I think you’re going to want all the Kemba Walker you can handle tonight. Walker is the primary scoring option for the Hornets, resulting in a significant usage rate. A full slate and coming off a dud against San Antonio, expect many owners to overlook Walker. If you forget the SAS game, Walker had scored at least 48 DraftKings points in three of the previous four and was no worse than 41.5 DK points in any of those games. He’s a threat to take 20+ shots on a nightly basis and will fill it up in three categories. Expect the Hornets to get significantly more possessions in a game with Houston that should be fast-paced and high scoring.
This price on Bradley Beal is just a bit too low for my taste. This month, Beal is averaging 36.3 DK PPG (four games) and a similar contest like that tonight would be worth 6x value. You should already know that Beal is a minutes monster, but his shot attempts do fluctuate more than I’d like. He’s launched 12, 18, 26 and 19 shots in that same stretch. Despite the volatile attempts, Beal has scored at least 22 real points in each contest, which means he’s got significant upside available to him.
Speaking of upside, don’t sleep on DeMarre Carroll. He’s played 39, 41 and 34 minutes over his last three games and is coming off an explosive 26-8 game for 40.5 DraftKings points. Those games are three of his four most minutes this season, so it looks like Carroll is being unleashed and his salary has yet to catch up. He’s not the sexiest player, but he’s high energy on both ends of the court and he’s willing to contribute on the glass. You won’t find another player in this price range who could push upper 30s in minutes.
If Trevor Booker cannot suit up, the biggest beneficiary should be Justin Hamilton. Even with Booker in the lineup, Hamilton has turned in three solid games in a row with 32, 20.5 and 27.25 DraftKings points, never playing more than 23 minutes in any game. Hamilton is a very unique player. He’s a seven footer so you know he’s going to snag a few rebounds, but he’s also willing to step back and launch the three ball. He’s taken 12 threes in the last three games and has knocked down seven of them. Keep a close eye on the injury report out of Brooklyn.
I’ll buy on Mason Plumlee tonight against the Lakers. Plumlee is coming off a 46.5 DraftKings point game with an eye popping 8-10-12 line. That’s his second game of at least 44 DraftKings points since last Wednesday! Over his last five games, Plumlee has averaged 36.7 DraftKings points, which is nearly six full points more than his season average, making him one of the hottest players in the league. Plumlee earns a date with the soft Lakers, a team that he dropped a respectable 15-7-5 on just five days ago.