Friday night’s NBA slate features nine games on the schedule with one postponement. The Dallas Mavericks matchup with the Houston Rockets will not be played due to the inclement weather in the area and will be rescheduled at a later date.
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.
Royce O’Neale, Utah Jazz, $4,900
You can find some good value with Utah’s Royce O’Neale at the power forward position. He is averaging the most fantasy points per game among power forwards under $5,000 at 23.2. O’Neale is consistently getting in the mid-30s for minutes played in a game and knocked down five 3-pointers in his last two games. He put up seven or more rebounds in each of his last four games and scored in double digits in each of his last two. Paul George is out for the Clippers, and Kawhi Leonard and Nicolas Batum are questionable, so their team defense could have some issues, leading to a productive day for O’Neale.
Seth Curry, Philadelphia 76ers, $4,800
Shooting guard Seth Curry played one of his best games of the season against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. In 37 minutes, he scored 25 points on 8 of 13 shooting and knocked down three 3-pointers with five assists. Ben Simmons is expected to return to the lineup for the 76ers after missing Wednesday with an illness, but they could still be without Shake Milton. Curry has played more than 30 minutes in each of the last four games, a streak he hasn’t accomplished all season until now, and he’s making the most of it. He’s averaging 22.1 fantasy points per game and will go up against the Chicago Bulls, which are allowing the 22nd most fantasy points to the shooting guard position.
Payton Pritchard, Boston Celtics, $4,200
If you’re looking to go really cheap at the point guard position, Payton Pritchard could be a nice way to go with your money. He is going up against the Atlanta Hawks, which rank dead last against the point guard position in the NBA. He is averaging 16.4 fantasy points per game and played well against Atlanta on Wednesday night with 11 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the floor. Check back for the injury reports prior to game time as Celtics guards Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker are questionable for Friday night’s game, which could lead to a bigger role for Pritchard.