Hopefully everyone is enjoying some holiday leftovers and settling in for a fun day of sports. From an NBA perspective, DraftKings is offering nearly $800,000 in guaranteed tournaments, 50/50s, double ups and ticket events. Let’s get down to the analysis with the College Football Rivalry Weekend games in full swing as our inspirational backdrop!
Stephen Curry – GSW vs SAC – $10,900 – At this point is seems crazy not to roll with Curry. He should continue to see solid production because he is the main reason why the Dubs are able to put away teams with such commanding leads and until they lose a game, this is going to be fun to watch. At this price point, Curry is a fine option because even a down game of “only” forty fantasy points won’t end your night.
Damian Lillard – POR vs LAL – $9,100 – In his last game against the Lakers on Sunday, Lillard tallied 30 points, 6 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals and a block on his way to 65 DraftKings points. Not much has change, other than this game is in Rip City.
Raul Neto – UTA vs NO – $3,000 – This is an extreme punt option, however, Neto is still starting for the Jazz and he is seeing nearly 20 minutes of floor time over his last four games. Utah is favored at home in this matchup by eight points and it may not be that close if Anthony Davis sits out. This in addition to Trey Burke and Rodney Hood both being questionable, could lead to a couple extra turns in the rotation.
C.J. McCollum – POR vs LAL – $6,500 – The Lakers backcourt continues to get decimated on a nightly basis. Just last Sunday, McCollum lit into them for 39.5 DraftKings points which combined with teammate Damian Lillard’s 65 fantasy points easily surpassed the century mark. They are both fine options tonight in this rematch.
Klay Thompson – GSW vs SAC – $6,300 – Rarely do I look to Klay Thompson because he has become very points dependent for his fantasy production. However, ALL shooting guards facing the Sacramento Kings are definitely in play. Over the last three seasons, the Kings have been the worst team against shooting guards from a fantasy perspective. Thompson’s backers should be rewarded handsomely tonight. Particualarly if SF Harrison Barnes misses this game with his left ankle sprain that knocked him out of Friday’s game against Phoenix.
Wesley Matthews – DAL vs DEN – $4,200 – Matthews is back to 30 plus minutes per game after recovering from his Achilles injury that ended his season last year. The Mavs last played on Wednesday so he should be fresh and ready to go. The Denver Nuggets have allowed the third most fantasy point per game to opposing two-guard and Wes has a safe 20 point floor with 35 DraftKings point upside in this matchup.
LeBron James – CLE vs BKN – $9,600 – This year, King James has posted less than 40 DraftKings points just once and that was in Memphis on the second night of the season. Brooklyn is not equipped to deal with LeBron and he is a very safe play in all formats on Saturday night.
Kawhi Leonard – SA vs ATL – $8,400 – Leonard has been phenomenal this season and is averaging 22.0p points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals for a robust 42.9 DraftKings point average. The Hawks are really missing the defense of DeMarre Carroll and this is shaping up to be a fine situation for Kawhi.
DeMarre Carroll – TOR at WAS – $5,700 – Speaking of Carroll… DeMarre has been logging heavy minutes for his new team and has averaged 37.5mpg over his last half dozen contests. The Washington Wizards are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing small forwards this season as they really miss the veteran presence of Paul Pierce. Carroll is a very safe play tonight and I have a hard time envisioning a scenario where he doesn’t approach 30 DraftKings points.
Kevin Love – CLE vs BKN – $8,300 – In the absence of Kyrie Irving most of the Cavaliers production has been consolidated between LeBron James and Love. Over his last eight games, Love is averaging just shy of 44 DraftKings points and he has failed to surpass the 40 fantasy point plateau just twice during that stretch. There is not much else to say here other than, Enjoy!
Draymond Green – GSW vs SAC – $7,400 – Yes, another Golden State recommendation, though this will be the last for this article. It looks like there is a good chance that Harrison Barnes will be out tonight, because there is no real need for the Warriors to rush him back to face the Kings. Last night Green produced 51.0 fantasy points in 33 minutes and he only took four shots. Of course he made all four, including two three-pointers and posted a triple double. While we can’t expect that again tonight, he should be in line for a very solid stat line and is reasonably priced.
Kris Humphries – WAS vs TOR – $4,000 – Teammate Nene Hilaro has already announced he will not play tonight, so this means that Humphries should be in line for at least 25 minutes and that is enough court time for him to get enough rebounds and put backs to approach a fantasy point per minute rate.
Rudy Gobert – UTA vs NO – $6,100 – This is more of a tournament play, however, if The Brow is out tonight, the rest of the Pelicans front court will be no match for Gobert in the paint. He should be able to post a double double and he has 5 block upside.
Zaza Pachulia – DAL vs DEN – $5,600 – Zaza is still off everyone’s radar and this should hold again with his 3.5 DraftKing point dud in San Antonio on Wednesday. In the four games prior to that he was averaging 37 fantasy points per game including games in Memphis, Oklahoma City and Boston and one against the Utah Jazz. He is legit and a big reason the Mavericks have been able to navigate their way to the fourth best record in the Western Conference.
Kosta Koufos – SAC at GS – $4,800 – If DeMarcus Cousins misses another game tonight (he is currently doubtful), then Koufos will once again be called upon to be the top scoring option in the post. He has been excellent in his last three games without Boogie posting 13.3ppg, 9.9rpg, 2.0bpg and a steal. He should be in the mix for 25-30 DraftKings points which is a solid return on investment at this price point.