The NBA’s main slate won’t be as crowded as usual on Monday, as only seven games are on tap. Tip-off times will range from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m ET, and there are plenty of injuries to keep track of to maximize the potential of your DraftKings lineups.
That being said, it is a great time to give you some value plays for your DFS contest. Unlike NFL DFS, where one pick can make or break your lineup, or it’s tough to find quality low-tier value.
In NBA DFS, you can find quality value plays under $5K that can give you a quick 10 points off the bench, grab some rebounds, or stuff the stat sheet. It does not matter if you are playing a 50/50 or Double Up contest. We are going to provide you with three players that you need to put in your lineup.
Danilo Gallinari, Atlanta Hawks, $4,900
The Hawks-Knicks game will be a popular place to look for value in Monday’s slate, as Atlanta is dealing with a slew of injuries. The Hawks could be without five players because of injuries, which means there are only so many to divide minutes between. Gallinari exploded for a season-high 20 points off the pine in his last outing and appeared to be rediscovering his shooting stroke. His offense will be needed against one of the sturdiest defenses in the NBA, and he might not be under 5K for a while once this game is over.
Raul Neto, Washington WIzards $4,600
Russell Westbrook seems unlikely to play on the second night of a back-to-back and should benefit from the absences of Ish Smith. The minute restriction he had to deal with last week is long gone, and he’s one of Washington’s only viable choices for a backup ball-handler.
David Nwaba, Houston Rockets, $3,600
Victor Oladipo is set to miss a second straight game with a foot injury, and that means Rockets wings can expect to get a boost in playing time. Oladipo’s absence makes Nwaba Houston’s top backup shooting guard, and his physical defense could make him an important piece of the Rockets’ plan for slowing down Bradley Beal, who leads the league in points per game. Nwaba’s ceiling is similar to Sterling Brown’s (4,200) but saves you more salary. He’s scored at least 10 points in five of his last 10 games.