DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Friday 1/3/20
With six games to choose from on tonight's NBA slate, let's take a look at how to utilize the DFS possibilities.
Here are some of the top plays and sleepers on DraftKings. As always, good luck.
Trae Young ($9,200) -- Young is back after missing two games, and he'll face the Celtics in Boston without Kemba Walker. That's a huge positive for Young as his defensive efforts are lessened in his first game back. He will face the stout defense of Marcus Smart ($5,100), which is something to watch out for, but before his injury versus the Bucks, Young scored 30 or more points in five straight games and 35.8 over his last five. Young is fifth in assists (8.3), and he's hit multiple three-pointers in each of his last seven games. Our model projects Young with 25.1 points, 7.2 assists, and 2.9 made threes.
Lonzo Ball ($6,000) -- Ball gets the draw against his former Lakers squad after his best performances of the season. Ball had a triple-double against the Rockets with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, totaling 65 fantasy points. He hit a season-high seven three-pointers versus the Rockets, but up against the Lakers' fifth-ranked defense (104.8), Ball will have a tall task. Ball has totaled at least 20 combined points, rebounds and assists in his last three games.
Devin Booker ($7,900) -- Booker has been on fire, scoring 30 points in four straight games -- all on the road. His most recent performance was a 32-point outing against the Lakers that featured him going 9 for 10 from the free throw line, which is becoming a theme. He's been scoring from mid-range jumpers or free throws in his last eight games; as he's made only three triples in his last 27 attempts (11.1%). Meanwhile, he's gone 39 for 43 (90.6%) from the charity stripe over his last five games. The Suns and Booker can control the game if they run the pace. The Suns rank 10th in pace (102.6), and the Knicks are 24th (99.2). Booker gets back home, where he averages 22.8 points, 6.9 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Jaylen Brown ($7,700) -- Brown should be a go tonight for the Celtics despite dealing with an illness, and if he is, he should be in for a big night with Walker out. Jayson Tatum ($8,200) and Gordon Hayward ($7,000) should see an increase in touches whether or not Brown plays, but this trio is important to keep an eye on tonight sans Kemba. Brown has recorded 26 or more points in four of his last six games and netted 30 or more in two of his last three. Brown has recorded five or more rebounds in each of his last 10 games and is averaging 22.4 points at home on the season.
Brandon Ingram ($7,800) -- Ingram has scored 24 or more points in five of his last six games, and tonight he faces his former team for the second time since being traded for Anthony Davis. Ingram is now averaging 25.3 points this season, and in the first outing versus L.A., he posted 23 points and 10 rebounds on 4-for-21 (19%) shooting, including 2-for-11 (18.2%) from three. With the Pelicans playing fast and hot, Ingram will likely surpass his average of 43.3 fantasy points, something he's done in four straight games.
Kelly Oubre ($6,800) -- Oubre has posted three straight games of 20-plus points and five-plus rebounds as he's in the midst of one of his best stretches of the season thus far. Oubre's averaged 25 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 4.0 made threes per game over his last three contests. The lowest shooting performance from the field over that span was going 11 for 21 (52.4%), and he went 7 for 10 (70%) from deep versus the Blazers. Tonight is the Suns' first game back at home after a four-game road trip, and it's versus a poor Knicks team. Oubre can keep it rolling.
Anthony Davis ($10,300) -- Davis is at playing the Pelicans in Los Angeles for the first time after having a monster 41-point and nine-rebound performance against New Orleans earlier this year. He's scored at least 20 points in eight straight games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in six of his last 10. Davis attempted 30 shots against the Pelicans in the first matchup, making 15 from the field and 10 of 12 (83.3%) from the free throw line. Our model projects Davis with 27.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 10.2 made field goals.
John Collins ($7,500) -- Collins and the Hawks get a boost with Young returning to the lineup, and Collins has been at his best alongside Young. Collins averages 17.2 points and 10.0 rebounds with Young this season. He has averaged 43 fantasy points in his four games back from suspension, and he'll face Enes Kanter ($5,500) for the Celtics tonight, a very favorable matchup. The Celtics are 20th in defense rebounding rate (72.4%) while the Hawks are last (70.2). Collins and the Hawks should be able to compete in the rebounding battle tonight, and he should earn his fourth double-double in five games.
Deandre Ayton ($7,300) -- Another big back from suspension, Ayton hasn't scored very much thanks to Booker and Oubre, but he's grabbed double-digit rebounds in all three games back. He's averaging 13.3 points and 12.6 boards in his last three games, and in his previous game against the Lakers, he recorded 32 minutes -- his most since coming back. Ayton should be involved tonight, and the Knicks are ranked 28th defensive in efficiency. The Suns' 10th-ranked pace should give Ayton plenty of rebounds and fast-break opportunities.
Julius Randle ($7,700) -- Randle and Mitchell Robinson ($5,800) will have the duty of containing Ayton tonight, but Ayton might have the tougher draw with the way Randle has been playing. Randle has averaged 28.0 points and 10.0 rebounds over his past five games, scoring 30 or more points in three of those. Randle is the primary threat for the Knicks, and he's averaged more points (19.8) and fantasy points (37.8) on the road. Randle is in a great spot to keep it going.
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