The NBA is offering up a huge slate of basketball on Wednesday. There are 10 games to choose from starting at 7:00 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.
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James Harden, Brooklyn Nets vs. Houston Rockets ($10,900) – Harden continues to carry an unreal workload for the Nets. Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup in their last game, but that didn’t stop Harden from racking up 78.75 DKFP over nearly 40.4 minutes. Overall, he’s averaged 1.66 DKFP per minute over the past month.
He takes the floor in an elite spot Wednesday vs. the Rockets. The Nets are currently implied for 122.5 points, which is the top mark on the slate by six points. This is also a revenge game for Harden, who had an unceremonious end to his stellar Rockets tenure.
Other Options – Luka Doncic ($10,700), Dejounte Murray ($7,000)
Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies ($5,500) – Donovan Mitchell will miss Wednesday’s game vs. the Grizzlies due to personal reasons, which opens up a significant amount of usage. Clarkson should be one of the primary beneficiaries. He’s increased his usage rate by a team-high 3.0 percentage points with Mitchell off the court this season, resulting in an average of 1.16 DKFP per minute. He should see around 30 minutes vs. the Grizzlies, which makes Clarkson an elite value at $5,500.
Other Options – Mike Conley ($5,800), Saben Lee ($4,300)
Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors @ Oklahoma City Thunder ($7,700) – VanVleet is playing all the minutes he can handle at the moment for the Raptors. He’s logged at least 37.5 minutes in five of his past seven games, and the Raptors will have four reserve players sidelined once again on Wednesday. In other words, expect VanVleet to be busy once again vs. the Thunder.
Other Options – Jrue Holiday ($7,100), Derrick White ($5,700)
Hamidou Diallo, Detroit Pistons vs. Portland Trail Blazers ($4,600) – The Pistons are another team that will be shorthanded tonight. Dennis Smith Jr. and Rodney McGruder have both been ruled out, while Wayne Ellington is currently listed as doubtful. That makes Diallo an interesting option. He’s coming off 43.0 DKFP over 27.3 minutes in his last outing, and he’s averaged a strong 1.02 DKFP per minute this season. He’s simply too cheap at $4,600.
Other Options – Tyler Herro ($5,400), Derrick Rose ($4,800)
DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings ($7,600) – The Spurs own arguably the best matchup of the day vs. the Kings. They’ve been the worst team in the league this season in terms of defensive efficiency, and they’ve also played at the 10th fastest pace. The Spurs’ implied team total of 116.25 ranks third on the slate and represents a sizable increase from their season average of 109.5 points per game.
DeRozan has taken a bit of a backseat this season to some of the Spurs’ younger players like Murray and White, but he’s still averaged 1.14 DKFP per minute over the past month. He should be able to pay off his current salary in such an elite matchup.
Other Options – Jerami Grant ($7,200), Joe Ingles ($5,600)
Royce O’Neale, Utah Jazz @ Memphis Grizzlies ($4,200) – The Jazz should offer plenty of value on today’s slate, but O’Neale has a chance to be the best contributor on a points-per-dollar basis. He’s increased his production to 0.76 DKFP per minute with Mitchell off the court this season, and he should see a few additional minutes with Mitchell out of the lineup as well. O’Neale leads the team with an average of 35.8 minutes in two games without Mitchell this season, and he’s averaged 24.63 DKFP in those contests.
Other Options – Bojan Bogdanovic ($4,800), Kenrich Williams ($4,400)
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics ($10,500) – Antetokounmpo has been in-and-out of the Bucks’ lineup recently, and he hasn’t been very productive when he’s suited up. He’s scored 46.0 DKFP or fewer in three straight games, which has caused his salary to drop to just $10,500.
That makes Antetokounmpo an elite buy-low option. He’s been priced between $10,000 and $11,000 91 times since the start of the 2018 season, and he’s averaged 57.23 DKFP in those contests. His ownership should also be a bit lower than usual following three-straight poor games, which makes him an excellent GPP pivot off Harden.
Other Options – Jayson Tatum ($8,700), Pascal Siakam ($7,700)
OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors @ Oklahoma City Thunder ($6,300) – Anunoby is a bit more expensive than the typical value option, but he’s still way underpriced at $6,300. He has crushed since returning from a long-term absence for the Raptors, scoring at least 32.75 DKFP in each of his past six games. He also played at least 38 minutes in two of his past three games, which gives him one of the safest floors in fantasy.
Other Options – Kyle Anderson ($5,200), Jaden McDaniels ($4,300)
Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers ($8,200) – Adebayo has been hit-or-miss recently for the Heat, but the hits have been massive. He’s scored at least 54.0 DKFP in three of his past five games, including in his last matchup vs. the Knicks. The Knicks are one of the toughest matchups in fantasy, so if Adebayo can succeed against them, he can definitely succeed against the Pacers.
He should also benefit from Miami’s current injury situation. Victor Oladipo is still not ready to make his team debut, while Kendrick Nunn is questionable after sitting out on Monday.
Other Options – Robert Williams ($6,700), Deandre Ayton ($6,600)
Jakob Poeltl, San Antonio Spurs vs. Sacramento Kings ($5,800) – Poeltl is coming off back-to-back games with at least 38.75 DKFP, and he’ll have the chance for another big performance vs. the Kings. They’ve been dreadful against opposing centers this season, allowing the third-most DKFP per game to the position.
Other Options – Mason Plumlee ($6,000), Nerlens Noel ($4,900)
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