The NBA is offering up a solid slate of basketball on Wednesday, with nine different games to choose from. The DraftKings slate starts at 7:00 p.m. ET, so let’s break down some of the top studs and values at each position to help you build your DraftKings lineups.
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Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks vs. Atlanta Hawks ($10,800) – Doncic has been a bit up-and-down recently, but he possesses arguably the highest ceiling in fantasy at the moment. He’s increased his production to 1.62 DKFP per minute over the past month, which is the second-highest mark on today’s slate.
He’s also in a solid spot vs. the Hawks. Atlanta ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of both pace and defensive efficiency, but the Mavericks’ implied team total of 117.75 still ranks third on the slate.
Other Options – Kyrie Irving ($9,100), Kyle Lowry ($7,300)
Kenrich Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers ($4,700) – The Thunder are going to be extremely thin at the point guard Wednesday vs. the Lakers. Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, George Hill, and Theo Maledon have all been ruled out, which leaves the team without their top three options at the position.
With that in mind, Williams has plenty of appeal as a value play. He’s averaged a solid 0.87 DKFP per minute over the past month, and he has the potential to play more than 30 minutes on today’s slate.
Other Options – Terry Rozier ($6,200), Coby White ($6,200)
James Harden, Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers ($10,400) – Harden is going to command a ton of ownership tonight vs. the Pacers. He’s coming off 62.0 DKFP in his last outing, and the Nets will be without Kevin Durant for the third straight game. Harden has increased his usage rate by 1.5 percentage points and his assist rate by 3.0 percentage points in four games without Durant this season, resulting in an average of 1.45 DKFP per minute. Harden has played massive minutes since arriving in Brooklyn – he’s logged at least 39.4 minutes in three of his past four games – so that gives him excellent upside vs. the Pacers.
Other Options – Bradley Beal ($9,300), Zach LaVine ($9,000)
Denzel Valentine, Chicago Bulls vs. New Orleans Pelicans ($5,300) – Valentine started the year deep on the Bulls’ bench, but he’s emerged as a big factor in their rotation recently. He’s logged at least 27.8 minutes in back-to-back games, and that doesn’t figure to change with Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter, and Wendell Carter Jr. all out of the lineup. Valentine has averaged 0.95 DKFP per minute this season, so he can do some serious damage with increased playing time.
Other Options – Hamidou Diallo ($6,500), Lu Dort ($4,400)
Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers @ Minnesota Timberwolves ($9,400) – The Nets aren’t the only team that will be missing a superstar on today’s slate. The Clippers will be playing without Paul George, which gives Leonard a significant boost in value. He’s increased his usage rate by 2.5 percentage points with George off the court this season, resulting in an average of 1.34 DKFP per minute. The Timberwolves also represent an excellent matchup, ranking just 21st in defensive efficiency.
Other Options – Khris Middleton ($7,900), Gordon Hayward ($7,700)
Kyle Anderson, Memphis Grizzlies vs. Charlotte Hornets ($5,600) – Anderson earned the nickname “Slo-Mo” because of his deliberate style of play, but that nickname doesn’t apply to his fantasy game. He can rack up fantasy points quickly – he’s averaged 1.07 DKFP per minute over the past month – and his playing time is trending in the right direction. He’s logged at least 30.2 minutes in back-to-back games, and he’s unsurprisingly finished with at least 30.0 DKFP in both contests.
Other Options – Will Barton ($5,600), Nicolas Batum ($5,200)
Domantas Sabonis, Indiana Pacers @ Brooklyn Nets ($8,600) – What does Sabonis have to do to get some respect around here? To be fair, Sabonis has struggled in each of his past two games, but he finished with at least 59.25 DKFP in his previous two contests. Overall, he’s averaged a stout 1.29 DKFP per minute this season, and he ranks sixth in the league in minutes per game.
He has a chance to put together a huge performance tonight vs. the Nets. Brooklyn has been nothing short of a disaster defensively since acquiring James Harden, and they’ve been even worse with Durant off the court. They’ve allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing centers this season, making Sabonis pretty drastically underpriced.
Other Options – Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,600)
Isaiah Roby, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers ($3,700) – The big question on today’s slate is “where is the value?” There are tons of stud options to pay up for, but the true value options are definitely lacking. There aren’t a ton of players priced below $4,500 that stand out as viable targets.
That should make Roby a very popular target. He’s missed each of the past two games for the Thunder, but he’s not listed on the injury report for tonight’s matchup vs. the Lakers. He played more than 33.5 minutes in his last game before the injury, and he should be one of the best values of the day if he sees that much playing time in his first game back. Roby has averaged 0.97 DKFP per minute over the past month, which is an excellent mark considering his salary.
Other Options – PJ Washington ($5,300), Marcus Morris ($4,500)
Al Horford, Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers ($6,200) – Horford isn’t exactly priced like a stud, but he has the chance to deliver stud-like production for the shorthanded Thunder. He’s been one of the biggest beneficiaries when the three injured point guards have been off the court this season. He’s increased his usage rate by 11.2 percentage points and his assist rate by 12.9 percentage points, resulting in an average of 1.65 DKFP per minute. Horford will likely lose some playing time with Roby back in the rotation, but he has the potential to smash his current salary in less than 30 minutes.
Other Options – Nikola Jokic ($11,000), Deandre Ayton ($7,100)
Chris Boucher, Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards ($5,900) – Boucher isn’t much cheaper than Horford, but both players actually fit very similar profiles today. Neither player is expected to see a ton of minutes, but they should absolutely dominate when on the court. Boucher’s playing time is trending in the right direction – he’s played at least 29 minutes in back-to-back games – and he’s averaged 1.26 DKFP per minute this season.
The Raptors also own one of the best matchups of the day. They’re taking on the Washington Wizards, who rank first in pace and 29th in defensive efficiency, and the Raptors’ implied team total of 120.0 points ranks first on the slate.
Other Options – Serge Ibaka ($5,400), DeAndre Jordan ($4,500)
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