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Mike Conley ($6,300) might be dollar-for-dollar the best play on the board today. In the ten games since returning from injury. Conley is averaging 31.3 DraftKings points per game, while scoring 13.7 PPG in that stretch and threatening a double-double nightly. He is likely to take on a much larger offensive role for the Grizzlies who will be without Marc Gasol, who is out indefinitely. Gasol is taking 13.6 shots per game (career high) and is a capable passer. His usage will have to be absorbed by his teammates with Conley being the likely beneficiary. Also, an excellent matchup again Brooklyn, who Conley scored 40 DraftKings points on in their only meeting this season.
It’s James Harden ($10,400) on the second night of a back-to-back, but it will be tough to avoid The Beard this evening. You know about the massive upside that Harden has, averaging 58 DraftKings PPG in the last ten, while scoring 60+ on four occasions. I don’t need to keep ranting about Harden, but you should know that he’s scored 52.5 and 84.5 DraftKings points against the Blazers this season. The latter is his highest total of the year. I am not particularly concerned about him earning less minutes on the second half of the B2B. This will be the last game the Rockets play for nine days over the extended All-Star break.
Marco Belinelli ($4,500) has been a volatile fantasy scorer, but his minutes have been as solid as can be. Earning 34 MPG over the last five, he’s launched 13.2 FGA per game in that span. He needs 27 DraftKings points to reach 6x value tonight, a feat that he’s accomplished in three of five. A date with Philadelphia is just what the doctor ordered as this game is expected to be high scoring.
Let’s continue with another volatile option in PJ Tucker ($5,400). The Suns small forward has notched a 30+ DK point game in five of his last nine but has also turned in duds such as 6.25 DK points in 38 minutes and 10.75 DK points in 42 minutes during the same stretch. The one thing that Tucker always has in his favor in minutes. He’s averaging a massive 37.6 MPG in the last nine. Despite the risk, this is easily the best basketball that Tucker has played this season. This recent stretch of games we keep referring to has accounted for six of his best eleven games this season.
Draymond Green ($9,300) is going to be the chalk at PF and for good reason! Despite two blowouts against the Suns this season, Green has registered 51 and 61.25 DraftKings points in their two meeting this season. The league’s leader in triple-doubles continues to roll along on a nightly basis, averaging 48.7 DraftKings points in his last four. Again, the Warriors will be slightly less concerned about minutes tonight as they enter the All-Star break.
Markieff Morris ($6,500) really is back from the dead for the Suns. He has basically scored as many DraftKings points in the last twelve games as he did through the first 39 games that the Suns played. That includes 39.2 DraftKings PPG over his last five which includes him taking 16+ FGA per game in that span. That five game stretch has recorded three of his four best games this season. He’s rolling right along and should see a fast-paced game tonight against Golden State. Hopefully the Suns can keep it close long enough for Markieff to earn 35 minutes.
Fire up Al Horford ($6,600) in all formats tonight. It’s been an awkward season for Horford as the Hawks haven’t nearly been as good as they were last year. He’s playing better as of late, however, cashing in games of 40.25, 32 and 43.5 in his last three. The real exciting factor tonight is the matchup. The Bulls are already going to be short-handed without Jimmy Butler which will make their defense as a whole worse tonight. Not to mention they have been the worst team in the paint this season. Horford scorched Chicago for 66.5 DraftKings points just three weeks ago, easily his best game this season.
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