Here are some plays that jump out on DraftKings at each position for Tuesday’s main NBA slate, along with some strategy unique to this slate.
Worth Paying Up For: James Harden, Brooklyn Nets vs. Sacramento Kings ($10,700)
Harden’s been dominant carrying Brooklyn’s offense over the last four games without Kevin Durant. Harden’s averaging 65.5 DKFP over that four-game span, including a 72.25 DKFP triple-double last week in Sacramento.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Saben Lee, Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic ($3,200)
Not exactly a household name here, but with Delon Wright out, Lee’s stepped into a big role in the rotation. Lee played 33 minutes on Sunday in Orlando, finishing with 30 DKFP. Let’s see if he can run it back for something close to 10x again in the same matchup. Either way, it’s tough to see Lee being bad enough to bust your lineup.
Worth Paying Up For: Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks ($7,200)
The Cavs are on an atrocious run right now, but Sexton’s still been finding his offense. Cleveland is thin in the frontcourt, but without any bodies to fill in, Sexton’s playing even more minutes — 40 per game over the last three. He dropped 41 DKFP on the Hawks in 35 minutes earlier this season, and is in position to see plenty of shots.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics ($4,500)
THJ was really suffering from being moved to the bench, but with Kristaps Porzingis out on Monday, he found his shot again. Hardaway caught fire, finishing with 29 points in 28 minutes, good for 37 DKFP. With his salary unadjusted, and KP out once again, let’s look for more strong value, similar to Lee.
Worth Paying Up For: Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks ($8,900)
The Celtics have been a wildly inconsistent team this season, but this should be a spot they bounce-back. Boston suffered an embarrassing loss on Sunday in New Orleans, blowing a 24-point lead in the process. Tatum went for his third-straight 50-plus DKFP game in the contest, and catches Dallas on the second night of a back-to-back. Look for the C’s to prove a point in another national game.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Kevin Huerter, Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,000)
Already down De’Andre Hunter on the wing, Cam Reddish has been downgraded to doubtful, so Huerter’s almost certainly going to see some extra run. The Cavs rank 27th in DKFP allowed to SG/SF, and this is a matchup Huerter already scored 32.5 DKFP in this season in 27 minutes. He should be good for closer to 37 minutes in this one.
Worth Paying Up For: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves ($11,000)
The Bucks have been a train wreck recently, but Giannis has been a fantasy force over his last seven — exceeding 65 DKFP in six contests. The Wolves have allowed the third-most DKFP to the PF position this season. Blowout potential is the only red flag here, but with how poor Milwaukee’s been lately, the upside if this game does remain close is massive.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Al-Farouq Aminu, Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons ($3,400)
Aminu has been working his way back into Orlando’s rotation, but the Magic are so shorthanded, there’s a role ready for him immediately. He played a season-high 19 minutes against the Pistons on Sunday, finishing with 25.5 DKFP. If he gets more involved in this contest, we should see some good return on value.
Worth Paying Up For: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers ($10,800)
Joker has calmed down from the hot streak he was on during Denver’s road trip, but this could be a spot for him to get right at home. Portland’s on the second night of a back-to-back, and Joker has been averaged about seven DKFP more per game at home this season — 62.7 DKFP. The individual matchup against Enes Kanter ($7,000) should be one he can feast on.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Dwight Powell, Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics ($3,000)
Powell is also slowly being eased back from a serious injury, but down Porzingis, minutes are there to be had in the frontcourt. After playing one minute the previous game, Powell saw 27 minutes on Monday night, finishing with 16.5 DKFP. Boston ranks 22nd in DKFP allowed to opposing centers.
Overall Lineup Strategy
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