There are four games for Sunday’s main DraftKings NBA slate, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET. There are two teams (the Pacers and the Bucks) playing the second leg of a back-to-back. DraftKings Sportsbook has zero games with a double-digit spread. There is one game with an O/U of at least 230, the Kings-Warriors matchup (230).
Let’s break down some of the top studs and values at each position to help you build your DraftKings lineups.
Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers, $11,000 – Stephen Curry ($10,500) is $500 cheaper and has the better matchup and game environment, but I can’t get off Westbrook today. He’s gone for 71.5 and 60.5 DKFP in the past two games. It’s been 17 games since he’s scored fewer than 50 DKFP. During that span, he’s gone for over 60 DKFP 10 times with a high of 94.5. Good defense, bad defense, uptempo, slow-paced, it just hasn’t mattered. He’s averaged 37.6 minutes, 19.2 shot attempts, a triple-double and a usage rate of 30%.
Other Options – Stephen Curry ($10,500), Malcolm Brogdon ($8,700)
Brandon Goodwin, Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks, $4,200 – On Friday with Young out, Goodwin didn’t get the start and only played 22 minutes, which was a disappointment because he had performed well in his prior two starts. With that said, he had a 29% usage rate and was heavily involved when on the floor. He attempted 10 shots and contributed 26.25 DKFP. He should do enough to pay off the salary because Young will miss his second straight game and there’s upside if things break right.
Other Options – Raul Neto ($4,800)
Caris LeVert, Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic, $8,400 – LeVert has gone for 43.75 and 52.75 DKFP in the past two games. The usage rate has been 35% and 29%. Domantas Sabonis (back) has missed the past three games, so that has helped because of one less cook in the kitchen. Sabonis is out again today, so fire up LeVert again. The Magic boost the FPPM to shooting guards by 11.12% above league average.
Other Options – Bradley Beal ($9,800), Bogdan Bogdanovic ($8,100), Kevin Huerter ($6,400)
Edmond Sumner, Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic, $3,800 – Sumner has started 12 of the past 13 games, averaging 23.2 minutes per game. Over the past four games, he’s played 28, 23, 25 and 34 minutes, contributing 21, 26.25, 16.5 and 32.25 DKFP. The usage rate hasn’t exceeded 19% in any of those games, but he contributes a little something in every statistical category. He’s been playing power forward and the Magic boost the FPPM to that position by 12.57% above league average.
Other Options – Jordan Poole ($4,700)
Kelly Oubre Jr., Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings, $6,500 – I almost always play Oubre in uptempo matchups. The Kings play at the ninth-fastest pace in the league and are 30th in defensive efficiency. In two prior meetings this season, he went for 32.75 and 28.5 DKFP against the Kings. Both games were blowouts, though, and he only played 26 minutes in one of those contests. In the other, he played 33 minutes and scored 19 points but didn’t contribute much in the periphery categories. He has gone for 46 and 39.75 DKFP in the two most recent games, so the stars seem aligned.
Other Options – Harrison Barnes ($7,800)
Edmond Sumner, Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic, $3,800 – I hate writing up the same player for two different positions but I don’t see any other value at the position. Plus, it’s a four-game slate so the player pool is condensed. Sumner is going to start, the matchup is a good one and he should exceed his salary expectation.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks at Atlanta Hawks, $10,700 – Giannis is coming off a 58-DKFP performance. Whoop dee doo, right? He only played 24 minutes due to a blowout! He averages a ridiculous 1.64 DKFP per minute and is one of three on this slate that can challenge Westbrook for the best floor/ceiling combo. Atlanta boosts the FPPM to power forwards by 11.55% above league average. They could also be without their rim protector, as Clint Capela ($9,000, back) is questionable.
Other Options – Kevin Love ($6,600)
Juan Toscano-Anderson, Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings, $4,000 – Toscano-Anderson has played 26, 25 and 31 minutes over the past three games, contributing 26, 19 and 38.25 DKFP. He’s benefitted from the injuries to Kent Bazemore, Damion Lee and Eric Paschall. Well, all three are out for this one as well, so he should see plenty of action again. It’s a pace-up spot and the Kings tore out the section about defense in the book and burned it in the bonfire.
Other Options – Davis Bertans ($5,100)
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings, $7,500 – The usage, shot attempts and points are rarely voluminous, hence the volatility in his fantasy production. Due to his contributions in all the other categories, though, the floor is relatively high. He also can access ceiling games because he’s a threat to triple-double on any given night and stuff the stat sheet across the board. There should be plenty of possessions in this one, as the Kings play at the league’s ninth-fastest pace while the Warriors are second, so Green should have the opportunity to provide those fantasy goodies.
Other Option – Jarrett Allen ($7,100)
Oshae Brissett, Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic, $4,800 – Brissett has started the past three games in place of Sabonis. He’s played 25, 42 and 38 minutes, contributing 24, 51.5 and 32.25 DKFP. Sabonis is out for this one so Brissett should start again and get plenty of playing time. Goga Bitadze ($4,200) is also questionable. If he’s out, then Brissett will get all the minutes he can handle.
Other Options – Mo Bamba ($5,500)
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