The head to head battle between Isaiah Thomas ($7,500) and Rajon Rondo ($8,800) has me particularly excited. Rondo is in the worse matchup, but he’s been a stat-stuffer the last few weeks. His ability to rack up assists (averaging 10.7/game) and his propensity to snag rebounds makes him a valuable triple double threat every single night. Thomas’ value is more closely tied to his real scoring, but he’s been pouring in nearly 21 PPG this season. He’s eating a lot of minutes for the Celtics and gets an excellent matchup with the lowly Kings. Additionally, this game has a massive 214.5 line, which is by far the highest on the slate.
Dwyane Wade ($6,800) must love sleeping in his own bed. Wade is averaging nearly 6 full DraftKings points higher per game at home (33.4) as opposed to on the road (27.9) this season. He is coming off a massive 48 DraftKings point performance against BOS on Monday night. He continues to be the focal point of this MIA offense, firing 41 shots in the last two games. He should benefit from two full days of rest before a fast paced matchup with OKC.
A very difficult decision to make at the top of the SF position. I think Paul George ($10,000) is the contrarian play. Technically the Trail Blazers have allowed the fewest points to opposing SFs this season, but I wouldn’t put too much weight in that. They are one of the worst defensive teams in the league, surrendering over 105 points per 100 possessions. PG13 has had no problem scoring the ball, pouring in 35.75 PPG over his last four, resulting in him eclipsing 45 DraftKings points in all four, including two 60+ games.
It’s worth noting that Matt Barnes ($4,300) is carving out a role with the Grizzlies even now that Zach Randolph is back in the lineup. ZBo returned the lineup for the last two MEM games, but Barnes still earned 27 minutes in each of those contests. He proudly returned his owners 37 and 25.5 DraftKings points. Barnes is a a capable scorer, burying double digits in seven straight games and he’s not afraid to crash the boards. Barnes is a very interesting value play who only needs 25 DraftKings points to reach full value, a feat he has accomplished in five of seven.
You should be very aware of Derrick Favors ($7,200) tonight. The Jazz announced that Rudy Gobert is out indefinitely, which will open up a tremendous amount of space and opportunity for Favors. There has been one game this season that Gobert missed and Favors played normal minutes. In that game, Favors posted an insane 25-12-7 (BLKs) line for 64 DraftKings points, by far his best game of the season. Favors is one of the top value plays at the position tonight, despite his $7K+ price tag. He will be asked to do all the dirty work inside for the Jazz, in a favorable matchup.
The Trail Blazers rotation is unpredictable, but when Ed Davis ($4,600) plays, he plays very well. The big man has tallied double-doubles in two straight and three of four. His minutes are unpredictable, but worth an entry or two in GPPs. Needing only 27 DraftKings points for full value, a feat he has accomplished in four of six.
Ian Mahinmi ($4,700) continues to produce for the Pacers every single night. Over his L4, he’s averaged 29.3 DraftKings points with his 6x goal tonight being 28.2. He has only scored less than 23 DraftKings points once in his last eight games, making him one of the most consistent centers on the slate. If you’re looking for some cheap options at center, take a look at Mahinmi.
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