The Dallas Mavericks (9-13) have found themselves in a pretty rough spot after losing six straight before finally snapping that skid with a 122-116 win over the Hawks. After dropping games to the Rockets, Nuggets, and a back-to-back pair each to the Jazz and Suns, it’s time for the Mavs to regroup and figure out how to actually start winning games again. The Golden State Warriors (11-10) honestly aren’t that much better off, although they’ve at least won three of their last five games. Between two struggling sides, let’s look at some relatively decent options in Showdown DFS contests on DraftKings.
Luka Doncic ($20,700) has been performing extremely well despite his team’s lack of ability to close out games. He scored an impressive 64 DKFP in the Mavs’ win over the Hawks, while finishing with just under 50 DKFP in the last four games before it. In fact, in their 113-117 loss to Denver last week, he amassed 86.25 DKFP while logging a triple-double with 35 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds. The ceiling is high for Doncic regardless of the outcome of the game. Steph Curry ($18,600) could also be a great pick as he was two assists away from a triple-double of his own in Golden State’s 107-111 loss to the Celtics this week, good for 73.25 DKFP. He banked seven three-pointers in that game, which makes his eighth straight game with at least four threes.
The Warriors are slammed with injuries to their centers as the latest victim Kevon Looney picked up a sprained ankle in their loss to the Celtics. That only adds to the problems they’ve already been having with Marquese Chriss out long-term with an ankle injury and rookie James Wiseman recently picking up a sprained wrist, expected to be out 10 days. Draymond Green ($7,000) is expected to see an increase in minutes as the Warriors look to play small-ball at the center spot until Wiseman can get back to health. Green only scored two points, but went for 11 rebounds and seven assists as he racked up 31.75 DKFP against the Celtics, and if his playing time is expected to go up, so will his performance output. Kristaps Porzingis ($10,000) has scored 40+ DKFP in the Mavericks’ last two games, notching a double-double in each one between points and rebounds.
Kelly Oubre Jr. ($7,200) has underperformed as of late for the Warriors, only managing to score above 20 DKFP twice in his last three games while still playing almost 30 minutes in each. He only scored 12 points against the Celtics while notching two assists and a rebound. It’s obvious that Curry has had to carry this team, picking up the slack when others start to dip in performance.
The Mavericks are favored to win this game at DraftKings Sportsbook and it’s not much of a surprise especially given how many injuries Steve Kerr and the Warriors are being forced to deal with. With Dallas finally snapping their losing streak against the Hawks and looking to build on momentum, I think Doncic will have a massive game and the Mavericks won’t have too much trouble in the paint as they edge out the Warriors in this one.
Final score: Mavericks 115, Warriors 109