Apart from the usual suspects as PG, it’s worth pointing out what Emmanuel Mudiay ($5,700) is up to. We were wondering who was going to absorb the usage with the injury to Danilo Gallinari. Mudiay has certainly benefitted from Danilo’s absence, averaging 38.4 DraftKings PPG in those three games. That is 12 points higher than Mudiay’s season average of 26.6 DK PPG. Mudiay is an excellent distributor who can crash the glass effectively. He is trending upwards and will earn a date with the Mavericks who are in the bottom 25% of the league at defending PGs.
It’s hard to look past Dwyane Wade ($7,200) at shooting guard tonight. He’s rolling right along and the SG position is rather thin. Wade is racking up 38.6 DK PPG in the seven games since the All-Star Break. Not coincidentally, that is the same stretch that Chris Bosh has missed with injury. Wade’s usage is off the charts and he’s firing 18 shots per game and scoring 22.7 PPG in the stretch. This will be the second straight matchup with Philadelphia. Wade posted 43 DK points on the Sixers in a measly 26 minutes on Friday night. The blowout concerns are real, but Wade has shown he doesn’t need 30 minutes to reach value.
If you’re paying up for one stud tonight, consider Kevin Durant ($10,400). The superstar is doing superstar things, averaging 62.5 DraftKings PPG in his last five and scoring no less than 57 in that stretch. He’s a monster scorer, averaging 28 PPG this season and 31.6 in the L5. Points aside, he is tacking on 11 rebounds per game and nearly 6.5 assists along the way. He’s going to earn the best matchup a SF can ask for against Milwaukee. This game will be played in Milwaukee and, oddly enough, KD is averaging 5 DK points per game more on the road than at home this season.
David Lee ($4,600) is not playing big minutes for the Mavericks, but he is making every minute count. In the five games since being acquired by the Mavs, he is averaging 26.3 DK PPG, despite playing less than 19 MPG. He’s been even better in the last four, cracking the 30 point mark on three occasions. He hasn’t played anymore than 25 minutes for Dallas, but he’s turned in double-doubles in two of four and missed another by one rebound. He’s on an outstanding point per minute stretch and can produce plenty of value if he can threaten 25 minutes tonight. He’s a GPP play only, but he’s playing too well to overlook.
The Alex Len ($6,100) stretch is very real. He’s stuffing the stat-sheet in his last four games, averaging 42.8 DraftKings points per game. He’s eclipsed the 50 point mark in two of those games and is taking 15.5 shots per contest. He’s racking up the rebounds, to the tune of 14 per night in the last week. The Suns are so thin, they have no choice but to play Len all the minutes he can handle. He has returned the favor by being their best offensive player right now. Len has cooked Memphis in their two meetings this season, averaging 38.9 DraftKings points per game.
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