BRAND NEW: NBA Projections Now Live
Despite posting 42+ DraftKings points in three of four (including a game of 51.75), the price on Isaiah Thomas ($7,700) hasn’t moved. He’s currently one of the most under-priced guards on the slate. Thomas has returned at least 5x value in six of ten. In fact, he’s reached that mark in every game he’s played at least 33 minutes. Thomas can explode at any time, scoring 29 and 38 real points in his last two games. This game with Minnesota features one of the highest totals on the board, so IT could be in line for some more fireworks tonight.
The Hornets are asking so much of Kemba Walker ($7,400) right now and he’s been scoring a ton of fantasy points despite a horrible run from behind the arc. Kemba has now logged 40+ minutes in two straight games, and he’s filling up a ton of categories. Over his L5, he is out-pacing his season average in nearly every offensive category and he gets an excellent matchup with the Rockets tonight. The 209 O/U is a full ten points higher than the Hornets average this season.
Kyle Korver ($4,300) is starting to heat up for the Hawks, burying six threes last night and now returning his fantasy owners 24.25, 24.75 and 33.5 DraftKings points in the last three games. His price hasn’t budged since his good run started and the Hawks will benefit from a healthy 204 O/U on this game tonight.
I don’t write about Jimmy Butler ($7,400) too often, which is the product of him being so solid. He’s a consistent contributor who rarely going through much variance. I like him tonight for a few reasons. This is an excellent matchup with Brooklyn, who has struggled against most positions this season, but especially the guards. Also, if you like the narrative game, Butler has made some questionable comments about HC Fred Hoiberg. He apologized this morning, so I expect him to fall in line and come out with a chip on his shoulder tonight.
Very early reports indicate that Kelly Oubre ($3,300) will get the start tonight for the Wizards. Oubre has been excellent in his extended run of playing time for the shorthanded Wiz. He’s averaging 0.92 DK Pts/min in the L3 games. If he plays 25 minutes tonight, that would be good for a return of 6.9x value. There is a bit of a concern with him getting into foul trouble, but if he can avoid that, he should be in-line for a solid night.
The Power Forward position gets ugly quick tonight, so I am willing to spend up on Paul Millsap ($8,000). He’s a little more volatile than I would like, but his upside is tremendous. There aren’t many other PFs in a better situation than Millsap tonight. He will take on the Trail Blazers who are still trying to mesh near their own basket and giving up a lot of fantasy points along the way. We’ve already chatted about the nice boost that all the Hawks will see in this game which should have a faster pace than normal. Millsap is my highest projected power forward tonight.
Another discount on Brook Lopez ($6,700) who was up to $7,700 just four games ago. Lopez is a talented offensive player who leads the Nets in PPG and FGA. He averages nearly eight boards a game, making him a legitimate double-double threat on a nightly basis. This is an opportunity to buy low on a high usage player in an excellent matchup. No team is giving up more points to centers than the Bulls.
That’s all folks! Be sure to follow me on Twitter for more player analysis as news and injuries break closer to tip-off! Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.