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: Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies at Washington Wizards ($7,000)
This should be a good game to get exposure to, with a massive total on DraftKings Sportsbook, but not too many spots forcing you to spend up. Russell Westbrook ($10,100) is a solid play on the other side of the matchup, but with Morant laying a couple duds and playing in some blowouts lately, I’ll take the savings. Morant is over $3,000 cheaper than Westbrook, and Washington ranks 27th in DKFP allowed to opposing PGs.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks ($4,600)
Denver’s been working shorthanded for a while now, but adding Facundo Campazzo to the injury report frees up more minutes in the backcourt. Morris saw 34 minutes on Monday in Chicago, and while it didn’t lead to a big fantasy output, the upside is there. Keep giving Morris that type of run, and he’ll stumble upon a big game regardless of matchup.
Worth Paying Up For: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards vs. Memphis Grizzlies ($9,700)
If I’m paying up in this matchup, it’s going to be saving a few hundred bucks off Westbrook for Beal. The All-Star’s been putting on a scoring clinic this season, dropping another 46 in Boston on Sunday. The Wizards have been playing terrific basketball of late, and Beal’s in a safe spot to keep rolling at home.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Derrick Rose, New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs ($5,900)
We’ve seen D-Rose step up in Elfrid Payton’s absence these last few games, averaging over 34 DKFP in 33 minutes per game in his last three contests. The Spurs rank 28th in DKFP allowed to PGs, which is the position Rose is really playing, and are on the second night of a back-to-back following an overtime loss. Look for the Knicks to keep that momentum rolling.
Worth Paying Up For: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers at Boston Celtics ($8,800)
This is more of a salary play than anything, as Kawhi’s just way too cheap. Leonard hit $9,700 in mid-February, and has been playing big minutes when the Clippers are in competitive games. The Clips have been the best team in the NBA off a loss both this season and last season, so look for Kawhi to establish himself in a game against a slipping Boston defense.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Justise Winslow, Memphis Grizzlies at Washington Wizards ($3,900)
Winslow has been shaking some rust as he gets set to play in his fifth game of the season, but we’ve seen him flash the upside. Winslow has shown us more good than bad, hitting 19 or more DKFP in three of his four outings, including nearly 30 DKFP on Sunday. This is another good matchup for Winslow to find his numbers.
Worth Paying Up For: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets ($11,000)
Giannis has been machine-like recently, scoring 60-plus DKFP in five straight, and nine of his last 10. Five of those contests have seen Giannis go for over 70 DKFP. Denver has been worse defensively on the road, and we should see a lot of points on the board in this one. Giannis has played 78 total minutes in his last two games, finally setting him up to scratch his ceiling in nearly any game.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Obi Toppin, New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs ($3,000)
Mitchell Robinson has been out for a couple of weeks, but with Taj Gibson joining him on the sidelines, Toppin finally has a role in New York’s rotation. The rookie played 19 minutes in the last game with Gibson out, and could see some extra run in this one. He’s not the safest value, by any means, but it’s not often we can consider a play at minimum salary.
Worth Paying Up For: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets at Milwaukee Bucks ($10,800)
Joker went insane on Monday in Chicago, finishing an assist shy of a triple-double, dropping 77 DKFP. Jokic finished with a 35-12-6 line when these teams met in Denver, good for 62 DKFP. Even on a road back-to-back, I trust the pace in this game leaves upside. If you want to game stack, Giannis and Jokic would be an elite one, and we have the $3,000-range value to make it fit.
Best Bang For Your Buck: Nerlens Noel, New York Knicks at San Antonio Spurs ($5,200)
If you want a more safe play over Toppin, Noel is where you turn. Of course, we need $2,200 more to make it work, but I think it’ll be worth it. Over the last two games, Noel’s played 81 total minutes, and is averaging just shy of 30 DKFP. While a breakout game hasn’t been there, the minutes leave elite upside at his price point.
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