As is tradition with any large slate, value is what will make or break our lineups. Friday offers another big one with 12 games on tap for the main slate on DraftKings. We’ve already got some lineup news with the 76ers expected to rest Al Horford and Josh Richardson doubtful. Those two starters being out will open up some things for Philadelphia tonight at The Garden against the New York Knicks. Let’s dive into some bargain plays $5,000 or lower.
Donte DiVincenzo, MIL at CLE, $4,400 — We all thought Khris Middleton’s return would mean the end of DiVincenzo’s fantasy value. We were wrong apparently. The young guard is sticking in the starting lineup for the time being, though keep an eye on whether he starts again for the Milwaukee Bucks tonight vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll get minutes and remains underpriced.
Isaiah Thomas, WAS at LAL, $4,200 — IT has been streaky, per usual, but the Washington Wizards enter this game as the top offensive team in the NBA. Bet nobody saw that coming. They head to LA to take on the Lakers and I think this one will be up and down. Pace is key for IT getting his shots up and it won’t take much for him to return value scoring-wise.
Tomas Satoransky, CHI at POR, $4,900 — I think Sato has turned a corner finally, though the Bulls are still a joke. Satoransky has put together a couple of big stat lines recently, most notably last game against the Warriors when he had 19 points, seven boards and seven assists for 41.75 DKFP. His price is down since then and the Trail Blazers are in the bottom third in defensive rating, plus allow the most second-chance points in the League.
Matisse Thybulle/Furkan Korkmaz, PHI at NYK, $3,000/$3,300 — Take your pick between the two of these Sixers or just play both. Korkmaz will likely start in place of Richardson vs. the Knicks and Thybulle should see minutes at wing off the bench. The rookie is coming off the best game of his young career with 15 points vs. Sacramento. Korkmaz can fill it up if his shot is falling. Both players are dirt cheap.
Rodney Hood, POR vs. CHI, $5,000 — Like I said the Bulls are becoming the laughing stock of the NBA after losing to the Dubs. Hood has reached value in five straight games and is getting the type of minutes and usage we want in a value play. His price could be more appealing, but given the matchup, I think Hood’s ceiling is reachable here.
Tim Hardaway Jr., DAL at PHX, $4,600 — Again, this is more of a play to try and catch lightning in a bottle. THJ is streaky, but has the upside to score 30+ points in this matchup vs. the Phoenix Suns. I think the Mavericks will be cautious with Kristaps Porzingis, so we could see THJ be the second option behind Luka Doncic.
Jae Crowder, MEM vs. UTA, $4,900 — Forget Kawhi Leonard revenge night, it’s Jae Crowder revenge night, baby! Crowder will welcome in his former team, the Utah Jazz. But that’s besides the point. Crowder has played at least 31 minutes in four straight games and is sub-$5K. The Jazz are strong defensively, but I’m not too concerned given the amount of minutes Crowder is playing.
Kyle Kuzma, LAL vs. WAS, $4,500 — Kuzma’s price has really fluctuate but is back down after being in the $5.5K range a few weeks back. I think now is the time to cash in on the savings. The Wizards will allow the Lakers to score at least 120 points tonight (most likely). Plus, if LA goes up big, I think Kuzma could get some garbage minutes to find his game.
Bobby Portis, NYK vs. PHI, $3,900 — The Knicks are going to have to throw a lot of bodies at Joel Embiid tonight and I don’t think Julius Randle or Mitchell Robinson can handle that. Not to say Portis can, but at least Portis provides scoring upside off the bench. Robinson will get into foul trouble and Randle just isn’t a good defender. Portis has some size and his price is way down. Plus, no Al Horford makes the Sixers front court thinner.
Chris Boucher, TOR at ORL, $3,900 — The Raptors may have found another hidden gem in Boucher. He’s lanky and athletic and the Magic are down some size in Nikola Vucevic. Generally when Toronto blows a team out, Boucher gets garbage time. The last time the Raps beat the Magic, Boucher posted 14 points and 11 rebounds.