Here are some plays that jump out on DraftKings at each position for Wednesday’s main NBA slate, along with some strategy unique to this slate.
Worth Paying Up For: John Wall, Houston Rockets at Cleveland Cavaliers ($8,300)
Wall’s coming off a dud against the Bulls, but he only played 28 minutes due to the blowout. This is the perfect bounce-back spot against Cleveland, which is on the second night of a back-to-back. Wall went for over 45 DKFP in his two previous outings, and Houston is extremely thin right now.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Saben Lee, Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans ($8,300)
Lee played 33 minutes on Sunday in Orlando, finishing with 30 DKFP. We went to him again in the same matchup on Tuesday, and he came through yet again — 34.75 DKFP in 29 minutes. Keep riding the cheap hot hand, going against a New Orleans defense that ranks 25th in DKFP allowed to PG.
Worth Paying Up For: Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks ($8,400)
Brown did all he could during Tuesday’s loss to the Mavericks, finishing with 48.75 DKFP. He struggled a bit in two games against the Hawks last week, but should get a boost with Kemba Walker resting on back-to-backs for Boston. Look for the first-time All-Star to put up some big numbers in his hometown. Atlanta ranks 19th in DKFP allowed to SG.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Lonnie Walker IV, San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,700)
The Spurs are going to be a popular spot on this slate. They are playing for the first time in 10 days, and will be without at least five players, including DeMar DeRozan. We don’t need much analysis here, but it helps that Walker already went off in this matchup when he saw an extended role — 33.75 DKFP in 35 minutes against the Thunder earlier this season.
Worth Paying Up For: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers at Utah Jazz ($10,900)
The Lakers are spiraling out of control with two of their best players out. Time for LeBron to right the ship on a nationally televised game against the hottest team in the NBA. This is more of a narrative play than a matchup play, but without Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder, LeBron will obviously have to step up as a scorer.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Danilo Gallinari, Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics ($4,700)
De’Andre Hunter has been ruled out, and Cam Reddish has been downgraded to doubtful. We went to Kevin Huerter ($5,400) in this spot last night, and he came through with over 37 DKFP. Gallo was atrocious against Cleveland, scoring 6.5 DKFP, but I’ll look to buy low here and invest in a bounce-back game for Gallinari. Shooting a combined 9-for-40 over his last four games, the cold streak has to end at some point.
Worth Paying Up For: Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons at New Orleans Pelicans ($7,600)
Grant fell off from his hot start, but he’s quietly still putting up some numbers, once again. This is a good matchup to find out if Grant can flash again, with New Orleans ranking second-worst in the NBA in DKFP given up to opposing PFs. Grant scored just 28.5 DKFP the first time he faced the Pels this season, but I’d expect him to improve upon his 4-of-15 shooting in that game.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Trey Lyles, San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,200)
Lyles is a play on this slate even with LaMarcus Aldridge expected to play. Lyles should be in for all the minutes he can handle, and comes at near minimum salary.
Worth Paying Up For: Clint Capela, Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics ($7,800)
Capela averaged over 50 DKFP in a pair of games against Boston last week, and now catches the Celtics on the second night of a road back-to-back. The Celtics rank just 22nd in DKFP allowed to apposing centers. Capela shot a combined 21-for-27 from the field in those games in Boston, and should continue to eat this frontcourt alive.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Jarrett Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Houston Rockets ($7,700)
No reason to pay down when we have a couple of studs at the center position for under $8,000. Allen’s been hot lately, scoring over 43 DKFP in each of his last three contests. Now he’ll square off against a Houston frontcourt that’s still without Christian Wood and just cut DeMarcus Cousins.
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