Today’s NBA slate is only three games which means it’s a little easier to break down, but we will have to get a little different in tournaments if we want to take down first place. Let’s get into some of the better plays on the slate.
TOR (105) @ BKN (110)
On the Toronto side, Chris Boucher will continue to offer us some value until Precious Achiuwa and/or Khem Birch return. He hasn’t really exceeded expectations in his last few games and is not getting as many minutes as you might hope. Still, he’s a good value, particularly on DraftKings. Gary Trent Jr. is the only other play standing out from a value perspective. Scottie Barnes, Fred VanVleet, and Pascal Siakam play a ton of minutes, all of which have a tournament ceiling. Still, none are great points-per-dollar plays today on DraftKings. No one really stands out on FanDuel, but Trent, Siakam, and Boucher would be the top options.
Kevin Durant is questionable for Brooklyn, and we already have various players out due to the health and safety protocol. Durant was also downgraded during the day, which bodes poorly for a player’s potential to play. We already have lots of value on DraftKings with Cameron Thomas, Bruce Brown, Blake Griffin, and Nicolas Claxton. James Harden will become a great play if Durant does sit. He’s always an option regardless, as would be Durant if he does play. Brown, Thomas, and Griffin are the plays on FanDuel, and the same applies to Harden and KD.
GSW (108.5) @ NYK (103.5)
Jordan Poole is an excellent play on DraftKings at just $5,800. Kevon Looney usually doesn’t play a lot of minutes, but he offers some savings at $3,200 and could quickly pay off his price tag. Of course, Steph Curry is always a guy who can break a slate, but his price at $11,500 on DraftKings is a bit steep. Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins are the other Warriors you could consider. Both are decent choices considering the size of the slate and the shortage of options. Green and Wiggins stand out more on FanDuel, while Poole is not priced as well.
The Knicks are without R.J. Barrett, Obi Toppin, and Quentin Grimes, meaning Immanuel Quickley will likely draw the start. This will make him a fantastic value play on DraftKings, while Alec Burks and Derrick Rose are also firmly playable. Burks is the best play on FanDuel, with Quickley right behind. Julius Randle is not an extreme value play on either DFS site. Still, he is definitely a solid option on this small slate that should be very popular.
PHX (110.5) @ POR (109)
This game has the highest total on the night and looks like it should stay close. It may be the best game to target for overall scoring potential. The Suns continue to have some excellent value options with Devin Booker out. Jae Crowder, Cameron Payne, Cameron Johnson, Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, and Deandre Ayton qualify. Ayton is questionable again, and Javale McGee becomes a great play if he does not suit up. Since this is the night’s last game, and it starts two-and-a-half hours after the first games of the night lock, we likely won’t know until after the slate begins. Paul, Ayton, and Bridges are the best FanDuel plays from the Suns.
For Portland, Robert Covington, Larry Nance Jr., Nassir Little, and Norman Powell are all strong values on DraftKings. Damian Lillard can always be played in GPPs but doesn’t pop off the screen for his price. One thing to keep in mind is that Larry Nance Jr. is center-eligible and $4,300. He is an excellent play in his own right. Javale McGee is also a center, and he is $4,200. McGee likely becomes the higher projected play if Ayton sits. If you lock Nance in, you can easily swap to McGee later, and you are fine if Ayton is active. Powell, Nurkic, Little, and Nance are the FanDuel plays.