We’ve got five games on Thursday night’s main slate on DraftKings. We’ll be going over the surefire DFS hits for each position. Here are the core plays we think you should make.
LeBron James, LAL vs. HOU, $10,400 — James is the model of consistency and hasn’t dipped below 42 DKFP this year. He posted 31 points, five rebounds, and 12 assists the last time he faced Houston and initiates a large chunk of the Lakers’ offense night in and night out. Missing Clint Capela under the rim will make it difficult to defend James on drives. He should also have an easier time connecting with Anthony Davis on assists if Houston doesn’t get more length down low.
Other Options: Damian Lillard, POR vs. SAS, $10,000; Jrue Holiday, NOP vs. CHI, $7,100
James Harden, HOU vs. LAL, $12,400 — Harden is fresh off a 40-point game against the Charlotte Hornets and flirted with a triple-double in the win. Russell Westbrook remains questionable with a thumb injury, and if he misses a second straight game you can count on a ton of shots for Harden. He might get to test drive his new teammate — Robert Covington — as well. Harden’s usage alone makes him hard to turn down, and he’s totaled at least 73 DKFP in three straight contests.
Other Options: Zach LaVine, CHI vs. NOP, $8,400
Brandon Ingram, NOP vs. CHI, $7,600 — Few teams are as depleted as the Chicago Bulls are at small forward. Their usual starter, Kris Dunn, has been ruled out with with a sprained MCL. Chandler Hutchinson and Denzel Valentine are questionable as well. That leave’s Shaquille Harrison as the man tasked with stopping one of the best scorers in basketball. Look for Ingram to fill it up as usual against an undermanned opponent.
Other Options: Ben Simmons, PHI vs. MIL, $8,100
Anthony Davis, LAL vs. HOU, $9,700 — No player will benefit more from Capela being traded than Anthony Davis in this one. If the Rockets continue playing P.J. Tucker at center, David should have a field day as a rebounder, scorer and shot blocker. He’s shed the questionable designation he’s had so often this season and seems to have a healthy shoulder for this matchup.
Other Options: Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL vs. PHI, $11,100; Julius Randle, NYK vs. ORL, $8,300
Nikola Vucevic, ORL vs. NYK, $8,200 — Vucevic is a double-double-threat every night and will be matched up against Taj Gibson to start. Mitchell Robinson is questionable with an illness, so he might be less of a factor than usual as a shot-blocking presence in the post. Vucevic’s ability to score at all three levels and rebound consistently makes him a solid play against the Knicks.
Other Options: Zion Williamson, NOP @ CHI, $7,700