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Isaiah Thomas ($7,700) is jumping off the screen today.The BOS PG has been ridiculous lately, scoring 43.5 and 51 DraftKings points in his last two games. His usage rate continues to be amongst the league’s elite. He is sporting a 27.8 U% which is 14th in the NBA and tied with Anthony Davis. The Celtics are going to get a big boost from Vegas tonight, as this game is slated with a 213.5 O/U, nearly 10 full points higher than the Celtics average line this season.
Jeremy Lin ($4,100) will make for a compelling option tonight if Kemba Walker cannot suit up. Lin is “instant offense” for the Hornets off the bench averaging 10.4 PPG in limited minutes. He’s certainly capable of scoring 20+ DraftKings points, a feat he’s accomplished in four of nine, despite coming off the bench. If he sees 25+ minutes, he would be a virtual lock to score 5x value.
The Wizards are shorthanded already and now John Wall is questionable for tonight. I would give all the Wizards a significant boost if Wall sits, but you’d have to love Brad Beal ($7,200) at the SG position. He’s launched 42 shots over the last two games and the offense would clearly run through him in Wall cannot suit up. Beal has cracked the 40 DK point mark in three of his last five games. The matchup is not ideal as the Heat play rather slow and play excellent defense, but there would be too much opportunity to pass up for Beal tonight.
The Bucks are one of the worst teams to target. Their rotation is unpredictable and HC Jason Kidd is less than forthright with information about his team. It’s a guessing game every night with Milwaukee. With that being said, OJ Mayo ($4,900) has been thrusted into a starters role with injuries to three MIL guards. Assuming that he starts again tonight, he’d be an excellent play against the Trailblazers. Mayo has scored 26.26 and 30.25 in the last two and he’s certainly not afraid to shoot the ball! We may not find out until very close to game-time, but he’d be worth the risk.
I am optimistic on Al-Farouq Aminu ($5,300) for tonight. He went through a rough patch in the last week or two, but he’s bounced back with two solid games in a row. When he plays well, he’s filling up the stat-sheet in multiple ways. He can easily be a 12-6-6 guy every single night. The MIL defense has been porous this season, so Aminu should be able to take advantage. He’s locked into 30 minutes a night for POR and this is the lowest he’s cost all season.
When Chris Paul sits, Blake Griffin ($9,400) becomes a massive usage player. It’s no surprise that he fired 22 shots on Saturday night in Paul’s absence. The offense runs through Blake who has scored 45+ DraftKings points in three of four. His upside is probably limited since this game has a significant decrease in average line for the Clippers, but there’s few players who have a solid 40 point floor like Griffin does tonight.
A sneaky, sneaky option at PF tonight is Jabari Parker ($4,700). Remember him?! Yes, a guy who’s battled injury and minute restrictions all season long has been forgotten by the DFS community. With the Bucks extremely shorthanded, he worked his way into the starting lineup against the Knicks on Saturday and posted an excellent 17-7-2-1-2 line for 33.75 DraftKings points. He has excellent upside if the Bucks have a short bench again tonight. He would need only 28.2 DraftKings points to reach 6x value.
Don’t forget about Alex Len ($4,200) at the center position. He’s one of my favorite GPP options with Tyson Chandler continuing to be sidelined. Len is extremely inconsistent but has massive upside. In the two games he’s played 30+ minutes in the last week, he posted 27.75 and 43 DraftKings points. Now he gets the best matchup in the league against the Bulls, who have surrendered the most points to opposing centers.
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.