If you are a GPP player, lock and load John Wall ($9,600) for tonight. He’s likely to be significantly under-owned on this slate. There are plenty of other appealing options (Curry, Paul, Lillard, Knight) but Wall’s ownership should be significantly impacted by the OPRK designation on DraftKings. The Hawks rank as the number one team against PGs this season which should scare plenty of owners off the matchup. Don’t forget that Wall is averaging 49.9 DK PPG in the two meetings with Atlanta this season including a 56.75 point outburst on Monday night. Wall is now averaging 57.7 DraftKings points per game over the L4 games. He is the epitome of a GPP play tonight.
The price on Zach LaVine ($6,000) just will not budge. He’s been a lock to score 30+ DraftKings points, a feat he has accomplished in four straight and eight of ten. His minutes are the highest they’ve been all season, playing 36.3 MPG over the L5 as opposed to his season average of 27 MPG. He’s heavily involved in the Wolves offense and can explode for 25+ real points on any night. This game is pinned with a massive 223.5 line and MIN is only a 2.5 point favorite. Expect a ton of offense in this one.
The small forward position is pretty fairly priced, but I am looking towards Otto Porter ($5,100). As we noted above, the Wizards just played the Hawks two days ago. It was Porter who exploded for a 16-10-3-1-2 line for 41.5 DraftKings points. That was his best fantasy game since January 1st! Porter’s value took a hit when Washington acquired Markieff Morris at the deadline, but Porter’s minutes are back on the rise. He’s played 30+ minutes in eight straight while contributing 31.7 DK points per game in the last six games. Another game like that would get you 6x value tonight, but he has flashed that stellar upside already this week.
What a time to buy low on Kevin Love ($6,700). Two dud games and then he sat out due to an illness will drive down his ownership as it did with his price. This might be the lowest price on Love this season. Love has been feast or famine in the last few weeks, almost alternating big games with stinkers. I’m optimistic for a big game against Milwaukee, a team he is averaging 48.1 DK PPG against in two meetings this season. Expect low ownership thanks to jaded owners and the built-in volatility. Love is another great GPP play.
This is a very curious price on Dwight Howard ($6,700) that I would almost argue is a mistake. It’s rare to see a player’s price drop this quickly for any reason. I suppose it’s because of the perceived bad matchup with Utah, but Dwight scored well against Utah this season, tallying 43 and 37.75 DraftKings points in two meetings. He’s coming off a solid 16-13 line last night against OKC. You’re starting to see the trend here for today’s article. Howard is another buy low, GPP candidate.
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