As the NBA continues to flip-flop between small slate and huge slate, we’ve got a three-gamer on deck today. This has not stopped DraftKings and FanDuel from running the same 100K up top contests they always do. Here is a breakdown of these games from a DFS perspective and the best plays therein.
UTA (110.25) @ PHI (106.75)
With both of these teams on a back-to-back, you have to wonder if there might be any shenanigans with someone listed out for rest later in the day. As of now, Hassan Whiteside is questionable for Utah. The most significant impact is that Rudy Gobert may see a couple more minutes if he does not play. Eric Paschall and possibly Malik Fitts get some minutes as well.
With everyone in, Royce O’Neale is an excellent value piece on DraftKings, as is Mike Conley. Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson, Joe Ingles, Rudy Gobert, and Bogdan Bogdanovic are options on such a small slate. However, none are outstanding from a value perspective.
Donovan Mitchell is the best play on FanDuel, and everyone else is pretty low on the value totem pole. Yet, just as with DK, this is a three-game slate, and just about anyone could be viable. I’d keep an eye on projected ownership and let that be a primary deciding factor in GPPs.
For Philadelphia, Danny Green stands out as our best value piece, and Embiiid looks decent. No one else is offering us much, but Tobias Harris and Seth Curry are the most viable of the rest of the bunch. Joel Embiid is the best FanDuel option. We’ll have to see if he might rest on a back-to-back, considering that he is Joel Embiid and is wont to not play whenever possible.
LAL (113.5) @ MEM (110)
The Lakers have the highest team total on the slate. This is also the highest game total, with a tight spread. You think you’d really want to target Lakers pieces, but they are hard to pin down. Not due to the number of options; there are primarily three with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook. Talen Horton-Tucker is the best ancillary Laker for DFS, while Malik Monk or Carmelo Anthony are fringe possibilities here.
On DraftKings, James and Davis offer the most value. Since this is a three-game slate, one of the Lakers’ studs has an excellent chance to be in the winning lineup. We’re pretty likely to see low ownership on Russell Westbrook, and he would be a good GPP play. Davis is a better play on FanDuel, and Horton-Tucker is also at just $5,100.
We’re getting a lot of DraftKings value on the Grizzlies right now, with everyone on the team except for Xavier Tillman, Santi Aldama, John Konchar, and Killian Tillie offering us high points-per-dollar projections. Dillon Brooks, Tyus Jones, De’Anthony Melton, and Steven Adams stand out the most.
On FanDuel, the best plays for Memphis are Tyus Jones, Jaren Jackson, Dillon Brooks, Desmond Bane, and Steven Adams. Everyone else falls into deeper tournament territory.
DEN (107) @ SAS (108.5)
No one is really standing out on Denver for value. Nikola Jokic, Monte Morris, Jeff Green, Will Barton, and Aaron Gordon are likely to play the most minutes. Jokic is always an excellent option for his immense ceiling. Gordon, Barton, and Jokic are terrific plays at their respective FanDuel prices, considering the size of the slate and the lack of options.
Derrick White, Jakob Poeltl and Lonnie Walker IV are good DraftKings values. While Drew Eubanks is unlikely to eclipse around 15 minutes, he is min-price. He could quickly pay off his price tag, even in limited playing time. I’d likely avoid playing him with fellow center Poeltl unless trying to get unique on the three-gamer. You could also consider Dejounte Murray or Doug McDermott here. Murray is always a solid option in GPPs since he has such immense upside at his best.
On FanDuel, Jakob Poeltl is the only Spurs player offering considerable value. This is a three-game slate, though, and just about anyone is on the table. Murray, Walker, and White are the others I would be most likely to consider outside of deep tournament options.