John Wall ($9,800) is not only the top point guard on the slate today, but he’s likely the most elite player across the board. He’s averaging over 47 DraftKings points per game over the course of his last ten games and is coming off a massive outing against the Bulls last night. Wall scored 29 points while tacking on 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a massive effort to score 69 DraftKings points. The matchup tonight could not be any better tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers. Wall is averaging 57.8 DraftKings points per game against the Sixers this season and has not scored less than 53 DraftKings points in any of those three contests. Wall will likely be highly owned but he is probably going to end up being highest scoring player on the slate. He is a cash game staple but a solid play across all formats.
Nicolas Batum ($7,200) is so often overlooked in DFS because he doesn’t do anything sexy. However he is a walking triple-double threat and can fill up all five categories across the board. He scored 49.25 DraftKings points in a solid effort last night making four straight games of 40 + DK points for Batum. He is catching the Miami Heat at a good time right now, the Heat have allowed 109 points per game over the course of their last 3 contests, which is a full 12 points higher than their season average. On the flip side the Hornets are one of the hottest offensive teams in the league, averaging 113 points per game this week which ranks them 5th in the entire NBA. The tomb has been solid in his three meetings with the Heat this season, averaging 37.8 DraftKings points in those games. That would be worth over 5x value again tonight.
I thought it was pretty flukey when Doug McDermott ($3,800) dropped 29 real points against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, however he backed it up last night with another 20-point outing in 31 minutes of action against the Wizards. McDermott has only scored 20 or more points in four games this season with two of them coming in his last two games. So you’ve got a dirt cheap player, who is trending upwards, playing the most minutes he’s played all season and producing real fantasy points. He would only need 22.8 DraftKings points to reach 6x value this evening so he is certainly an enticing play against the Brooklyn Nets, who can make anyone look like a superstar.
The Philadelphia 76ers are incredibly thin in the front-court right now which has led to Carl Landry ($4,200) playing over 25 minutes a night over the course of the last three games. Landry has provided solid returns for his owners, scoring 27, 29.5 and 30 DraftKings points in those three games. Landry is not a star by any means but he is threatening a double-double every night and he is active on both ends of the court. Landry has only logged 25 minutes or more for the Sixers in four games this season. All four of those games have come in the last 10 days and Landry is averaging 28.8 DraftKings points in those contests. Another one of those games would easily return his owners 6x value at his price tonight.
If you’re looking for a gpp play at center, look no further than Nikola Jokic ($6,500). He doesn’t play a ton of minutes and he’s almost always in foul trouble, which is going to make his results rather volatile. However with risk comes reward, as Jokic has scored 48.5, 34 and 31 DraftKings points in three of his last four games. This matchup with Atlanta is sublime, as the Hawks have allowed the fourth most points to opposing centers in the league this season. Jokic took full advantage of this matchup, scoring 39.5 DraftKings points and only 18 (!!!) minutes in their first meeting. That rate of production is obscene and we are hoping that Jokic can push closer to 25 minutes tonight.
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