Plenty of value at the Point Guard position tonight, starting with Ish Smith ($4,800). I am not overly concerned with the poor matchup against the Jazz since Ish is going to be asked to run the entire offense for the Sixers. It’s extremely encouraging that he played 31 minutes for the Sixers on Saturday night, after the team wasn’t even sure if he’d play thirty minutes before tip-off. Smith is a capable scorer, but he’s a pass-first guard. He’s a sneaky double-double threat in points and assists.
How about Jeremy Lin ($5,400) as a sneaky play tonight? Lin has been excellent for the Hornets averaging 32.2 DraftKings points over his last five games and logging big time minutes for Charlotte. He’s going to play 28-35 minutes tonight regardless of outcome, but if this turns into a blowout (CHA a 13 point favorite), expect Lin and the second unit to rack up some major garbage time points.
More value at the shooting guard position in Rodney Hood ($4,700). It’s yet to be determined, but I think Hood will be the biggest beneficiary of the Alec Burks injury. Burks fractured his ankle Saturday night which should thrust Hood into more minutes and a larger role in the Jazz offense. Hood is not afraid to shoot the ball and the Jazz were deferring to him late in the game against the Clippers on Saturday. The role he plays in this offense will take some time to shake out, making him a GPP play moving forward, but an ideal matchup with the Sixers has me licking my chops.
MORE VALUE! The Eric Bledsoe injury is going to open up plenty of options for the Suns. I expect Brandon Knight to take on a massive role offensively, but Devin Booker ($3,500) is going to become the popular value play. The Suns have been trying to find a way to get Booker more playing time, but with the duo of Bledsoe and Knight, it was nearly impossible. That’s no longer a concern. Booker has been 1 DKPPM player when he played 19+ minutes.
It’s worth noting that Chandler Parsons ($5,200) is officially off his minutes restriction. Parsons has posted 33+ DraftKings points in three of his last four, which would be 6x value again tonight. He’s a bit streaky but provides tremendous upside with the three point bonus and the ability to fill up multiple categories. This feels like the chance to buy low on Parsons as this price is certainly going to rise moving forward.
I need to point out Nikola Mirotic ($5,100) here. Coming off a 45.25 DraftKings point performance on Saturday night felt like a year’s worth of production for Mirotic. He’s struggled badly from the field this season, but was able to go 6-10, including 4-7 from the behind the arc. If this is a turning point for Mirotic in terms of shooting the ball, he could be in for some massive games. He has been an excellent defender, piling up 7 blocks and 6 steals in his last three games. He logged 40 minutes on Saturday which was by far a season high. It’s worth betting on him staying hot and seeing a few extra ticks tonight.
DeAndre Jordan ($7,200) has been and will continue to be the biggest beneficiary to Blake Griffin’s injury. DJ has played in 16 games without Blake over the last two seasons. He is averaging 14.9 PPG and 18.5 RPG. Last season, that was worth 44.1 DraftKings points per game which is nearly exactly what he scored Saturday night in Blake’s absence (43.25). This price is going to rise very quickly, so buy while you still can.
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