UPDATE: Jan. 9, 10:53 a.m. — Westbrook will take his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, for the first time in Oklahoma since being traded to the Rockets prior to this season. It’s a big time narrative for Russ, who generally shows up in massive narrative spots like this. At $8,400 on DraftKings, Westbrook will probably garner around 50% ownership in most GPPs tonight. He’s almost a virtual lock if you’re playing tournaments at this price. He’s also coming off six days of rest.
The flip side of this narrative is Chris Paul facing the Rockets — this game is packed full of narratives, I’m totally fine stacking CP3, Russ and James Harden ($12,200). CP3 is a bit cheaper on the main slate at $7,400, so that may make this work out OK. Plus, it’s a short four-game slate, so variance won’t be much of an issue with fewer options.
Eric Gordon getting the start for Rockets in Atlanta with Russell Westbrook sitting out.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 8, 2020
Westbrook was expected to rest tonight with the Rockets playing the first of a back-to-back set. Houston wants Russ ready to go Thursday night in a revenge spot in his first game back in Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder.
As for tonight, Gordon is a great value play on DraftKings at $4,400 and I think Harden is the top GPP play on the slate despite being priced at $12,800. The last time Harden faced the Hawks he dropped 60 points.