Happy Hump Day! We have a tasty 10-game NBA slate to pick from tonight, and with teams like the New Orleans Pelicans and Denver Nuggets dealing with back-to-backs, we can anticipate some values from the benches of tired teams for your DraftKings lineups. We’re already running through some lower-cost options, but more could be available later on in the day with injury news coming in, so be sure to follow @dklive on Twitter and download the DK Live app to stay up-to-the-minute with all the latest news leading up to tipoff. We’ll let you know who should see an uptick in minutes.
There are plenty of high-profile, high-priced options that are worth considering at the top of the salary structure, but you’ll need to balance out some of those hefty salaries with some cheap plays, as well. Check out these four players who seem primed to outproduce their minimal salaries based on form, matchup and expected workload.
PG Payton Pritchard, Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks, $4,200
Everyone’s favorite value play is back! With the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back, Kemba Walker will rest as he works his way back from injury. With Marcus Smart (calf) still out, that should clear the way for Pritchard to play upwards of 30 minutes, and we already know PP can fill up the stat sheet. Against the weak defense of Trae Young ($9,600) and the rest of the poor defenders Atlanta runs out there, we might have 7x value on our hands here.
SF Max Strus, Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors, $3,200
As the saying goes in baseball, if you can hit, the manager will find a place for you in the lineup. Wrong sport? Ah. Well, the saying still applies here. Strus has been instant offense for the Heat, and Erik Spoelstra can’t afford to have him on the bench with how great he’s been shooting the ball. Goran Dragic (ankle) has already been ruled out for this game against Golden State, and Gabe Vincent ($3,000; knee) has been banged up. Kendrick Nunn ($5,300) is too expensive, so Strus should be the value play if you’re trying to capitalize on the Heat’s injuries.
SG/SF Furkan Korkmaz, Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets, $3,300
Still missing Shake Milton (ankle), Korkmaz’s minutes aren’t going anywhere. The wing rose up to nearly $4K a handful of games ago due to his rise in minutes and steady scoring, but he’s come crashing down to near-minimum price due to a shooting slump. Korkmaz’s 0-for-10 skid should come to an end against one of the league’s worst perimeter defenses in the Rockets, who will likely be without Victor Oladipo ($7,500; foot) and Eric Gordon ($6,200; groin) at shooting guard. With an added bonus of a likely blowout, I think Korkmaz should get plenty of run here, and he’s got a great matchup.
PG Facundo Campazzo ($3,500), Denver Nuggets at Washington Wizards
I’ve saved the most exciting, and obvious, choice for last. Campazzo was absolutely breathtaking in his first-career start on Tuesday, going for 37.25 DKFP in 40 minutes; yet he’s only risen $200 in price. With Monte Morris ($4,600; shoulder) and Gary Harris ($4,500; thigh) questionable once again after missing Tuesday’s game, there’s a very good chance that Campazzo could draw another start in a depleted backcourt. With 26 minutes on Sunday and 40 yesterday, he’s asserted himself as the clear No. 4 guard ahead of rookie R.J. Hampton ($3,400). That may not sound all that appealing, but considering Denver will likely be down at least one guard, and will be leaning on its depth on the second night of a back-to-back, it’s significant. Campazzo has demonstrated great playmaking and shot-making skills in his time with the Nuggets, and should be a very reliable option if afforded minutes.
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