This is an incredibly deep point guard position tonight and while we just talked about Kyrie Irving ($7,600) a few days ago, it’s hard to overlook him again today. He’s coming off two subpar games but in his defense, the latest was against the Utah Jazz. A tough matchup against Utah and he simply did not shoot the ball well. There are a lot of good signs, however. He’s taken twenty or more shots in three of the last four games. Before this down stretch, he rattled off seven straight games of 20 or more real points. He gets a matchup tonight with the Dallas Mavericks, a team that he dropped 40 DraftKings points on in their only meeting this season. Irving is five points better per game at home this season and we get a small discount so it’s difficult to pass on his upside.
In terms of contrarian plays, I really like Klay Thompson ($7,000). We don’t usually talk about Thompson as he plays second fiddle to teammate Steph Curry but this is a deceptively good match-up with the New York Knicks. On DraftKings the Knicks are listed as the fourth best defense against shooting guards, but that’s not likely to stop Thompson tonight. In the only meeting this season Thompson dropped 41 DraftKings points on the Knicks while scoring 34 real points. Thompson is almost always under-owned, playing on a team with multiple fantasy stars and this designation on DraftKings will certainly drive down his ownership. Thompson has reached 5x value in three of his last five games but what you’re investing in is his incredible upside. He is the type of guy who can get hot and be the leading scorer on the slate.
You have to like the converging trends that Chandler Parsons ($6,400) presents this evening. He’s coming off a massive game against the Charlotte Hornets, scoring 50.75 DraftKings points. This marks second time in three games he’s gone over 40 DK points. Additionally, that makes five out of his last nine games where he scored 40 or more DraftKings points and he earns another sneaky good matchup against the Cavs tonight. In Parsons only meeting with Cleveland this season he dropped 40.5 DraftKings points courtesy of 25-8 line.
I’m willing to take a flyer on Kristaps Porzingis ($6,000) tonight against the Golden State Warriors. Porzingis missed Sunday’s game against the Lakers due to a stomach illness. This may have actually been a well-timed illness for Porzingis who has clearly hit a rookie wall here late in the season. A few extra days of rest might go a long way for a guy who has never played this many games in a season before. Sitting out also dropped his price an extra $300 which makes him much more reasonable to roster this evening. The last game he did play was a solid 23 point performance against the Clippers which earned his owners 35 DraftKings points. In his only meeting with the Warriors this season, he scored 25 DraftKings points in only 20 minutes of action. I suspect he will climb closer to 30 minutes tonight and if he can play with his same point per minute rate, he should be able to notch a solid outing. He’s capable of scoring in the blocks and steals categories which increases his upside. A GPP play at best.
Jared Sullinger ($6,000) is someone I am certainly willing to invest heavily in this evening. He’s coming off two massive games in a row. On Friday he notched a monster 59 DraftKings point performance against the Houston Rockets and backed it up with a solid 15-11-3-2 line last night. His shots are trending up and he’s playing the best basketball of his season right now. Tonight he earns and date with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that he scored 39.75 DraftKings points on in there only meeting this season. Sullinger is one of the best cash game plays right now as he has hit 5x value in eight of his last ten games, many of which he has provided significantly higher value.
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