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Fantasy Basketball Picks: Top DraftKings NBA DFS Targets, Values for August 29

Matt LaMarca gives his top studs and value plays at each position for Saturday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 3:30 p.m. ET.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Portland Trail Blazers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA will resume the playoffs with a three-game slate on Saturday. The action gets underway with the Bucks vs. the Magic at 3:30 p.m. ET and concludes with the Lakers vs. the Blazers at 9 p.m. ET.

Let’s take a look at some of the top studs and values at each position on DraftKings.

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Point Guard

Stud

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, OKC @ HOU, $7,400 – SGA is carrying one of the largest workloads in basketball at the moment. He’s logged at least 43.9 minutes in each of his past two games and he’s scored at least 44.5 DKFP in each of his past three. SGA has averaged 1.02 DKFP per minute this season, so that production doesn’t feel fluky given the sheer volume of minutes he’s playing. He should see another massive workload in a crucial Game 5 vs. the Rockets. The team that wins Game 5 of a 2-2 series goes on to win at nearly an 85% clip, so expect both teams to treat this like an elimination game.

Other Options – Chris Paul ($8,100), Eric Bledsoe ($5,800)

Value

Markelle Fultz, ORL @ MIL, $5,100 – The Magic will be trying to avoid elimination today vs. the Bucks, so don’t be surprised if Orlando leans on the team’s key players a bit heavier than usual. Fultz fits that description and he’s coming off nearly 31.5 minutes in his last game. Fultz has averaged 0.99 DKFP per minute this season, so he’s capable of paying off his $5,100 salary with a similar workload.

The Magic will also be without Aaron Gordon once again and Fultz has increased his usage rate by +1.4% with Gordon and Jonathan Isaac off the court this season.

Other Options – D.J. Augustin ($4,800), Anfernee Simons ($4,000)


Shooting Guard

Stud

CJ McCollum, POR @ LAL, $8,100 – McCollum will likely be asked to shoulder the scoring load in today’s contest. He’s increased his usage rate by +7.5% with both Lillard and Zach Collins off the court this season, resulting in an average of 1.23 DKFP per minute. That said, McCollum is dealing with an injury of his own, so the Blazers may exercise a bit of caution with him if this game gets out of hand early.

Other Options – James Harden ($11,400), Dennis Schroder ($6,400)

Value

Terrence Ross, ORL @ MIL, $5,000 – The Magic are begging for offense at the moment, so Orlando has started to lean a little harder on Ross. He’s coming off 31.2 minutes in his last outing – which was his top mark of the series – and Ross has averaged 0.93 DKFP per minute this season.

Other Options – Evan Fournier ($5,400), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($3,500)


Small Forward

Stud

LeBron James, LAL vs. POR, $10,800 – The Lakers’ offense got off to a slow start vs. the Blazers, but they’ve been absolutely humming recently. They’ve scored at least 111 points in each of the past three games, including 135 in their last contest. James has unsurprisingly been a big part of that production and he posted 57.0 DKFP over just 28.3 minutes in his last outing. He definitely has huge upside today if this game stays competitive but that is no guarantee with Lillard out of the lineup. The Lakers are currently favored by 13.5 points, so LeBron could be looking at another early exit in this one.

Other Options – Danilo Gallinari ($6,300)

Value

Carmelo Anthony, POR @ LAL, $5,900 – Melo isn’t exactly a “value” at $5,900 but there’s a lot to like about him today vs. the Lakers. Like McCollum, he definitely carries a higher ceiling with Lillard out of the lineup. He’s increased his usage rate by +3.2% with Lillard off the court this season, resulting in an average of 0.88 DKFP per minute.

Other Options – Gary Trent Jr. ($4,800), Mario Hezonja ($3,500)


Power Forward

Stud

Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL vs. ORL, $11,300 Antokounmpo has been his usual dominant self during the first round. He’s tallied at least 59.0 DKFP in all four contests and he’s scored at least 64.75 DKFP in three of them. He hasn’t even been asked to play that many minutes in those games, which makes his production even more impressive.

There are some blowout concerns with the Bucks today – they’re currently favored by 13.5 points on DraftKings Sportsbook – but it’s not like any of their past games have been all that competitive. The Bucks lost by 12 points in Game 1 and have won each of the past three games by at least 14 points.

Other Options – Anthony Davis ($10,500)

Value

Gary Clark, ORL @ MIL, $4,200 – Clark is pretty reasonably priced at just $4,200 considering his recent production. He’s scored at least 20.25 DKFP in three of his past four games and he should continue to start with Gordon and Isaac out of the lineup.

Other Options – Robert Covington ($5,700), Markieff Morris ($3,300)


Center

Stud

Nikola Vucevic, ORL @ MIL, $9,200 – Vucevic has been one of the lone bright spots for the Magic during this series. He’s scored at least 50.5 DKFP in three of four games and he’s scored at least 62.0 DKFP in two of them. He’s commanded a large usage rate with Gordon and Isaac out of the lineup and he’s also been very efficient with his opportunities.

Other Options – Jusuf Nurkic ($8,600)

Value

Steven Adams, OKC @ HOU, $5,500 – Adams has one of the best possible matchups vs. the Rockets, who have been absolutely slaughtered on the glass after trading away Clint Capela. That said, the Thunder did limit Adams’ minutes in his last contest. OKC chose to go with a smaller lineup featuring Danilo Gallinari at center, so he may not play as much as expected today. Still, he has nice upside at just $5,500.

Other Options – Brook Lopez ($5,200), Hassan Whiteside ($4,900)


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