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: John Wall, Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans ($7,300)
Wall sat out on Monday while Victor Oladipo played PG, and as we’ve seen in recent back-to-backs, to two will switch spots on Tuesday. Now it’s Wall’s turn to run the offense with ‘Dipo off the floor, and given the salary and matchup, it’s a spot worth targeting. Wall’s down $200 since he last played, and gets an above average matchup against the Pels. Wall’s been pretty consistent recently, scoring between 33.0 DKFP and 41.5 DKFP in each of his last six.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Frank Mason III, Orlando Magic at Portland Trail Blazers ($3,300)
Mason’s played two games since signing with Orlando and has seen his role grow quickly. The Magic were desperate for a body at PG and Mason gives them some stability. He jumped from 16 to 26 minutes in his second game, finishing with a 10-4-4 line for 21.0 DKFP. Another 26 minutes against a Portland defense that ranks 27th in DKFP allowed to PG is a safe spot to pay down.
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Worth Paying Up For: James Harden, Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons ($10,900)
Harden’s put up modest numbers the last two games, but I think both can be explained. He attempted only eight shots on Friday against the Raptors with Kevin Durant coming in and out of the game to due protocols. KD’s out until at least Friday now, which helped Harden to 53.0 DKFP on Saturday. Plus, the game was a blowout, and Harden saw no time in the fourth quarter. Now Harden faces an awful Detroit defense with Durant off the floor. I’m expecting it to all come together here.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Lonnie Walker, San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors ($3,600)
Editor’s Note: Spurs SG/SF Lonnie Walker IV (illness) will be on a minutes limit in tonight’s game vs. the Warriors, per Gregg Popovich.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s absence leaves some upside for all the Spurs, but Derrick White going out on top of it opens up a lot of backcourt production. Walker’s salary dips $200 coming off a dreadful 1-of-10 game from the field, but some regression with his shooting makes him a viable value against the Dubs.
Worth Paying Up For: Jerami Grant, Detroit Pistons vs. Brooklyn Nets ($7,000)
Grant is coming off a massive game against the Lakers, finishing with 53.0 DKFP on Saturday. He’s had a couple of days off following the 48-minute effort, and now gets a matchup against a historically bad Brooklyn defense. The Nets are going to get what they want on offense, so expect Grant to have a positive game script in this one, with his salary about as low as you’ll see it.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Sterling Brown, Houston Rockets at New Orleans Pelicans ($3,200)
Brown was one of the top values on Monday’s slate, and he came through — 26.25 DKFP in 28 minutes. He did so while shooting just 3-for-9 from the field, and now his salary’s down $300 on the second night of a back-to-back. If his shot falls in a much better matchup in New Orleans, we’ve got 10x potential here.
Worth Paying Up For: DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors ($7,800)
DeRozan’s been putting up pretty consistent numbers with Aldridge sidelined, averaging nearly 48.0 DKFP over the last three games. He scored 44.5 DKFP in a Spurs win over the Warriors on Monday, playing 36 minutes. PF is a weaker position, and I’d prefer to go to Grant here for cheaper if you have a SF value you like. But DeRozan makes for a very safe play, at the very least.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Kelly Oubre, Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs ($6,200)
I dug through all the value at PF, and unless injury news changes anything, I’m not interested in any. Oubre has stepped his game up recently, going off for 59.5 DKFP last week, and scoring 35.5 DKFP in this exact matchup last night. I’ll ride the hot hand here, rather than chase cheaper value I don’t believe in.
Worth Paying Up For: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic at Portland Trail Blazers ($8,900)
Vucevic is my favorite overall play on the slate. His salary stays in check after a dud in a blowout loss to the Bulls, but the previous two games without Aaron Gordon in the lineup were very impressive for Vuce. He posted 51.0 DKFP in the first game Gordon missed, following it up with a 77.75-DKFP effort on Friday — 43 points and 19 boards.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Richaun Holmes, Sacramento Kings vs. Philadelphia 76ers ($5,700)
Holmes has had the hot hand recently, exceeding 31.0 DKFP in three of his last four games — two of them double-doubles for over 40.0 DKFP. The matchup gets tougher against Philly, but Holmes will have revenge on his mind against his former team. Marvin Bagley ($4,900) hasn’t played more than 22 minutes in a game this month, helping Holmes thrive.
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