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Projecting highest owned players for main NBA slate on August 3rd

Will the Pacers be chalk going up against the Wizards? We take a look at some players who will likely be popular plays.

T.J. Warren of the Indiana Pacers high-fives his teammates after a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on August 1, 2020 at Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.  Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

We’ve got a main five-game slate on DraftKings for August 3rd in the NBA bubble. This is extremely convenient if you’re playing the slate since we have a game at 1:30 p.m. ET between the Raptors and Heat. The issue is there’s a lot of injury news that can come down before that, so DK is giving you some time to get your lineups straight. That should help us project some ownership for this one. Let’s take a look at some players who should be popular.

Indiana Pacers vs. WAS

I’ve give you a flat number and usually one name, but the Pacers overall are going to be very chalky. This, of course, is dependent on what happens with Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo. If both are out, T.J. Warren ($7,400), Myle Turner ($6,100), Justin Holiday ($3,700) and Aaron Holiday ($5,000) will all be trendy picks.

You won’t get much leverage on them in a smash spot vs. the Wizards. The issue is Warren’s ceiling is, well, the 53 points he dropped on the Sixers. Turner and Justin Holiday seem like the safest plays. If Brogdon and Dipo play, I don’t think you pivot off this game entirely. Turner is a cash-game staple. T.J. McConnell ($4,500) might be the sharp play if both guards are out again.

Joel Embiid vs. SAS ($10,300)

If there’s one stud to pay up for and build around, it’s Embiid against the Spurs front court. San Antonio has won two straight, so credit to them, snaps, whatever. That isn’t bringing LaMarcus Aldridge back all of a sudden. Trey Lyles is also out. There’s little size and Embiid should eat up Jakob Poeltl later on. This is the type of chalk that we like to say we’re willing to eat. It’s like if Giannis Antetokounmpo were playing any team ever.

Ja Morant vs. NOP ($7,300)

Why is Ja’s salary still this low? We can throw this into the great mysteries of our time, along with Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster and Elon Musk. The Pelicans didn’t learn to play defense in their down time before the season came back. NOLA has dropped two straight and Morant and the Grizz are in the same boat. Morant has played 36+ minutes in both games for Memphis and has at least 47.25 DKFP in each. Again, another chalk staple.

OKC Thunder vs. DEN

Oops, I did it again??? So yeah, another team that will be popular, the Thunder and their guard contingent. Why? Because the Nuggets have no guards to throw out there. Jamal Murray, Will Barton and Gary Harris are all out again for Denver. So with guys like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($6,000) and Danilo Gallinari ($5,600) sporting great prices, we can really get a nice chalk build going. Cash seems like the way to go in the bubble so far. Steven Adams ($5,400) also a fine play. Nikola Jokic has to play PG and handle the ball, plus Adams has the size to body out Bol Bol.