UPDATE: Draymond Green (heel) is out for tonight’s game vs. the Mavericks. Willie Cauley-Stein ($5,100) or Marquese Chriss ($3,700) are OK cash options.
We’ve got 22 teams worth of value options to sift through for Wednesday night’s 11-game NBA slate and it is not easy pickins, let me tell you. Sure, a few injuries have opened up some spots, but there appears to be a ton of players sub-$5K on DraftKings who are playing increased minutes, either in a starting role or off the bench. It’s almost impossible to choose from them all! But I’m going to try. It’s my job.
Langston Galloway, DET at CHI, $4,900 — I want to say I told you to pick up Galloway before he went off for 32 points, but it was probably after. Either way, he’s in a great spot tonight vs. the Bulls, who — ahhh yes — still can’t play defense! Chicago has allowed at least 115 points in three straight losses. Galloway had 11 points in 22 minutes vs. the Bulls earlier in the season, now he should see potentially 30+ minutes with Tony Snell out.
Bryn Forbes, SAS at WAS, $4,300 — Brace yourselves people, I’m going to have a ton of expo to the Wizards-Spurs game tonight. Forbes is starting and seeing plenty of minutes. While his usage is low, he’s a three-point specialist, so generally he returns value if he knocks down a couple. Considering this is the Wizards he’s facing, I’d think he buries a few.
Joe Harris, BKN vs. CHA, $4,900 — I mentioned Spence Dinwiddie as a cash play, but I think the GPP pivot is to Harris. He’s much cheaper and this is a matchup where he can thrive; the Hornets allow the fifth-highest 3-point percentage to opponents at 36.9. Harris has been shooting less and tonight is a spot he can find his stroke again.
Gary Harris, DEN vs. HOU, $4,500 — Ahhh, Gary Harris, we meet again. I’ll always ride a guy like Harris at this price because of his ceiling if he ever figures out how to score again. It’s mostly a bigger issue within the Nuggets locker room, but at least I know Harris will play a ton considering the bookmakers think this game will be close.
Danuel House Jr., HOU at DEN, $4,800 — The Rockets badly needed House’s size in the lineup and he delivered Monday vs. the Blazers with 11 points, six boards, four dimes and three steals. His price has jumped $1,100 since then and he should remain in the mix for big minutes in what should be a close game.
Glenn Robinson III, GSW at DAL, $4,400 — Big D Jr. is one of a plethora of Warriors rotation players who has been tasked with playing big minutes. He scored 20 points in 33 minutes last night vs. the Grizz and has at least 25 FPTS in back-to-back games. The B2B may hurt him here, but he’s young and hungry.
Rudy Gay, SAS at WAS, $4,900 — If Rudy Gay can’t return value tonight vs. the Wizards then I don’t know who can. Earlier in the season he put up a 8-9-4 stat line against Washington. He’s got at least 20.5 DKFP in five straight games and should break into double-digit points tonight.
Rui Hachimura, WAS vs. SAS, $4,800 — Took a while but we’re back on Wizards-Spurs. Hachimura is starting and seeing in the neighborhood of 25 minutes per game. His usage is low, but he’s turned in some nice offensive performances and the O/U for this game on DK Sportsbooks is — splashes water in face — 244.5! Yahtzee!
Dwight Powell, DAL vs. GSW, $4,300 — I’ll hedge myself by saying I also like Maxi Kleber ($4,400) in this spot vs. the Warriors, but Powell to me has a higher ceiling if he’s given the minutes. Powell will get a headstart on Kleber as well in the starting lineup, so if he can have a strong first quarter, I think he takes off. Remember, the Dubs are likely tired from playing last night + traveling to Dallas.
Ante Zizic, CLE at MIA, $3,400 — By no means is this a good matchup for the Cavaliers. But Tristan Thompson is listed as out to rest, so Zizic will logically start at center tonight. He’s only played a few games, but got increased minutes in garbage time vs. the Knicks on Monday, a situation he and the Cavs could be in tonight vs. the Heat.