The NBA Sneak Peek takes an early look at the NBA games coming up on a given day. Once lineups lock from the day before, it’s never too early to get a jump start on your research! Rather than dishing out a group of picks, the Sneak Peek focuses more on the matchups, salaries and general items to watch for when you start to study up on the next day of games.

RoadHomeTime
New YorkDetroit7:30 PM ET
L.A.LakersNew Orleans8 PM ET
TorontoPortland10 PM ET
HoustonPhoenix10:30 PM ET

10 Highest Priced Players

There are always plenty of stars to choose from in the NBA and tonight is no different. Here are the 10 most expensive players on tonight’s slate with some basic stats for each of their matchups.

RankPlayerPosTeamOppSalaryOpp-DvPExp-Pace
1James HardenSGHOUPHO$1080026101.3
2Anthony DavisPFNOLAL$100002299.6
3Damian LillardPGPORTOR$8900697.75
4Kyle LowryPGTORPOR$87001897.75
5Andre DrummondCDETNY$86001598.95
6Carmelo AnthonySFNYDET$8500298.95
7Eric BledsoeSGPHOHOU$830018101.3
8DeMar DeRozanSGTORPOR$80001997.75
9Dwight HowardCHOUPHO$74008101.3
10Jrue HolidayPGNOLAL$72002999.6

  • Opp-DvP – Opponent’s Defense vs. Position Rank (30 is worst team at defending given position, 1 is best)
  • Exp-Pace – Expected Pace (Average pace of player’s team and their opponent)

Going Streaking

Below are the 10 players averaging the most DraftKings points per game over the last five games.

RankPlayerPosTeamOppSalaryDK FP - Last 5
1James HardenSGHOU$1080056.60
2Anthony DavisPFNOLAL$1000041.75
3Damian LillardPGPORTOR$890041.50
4Kyle LowryPGTORPOR$870039.15
5Ryan AndersonPFNOLAL$640037.95
6Jrue HolidayPGNOLAL$720037.90
7Andre DrummondCDETNY$860037.40
8Carmelo AnthonySFNYDET$850036.70
9C.J. McCollumSGPORTOR$700034.80
10DeMar DeRozanSGTORPOR$800034.55

  • DKFP-Last 5 – Average DraftKings Points Per Game (Last 5 Games Only)

Trending Up: Minutes

Below are the five players who have seen the biggest jump in minutes played per game over the last five games compared to their season average.

Minimum 20 minutes per game played to qualify

RankPlayerPosSalaryMins-SMins-L5Diff
1Archie GoodwinSG$590017.832.714.9
2Devin BookerSG$600022.13512.9
3Alonzo GeeSF$370021.832.310.5
4P.J. TuckerSF$540029.2377.8
5Norris ColePG$580025.733.47.7

Trending Up: DK Points Per Game

Below are the five players who have seen the biggest jump in DraftKings points per game over the last five games compared to their season average.

Minimum 20 minutes per game played to qualify

RankPlayerPosSalaryDKFP-SDKFP-L5Diff
1Devin BookerSG$600016.230.8514.65
2Archie GoodwinSG$590014.6826.0511.37
3Jrue HolidayPG$720027.9837.99.92
4Langston GallowaySG$500018.4528.39.85
5Norris ColePG$580019.328.759.45

Defense vs. Position Matchups

Chart below shows the defense vs. position ranking of each team’s opponent.

TeamOppOpp vs PGOpp vs SGOpp vs SFOpp vs PFOpp vs C
NYDET20721018
DETNY15614714
LALNO192491829
NOLAL3030262328
TORPOR161972217
PORTOR655616
HOUPHO292624168
PHOHOU2318302920