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I hate to be boring, but Chris Paul ($9,400) is your cash game horse for tonight. He continues to unload on every team he faces. He has now bookended the All-Star break by scoring 70.75 DraftKings points in the last game before the break and 58.25 DK points in the first game out of the break. Both against two solid defensive teams in SAS and BOS. Tonight he earned a date with the Warriors in what will be at breakneck speed. Paul has averaged 52.9 DraftKings points per game in their two meetings this season. The Clippers are the only team on this slate that didn’t play last night, so they should be plenty fresh against Golden State.
Speaking of bookends, Khris Middleton ($7,200) has done just that, scoring 57.5 and 40 in the two games around the break. While the Bucks rotations are wild (and mostly ridiculous), Middleton is the one constant. He’s playing massive minutes, logging at least 38 in five straight games. No matter who is on the court with him, Middleton is the primary scoring option. A juicy date with the Hawks, who are in flux right now. Middleton posted a 40 burger on Atlanta in their only meeting this season.
I’ll be really interested to see how the Clippers use Jeff Green ($5,500). Green was one of the most under-rate players through the first half of the season as he produced night-in and night-out for the Grizzlies. Now he gets shipped to the Clippers so we are back to square one, trying to determine his usage and minutes on a nightly basis. I will say this, Green is exactly the type of player that can thrive for the Clippers. He’s a capable scorer with the willingness to crash the boards. I wouldn’t trust him much more than a GPP flier unless we can get some type of indiction of his role in tonight’s game.
It’s worth noting that Gorgui Dieng ($6,700) is now listed as a Power Forward on DraftKings (previously a center). Dieng is scorching in the last eight games, averaged 38.4 DraftKings points per game. He’s earned a double-double in six of those games while averaging nearly 17 real points a night. Seven of his top twelve scoring games this season, have come in the last two weeks. That’s the true sign of a player trending upward. He gets a date with the Knicks who he posted a 14-10 line for 36 DraftKings points in their only meeting this season.
Keep a close eye on that Miami Heat injury report. They were without Tyler Johnson, Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside and Dwyane Wade last night. Johnson and Bosh will be out again and Wade is currently questionable. Whiteside ($7,200) will return from his one game suspension and might be asked to carry the entire load offensively. Either if Wade plays, Whiteside will have to be the main man in the front-court. Few centers in the league have as much upside as Whiteside who can literally post a triple-double with blocks, a feat that he accomplished just three games ago. Washington is a tough matchup, but the usage should be there for Whiteside. Finally, he has been five DraftKings points better at home than on the road this season.
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Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.