The NBA is kicking off this week with a six-game main slate on DraftKings. The action will begin with the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets tipping off at 8:00 p.m. ET and end with a matchup between the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers, which is set to tip at 10:00 p.m. ET. Like Sunday, this is a smaller slate, so you could have to get creative to take down GPPs. 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.
Kelly Olynyk, Miami Heat, $4,500
Olynyk was underwhelming against the Lakers after a stellar showing against the Sacramento Kings but has a chance to bounce back against the Oklahoma City Thunder. OKC is one of two teams in the NBA that gives up more than 48 rebounds per game to the opposition, and Al Horford will be rested for this matchup. Olynyk has scored more than 26 DKFP in six of his last 10 games despite shooting 38% from the field and 12% from deep over the last 10 days. Even an average shooting night should yield positive results here.
Marc Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers, $4,200
Gasol has scored more than 21 DKFP in every game since Anthony Davis re-injured his Achilles, and the Washington Wizards are doing everything they can to get some production from the center position. Washington has even resorted to starting Moritz Wagner over Alex Len and Robin Lopez. Gasol’s numbers don’t usually jump off the stat sheet, but his rebounding and scoring should get a bump against one of the worst defenses in the NBA.
P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets, $3,500
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a ceiling game from Tucker. Christian Wood isn’t close to returning from the ankle sprain he suffered against the Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston is parting ways with DeMarcus Cousins (heel). Tucker is essential to the Rockets’ small-ball lineups and will be up against a Chicago Bulls defense that ranks 28th against opposing power forwards.