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Top NBA DFS value plays on DraftKings for Jan. 16 slate

We break down what players might be diamonds in the rough in Thursday’s five-game NBA slate.

Golden State Warriors guard Damion Lee shoots the basketball against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Chase Center. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There will be five games in Thursday night’s main NBA slate, and we want you to find the diamonds in the rough that could make or break your DFS lineup’s success. Let’s take a look at some of the best value options you’ll be able to find on Draftkings for Thursday.

Damion Lee, SG/SF, GSW vs. DEN ($5,000)

Lee signed a three-year contract with the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday and is already set to start against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. The swingman has been solid as a starter, averaging 14.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per contest. He also logs more than 30 minutes per contest when he starts, which should give him ample opportunity to fill out the stat sheet.

Josh Hart, SG/SF, NOP vs. UTA ($4,800)

JJ Redick (hamstring) is questionable for this Thursday matchup and Jrue Holiday (elbow) is still working toward recovery. Hart has logged more than 30 minutes in four straight contests and has tallied at least 10 points in five rebounds in three of those games. The scoring might come and go, but his hustle play will always put him in a position to get rebounds and steals to contribute as well.

Bobby Portis, PF/C, NY vs. PHX ($4,500)

Portis notched 33 DKFP in his last outing and has logged at least 27 minutes in three of his last four appearances. He’s averaging 15.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game during that stretch. If Marcus Morris (neck) doesn’t play Thursday, Kevin Knox will get a bump in minutes at small forward. This could make Portis the lone recipient of New York’s backup power forward minutes.