DraftKings’ four-game featured slate could be tricky because of the variety of options. We break down the targets and value picks from Sunday’s games.
Paul George, LAC vs. NO, $8,500
After his return from injury, there was plenty of interest in seeing how Paul George combines with Kawhi Leonard. Early evidence suggests their chemistry is homogeneous. From a more individual perspective, it seems like George has just taken off from where he left off with Oklahoma City. He has averaged 26.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists in a little under 29 minutes per game. He had an off day, by his standards, against the Houston Rockets with 19 points. He will want to rectify that quickly here.
Jamal Murray, DEN vs. PHO, $7,300
Murray has taken over as the Nuggets’ primary offensive weapon. Nikola Jokic is now contributing in a more holistic manner, which makes Murray an enticing proposition for your DraftKings roster. Here’s proof: he is averaging 18.7 points and 5.1 assists per game. Those stats are also skewed slightly by the occasional ineffective game. He is averaging 35.8 DraftKings points per game this season.
JJ Redick, NO at LAC, $6,100
In three of his previous four games, Redick has scored 20 or more points for the Pelicans. In the other game in that period, he scored 18 points. In the same period, he has had a field-goal percentage of 50% or more in three of four games. That is an indicator of form and shooting fluency. The Pelicans are involved in several high-scoring games as well. For a price of $6,100, Redick provides adequate return on your investment.
Patrick Beverley, LAC vs. NO, $4,800
Beverley adds a lot to this Clippers team from a defensive perspective. Occasionally, like in the game against the Rockets, his exuberance is overdone. He picked up his fifth foul too early and was forced to the sidelines for the majority of the second half. He will be keen to put that game behind him and start contributing offensively as well. He averages 24.3 DraftKings points per game, but this may be one where he surpasses that average.