Wednesday features a sizable NBA slate on DraftKings. There are nine 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.
Russell Westbrook, Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks ($11,000) – I’m not sure what Westbrook has to do to get priced above $11K. His price seems to have hit a ceiling, but he certainly deserves to be more expensive. He has been tremendous over the past month, scoring at least 55.75 DKFP in 15 of his past 17 games, and scoring at least 69.5 DKFP in three of his past four. Overall, his average of 1.70 DKFP per minute over the past month is the top mark on the slate regardless of position. He remains the safest investment in fantasy hoops.
Other Options – Damian Lillard ($9,400), Ben Simmons ($7,400)
Shaq Harrison, Denver Nuggets vs. New York Knicks ($3,000) – The Nuggets are extremely shorthanded in the backcourt at the moment. Jamal Murray, Will Barton and Monte Morris all remain out of the lineup with long-term injuries, and P.J. Dozier (adductor) will join them on the sidelines on Wednesday. That should leave a healthy amount of playing time for Harrison, which makes him an intriguing value play at the absolute minimum.
Other Options – Austin Rivers ($3,400), Cameron Payne ($3,300)
Delon Wright, Sacramento Kings at Indiana Pacers ($5,600) – Wright delivered a stud-like 55.0 DKFP yesterday for the Kings, and he has the chance for another monster performance on Wednesday. De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton remain out of the lineup, and it’s possible that Harrison Barnes ($7,300; groin) could be ruled out again, as well. The Pacers have also struggled on the defensive end recently, so this is a nice matchup for the former first-round pick.
Other Options – Khris Middleton ($8,200), Dillon Brooks ($5,700)
Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards ($4,600) – The Bucks own one of the best matchups of the day. They’re taking on the Wizards, who have played at the fastest pace in the league this season. The Bucks are one of the best offensive teams in basketball, so it’s not surprising that they’re implied for 121.5 points.
DiVincenzo has seen a massive price decrease recently, but he’s logged at least 29.2 minutes in back-to-back games. He’s coming off 32.75 DKFP yesterday vs. the Nets, so he’s a prime buy-low target.
Other Options – Facundo Campazzo ($4,600), Seth Curry ($4,000)
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Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets ($6,800) – Harris is another player who has seen a large price decrease recently. His salary has dropped by $1,500 over the past month, and targeting players like Harris when they’re priced down is an excellent strategy in NBA DFS. Harris has owned a comparable salary in 19 previous games this season, and he’s averaged 38.4 DKFP in those contests. That kind of production would make him an excellent value at his current salary.
Other Options – Michael Porter Jr. ($8,400), Kyle Anderson ($5,600)
Rudy Gay, San Antonio Spurs at Utah Jazz ($3,900) – Gay has had a nice career. He’s not the same player that he was in his prime, but he’s evolved into an extremely productive reserve player for the Spurs. He’s finished with at least 35.25 DKFP in back-to-back games, and he posted a usage rate of 31.3% in his last outing. Don’t expect him to log a ton of minutes vs. the Jazz, but he should still be able to return value given his average of 1.04 DKFP per minute this season.
Other Options – Terence Davis ($4,000), Juancho Hernangomez ($3,500)
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Washington Wizards ($10,900) – The Bucks just swept the Nets in a two-game set, and you could tell that the Bucks took those games very seriously. The Nets played those contests without James Harden, but they are still the favorites to win the NBA title this season. Milwaukee has been a bit of a disappointment after dominating the regular season the past two years, so they clearly wanted to prove something to themselves before the playoffs.
Unsurprisingly, Giannis was at the center of their offense in those contests. He posted a usage rate of at least 42.4% in both games vs. the Nets, and he also saw a nice spike in minutes. Overall, he finished with at least 60.0 DKFP in both games. There’s no guarantee he’s as involved Wednesday vs. the Wizards, but those games vs. the Nets were a good reminder of what Giannis is capable of. When he’s at his best, he’s still the most dominant player in fantasy basketball.
Other Options – Domantas Sabonis ($10,600)
Marvin Bagley, Sacramento Kings at Indiana Pacers ($5,400) – If Barnes is ruled out again on Wednesday, Bagley stands out as one of the best values on the slate. He’s played at least 30.9 minutes in each of his past two games, and Bagley has averaged 1.02 DKFP per minute this season. He’s capable of doing some serious damage with that much playing time vs. the Pacers.
Other Options – Brandon Clarke ($3,500), Dean Wade ($3,400)
Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets ($10,200) – It’s a tough call between Embiid and Nikola Jokic ($10,700) for the top center spot on today’s slate, but I’m giving a slight edge to Embiid. He should be able to have his way on the interior vs. the Rockets. They don’t have a ton of size, and they rank just 20th in the league in points per game allowed in the paint.
Other Options – Nikola Jokic ($10,700), Richaun Holmes ($6,500)
Moe Wagner, Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics ($4,900) – Wagner’s price has increased pretty significantly, but he still has the potential to provide excellent value on Wednesday. He’s averaged 0.91 DKFP per minute this season, and he’s coming off logging 41.4 minutes in his last outing. He posted 36.25 DKFP two games ago, so he clearly has the potential to pay off his current salary.
Other Options – Robert Williams ($5,400), Brook Lopez ($4,800)
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