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It’s nearly impossible to not love John Wall ($9,100) tonight. This guy is playing out of his mind, averaging 54.9 DraftKings points over his last six. He’s turned in 58+ points in four games during that stretch and has scored 26, 26 and 28 real points in his last three. He is on an incredibly run, and will get an excellent matchup tonight with NO in a fast paced matchup. Expect a ton of possessions in this game and the Pelicans have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to the position.
I am very intrigued by the Lakers bench players tonight. That includes D’Angelo Russell ($4,800). With a 15 points spread against San Antonio, it’s likely that this game becomes a blowout. That ‘should’ provide the Lakers young guns some more run at the end of this game. Since Russell is technically coming off the bench, he’s part of the second unit and ‘should’ be used in garbage time. I put ‘should’ in quotations since Byron Scott is completely unpredictable, but this would make sense. Russell is coming off the best scoring game of his career with 23 real points.
You want the contrarian play of the day? Look no further than Tyreke Evans ($6,900). He’s been excellent coming back from injury, posting 45, 32 and 37 DraftKings points in his first three games. He laid an absolute egg against the Celtics in his last game, going scoreless in 18 minutes. Don’t expect many more games like that from Evans, who earns 30+ minutes a night and plays a large offensive role for the Pellies. Everyone will write him off despite this game having the second largest total on the slate and the Wizards have been terrible against both guard positions.
A nice value play in Terrence Ross ($3,600) tonight. Ross will step in and play big minutes in the absence of Demarre Carroll for the Raptors. Ross was excellent in his first game as a starter, scoring 22 real points and going for 12x value. His price has come up a bit, but he’s still very capable of reaching 6x value or more.
Gordon Hayward ($7,000) has been one of the most frustrating players to roster in the history of DFS, but it’s hard to look in a different direction tonight. He’s been outstanding lately, earning his owners 39.8 DKPPG over his L5. That would be just under 6x value. It’s no surprise that the Jazz have had to change their offensive scheme a bit with the injury to Rudy Gobert and Hayward has been a big beneficiary. This is exactly the type of game to target Hayward (and the Jazz in general) as the O/U is 204, which is 12 points higher than their average this season.
I love this price on Kenneth Faried ($5,900). Faried is returning from injury but was unleashed for 36 minutes on Tuesday night, so it looks like he will continue to play without restrictions. Depsite an awful 2-12 shooting night, he was still able to rack up 30.25 DraftKings points after posting a 7-11 line. Faried is a high energy, physical player who can post points in a hurry. His upside is massive and he should continue to play a large role for the Nuggets on both ends of the court.
Marcin Gortat ($6,000) is back from a personal leave and picked up right where he left off. His last four games have been returned of 34.5, 38.75, 38 and 39.25 DraftKings points, all well over 6x value for the Wizards center. He’s a walking double-double, accomplishing the feat in five of six. No team has been worse against centers than the Pelicans this season, so expect another solid night for Gortat.
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