If the injury reports are any indication, tonight should be a wild 10-game NBA slate on DraftKings. We’ve got the Toronto Raptors missing plenty of key players, while big ticket names like Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) and Devin Booker (forearm) have their status in question. Other than that, though, things should be exciting, with so many games on tap and the variance kicked up a notch. Here we’ll give you a few players at each position to get your DraftKings lineups started.
Jamal Murray, DEN vs. MIN, $6,600 — If you watch the Minnesota Timberwolves play basketball the other night vs. the New Orleans Pelicans, you know the Denver Nuggets are a spot to hit tonight. The T-Wolves somehow lost to the Pels, ending NOLA’s long losing streak. Minnesota is allowing teams to shoot 37.6% from downtown this season, so naturally Murray stands out as a good GPP play. We know his ceiling is high and he’s a streaky guy, so catching him one game after he dropped 33 on the Magic seems ideal. Also this is a cheap price for Murray compared to earlier in the season.
Other Options: D’Angelo Russell, GSW vs. NOP, $8,300; Jalen Brunson, DAL @ PHI, $6,400
Note: Brunson played for Villanova and he’s back in Philly narrative in play!
Collin Sexton, CLE vs. MEM, $5,500 — Sexton still doesn’t know how to pass the ball, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing in fantasy basketball, right? The second-year guard has been filling it up lately, scoring at least 23 points in three of his past four games. One of those games was an impressive 25 points against the Raptors. His usage continues to climb and Sexton is consistently playing above 30 minutes now. The Grizzlies play at a fast pace and I think Sexton will be motivated to show up against rookie Ja Morant.
Other Options: Andrew Wiggins, MIN @ DEN, $8,000; Kendrick Nunn, MIA vs. NYK, $6,500
Kelly Oubre Jr., PHX @ OKC, $6,700 — With no Deandre Ayton (ankle) and potentially Devin Booker (forearm) out again, I think we can run it back with Oubre. He’s been one of the more underrated players this season and would likely be an All-Star as the No. 1 or 2 option on another team. If Booker is out again, I like Oubre as a GPP play at this price. The matchup isn’t great since the Thunder play at a slower pace, but Oubre is cheap and can contribute a lot on defense; he has at least three steals in back-to-back games.
Other Options: Brandon Ingram, NOP @ GSW, $8,700; Davis Bertans, WAS @ TOR, $6,900
OG Anunoby, TOR vs. WAS, $5,600 — OG might be my favorite play on the entire slate. I think if Fred VanVleet (knee) remains out, OG is a lock in my eyes in both cash and GPPs. He looked really good against the Pistons after Gasol was forced to leave and now no Siakam or Powell. Anunoby scored 19 points with eight rebounds in 34 minutes and I think he could see more playing time tonight. This is a better matchup against the Wizards and the fact Toronto is shorthanded could keep the game closer than we expect.
Other Options: Kevin Love, CLE vs. MEM, $7,200; Eric Paschall, GSW vs. NOP, $5,300
Joel Embiid, PHI vs. DAL, $10,000 — If KAT is sidelined tonight — which seems likely — Embiid is the only player on the 10-game slate priced at $10K or higher. I think that means we need to take advantage of that in GPPs. His ownership will probably be high, but look at the matchup. Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell can’t contain Embiid and he’s got at least 50+ DKFP in three straight. Also factor in Embiid could sit tomorrow on the second of a back-to-back with the 76ers taking on an inferior Wizards squad.
Other Options: Nikola Vucevic, ORL @ POR, $8,100; Serge Ibaka, TOR vs. WAS, $7,400