Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up right where he left off from last season, pouring in 31 points while adding nine rebounds and five assists in the opener which was good for 53.75 DraftKings points. Antetokounmpo was one of the best players in the league down the stretch last season and he’s handling the ball at an increased rate for the Bucks. He remains at the same price as game #1 and will get the great matchup with Brooklyn tonight.
I don’t love his inconsistency but Tim Hardaway Jr. exploded for 21 points in only 23 minutes for the Hawks in their first game of the season. He led the second unit while firing 13 shots and five threes. He actually ended up playing one more minute than starter Kyle Korver, but I am more excited about him being the #1 scoring option when the subs enter the game. His near-minimum price and matchup with Philadelphia could make Hardaway Jr. one of the better value plays on the slate.
The price is correcting for Kawhi Leonard, but he’s still not priced accurately. Two games into the season and Leonard looks amazing. He’s piled on 54.75 and 51.25 DraftKings points in the first two games. His ability to get to the free throw line is remarkable and he’s already taken 22 FTs so far (hitting all of them). The best defensive player in the game is looking like an offensive wizard. The Spurs offense is running firmly through Leonard who has 21 shots in each of the first two.
Paul Millsap started slow, but finished with 28 real points on Thursday night against Washington. His 28-7-6 line products 48.25 DraftKings points and, for at least one game, quieted the concerns about how he and Dwight Howard would play together. Millsap will be asked to shoulder much of the offensive load for Atlanta this season and he will battle a young, injury-riddled Philadelphia front-court.
Gorgui Dieng has secured himself plenty of minutes for a fast-paced, exciting Minnesota team. Dieng notched his usual double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds in the opener. His 40 DraftKings points was overlooked by most, but Dieng is in line to be a double-double machine. A date with Sacramento should ignite a classic high scoring, Western Conference matchup.
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