Tony Parker ($4,600) makes for an interesting GPP play tonight. He’s avoidable in cash games because he is highly volatile. He’s scored 40+ in three of seven, but has scored 16 or less in another three during that stretch. The Spurs are going to be significantly shorthanded tonight without the services of Patty Mills, Danny Green, Boris Diaw and Kawhi Leonard. The back-court will be thin so Parker should be forced into plenty of minutes and without Leonard, there should be plenty of usage up for grabs.
If you’re paying up for a stud, it’s likely James Harden ($10,400). He’s poured in 60+ DraftKings points in three of four, courtesy of massive stat-lines. He’s averaging 26 PPG, 12 APG, 6.3 RBP and 4 SPG in this recent stretch. The Rockets front office have acknowledged that they would prefer to play Harden less minutes per game, but simply cannot afford to vying for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Harden is being asked to carry this team to a playoff spot and tonight he earns a date with Toronto. Harden has faced the Raptors once this season, dropping a massive 40-14 line, for 71.75 DraftKings points.
It’s worth pointing out that Marcus Thornton ($3,100) has earned 22 and 23 minutes in each of the last two games for the Wizards. Thornton is certainly not afraid to shoot the rock, taking 16 shots in each of those games. He’s parlayed those shots into 25.75 and 31.5 DraftKings points, which would be significant value at his price tonight. You probably remember Thornton from his time with the Rockets this season. He had a scorching two week span that produced games of 52 and 46.75 DraftKings points to name a few. Definitely a high-upside player who can catch fire.
A super-productive week for Julius Randle ($6,000) who has scored 36+ DraftKings points in three of four. His last two have produced two massive double-doubles, earning his fantasy owners 46.5 and 40.75 DraftKings points. He’s putting in work on the glass this season, hauling in 10+ rebounds in 40 games this season. He’s trending upwards and will play at home against the Nuggets tonight. Randle is four DraftKings points better at home this season.
I don’t like the center position tonight, so I’m willing to pay up for Karl-Anthony Towns ($8,300) as much as possible. It’s been an awesome season for the soon-to-be Rookie of the Year and he hasn’t slowed down this week. KAT is producing 47.7 DraftKings PPG in the last four and has now produced a double-double in seven of eight. There’s really nothing he can’t do and I am hoping his potential owners will be scared away by the “bad matchup” on DraftKings. The Wizards are the 9th best team against centers, but that didn’t stop KAT from dropping 45.75 DK points against them in their only meeting this season. Finally, Towns is one of the rare players in the league who averages more points on the road than at home, to the tune of four points better.
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