This article will focus on the eight game contest set tipping off at 7:00pm ET. There are easily 20-25 players positioned to reach the forty fantasy point plateau tonight, so there should be plenty of differentiation in plays and strategies employed. Let’s get to the good stuff!
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Isaiah Thomas – BOS vs DET– $7,800 – Last night against the Golden State Warriors was the first game this season where Thomas has produced less than 32 DraftKings points. Over his last five meetings with Detroit, the former University of Washington star is averaging 31.5mpg, 20.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.1apg, 0.6 combined blocks/steals and 1.7 made three-pointers which are worth a half point bonus on Draftkings. He is shaping up to be one of the best price/production plays in the mid-tier with his matchup against Ish Smith and the Pistons tonight.
John Wall – WAS vs MIA – $8,800 – The one worry is that this will be Wall’s third game in four days and Washington has been careful to monitor his minutes with the games on Wednesday (24 minutes) and Thursday (31 minutes) being his first back-to-back action after off-season surgery on both knees. All indications are that he will play close to 30 minutes tonight and he is fairly priced for that workload.
Other Options – Kemba Walker ($8,200), Giannis Antetokounmpo ($9,100)
Goran Dragic – MIA at WAS – $6,300 – In his last four meetings with the Wizards as a member of the Miami Heat, Dragic has been outstanding with 30.8mpg, 20.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.3apg and 1.0 combined blocks/steals on his way to a 37.6 DraftKings points per game. He was solid on Thursday night against Milwaukee with 31.0 fantasy points in 35 minutes after having missed a week’s worth of action with a sprained ankle.
Other Options – Elfrid Payton ($5,500), Matthew Dellavedova ($4,200)
Nicolas Batum – CHA at NOP – $6,700 – Batum is on one of his patented heaters, producing an average of 43.5 DraftKings points per game over his last four contests. At some point the music will abruptly stop; however, this is a fine matchup with the Pelicans and I will continue to roll with Batum in tournaments.
Avery Bradley – BOS at DET – $7,100 – Bradley has been amazing this season, though much of his fantasy production is tied to his league leading (for guards) 8.8 rebounds per game. As long as Jae Crowder and Al Horford continue to miss games, he has a very realistic chance of keeping up his current rate. Just realize that this is factored into his current price point.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler ($8,600)
Brandon Knight – PHO at PHI – $4,300 – I think Knight is going to be incredibly popular in all formats tonight with his dual-position eligibility. He has really picked things up over the last week, including a 46.0 DraftKings point performance on Tuesday in Denver which is his high-water mark for the season. Teammate Devin Booker – $6,500 tweaked his ankle last night against the Pacers late in the third quarter and did not return. A lot of this had to do with the Suns holding a commanding lead, but if he is out, expect even more people on the BK Bandwagon!
Other Options – Tyler Johnson ($5,200), Seth Curry ($5,700), Jonathan Gibson ($3,300)
Kevin Durant – GSW at MIL – $9,400 – KD continues to produce with amazing efficiency as well as consistency with 50+ DraftKings points in four of his last five games. This is a very winnable game for Golden State who avenged last season’s loss to the Celtics last night in Boston in an effortless 104-88 rout. Durant should be in line for another solid night since the Bucks really are not equipped to deal with all the offensive options on the Dubs.
Harrison Barnes – DAL at ORL – $6,900 – The Mavs were shellacked last night at home by the Memphis Grizzlies 80 to 64 which included a feeble 10 points in the second quarter on 4 of 19 shooting and only a dozen points in the third quarter on 3 of 17 shooting. This should be an easier matchup, and Barnes should once again see big minutes and a boatload of field goal attempts for the shorthanded Dallas squad.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler ($8,600), Nicolas Batum ($6,700)
Josh Richardson – MIA at WAS – $5,000 – Historically the Wizards have been horrible against opposing wing players and this bodes well for Richardson who has been a fine play over the last week with 24+ DraftKings points in three of his four games. Even with the price bump, I think he can be deployed in all formats on Saturday night.
Other Options – Justin Anderson ($3,500), Marcus Morris ($5,000)
Anthony Davis – NOP vs CHA – $10,800 – He is on a tear with six straight 50+ DraftKings point performances capped last night with a 70.3 fantasy point outing at home against Portland in a 113-101 victory. He has played A LOT of minutes this season, so be wary that he may be rested in the next game that gets out of hand. Tournaments only for me.
Other Options – Blake Griffin ($8,400), Draymond Green ($7,900)
Terrence Jones – NOP vs CHA – $6,200 – Jones’ price is creeping up and regardless of his starting status, he has been closing out games for the Pellies playing the entire fourth quarter of their last two contests. He has posted 36+ DraftKings points in each of his last three games, and that seems like a reasonable target projection again for tonight’s matchup against the Hornets.
Dario Saric – PHI vs PHO – $4,700 – Regardless of Joel Embiid’s status, Saric is worthy of a look in all formats tonight with his dual-position eligibility and for his price/production ratio coming off six straight 20+ DraftKings point outings.
Other Options – Jon Leuer ($5,000), Ersan Ilyasova ($4,000)
Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN at MEM – $8,100 – This will be the third game in four nights for the Grizzlies, and even though they had a cakewalk on Friday against the Mavericks, they have a lot of veterans and not as many spry legs as they will need to make an easy go of things tonight against the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns has been amazing this season and is averaging 22.3ppg, 9.0rpg with six double doubles in his last nine games.
Hassan Whiteside – MIA at WAS – $9,000 – Miami is a completely different team without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. In four of his last five games, Whiteside has surpassed the 50 DraftKing point barrier and he has done the same in six of his last night games. The Wizards have been struggling against opposing BIGs without Nene Hilaro, and until off-season acquisition Ian Mahinmi gets on the court, we can continue targeting them.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($7,900)
Cody Zeller – CHA at NOP – $4,000 – Last night against Atlanta, Zeller took a Dwight Howard elbow to the face, resulting in Howard being ejected from the game. He says he is fine and plans on playing tonight in New Orleans, and at this price point I think he is an excellent tournament punt play with 19+ DraftKings points in six of his last seven contests.
Robin Lopez – CHC at LAC – $4,800 – Lopez is no stranger to the Clippers having spent time in the Western Conference with the Portland Trailblazers. He is averaging 11.8 points and 11.3 rebounds over his last four games and he has earned the double double bonus of 1.5 DraftKings points in three of those appearances.
Other Options – Bismack Biyombo ($4,000), Dwight Powell ($3,900)
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