This article will be focusing on the eight game set tipping off at 7:00pm ET. Tonight should be tremendously entertaining with only one player in the five figure salary range. Let’s see what we can uncover!
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Damian Lillard – POR vs MIA – $8,700 – This should be an interesting game for the Trailblazers, with the Miami Heat playing in the third game of a four night road trip. Portland is the second highest scoring team in the NBA at 110.8 points per game. Over their last six games, they are averaging 120.2 points per game on offense, yet allowing 116.0 points per game.
Despite posting the 27th lowest points per game this season at 97.4 per game and allowing the eighth fewest at 98.8 per game, recent injuries have released the fantasy goodness with Miami scoring 107.0 per game over their last four and allowing 107.5 per game over the same stretch. Lillard is a phenomenal play Saturday night and he will be joined by several other recommendations from these two teams.
Kemba Walker – CHA vs MIN – $7,400 – Over the last four weeks, the Minnesota Timberwolves have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opposing facilitators. Kemba Walker generally has much better results at home than on the road. While this is not uncommon for most players, he has generally performed 10-15% better at home from a fantasy perspective and in daily fantasy NBA, the margins are slim and we need every advantage we can find!
Other Options – Stephen Curry ($9,100), Kyle Lowry ($7,800)
Goran Dragic – MIA at POR – $6,900 – While Dragic is not a true “value” from a low priced bargain perspective, he has been solid since somewhat recovering from an elbow sprain. Over his last three outings he has averaged 36.3mpg, 23.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 10.0apg, 0.7spg and 43.8 DraftKings fantasy points. He should be good for 3-4 assists to Hassan Whiteside on the pick and roll in this matchup and he is a fine option from a points per dollar perspective.
Andrew Harrison – MEM vs LAL – $5,200 – If you need more savings then Andrew Harrison, teammate Wade Baldwin – $3,300 is also an option for the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies in what should be a freewheelin’ affair against the Los Angeles Lakers who played last night in Toronto.
Other Options – Deron Williams ($4,600), Ricky Rubio ($4,800)
Jimmy Butler – CHI at DAL – $8,400 – The Bulls edged out a victory at home last night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The early word is that Dwyane Wade will not be making the trip to Dallas on Saturday which will open up more shots for Butler. This is a very winnable game for the Bulls and they will be heavily reliant on Butler especially without Wade. He is more of a H2H play since he is back in “Jimmy Minutes” mode playing 40 and 42 in his last two outings which may curb his upside potential.
C.J. McCollum – POR vs MIA $7,000 – While Miami is usually solid against opposing two-guards, they are in a world of hurt right now…literally. McCollum has the third highest fantasy points per game average at his position and should find plenty of opportunity in tonight’s matchup.
Other Options – Klay Thompson ($6,400)
Tony Allen – MEM vs LAL – $4,300 – The Grizzlies will be missing James Ennis (calf), Vince Carter (hip), Chandler Parsons (knee) and Zach Randolph (personal) for tonight’s contest against the Lakers. Allen should once again be in the 27-30 minute range and in this matchup he has a solid floor of nearly 20 DraftKings points.
Other Options – Jeremy Lamb ($4,000)
Gordon Hayward – UTA vs DEN – $7,700 – Since Derrick Favors has been out, Hayward has been carrying the offensive load for the Jazz. In his last two games, Hayward has posted 51.8 DraftKings points against Miami on Thursday and he had 49.3 on Tuesday against the Rockets. In two meetings with the Nuggets this season he is averaging a tick under 40 DraftKings points and that is a very reasonable projection for him tonight with 50-55 fantasy point upside in his wheelhouse.
Other Options – Nicolas Batum ($6,300)
Jae Crowder – BOS at PHI – $5,900 – Now that Crowder is fully healthy after missing two weeks in early November with an ankle injury, he is up to a full minutes load and should perform well in this matchup, even though it is a back-to-back and on the road.
Other Options – P.J. Tucker ($4,500), Troy Williams ($4,100)
Kevin Durant – GSW vs PHX – $10,700 – As his performances have continued to be impressive, we have seen KD’s salary continue to creep up in the daily fantasy world. In this matchup and with his price tag, he is only a tournament option at this point, however, he still has 50+ DraftKings point upside against the Suns and the Warriors should be amped up after their double overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($8,200)
James Johnson – MIA at POR – $4,900 – Once again we can look to James Johnson aka Neck Tat as he is affectionately referred to in DFS circles. He managed to order a forty burger on Thursday in Utah against the Jazz in just 24 minutes after making 11 of 15 field goal attempts. While that is something not likely to happen again this season, he should be able to flirt with the thirty fantasy point plateau against the less than imposing Portland defense.
Other Options – Trey Lyles ($4,300), Kelly Olynyk ($4,100)
Hassan Whiteside – MIA at POR – $9,000 – After being held in check by Rudy Gobert on Thursday, this should be a freeing experience for Whiteside since Portland does not have anyone equipped to deal with him. A 20/20 game is actually in play and he is likely to be a core part of any winning lineups tonight.
Marc Gasol – MEM vs LAL – $7,100 – This is a game that even a short-handed Memphis squad should have a puncher’s chance of bringing home. This will be the third game in four nights for the Grizzlies, but this is the fourth game in five nights for this young Lakers team and they have played their last three on the road. Somehow Memphis is still in the sixth spot in the Western Conference and this game will help them stay in the mix a little longer until reinforcements can arrive on the scene. Their next game is on Monday in New Orleans, so this is a “kitchen sink game” where new head coach David Fizdale is going to need to pull out all the stops to get a win which means we should see Marc Gasol for 35ish minutes against inferior competition and in the mix for 45+ DraftKings points if his shot is falling Saturday night.
Other Options – Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,900), Al Horford ($6,500)
Mason Plumlee – POR vs MIA – $6,000 – While this seems like a mismatch for Plumlee against the phenomenal athleticism of Hassan Whiteside, in their last two meetings, the Portland pivotman has averaged 28.8mpg, 14.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5 combined blocks/steals which add up to 41.0 DraftKings points and is an excellent value at his current price point.
Jahlil Okafor – PHI vs BOS – $5,200 – With Joel Embiid getting tonight off and Okafor no longer having a minutes restriction, he fits squarely in the “take BIGs against Boston” strategy tonight.
Other Options – Andrew Bogut ($4,000), Dwight Powell ($3,700)
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