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John Wall ($9,400) is the cream of the crop at point guard tonight and I am not sure it’s that close. Obviously Steph Curry is on the slate, but a matchup with Philadelphia is begging for a blowout. Curry will likely only have three quarters to reach value. Wall, on the other hand, is in the ideal matchup with HOU who is allowing the 4th most DraftKings points to opposing PGs this season. The Rockets will have to take on the Wizards in the second night of a back-to-back and should have their hands full with Wall. He has scored 41 and 50.75 DraftKings points in his last two games and has the ability to fill it up in all categories. Even with Bradley Beal back in the lineup on Thursday night, Wall launched 17 shots which is an excellent sign moving forward. In their only meeting this season, Wall dropped a 26-12-9 line on the Rockets, for 62.8 DraftKings points.
Patrick Beverley ($4,200) has been in and out of the lineup the last two weeks, but he’s very effective when seeing his full compliment of minutes. In his last six games (not counting the 18th where he only played 16 minutes), Beverley is averaging 25.55 DraftKings points per game. That would be 6x value at his price tonight. Beverley is an elite on-ball defender who can cause turnovers which tend to lead to fast break points. He’s provided some well-rounded stat lines during this stretch, contributing across the board. He’s a capable rebounder who is not afraid to shoot the three ball. A very interesting option at a thin position.
Garrett Temple ($4,700) has probably solidified himself a role with the Wizards moving forward, despite the return of Bradley Beal. Temple played 38 minutes compared to Beal’s 26 on Thursday night. Even if those numbers flipped, Temple still has plenty of upside in 25+ minutes. On Thursday, Temple dropped a 20-5-3 line for 35.3 DraftKings points, Temple has really turned the corner for the Wizards lately, and 14 of his 15 highest scoring DFS games have come in the last 5 weeks. He is volatile, so limit your exposure to GPPs only.
Robert Covington ($6,000) has taken a staggering 8.9 three point attempts per game over the course of his last seven outings. For the full season, that would rank second in the league behind only…yeah, Steph Curry. And he’s taking so many because he’s shooting a scorching 43.5% from behind the arc in that span. For comparison, that would be the 8th best rate in the league this season. This is just a combination of a player who is earning big minutes and taking a ton of shots for his team. The Sixers will need RoCo to be launching plenty of long balls to try to keep this game close with the Warriors. It helps that Covington is also a capable rebounder with a nose for nearly two steals a game.
It will be chalk, but you likely can’t avoid Ryan Anderson ($6,900) if Anthony Davis doesn’t play again. The sweet-shooting PF went crazy against the Kings on Thursday night for a 36-9 line and 55.25 DraftKings points. That gives him 42.5 DK PPG over the last three contests while taking at least 20 shots in all three. The Pelicans are really banged up right now, so keep an eye on the injury report and be willing to roster the last men standing! Expect plenty of opportunity for points in this game as Brooklyn and New Orleans are two of the worst ten defenses in the league.
If you haven’t noticed a trend yet, you should! I love targeting the Rockets tonight and that includes Nene Hilario ($4,600). Nene is back from his injury and off his minutes restrictions. He’s been plenty valuable in the last four games, averaging 24.7 DraftKings points per game in the stretch. He’s a capable scorer who can score double-digit real points, but he really provides value in the secondary categories. He’s a high-energy rebounder and has forced eight steals in that four game span. Houston turns the ball over the fourth most in the league, which could translate to plenty of opportunities for Nene to swipe the rock.
Another great showing on Thursday night for Marc Gasol ($7,500) who has been excellent for the Grizzlies this month. He’s scored 38+ DraftKings points in five of six, while cracking the 42 point mark in four of those games. His shooting stroke is pure right now, hitting exactly 50% of his shots in the last eight games. Gasol is seven DraftKings PPG better in Memphis this season, where this game will be played. A fast paced game with the Kings, who allow the most points in the league this season, should provide plenty of opportunity to keep the good times rolling!
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