DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Tuesday 1/7/20
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.
Kyle Lowry ($8,700) -- The Raptors are relying on their captain more than ever with numerous starters out, including Fred VanVleet, who has been playing great next to Lowry over the past few weeks. Since the Raptors' injuries started to pile up, Lowry has scored 20 or more points in nine of his last 11 games and recorded at least five assists in all 11. Lowry hasn't shot over 50% from the floor in and of his last four games, but his free-throw shooting has been great as he's hit 58 out of 69 from the charity stripe in that span. The Raptors are fouled an average of 20.3 times per game, and Lowry should be leaned on heavily tonight versus the Portland Trail Blazers.
Derrick Rose ($6,400) -- All-Star Weekend is coming up soon, and the fans have D-Rose's back. But do the rest of the voters? Rose is averaging 17.3 points and 5.7 assists per game for the Pistons and has missed just six games this season, which is relatively low considering his past. Lately, he's been asked to play a larger role in the offense due to three starters being out, and he's more than been up to the task. He's scored 50 combined points in his last two games, and 20 or more in four of his last five. He's averaged 32.2 fantasy points over the last 10 games, and against the Cavaliers, Rose is in a good spot to stay hot. We have him as our third-best point-per-dollar play at the position.
Devin Booker ($8,800) -- Booker has been on fire, and if you haven't been playing him or betting his prop bet over on points lately, then you've been missing out. Tonight against the Sacramento Kings at home, Booker will be going for his seventh straight 30-point game for the Suns. Recently, Booker scored 40 in a loss to the Grizzlies and 38 points in a win over the Knicks. The Kings played last night, and Booker should be able to feast once again.
Spencer Dinwiddie ($7,600) -- Dinwiddie's hype has died down a little since his scoring streak of eight straight 20-point games was snapped, but he's in for a big night against a Thunder team that battled the 76ers the entire game last night. Dinwiddie has topped 20 points in two of his last five games and recorded five or more assists in four of them. Dinwiddie is averaging 37.8 fantasy points per night -- more than C.J. McCollum (36.6), Chris Paul (35.7), and Ja Morant (33). I like him to have another 20-point game tonight at home, where he averages 22.2 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on the season.
Andrew Wiggins ($6,900) -- Wiggins returned to the Timberwolves' lineup last time out for the first time since December 26th, and he posted 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes. Wiggins attempted 19 shots, and as the games go on without Karl-Anthony Towns, that number will rise. Wiggins had a stretch of five out of six games with 20 or more shot attempts before dealing with the illness that kept him out. This game should be a fast-paced clash, with both teams ranking top seven in pace, so expect Wiggins to get plenty of touches and shots in this one. Our models have Wiggins as the best point-per-dollar small forward among those priced at $6,500 and above.
Carmelo Anthony ($5,700) -- 'Melo has continued to play his role for the Blazers, and on a night with a light group of forwards, he could be worth taking a stab on. Anthony played poorly against the Miami Heat in his last game, totaling 11 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds while going 0 for 4 from deep, but he's been good recently outside of that one, going for 42 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 made threes in the other two most recent games.
Julius Randle ($7,300) -- Randle gets his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, tonight in L.A. Randle hasn't played the Lakers yet this season, but he did get a taste of the Los Angeles Clippers a few nights ago, scoring 16 and grabbing 8 rebounds against the Clippers' B Squad. The six-game run Randle is on makes him worth a play tonight. He's averaged 24.8 points over those six games, and he should be a focal point against the tough Lakers D. Randle is our fourth-best overall point-per-dollar play at the power forward spot, and he's the best value among those price above $6,000.
Jaren Jackson Jr. ($7,000) -- Jackson has averaged 19.4 points and 5.6 rebounds over his last nine games for the Grizzlies, but as of late, he's come into his own alongside Ja Morant ($6,800). Jackson has averaged 17.3 points over his last three games, and he's recorded 20 or more points in five of his last nine. In eight of those nine games, he's recorded at least 30 fantasy points, with 35 or more in three of the past four. With Karl-Anthony Towns still out for the Timberwolves, Jackson should beast tonight. We have him totaling 34.9 DK points, a tick below 5-times value, but he has upside for more.
Hassan Whiteside ($8,300) -- It's Andre Drummond and Anthony Davis atop the center position tonight by a good margin, but our models have Whiteside third. Last time out, Whiteside totaled 21 points with 18 rebounds on 9-for-12 shooting (75%) against the Heat, and that came after he put up a 20-20 game against the Wizards (23 points and 21 rebounds). He's double-doubled in each of his past five games, and he should be able to keep that going tonight even in a tough draw at Toronto.
Deandre Ayton ($8,200) -- Ayton continues to anchor the Suns down low, and tonight, facing the Kings -- who are on the second night of a back-to-back -- he has an advantage. Ayton has been dominant lately, with a double-double in each of his last three games (and four of five overall since his return). During his three-game double-double streak, he's averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and 41 fantasy points per game. The Kings are 27th in rebounds per game (42.3), and I like Ayton to extend his double-double run for at least one more game.
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