The main set of NBA Games (the biggest tournaments) will be kicking off on DraftKings this Sunday at 3 PM ET so you can take advantage of all 5 games on the hardwood. With football season winding down, excitement turns to the NBA – even on Sundays! Here are some of the biggest tournaments to check out for tomorrow along with some targets for the five game slate. You can find all tournaments in the main lobby
Reminder: The major tournaments on DraftKings for Sunday, January 10th starts at 3 PM ET
Point Guard Targets
Damian Lillard ($9,800 vs. LAL) – The Lakers defense has ranked near the bottom of the league against the PG position and Lillard has exploited that just in the past week. On Monday, Lillard posted 60.5 fantasy points behind 39 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists against the Lakers backcourt. The matchup is obviously juicy, but Lillard has also been much more aggressive shooting the ball of late. Before Saturday night’s game, Lillard had been averaging 20 shot attempts per game over his past four contests. He’s scored no fewer than 16 points in that span with 3 of the four contests totaling over 38 fantasy points.
Kyrie Irving ($8,900 vs. SAC) – Kyrie gets the nod over the likes of CP3 and John Wall here because of how involved he is in the Cavaliers offense when LeBron James is off the court. On the season, Irving has a 28.4 usage rate with LeBron James on the court. Compare that to the 33.1 usage rate bump that Irving gets when James isn’t on the court – a number that leads all Cavs players. Kyrie has had at least 40 fantasy points in 4 of the 6 games he’s been active with LBJ out of the lineup as well, and 36 in one of the other six games. In that span he’s had only one disappointing effort and this matchup with a subpar Kings defense makes him a premiere PG target on Sunday.
Jeremy Lin/Ronnie Price ($4900 and $3800 vs. POR) – This is a tough situation to decipher since I think Lin might be the better play if Kobe Bryant is unable to dress on Sunday while Price might be the better option with Kobe in the lineup. Looking back this year, Price has been more productive with Kobe in the lineup because he’s more of a distributor than Lin. Lin likely has more success without Kobe (as showcased by his 40+ fantasy points last time out) because he’s more of a creator who needs the ball in his hand. If Kobe sits, I really like Lin’s value but if Kobe plays then Price serves as a reasonable cheap PG option.
Shooting Guard Targets
Eric Bledsoe ($8700 vs. MEM) – Surprisingly, the Memphis defense has really struggled against shooting guards this season. They rank in the bottom third of the league against the SG position and have allowed, on average, 17.8% more fantasy points per game to shooting guards than the league average over the last 15 days. Enter Bledsoe, who has been impressively consistent all season long for the Suns despite playing out of position and alongside two other point guards (at times). Bledsoe hasn’t been held to under 30 fantasy points in any of his last 10 games and he’s one of a few Suns who actually has better road splits, in terms of FPPG, than home splits.
J.R. Smith ($4,300 vs. SAC) – Smith was inserted into the starting lineup for a Cavs team that desperately needed some offense and he responded with 36.75 fantasy points in 42 minutes of action. The minutes are definitely a good amount higher than what you should project for Sunday’s matchup against the Kings, but I don’t think 30 minutes is out of the question. 30 minutes from a high-volume shooter at just $4,300 is a bargain.
Courtney Lee ($4,300 vs. PHX) – At the same price point as JR Smith is Courtney Lee. Lee is the less exciting option here but he might be a bit safer, or less likely to shoot his way out of the game. With Tayshaun Prince on the move, about 20 minutes per game opens up in this rotation and Lee should see above 30 minutes of playing time in a game against an uptempo opponent. Both Lee and Tony Allen (SF eligible) make for interesting value options on a smaller schedule of games.
Small Forward Targets
None. Rudy Gay is the only high priced option today and while he’s a viable play, I’d lean towards spending money at other positions and finding one of the value small forwards listed below to fill out your lineup.
Paul Pierce ($4800 vs. ATL) – Pierce has shown that he tends to save his best for the bigger games this season, much like you’d expect from an aging veteran on a relatively young team. The Hawks are the hottest team in the entire NBA right now, meaning Pierce is going to need his A-game to knock them off their recent success. His price is really low right now that you only need about 20 fantasy points from him to reach value, but he provides upside of closer to 40 fantasy points when he’s on. Look for him to play about 25 minutes including key minutes down the stretch where he’ll see plenty of scoring chances against the Hawks defense.
DeMarre Carroll ($5,200 vs. WAS) – On the other side of Pierce in this game is DeMarre Carroll, a defensive minded wing who provides the most value when he has a big defensive assignment and is picking up boards and steals. His minutes are relatively consistent, sitting above 30 most nights and his production is usually enough to establish value at an extremely thin Small Forward position. Carroll has had at least 20 fantasy points in 8 of his last 10 games, including 5 games with at least 25 fantasy points in that span.
Power Forward Targets
LaMarcus Aldridge ($10,000 vs. LAL) – Aldridge and Lillard combined cost almost $18K on Sunday but it might be one of the best duos to target in this matchup with the Lakers. The Lakers defense has been poor all season and while their PF DvP splits aren’t as bad as you might expect, there’s no one on this Lakers team who can slow down LMA in the post and in the mid-range game. Surprisingly, Aldridge has also been better on the road this season – averaging 44.6 fantasy points per game away from Portland. Since this game is in LA, the blowout factor should be somewhat reduced and Aldridge should see his normal allotment of minutes against a soft interior defense.
Zach Randolph ($7,300 vs. PHX) – ZBO returned on Friday night with 31 fantasy points in 31 minutes of action against the Pelicans and looked like he didn’t have too much rust after a lengthy absence due to injury. He posted his standard double-double with 11 points, 11 boards and a pair of assists. Phoenix is going to struggle to slow down Marc Gasol in the post and I think that leaves Randolph some added opportunities to get the offense going through him with much of the focus headed towards Gasol. ZBO isn’t an elite option for Sunday, but he could be a nice 2nd tier play behind Aldridge if you need to save a bit of salary.
Nene Hilario ($5,000 vs. ATL) – It’s hard to tell which games Nene will bring his best for, but given the mini hot streak he’s been on over his last two, it seems like a good time to pounce on this low price point. With 34.5 and 39.25 fantasy points in his last two games, Hilario has exceeded value in back to back contests. The Hawks have ranked below the league average in defense against the PF position on the season and are in the bottom 5 of teams against the PF position over the last 15 days. Look for Hilario to play a big role against Millsap in an exciting Eastern Conference matchup (as exciting as Eastern Conference matchups get).
DeMarcus Cousins ($10,800 vs. CLE) – It’s not hard to recommend the highest priced Center but given his recent stretch of back to back games with 54+ fantasy points, it’d be hard to ignore him. Cuzzy has been dominant all season long and gets a Cleveland team that has struggled with their interior defense all year. The addition of Mozgov makes them a bit better at protecting the rim, but keep in mind that Cousins torched Mozgov consistently when Timofey was back in Denver. Mozgov isn’t nearly quick enough to keep up with Cousins and his backup, Tristan Thompson, isn’t strong enough to slow Cousins down either.
Chris Kaman ($4,600 vs. LAL) – Kaman hasn’t been getting a ton of minutes but he’s been incredibly productive this season in his somewhat limited action. Kaman is averaging 1.07 fantasy points per minute on the year and now injuries may force Portland’s hand in getting him more time on the court. Robin Lopez went down awhile back and Joel Freeland sat out Saturday night with an injury as well. That leaves Kaman as the best option for around 25 minutes and at that price point, you have a good shot at 25+ fantasy points.