Happy Friday everyone! We’ve got nine professional basketball games going on in the NBA for tonight, the first big slate since the All-Star Break. With more variance comes more decisions to make in terms of lineup construction, but luckily this isn’t a tough slate to crack thanks to a few big injuries to guards. Let’s take a look at some top options for your daily fantasy basketball lineups on DraftKings.
Donovan Mitchell, UTA vs. SAS, $6,900 — I feel like post-ASB D-Mitch is going to come out and make a statement with the Jazz eyeing a top-4 seed. Mitchell strung together three straight games with at least 23 points prior to the break, all in competitive environments. The last time he faced the Spurs he posted 31 points with 40.25 DKFP, which is more than hitting 5x value at this low price point. There’s a lot to like about balance in the mid-range on tonight’s slate and Spida is a good overall play. Also worth noting Mike Conley is out.
Other Options: Malcolm Brogdon, IND @ NYK, $6,600; Dennis Schroder, OKC vs. DEN, $5,600
CJ McCollum, POR vs. NOP, $6,600 — This is the chalk play of the night — CJ with Damian Lillard out for the Trail Blazers. Lillard will miss the next 3-4 games due to a groin strain suffered before the break. CJ will step up and be the guy for Portland in a great game environment against the Pelicans, who play up in pace and allow the 28th most points per game. If you’re looking to pivot to a cheaper option on the Blazers it’s Anfernee Simons at $3,500.
Other Options: Bradley Beal, WAS vs. CLE, $9,400; Jaylen Brown, BOS @ MIN, $5,900
Brandon Ingram, NOP @ POR, $6,800 — This is the lowest we’ve seen Ingram’s price drop since Oct. 22 — essentially the start of the season. Sure, Zion Williamson ($8,000) has been a beast and is cutting into Ingram’s usage and scoring. The thing is Ingram is still capable of reaching those ceiling games and now we get him at an affordable price point. The Blazers lack wing defenders and Ingram could see a lot of Carmelo Anthony tonight, which would be ideal. The rest from the ASB should have helped Ingram get over his ankle sprain as well.
Other Options: Jayson Tatum, BOS @ MIN, $7,800; Bojan Bogdanovic, UTA vs. SAS, $6,000
Anthony Davis, LAL vs. MEM, $9,900 — AD strung together four straight double-doubles prior to the break and looked pretty good in the All-Star Game last Sunday. Injuries don’t appear to be a concern and the Grizzlies are a solid matchup given how cheap AD is here. Memphis lacks experienced defenders who are athletic enough to keep up with Davis. He should get whatever he wants and the pace will be up a bit more — particularly if the Lakers jump out to an early lead.
Other Options: Zion Williamson, NOP @ POR, $8,000; Kevin Love, CLE @ WAS, $7,500
Nikola Jokic, DEN @ OKC, $9,800 — I think overall the place to spend up is at the bigs on the nine-game slate. Jokic and AD is an ideal stack in GPPs and we’ve got plenty of value to make it work. This should be a slow-paced game and those are the types of environments Jokic thrives in. The Thunder lack size in the front court and similar to AD, Jokic’s price is under $10K after being above that number in six of eight games prior to the break.
Other Options: Kristaps Porzingis, DAL @ ORL, $8,000; Serge Ibaka, TOR vs. PHX, $6,500