With College Football winding down and no more full slate Saturdays, DraftKings is turning their attention to the NBA for us and providing nearly $1.5 Million in guaranteed prize pools and ticket contests. The NBA is getting a little frisky with a game at 3:00pm and another at 5:00pm ET before unleashing a robust nine game slate with a 7:00pm ET tipoff. Let’s enjoy the long weekend accordingly!
Russell Westbrook – OKC at CHA – $10,700 – Yeah, Westy is spendy…but look at that game log. The Hornets are on a back to back and played last night in Canada. Over his last ten games, Westbrook is averaging 57.5 DraftKings points and Kemba Walker and the depleted Charlotte squad have been in the worst third of the league for fantasy points allowed to point guards over their last dozen games. There is not much else to say…if you can afford the luxury of Westbrook, he is the way to go.
Isaiah Thomas – BOS vs BKN – $7,800 – EARLY Over their last four games, the Brooklyn Nets have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing point guards. In the first two meetings between these foes this year, the former University of Washington star is averaged 37.6 DraftKings points per game. Enjoy!
Darren Collison – SAC vs PHO – $5,100 – EARLY Once again I am looking to Collison as my discounted point guard against the Suns who are now without the services of Eric Bledsoe. It has been surprising this season that a backcourt of both Bledsoe and Brandon Knight have been struggling so much on defense, but Phoenix is a team stuck in the ashes. Over their last 12 games, the Suns have allowed the second most points to opposing facilitators. Yes, Rajon Rondo – $8,300 is in play, however, I am comfortable taking DC at a significant discount.
Khris Middleton – MIL at MIN – $6,800 – This price point is going to scare away most gamers, however, Middleton has posted back-to-back fifty fantasy point outings. If we look to him as a tournament differentiation play, it technically isn’t really chasing points against the Timberwolves who have been average at best against two-guards over their last dozen games.
Devin Booker – PHO at SAC – $4,000 – EARLY Personally, I have been off Booker for the most part over his last two games, even though he has been inserted into the starting lineup for Eric Bledsoe who is out for the rest of the year after his injury. Two things have changed my mind for this matchup, first the Sacramento Kings have been horrific against opposing two-guards for the last three season and even better, Booker has posted 5.5 DraftKings points worth of peripheral stats in addition to his scoring. I worried about him being just 19 years-old and starting in the NBA, however, I have no issues using him as a bargain option in all formats Saturday.
Rodney Stuckey – IND vs DET – $4,100 – Narrative is a thing in the NBA since players and their teammates often look to things to break up the monotony of a loooooong season. The Pacers seemingly always have a key rotation player or two injured at any given time. As long as Stuckey is good to go, I have a hard time seeing him put up less than 20-25 fantasy points against his former squad.
Kawhi Leonard – SAS vs HOU – $8,500 – Houston is not equipped to deal with Leonard and he is a fine play in all formats on Saturday. In the last meeting Kawhi posted 52.5 DraftKings points…so Kawhy not roll with him, regardless of how bad this pun truly is…
Gordon Hayward – UTA vs MEM – $7,500 – Matt Barnes is suspended for this contest which bodes well for Gordon Hayward who has accumulated 43+ DraftKings points in three of his last four contests. The Jazz are playing at a faster pace without center Rudy Gobert and if Derrick Favors misses another game with back spasms, Hayward moves from tournament only to an outstanding play in all formats.
T.J. Warren – PHO at SAC – $4,800 – EARLY These two teams are a complete mess, with players hating their coaches and coaches feeling the same way. Warren was a surprise start on New Year’s Eve in Oklahoma City and he responded with 54.3 points against the Thunder. If he starts again look to him and teammate P.J. Tucker – $4,800 who selected the ol’ forty burger from the menu in the same game.
Draymond Green – GS vs DEN – $9,600 – Harrison Barnes is doubtful yet again, as is Leandro Barbosa. Festus Ezeli is questionable and as HEAVY favorites, it makes sense for the Dubs to sit Stephen Curry once more. This paves the way for Saturday to be a Dray Day in all fantasy formats.
LaMarcus Aldridge – SAS vs HOU – $6,400 – The Spurs are 15 point home favorites against the train wreck that is the rudderless Houston Rockets who have fizzled out. If Tim Duncan rests, this is a phenomenal matchup for LMA who is finally finding his way with his new team and he gets a matchup against a team allowing the fifth most fantasy points over their last dozen games.
Serge Ibaka – OKC at CHA – $6,400 – The Magic 8-Ball foresees multiple blocks, rebounds and points for Serge in this matchup against the Hornets who are on a back-to-back coming in from Toronto after a loss AND without a legitimate big man. IBLOCKA is a fine differentiation play in all formats.
Andre Drummond – DET at IND – $9,400 – The Pacers are just not ready to deal with someone like Andre Drummond. Ian Mahimni is dealing with a tender knee, but is hopeful to play, Jordan Hill should be back after having a wisdom tooth pulled (having had four taken out myself in two different procedures, even if he does play he will be a little less than full strength in my non-medical opinion) so that leaves Lavoy Allen as the Pacers best bet to slow down AD…yeah, not so much. In his last two meetings this season against Indy, Drummond has posted 16.5 points, 20 rebounds and 3.5 combined blocks/steals for a 48.5 DraftKings point average. Just do it!
DeAndre Jordan – LAC vs PHI – $7,800 – Can you see a scenario, short of injury, where Jordan posts less than a forty burger a Philly Cheesesteak against the 76ers?
Zaza Pachulia – DAL vs NO – $5,600 – Yet again, Zaza is catching everyone sleeping. Over his last four games he has been a sneaky source of fantasy goodness with his fourth straight game of 34+ DraftKings points. In three of the four he has put up a double double and in the other he was just 2 rebounds shy of the DraftKings double double bonus, but still had 34 fantasy points. This is a fine differentiation play on Saturday.