post 31.75 DKFP against the Clippers when these two teams met earlier this season. He still just was working his way back from injury at that point, though, and should be ready for a full workload and a full statline in what should be a high-scoring contest against the Clippers. Other Options — Montrezl Harrell ($7,100), Draymond Green ($6,300)
ValueJayson Tatum, BOS vs. BKN, $5,600 — The reports of Tatum’s sophomore slump have been exaggerated since the second-year player has improved on his averages in points, boards, assists, 3-pointers and blocked shots this season. He had 20 points against the Warriors on Saturday and ended up with 34.25 DKFP. He has more than 25 DKFP in four straight contests and averaged 43.1 DKFP in two meetings with the Nets earlier this season, although it is worth noting Irving missed one of those contests and played sparingly in the other. Even with a healthy Kyrie, Tatum brings enough upside to make himself stand out from a thin PF group under $6K.
Other Options — Marvin Williams ($5,300), Marcus Morris ($4,900)
StudNikola Jokic, DEN at MEM, $10,800 — Jokic is my favorite big-money play of the day since he’ll carry more of the offense with Murray out. He comes into the matchup in great form after returning from a one-game suspension with 76.5 DKFP against the 76ers on Saturday. He had 31 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in his 34 minutes and now has at least 58 DKFP in six of his past nine games. He had 55.5 DKFP the most recent time he faced Memphis after having a rough time against the Grizzlies earlier in the season. Other Options — DeMarcus Cousins ($6,500), Al Horford ($6,400)
ValueJarrett Allen, BKN at BOS, $5,500 — Allen was held to just six rebounds Friday against the Knicks, snapping a streak of six straight contests with double-digit boards. He faced the Celtics in one of those contests and had an impressive 47 DKFP on 19 points and 12 rebounds. He followed that with 20 points, 24 boards and 60.5 DKFP against the Rockets but has cooled off a bit since then. Still, he offers a sky-high ceiling and likely will get all the minutes he can handle.
Other Options — Dewayne Dedmon ($5,500), Guillermo Hernangómez ($3,900)
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