We’ve got a 10-game main NBA slate on tap for Friday night and there are plenty of injury spots we can capitalize on. The most notable is the plethora of injuries to the Toronto Raptors, who are without Marc Gasol (hamstring), Norman Powell (shoulder) and Pascal Siakam (groin). Other than that Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) is questionable and we don’t know what the deal is with Devin Booker (forearm). It should be an exciting time leading up to lock, but here are a few value picks to consider on DraftKings.
Anyone priced under $5K on the Toronto Raptors
Normally I just put a player or two in the headline, but I want to mention all these value plays for the Raps: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($4,100), Terence Davis ($4,100), Patrick McCaw ($3,900) and Chris Boucher ($3,300). RHJ filled in nicely early in the season when Serge Ibaka was sidelined and Gasol was also out. Ibaka should start, but Hollis-Jefferson and Boucher are the next men up in the front court. OG Anunoby being healthy could cut into RHJ and Boucher’s opportunities, but we also have to consider the Raptors could blowout the Washington Wizards even without key players.
Unless Fred VanVleet (knee) returns, I think McCaw and Davis are both decent options. McCaw played 27 minutes vs. the Pistons on Wednesday. Davis would probably only get work in garbage time unless FVV is out again. I’d rank the plays: McCaw, RHJ, Boucher, Davis.
Markelle Fultz, PG/SG, ORL @ POR ($4,900)
This is just a good ‘ole fashion miss-price. Fultz has been starting for the Magic and is seeing around 25-30 minutes per game. He’s scored in double-figures in each of the past three games and returned good value in two of those contests. The Trail Blazers aren’t a very efficient defensive team and play up in pace, so I think Fultz will get a chance for some fastbreak points and easier buckets. Plus, it should help his assist totals. I imagine ownership will be down on Fultz as well on a 10-gamer.
Aron Baynes, C, PHX @ OKC ($4,200)
Deandre Ayton returned from his 25-game suspension and looked good, but now he’s out tonight due to an ankle injury. Frank Kaminsky should start, and Dario Saric will get plenty of run in the front court, but the Suns lack a big man who can bang with Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel. I think Baynes will get some run off the bench and could see around 15-20 minutes. The pace of this game should be slower due to the Thunder, who are actually a poor rebounding unit (28th in rebounding percentage). Baynes has solid advanced stats: 19.94 PER with very strong per/40 numbers.
E’Twaun Moore, SG/SF, NOP @ GSW ($3,500)
Moore returned to the lineup Wednesday night against the Timberwolves and was efficient in limited minutes. He’s a guy who normally plays a ton for Alvin Gentry, so I think we could see him extended a bit in this game. He has seven points, five rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes vs. Minny, so even if he gets around 20 minutes, in this matchup vs. the Warriors value is attainable. I really like attacking this game from a value perspective, even with some of the players priced over $5K and in that range. Moore would normally be one of those players had he not been sidelined.