An interesting price on Kyrie Irving ($7,900) tonight. Here’s a guy averaging 24.9 real PPG and 39.8 DraftKings points per game in the last seven contests. Kyrie has been excellent for the Cavs who are asking him to do a lot offensively. He’s taking over 17 shots per game and nearly seven 3PA per night in that same stretch. He’s a bit more points-dependent than a lot of point guards, but he’s filling it up in a big way. Kyrie only scored 32 points in his lone meeting the Clippers this season, but he was still in the midst of his return from injury and was limited 28 minutes. He’s played at least 31 minutes in 20 straight and averaging closer to 34 a night. This uptempo pace should play right into the hands of Kyrie.
A pretty impressive run of Monta Ellis ($6,100) here in the last two weeks. He’s taking 16 shots in the last six games which is up from his 12 FGA per game during the course of the season. His increased usage has led to 34.4 DraftKings points per game in that span and he has nailed 6x value in each of the last two. He’s been an excellent compliment to Paul George and it’s the matchup that’s enticing. Ellis and the Pacers have faced the Hawks on three occasions and Ellis is averaging 38.9 DK points per game, including a 53.75 point game at the end of January which was Ellis’ second best fantasy game of the season.
If you can handle the volatility, look at Jeff Green ($4,800). It’s been an absolute roller-coaster since Green joined the Clippers. In 10 games with LAC, he’s scored 20 or less DraftKings points in five of them and 30+ in the other five. Absolutely nothing in-between. The good news is that he’s scored 30, 33 and 33 in three of four including two straight. He played a massive 45 minutes in a non-OT game against the Knicks on Friday night. If this is a sign of how Doc Rivers will use Green moving forward, he is in for solid fantasy production. He’s the perfect GPP play, but you can’t possibly touch him in cash games.
A really thin PF position has me leaning towards the safe play of Jabari Parker ($6,300). Parker has been excellent for the Bucks over the last month. He’s averaging 36.7 DraftKings points per game in the last eleven games. He’s logging big time minutes, nearly 39 a night for Milwaukee. He’s providing some well-rounded game lines, scoring 21.5 PPG while tacking on 6.6 RPG and 2.5 APG in the process. A matchup with Brooklyn should keep the good times rollin’. The Nets are a bottom five team defensively almost every way you slice the season.
Ian Mahinmi ($4,700) is an excellent value option tonight. He’s a double-double threat every night and is racking up the blocks with 12 rejections in the last five games. He’s an aggressive rebounder who can can tack on double-digit points. He’s scored 32.5, 36 and 31.75 DraftKings points in three of four. Any of those would easily be 6x value again tonight. Only three teams are giving up more fantasy points to opposing centers than the Hawks, so this matchup is outstanding.
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