The NBA Trade Deadline is a thing of the past and we can finally move forward knowing nobody else will suddenly be traded. Or will they? No, they won’t But what if ...? NO! Only the buyout market is relevant now. That isn’t something we need to worry about though, so forget that for now. Let’s focus on some value plays for Friday night’s eight-game NBA slate on DraftKings.
Enes Kanter, C, BOS vs. ATL ($4,400)
The Boston Celtics will be without a handful of key players tonight vs. the Hawks, including Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis. This means Kanter should start at center in a great matchup. Atlanta is expected to be without both Clint Capela and Dewayne Dedmon as trades and physicals process after the deadline. Kanter has returned value in each of his past four games and it shouldn’t be hard to make it a fifth if he plays around 25 minutes.
Maxi Kleber, PF/C, DAL @ WAS ($4,400)
Kristaps Porzingis is questionable after breaking his nose on Wednesday night. If Porzingis sits out, Kleber would be in line for 30+ minutes again. He’s been starting in place of Dwight Powell, so even if Porzingis is able to play, Kleber has an amazing matchup against the Wizards. Washington is the worst defensive team in the NBA by a wide margin. I think the Wiz will struggle to contain a big man who can step out and bang a few 3s. Kleber would be chalk if Porzingis is out, GPPs if Porzingis plays.
Kendrick Nunn, PG/SG, MIA @ SAC ($4,800)
The Heat are likely to be without Jimmy Butler on the road against the Kings. If that’s the case, we should see a nice bump in usage for Nunn. The rookie has tailed off a bit recently, but when healthy has a relatively safe floor and a high ceiling — especially if Butler is out. With Butler hurt in Wednesday’s game against the Clippers, we saw Nunn’s usage jump up to 23.6%. If it gets into the 30% range, Nunn should have an easy time returning value in SacTown.
Sekou Doumbouya, SF/PF, DET @ OKC ($3,500)
Many will look at Christian Wood ($6,000) with Andre Drummond out of town, but I think both Thon Maker ($3,000) and Doumbouya stand to benefit as well. Dr. Doom has cooled down since his solid January in which he averaged 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The rebounding numbers should go up. Doumbouya had been averaging 26.6 minutes per game in January, so if he gets back into those figures, that’s a plus. The Thunder lack depth in the front court, so Doumbouya could see garbage minutes against weaker competition.