If you want cash game safety, look no further than Isaiah Thomas ($7,800). The Celtics point guard is averaging 37.5 DK PPG over his last eight games, scoring at least 29 DK points in each. He has now scored 30+ DraftKings points in 15 of 17 while scoring 29 DK points in the other two. That’s the model of consistency. He’s a real point scorer who has poured in 20+ real points in 16 straight games. Tonight he gets a date with the Pelicans who have been terrible against PGs this season and are currently fielding something that resembles a D-League roster. The Pellies gave up 107 points last night to the Sixers as an example of how bad they’ve been!
Victor Oladipo ($7,100) missed two games to injury last week, but has returned and picked up right where he left off. He’s averaging 39.4 DK PPG in the four games since returning to the lineup. He’s turned in 1.14 DraftKings points per minute in that stretch, which is a top 20 rate in the league. A scoring rate of that caliber usually draws a price on the plus side of $8,000. This is really nothing new for Oladipo who averaged 45.1 DK PPG in the six games prior to the injury. He’s filling it up in every single category and there’s no reason to think Detroit will be able to slow him down tonight.
I guess rest is a concern for Carmelo Anthony ($7,700) but how can you pass him up on this price? An $800 decrease from his last outing, Melo has made it clear that he intends to take on a full complement of minutes in the last four games of the season. On the same thought of PPM, Melo is positing a 1.15 DK points per minute in the last nine games. Again, that type of rate is usually coming at a much steeper price. He’s scored 43+ in three of his last five and you know he’s going to jack 20+ shots tonight (like every night). Melo hasn’t suited up since the 1st, so expect a well-rested star tonight at home.
Well, his price is on the rise, but not high enough yet. That’s referring to Thomas Robinson ($4,700). The Nets have shut down Brook Lopez and Thad Young for the season, which will open up the door for Robinson. In fact, Robinson has kicked the door in the last four weeks. He has scored 40, 28.75, 44.75 and 30.25 in his last four games. Production has never been an issue for Robinson, when he sees the minutes. T-Rob has played 23+ minutes on just six occasions this season. In those six games, he is averaging a whopping 36.8 DK PPG. Another game like that would be 7.8x value this evening. Robinson is a double-double machine, netting the feat in all of his last four. He will be chalk, but for good reason.
I don’t particularly love the center position, but Ian Mahinmi ($4,700) is interesting. Playing nearly 30 minutes a night over his last six games, Mahinmi is averaging 30.5 DraftKings PPG in the process. Impressive, well-rounded box scores have been the norm for Mahinmi who is posting 13.3/8.3/2.3/1.2/0.8 in those past six games. Mahinmi would need 23.5 DK points to hit 5x value tonight, a feat he has accomplished in seven of his last eight games.
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