The NBA is offering up a huge slate of basketball on Friday. There are 10 games to choose from starting at 7:30 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.
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers ($10,700) – Doncic is coming off back-to-back games with at least 68.5 DKFP, and he racked up those performances against a good defensive team in the Clippers. Now, he gets an outstanding matchup vs. the Trail Blazers. Portland ranks just 29th in defensive efficiency, and the Mavericks’ implied team total of 115.75 ranks sixth on the slate. The Mavericks will also start Tim Hardaway Jr. instead of Dorian Finney-Smith (personal) tonight, and their offense has unsurprisingly been far more effective with THJ on the court.
Other Options – James Harden ($11,000), Dejounte Murray ($7,300)
Frank Jackson, Detroit Pistons at Houston Rockets ($3,200) – Jackson limped to just 10.5 DKFP in his last game, but he was on the court for more than 31 minutes. That’s a ton of playing time upside for someone who costs just $3.2K. He should see a similar workload vs. the Rockets on Friday, and he should be able to improve his performance given his average of 0.73 DKFP per minute this season.
Other Options – Tyrese Haliburton ($5,700), Derrick White ($5,500)
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns vs. Minnesota Timberwolves ($7,800) – Shooting guard doesn’t stand out as a great position to pay up at on Friday, but Booker has some appeal against the Timberwolves. His production has been up recently – he’s averaged 1.33 DKFP per minute over the past month – and the Timberwolves represent an excellent matchup. They rank 26th in defensive efficiency, and Phoenix’s implied team total of 121.75 is the top mark on the slate. Booker scored 50.0 DKFP against this same team yesterday, so there’s no reason he can’t do it again tonight.
Other Options – Kyrie Irving ($9,300), Andrew Wiggins ($6,000)
Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers ($4,900) – With Finney-Smith out of the lineup, Hardaway should be asked to play around 35 minutes on today’s slate. He’s averaged 0.89 DKFP per minute over the past month, so that should be more than enough playing time for him to return value in an elite matchup.
Other Options – Jordan Poole ($4,500), Devin Vassell ($3,300)
Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings ($8,000) – The Celtics are coming off back-to-back losses, but don’t blame Brown. He was excellent in both contests, racking up at least 47.75 DKFP in each game. He also played at least 38.9 minutes in both contests, and he should continue to provide elite production if he sees that much court time.
Brown is in a particularly good spot tonight vs. the Kings. They rank dead-last in defensive efficiency this season, and the Celtics’ implied team total of 120.0 ranks second on the slate.
Other Options – Jerami Grant ($7,200)
Kent Bazemore, Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies ($3,400) – There are going to be a lot of shots and minutes available for the Warriors on Friday. Steph Curry ($9,700; tailbone) and Kelly Oubre ($6,200; foot) are both doubtful, which should create plenty of opportunities for guys like Bazemore. The veteran has always been a solid producer when given the chance to play, and he’s averaged 0.89 DKFP per minute this season. He should be among the Warriors’ leaders in usage on Friday, so I like his chances to return value.
Other Options – Saddiq Bey ($5,000), Damion Lee ($3,300)
Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings ($8,900) – Tatum stands out for a lot of the same reasons as Brown. He’s playing all the minutes he can handle at the moment, and he has one of the best possible matchups vs. the Kings. His production hasn’t been quite as good as Brown’s recently, which has caused his salary to dip below $9K. That makes him a nice buy-low target.
Other Options – Kristaps Porzingis ($7,900), Draymond Green ($6,700)
Larry Nance Jr., Cleveland Cavaliers vs. San Antonio Spurs ($5,200) – Nance Jr. has played at least 36.5 minutes in back-to-back games, and he’s responded with at least 34.25 DKFP in both contests. He should be looking at a similar workload today with Kevin Love (calf) out of the lineup, which makes Nance an elite option at his current price tag.
Other Options – Paul Millsap ($4,300), Maxi Kleber ($4,200)
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls ($10,600) – Jokic is coming off a rare poor game in his last outing, but it wasn’t exactly his fault. He played just 28.6 minutes in a blowout victory, which capped his production at 42.5 DKFP.
If Jokic returns to his normal workload tonight, he has the potential for a monster performance vs. the Bulls. Jokic has averaged a stout 1.68 DKFP per minute this season, and the Bulls have played at the seventh-fastest pace.
Other Options – Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,400), Jonas Valanciunas ($7,500)
Robert Williams, Boston Celtics vs. Sacramento Kings ($5,800) – Tristan Thompson (health protocols) will miss his third-straight game on Friday, which means Williams should have the chance to play a few additional minutes. Williams has made the most of his minutes recently – he’s scored at least 42.25 DKFP in two of his past three games – and he’s averaged a stout 1.48 DKFP per minute over the past month.
Other Options – Daniel Theis ($4,400), Kevon Looney ($3,200)
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