Russell Westbrook gets a significant price increase tonight to $12,800 from $11,500. That might scare some owners away, but Westbrook is still “invest-able” tonight. He’s had a price tag of $12.8K or high on eight separate occasions this season. He’s averaging 63.7 DK PPG in those games and the matchup with New Orleans is sublime. In two meetings, Westbrook is averaging 68.6 DK PPG against the Pellies who are one of the worst teams in the league against point guards. I don’t need to tell you that Russell is a walking triple-double who has scored 70+ DK points in six of his last ten.
The GPP play of the day appears to be Nicolas Batum. He’s a true five category player who can fill it up across the board. The problem for Batum is that he’s been extremely volatile. His last four games have notched 20.75, 44.75, 27 and 38.25 DraftKings points. That’s really just a microcosm of his season. Facing the Warriors tonight should increase the pace for the Hornets and put Batum in a good situation. If you can stomach the risk, you may be able to unlock the reward.
If DeMar DeRozan doesn’t suit up again tonight, expect Norman Powell to slide back into the starting lineup. Powell started last night and played 39 minutes while contributing a 16-4-2-2-1 line. He’s a capable scorer in this league and should go overlooked amongst his Raptors teammates in terms of ownership. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone under $4,000 who will play as many minutes as Norman Powell.
I am in love with DeMarcus Cousins tonight. He’s an absolute monster who is going to take 20+ shots and clean the glass. He’s scored 53+ DK points in six of his last seven while notching more than 63 DraftKings points in two of his last four. Cousins probably has a 20% chance of being the highest scoring player on the slate and he’s $2,000 cheaper than Russell Westbrook. It’s been the Boogie show all season, but he will be asked to carry the Kings without Rudy Gay for the rest of the season. The big concern here is that the Cavs might blow this game wide open and keep Cousins on the bench late in the game.
Here’s Marc Gasol‘s last four games: 46.75, 42.5, 47.75 and 48.25. That is very quietly producing 6x value in each and every game. He has scored at least 24 real points in each of those contests and is averaging 28 PPG in that span. For a big man, he won’t contribute too much on the glass, but he’s a capable facilitator and is in the midst of his best stretch of basketball this season.