There is an excellent ten game set tonight with twenty teams in action. We have fine options up and down the pricing sheet at most positions, so let’s get to the good stuff!
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John Wall – WAS vs MIL – $9,000 – It will be interesting to see if Giannis Antetokounmpo lines up across from John Wall on defense tonight. In the last four games they have played against one another, Wall is averaging 36.1mpg, 18.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 9.3apg and 2.3 combined blocks and steals. Wall is surpassing each of those numbers on average this season, and with the Wizards having had a night off and the Bucks losing a heartbreaker at home 114-110 against Atlanta, I’m looking to Wall as the top point guard option tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL at WAS – $9,900 – On the flipside tonight, The Alphabet is in play for me as well since most players will likely turn to either John Wall, Chris Paul or Stephen Curry who are all cheaper. Antetokounmpo scores the majority of his points within five feet of the basket on drives. The Wizards are sorely lacking in the rim protection department with Jason Smith and overmatched power forwards trying to man the paint when Marcin Gortat is on the sidelines.
Other Options – Stephen Curry ($8,400), Damian Lillard (8,400)
Jameer Nelson – DEN at ORL – $5,300 – Nelson has been outstanding with 29+ DraftKings points in seven of his last eight games and he is very familiar with the Amway Center having played for the Magic for his first ten years in the league.
Other Options – Patty Mills ($4,800), D.J. Augustin ($3,700)
Jimmy Butler – CHI vs MIA – $8,200 – From a price per dollar perspective, Butler is a better projected play for me over James Harden – HOU vs DAL – $11,300 with the Rockets on a back-to-back and likely not needing The Beard for more than 30 minutes in this matchup. That, combined with the likely lower popularity of Butler in tournaments, make him a fine differentiation play. Chicago is only one game ahead of the #9 seed in the playoffs and while it is early, they are going to need to start banking wins.
Dwyane Wade – CHI vs MIA $6,500 – This will be the second time that Wade has faced his former team, but the first in his “hometown” of Chicago. We can be certain he has had this date circled on his calendar since signing his new contract, and I think he is a fine tournament option with a shot at 40+ DraftKings points against his shorthanded former squad.
Other Options – James Harden ($11,300)
Sean Kilpatrick – BKN at SAS – $5,600 – San Antonio is not the same defensive team without Tim Duncan anchoring it, and even though they should easily win this game, Kilpatrick should be in the mix for 30+ DraftKings points, particularly since he is averaging 28.2 DKFPs per game on the season and 37 per game over his last five contests.
Other Options – Evan Turner ($4,800), Langston Galloway ($4,400)
Kevin Durant – GSW at MEM – $9,300 – On the surface, this should be a road win for the Golden State Warriors. However, the thinned out Memphis Grizzlies have managed to win their last five games, and there is a good chance they can make this game competitive which in turn would give KD his final turn in the rotation and a very achievable path to a 50+ DraftKings point outing. Anytime he is below the five figure salary level and in a contested game, we have to give him strong consideration.
Other Options – Paul George ($8,000)
Jabari Parker – MIL at WAS – $6,400 – As mentioned in the Giannis Antetokounmpo recommendation, the Wizards are wanting for a defensive frontcourt. While we have not seen many forty fantasy point games from Parker, I think this a good spot for him to achieve that mark. He also has added flexibility with his multi-position eligibility.
Joe Ingles – UTA at SAC – $4,400 – Ingles has seen his price jump a full ONE-THOUSAND DOLLARS after he ordered a forty burger against the Warriors in Salt Lake City on Thursday night. As long as Gordon Hayward, George Hill and Derrick Favors are all out again on Saturday night, I won’t be afraid to roll the Australian out one more game against the Kings who are on their third road game in four nights.
Other Options – Sam Dekker ($3,900), Danilo Gallinari ($5,500)
Anthony Davis – NOP at LAC – $11,500 – Did you know (courtesy of StatMuse) Anthony Davis has tallied at least 25 points and 10 boards sixty-three times over the last three seasons, which leads The Association? I think most gamers are going to blanch at this price point, but this makes him a very “sneaky” tournament option who is hiding in plain sight. His propensity for in-game injuries and his salary do make him prohibitive for cash game contests for me (H2H, double-ups, 50/50s).
Draymond Green – GSW at MEM – $7,700 – Let’s see, a guy averaging 40 DraftKings points per game at this price point… yeah, I don’t want to over think this one. I think Dray will be popular, but it’s for good reason.
Other Options – Wilson Chandler ($6,400)
JaMychal Green – MEM vs GSW – $5,900 – With the Memphis Grizzlies still playing with an eight and a half man rotation (come on, can we really count Tony Douglas as a full time player?) he should be in the mix for 34-36 minutes in this matchup. He’ll likely be flirting with a double double and 35 DraftKings points.
Marreese Speights – LAC vs NOP – $3,700 – While it can be tricky to pick our spots with Speights, he is averaging nearly 1.2 DraftKings points per minute over the last two weeks and he should pick up a solid 18-20 minutes of run in mop-up duty against the Pelicans.
Other Options – Frank Kaminsky ($4,000)
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC at UTA – $10,300 – Though Cousins is on a back to back, he has waltzed his way to consecutive 60+ DraftKings points in his last two meetings with Utah. Boogie can do it all, and he sports one of the highest usage rates in the NBA. I’m comfortable working in Cousins in at his price.
Rudy Gobert – UTA vs SAC – $7,000 – Over his last three games, The Stifle Tower is averaging just over 46 DraftKings points per game. If the Jazz are running thin again, he is in a fine spot to have a repeat performance – flirting with a 20/10 game.
Other Options – Hassan Whiteside ($8,600), Marc Gasol ($7,900)
Brook Lopez – BKN at SAS – $6,400 – BroLo has been excellent against Pau Gasol, albeit while the Spaniard was with the Bulls. In their last two meetings, Lopez has averaged 34.5mpg, 23.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.0apg and 3.0 combined blocks/steals. At his current price point, he is averaging just shy of six times his salary, which is fantastic.
Myles Turner – IND vs POR – $5,800 – In the last meeting against the Trailblazers, ten games ago in Portland, Turner racked up 19 points and 10 rebounds on his way to 35.5 DraftKings points. This is a tremendous price point since he is at home and ONE-THOUSAND DOLLARS cheaper than he was in that matchup. We can also look to Mason Plumlee – $5,300 who posted a fine game against the Pacers in that same meeting.
Other Options – Pau Gasol ($5,400), Dwight Powell ($5,000)
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