The cash game darling is none other than Derrick Rose ($7,200). In this recent six game stretch with Jimmy Butler injured, Rose has taken over the Bulls, averaging 40.6 DK PPG in those contest. In fact he’s scored 37+ in five of those games, which would net him 5.1x value again tonight. Already riding high, Rose will get the best matchup he can ask for with the Lakers. LAL has been brutal in nearly every facet of the game, but especially against defending PGs, with the 3rd worst mark in the league.
I was really excited to see Brandon Jennings ($4,300) earn 25 minutes in his first game with the Magic. That’s the second most minutes he’s played in any game this season. He poured in 18 points while tacking on three rebounds and four assists, good for a 28.75 DK point game. It’s encouraging that he ate into Elfrid Payton’s minutes despite limited exposure to Orlando’s game-plan. If he is going to see this many minutes, he will make for an excellent GPP on a nightly basis. He’s one of the more volatile players in the league, but few guys can fill it up as fast as Jennings. He is not afraid to shoot the ball, taking a 0.43 shots per minute played in his career. That’s on par with the likes of Derrick Rose and Klay Thompson.
You have to love Victor Oladipo ($6,500) as a SG option for tonight. He is supplanted into big minutes for the Magic right now, playing nearly 39 minutes a night in the last six games. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Oladipo went off in the first game since Tobias Harris was traded. Oladipo fired 18 shots, scored 17 points and hauled in 14 rebounds for 45 DraftKings points. A true five category scorer, Oladipo is going to be asked to carry the Magic offense through the rest of the season, so get him while he is still underpriced.
Chandler Parsons ($6,400) is a really appealing option tonight. He’s scored exactly 46 DraftKings points in two of his last three games and is scorching from beyond the arc. He’s converted 14 of his last 23 three point attempts and will now get a date with the 76ers. Parsons scored 31.75 DraftKings points against Philly in their first meeting. that number doesn’t jump off the screen, but remember that he was on a minutes restriction coming back from injury. He did that damge in only 20 minutes. Now he’s earning 35-40 minutes on a nightly basis, is red-hot and gets a great matchup. He checks all the boxes.
The trades of Jeff Green and Courtney Lee is likely to open up a larger role for Matt Barnes ($5,000). Barnes logged 33 minutes on Friday night, while earning 26.25 DraftKings points in the process. Barnes was able to reach 5x value despite only shooting 2/10 from the field. He’s a gritty defender who is willing to crash the board. His poor shooting nights will be few and far between. Plenty of usage and opportunity has just been handed to Barnes, so take it while you can get it.
More opportunity for another member of the Grizz and that’s Jamychal Green ($4,000). Green’s usage comes from the injury that has sidelined Marc Gasol. Gasol has only missed two games this season, in which Green logged 37.25 and 22 DraftKings points for an average of 29.6. He’s only averaging 11.8 DraftKings points per game the rest of the season. His price is flying up, but he’s likely to garner ~30 minutes tonight and has 8x upside.
Jonas Valuciunas ($6,100) is emerging as one of the best young centers in the league. JV has always been a capable rebounder but has recently found the scoring touch on offense. He’s scored double-digit points in ten of his last twelve while threatening a double-double on a nightly basis. The Grizzlies are much softer in the paint without Marc Gasol patrolling the area and Memphis is working through new rotations right now. That’s usually a recipe to giving up a lot of points to your opponent.
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Commentary based on DraftKings strategy and scoring.