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Here are some players to target for tonight’s main four-game NBA slate on DraftKings:
StudLeBron James, LAL vs. ATL, $10,700 — At nearly 35 years old, James still is chugging along. He’s averaging a career-high 11.1 assists, which appears to be a benefit of playing alongside Anthony Davis. LeBron’s dimes also are trending up in recent games, as he has double-digit assists in seven of the past eight games. Over this span, he’s scored at least 52 DKFP in six games. Playing against the Hawks on the tail end of a back-to-back makes this an easy matchup on paper for James.
ValueKy Bowman, GS at NO, $3,000 — Bowman is likely the chalk play of the slate. With D’Angelo Russell out, we should see Bowman slot into the lineup as the starting point guard. We saw him play this role earlier in the season with DLO hurt and he had great success. In three starts, Bowman averaged 28.4 DKFP and saw his price climb to $5,900. He’s much too cheap for his expected role.
StudJrue Holiday, NO vs. GS, $8,400 — The Pelicans’ injury report is a never-ending list of players. It’s shorter to list all their healthy players than their injured players. At the time of writing this, Holiday is one of the only guys who doesn’t appear to be dealing with an injury. This puts him in place to carry a massive workload against a weak Warriors defense. With the Pelicans banged up, Holiday has a 29.8% usage rating in the past three games.
ValueAlec Burks, GS at NO, $4,900 — With all the injuries in the game between the Pelicans and Warriors, it makes for a strong game to stack. Both of these teams have poor defenses and play at fast paces, meaning there should be plenty of fantasy points scored in a game where the majority of the players are cheap. Burks is one of the only players capable of creating his own offense on the Warriors, and it’s led to strong fantasy production in recent games. He’s averaging 30.9 DKFP across the past six games.
StudAaron Gordon, ORL vs. WAS, $6,600 — The Wizards are 29th in the league in defensive efficiency and a team we almost always want to roster players against. After a slow start to the season, Gordon has picked up his production in the past couple of games. The main reason has been an uptick in playing time with Jonathan Isaac out due to a sprained ankle. In his past two games, Gordon is averaging 36 minutes and 41.1 DKFP. Isaac is questionable to play, and Gordon is a strong option as long as Isaac doesn’t return.
ValueTerrence Ross, ORL vs. WAS, $4,700 — With Isaac out and the Magic offense in need of a spark, they have turned to Ross off the bench. He provides spacing and perimeter shooting that this offense hasn’t had all season. In the past two games, he’s played 26 and 28 minutes, both season-highs at the time. Ross has proved to be worth the extra run by averaging 16.5 points and making three triples per game.
StudDraymond Green, GS at NO, $6,200 — Draymond always has been more of a facilitator than scorer, which might have to change. With Russell and Curry both out, Green is going to have the ball in his hands a lot. He’s coming off his second double-double of the season, and we might start to see him launch double-digit shots going forward. At the very least, we know the assists and rebounds will be there, and he’s coming off a 37.75 DKFP game.
ValueMoritz Wagner, WAS at ORL, $5,200 — Wagner is coming off what was easily the best game of his career. Matching up against Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves, he scored 30 points in just 25 minutes. Wagner added 15 rebounds and put up 58.25 DKFP. He’s proved to be a good fantasy producer in limited minutes this season, and he might have to play substantial minutes tonight since Thomas Bryant is questionable to play with a hip injury.
StudNikola Vucevic, ORL vs. WAS, $8,200 — The Wizards are allowing the second most DKFP to opposing centers, and Vooch has put together a nice string of games lately. He has at least 45 DKFP in four of his past five games. Playing at home has been a needed ingredient for Vucevic to play well this season. In Orlando, he’s averaging 9.4 more DKFP than he scores on the road.
ValueJaxson Hayes, NO vs. GS, $3,300 — Jahlil Okafor is out and Derrick Favors is questionable to play after leaving last night’s game due to a back injury. Favors only played eight minutes, and with a short turnaround, it seems like a stretch for him to be ready to play tonight. This sets up Hayes to make his first start in the NBA. He’s averaging nearly a fantasy point per minute and easily should be able to pay off his salary if he steps into 20+ minutes in a plus matchup.
Editor’s Note: Favors has been ruled out for tonight’s game.
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