This is a star-studded slate and the point guard position is filled with elite plays. I am partial to Damian Lillard ($9,800) who always tends to be overlooked. Don’t overlook him tonight as he has been cookin’ lately, averaging 56.5 DraftKings PPG in the last three. He’s bookended a mediocre game with two massive outings of 62.25 and 69.75 DK points. It’s very straight-forward with Dame. He’s going to take a ton of shots, get to the free-throw line and catch fire at a moment’s notice. The Warriors have had no answer for him in two meetings this season. Lillard has scored 69.75 and 78 DraftKings points in those two contests.
At the shooting guard position, I am a bit partial to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,000). He’s booked 6x value in two straight and is eating massive minutes for the Pistons. He’s played 37, 37 and 40 minutes per game in the last three contests. It’s worth noting that KCP has been able to reach value despite shooting 2-11 from behind the arc in the last two games. He’s produced for his fantasy owners thanks to well-rounded box scores. If he can get hot from deep, he has tremendous upside.
This price on Rudy Gay ($6,000) is simply too low. He’s scored 37.5 DraftKings points in each of his last two, which was over 6x value in both. Gay missed two games last week and looked a bit rusty in his first two games back. He clearly shook off the rust in the last two, shooting 14-26 from the field. Yes, he’s going to be volatile, but Gay is a high upside player who is not afraid to shoot the rock. You have to love him playing 41 minutes in each of the last two and will get a favorable matchup with Orlando tonight.
Thad Young ($6,600) becomes interesting tonight. He is asked to do a lot offensively for the Nets, taking nearly 15 shots per night over the last five games. He’s a walking double-double threat who has scored 40+ DraftKings points on 16 different occasions this season. Young is the perfect example of being matchup-dependent. Almost all of his best games this season have come against the bottom third in the league. The matchup with Philadelphia should have you drooling. Young has averaged 38.6 DraftKings points per game in the two meetings against his old team this season.
Speaking of double-doubles, Hassan Whiteside ($8,200) has accomplished that feat in 11 of 13. It’s the last ten that I want to take a deeper look. Those are the games that Chris Bosh has missed with his recent health scare. Whiteside has been out-of-control, scoring 48.1 DraftKings points per game in those contests while averaging 18.5 points and 15 rebounds. Tacking on another 4.1 blocks per game, making him one of the most productive players in the league since the All-Star break. As if his recent performance wasn’t good enough, this matchup with the Bulls is sublime. Already giving up the most points to opposing centers this year, they are playing on the second night of a back-to-back and Whiteside torched them for 54 DraftKings points in their only meeting. Whiteside is my top play on the board.
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