Kyle Lowry ($8,700) is a really interesting GPP option tonight. He had a roller coaster month of January, but he has been starting to find his groove over the last three games. He’s posted DraftKings totals of 45, 56 and 33.5 DK points in those games. The most recent (33.5) was really intriguing. Lowry didn’t have a single assist in that game. It’s actually quite incredible he was able to score 33.5 DraftKings points taking a goose-egg in a very important category for a point guard. He tacked on 18 real points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in the contest. There are going to be very few games that Lowry doesn’t register an assist, in fact he’s averaging over 6 per game and this is the first time all season that has happened. He’s played 40 and 41 minutes in the last two games, so he should be able to bounce-back with his usual heavy usage. In one meeting with Denver this season, Lowry scored 47.5 DraftKings points.
Speaking of interesting situations, the Atlanta Hawks point guards have been a bit baffling to this point in the season. Jeff Teague ($5,500), once a guaranteed 35 DK points a night, has floundered for much of the season and even began to start losing minutes to his capable backup in Dennis Schroder. However, Teague’s price has plumetted and he played much better basketball in the last week. He’s averaged 30.6 DK PPG in the last three games and the usage is always going to be there for Teague. He’s taken double-digit shots in eight of ten and is coming off his best point total of the month (20). Teague is turning the corner and will get the aging Mavericks on the second night of a back-to-back.
If you haven’t noticed what Monta Ellis ($7,000) is doing lately, you’re not watching much basketball. Two massive games in a row that netted his owners 53.75 and 58.25 DraftKings points. He’s shouldering the offensive load for the Pacers and is clearly the second best option behind Paul George. He’s produced well-rounded stat lines in January and is scorching from behind the arc, hitting 9 of his last 15. The matchup with the Cavs is not ideal in terms of pace, but Ellis did drop 25 real points on them in their first meeting this season.
Kevin Durant ($10,400) has to be my favorite stud of the night. The guy is just so ridiculous and no one can come remotely close to guarding him. He had a ho-hum week, averaging 59.6 DK PPG in his last four contests. He averaged 34 PPG and 11.3 RPG in that stretch. If you want upside, KD has it. He’s scored 57+ DK points in four of his last seven games and gets the matchup with his hometown Wizards tonight. This game isn’t in Washington, so you don’t get that great “returning home” narrative, but KD was on his way to blasting the Wizards in their only meeting this season. Durant had 14 points and 10 rebounds for 34 DraftKings points in just 16 minutes before leaving the game with an injury.
Rudy Gay ($6,800) is back from injury and picked up right where he left off. He’s actually been in and out of the lineup for the Kings for the last two weeks, but was solid in his return on Saturday night. He posted a 21-7 line against Memphis for 38.8 DraftKings points. He’s now averaging 37 DK PPG over his last nine and gets the dream matchup with Milwaukee tonight. The Bucks have been brutal against wing players this season and Gay torched them for 50.3 DraftKings points in their only meeting this season. That was Gay’s second highest total of the season.
Let’s talk Anthony Davis ($9,800). This guy is one of the most difficult players to figure out. His expectations are through the roof and he is injury prone. He’s difficult to roster with a high risk of him heading into the locker room and never coming back. I am probably on the far end of being pro-AD and I want to try to convince you too! You know the talent is there, he’s a superstar in this league. He carries his team’s offense and is averaging 21 FGA per game in the last four games he’s finished. After missing Thursday night’s game, Davis was clearly rusty against the Nets on Saturday night. He missed his first ten (10!!!!) shots from the field. That would normally sink any player’s night, but Davis still wound up finishing with 20-10 and 50 DraftKings points. He went on to hit nine of his next twelve shots. That kind of quick-score ability is only available in a handful of players in this league. Many will also disregard AD as an option tonight for the matchup with Memphis who allows the second fewest DraftKings points to opposing PFs this season. I’ll remind you that Davis is averaging 52.75 DK PPG in two meetings with the Grizzlies this season, including a 61 point outburst. There’s so much upside in this guy that you have to strongly consider him at this price.
Give me Rudy Gobert ($6,700) in a big way tonight. I’ve written about him a few times in the last week and it’s because he deserves it. Gobert has been one of the most consistent players in the league this season and now all of a sudden he’s an offensive beast. He’s dropped 40+ DraftKings points in four out of seven games, a feat that he didn’t accomplish once in the first 19 games he played this season. He’s an elite rebounder and shot blocker, but has now added 12.9 PPG over his last seven. He’s scorching right now and will get the dream matchup with the Bulls. Few teams have been as bad in the paint this season and they played yesterday so expect them to be a bit more tired than usual. I am firing up Rudy is all formats with heavy exposure, hoping to ride the hot hand.
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