Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. day slate is loaded with 14 NBA games on DraftKings. The first slate is a nine-game slate and locks at 2:00 p.m. ET. After that, a five-game slate is set to lock at 7:30 p.m. ET. Here, we will take a look at some lower-priced plays that fantasy owners can consider using.
UPDATE: Both Walker and Brown are expected to play for the Celtics vs. the Lakers. With both back, Smart wouldn’t be as much of a value/chalk play. Same goes for Tatum.
Marcus Smart, BOS vs. LAL ($5,800) — Kemba Walker (knee) and Jaylen Brown (thumb) are both questionable to play Monday, and Smart is a candidate to benefit if either or both are out. With both Walker and Brown sidelined on Saturday, Smart started and scored a ridiculous 68.25 DraftKings fantasy points (DKFP) on the back of extreme volume. Smart attempted a season-high 25 shots and posted a season-high 32% usage rate, both elite numbers. He also had expanded facilitating, creating 11 potential assists, a boost from his season average of eight potential assists created per game. Check back for the statuses on Walker and Brown, both of them missing Monday’s game would make Smart a strong salary relief play.
Gary Trent Jr., POR vs. GSW ($3,200) — With CJ McCollum (ankle) out on Saturday, Trent saw big volume off the bench, taking 18 shots and nine 3-point attempts in 36 minutes, easily his highest marks of the season in each respective category. Trent was super efficient, sinking 12-of-18 shots and scoring 30 points in a 48.25 DKFP outing. With McCollum out again Monday, Trent is an excellent value candidate at a tiny $3,200 price tag against a Warriors team that has been poor defensively.
Marcus Morris, NYK @ CLE ($5,600) — Morris, a prime trade chip as the Knicks head into the February 6 trade deadline, has seen strong minutes lately as the Knicks showcase him, averaging 35 minutes per game over his last four. Morris is set for a good matchup on Monday against the Cavs, who have been very poor defensively. The Cavs have allowed the second most points per possession, second most assists per game and eighth most points per game to opponents.
Jayson Tatum, BOS vs. LAL ($6,900) — As mentioned above, Kemba Walker (knee) and Jaylen Brown (thumb) are both questionable to play Monday, and like Marcus Smart, Tatum is a candidate to benefit if both remain out. Tatum’s usage rate spikes to over 30% in minutes with Walker and Brown off the court, with his biggest usage bump coming with Walker sidelined. Tatum’s usage rate sits at a heavy 32% in minutes with Walker off the court, up from 23% with Walker on the court. Check back for the statuses on Walker and Brown.
Hassan Whiteside, POR vs. GSW ($7,500) — Whiteside is set for a strong matchup against the Warriors, who have been weak in the interior and weak on the glass. The Warriors rank in the bottom third of the league in field goals allowed within five feet of the basket and shooting percentage within five feet of the basket, which is the zone that Whiteside attempts about 70% of his field goals in.
The Warriors also rank as the league’s fifth worst rebounding team by the percentage of missed shots they rebound, giving Whiteside an excellent matchup on the glass. Whiteside has been the NBA’s second best rebounder by the percentage of missed shots he rebounds and ranks fourth among all players with 14 rebounds per game. Whiteside’s price has fallen to its lowest mark since the end of December, making him a good value candidate.
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