There are a couple spots we need to look at for potential value on tonight’s slate. Coincidentally, it’s the two Los Angeles’ teams dealing with injuries, which could potentially provide us some salary savings. Lou Williams ($6,800), Patrick Beverley ($5,000) and JaMychal Green ($3,600) are all questionable for the Clippers, while Anthony Davis ($10,500) is questionable to play for the Lakers.
JaVale McGee, LAL at IND, $3,900 — Not only is Davis questionable to play, Kyle Kuzma has been ruled out with an ankle injury. This could potentially leave the Lakers extremely thin in the front court. Not only would McGee have to play extended minutes, Dwight Howard ($4,000) would also become a viable value option off the bench. AD has only missed one game this season and McGee put up 54.75 DKFP in that game, while Howard scored 30 DKFP.
Derrick Walton Jr., LAC vs. PHX, $3,700 — If the Clippers are missing Williams and Beverley, look for Walton to play a big role. Terance Mann ($3,200) has been starting in the games missed by Beverley, but Walton has been playing the more substantial minutes. In the last two games, he’s averaging 30 minutes.
Derrick Favors, NOP at BKN, $4,600 — This is going to be Favors third game back after sitting out 13 games due to the death of his mother. He’s had a minutes restriction since he wasn’t in basketball shape, but he’s slowly getting back to form. After playing 15 minutes in his first game back, Favors played 20 minutes last game. Overall, he’s averaging 25.4 DKFP in 22 minutes per game as a starter, so he shouldn’t have much issue paying off his salary if he plays around 25 minutes tonight.
R.J. Barrett, NYK vs. ATL, $4,500 — The recent games for Barrett have been less than pretty. He’s scored under 20 DKFP in three of his last four games, but all those poor performances came in tough matchups. He struggled in games against Trail Blazers, Kings and Nuggets, while tonight presents a much easier matchup against the Hawks. Atlanta is 27th in defensive efficiency and play at the ninth fastest pace in the league. As a result, the Hawks allowed the second most DKFP to shooting guards.
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