UPDATE: Davis has been ruled out. Kyle Kuzma will start.
Anthony Davis is out for tonight's game.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 10, 2020
We’ve got 10 games on tap in the NBA for Friday’s main fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings. Here we’ll highlight some top value plays to help you save salary while constructing your DFS lineups.
Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, NYK vs. NOP ($3,600)
The Knicks have lacked scoring this season and will be without their top two point producers in Marcus Morris (doubtful) and Julius Randle (out) tonight. Since returning from injury, Bullock has slowly gotten more playing time, seeing around 24-25 minutes in each of the past three games. His price is up a tad, but as long as Bullock continues to see minutes, he’ll be in a good spot. The Pelicans keep the pace up and the Knicks will need Bullock’s shooting if they get down early.
JaVale McGee, C, LAL @ DAL ($4,300)
We know that chances are Anthony Davis (glute) won’t be able to play tonight vs. the Dallas Mavericks. If that’s the case, McGee should see more time in the frontcourt for the Los Angeles Lakers. McGee has been a solid producer in fantasy despite barely seeing 20 minutes in most games. He has at least 18.75 fantasy points in five straight and the Mavs still don’t have Kristaps Porzingis, which would be a nightmare matchup for McGee. His price is a bit up, but again, if Davis is out, McGee could eclipse 20 minutes and he’s got an outside shot at a double-double.
Patrick Beverley, PG/SG, LAC vs. GSW ($5,000)
Pat Bev doesn’t get the luxury of chasing around Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson all game, but his good friend Draymond Green will suit up. Beverley should see more minutes and usage with Paul George listed as out with a hamstring injury. The veteran is a very good rebounding guard, averaging a career-high 6.0 so far this season. I think Beverley offers a solid floor at this price, he should be able to force a few turnovers given the inexperience and lack of talent in the Dubs backcourt due to injuries.
Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, UTA vs. CHA ($4,500)
Since joining Utah in a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Clarkson and the Jazz are 7-0. That’s no coincidence, though it obviously isn’t all Clarkson. The veteran guard has provided a nice spark off the bench, averaging 13.4 points on 37.5% shooting from distance since being traded. The way the Jazz are playing I’d expect them to dispatch the Charlotte Hornets easily at home. If that’s the case, Clarkson should get plenty of garbage time, which is when he shines in the scoring department.