DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Friday 1/10/20
With nine 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 ($10,400) -- Young and the Atlanta Hawks are on the road in the nation's capital taking on the Bradley Beal-less Washington Wizards. The Wizards are the NBA's worst when it comes to defensive net rating (115.7), rebounding percentage (47.6%), defensive rebounding per game (31.8), opponent's points per game (120.2), and bottom-five in a plethora of other categories. All these are key stats for Young and teammate John Collins ($8,500) who could have huge nights with second-chance points off rebounds and playing their brand of run and gun Hawks basketball. Young has averaged 35 points, 10 assists, and 6.5 rebounds in four games since the New Year, including two 40-point games.
Lonzo Ball ($7,300) -- Ball had his first let down versus the Bulls posting 11 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds going under 20 points and 30 fantasy points for the first time in five games. He failed to convert a three-pointer going 0 for 5, but a showdown in the Garden versus the New York Knicks is a good spot for Ball to regain his confidence. The Knicks allow 112.3 points per game (19th) and are dead-last in opponent's three-point percentage allowing a whopping 38.6% conversion rate. They allow 35.3 triples a game, right below the Houston Rockets (35.8), and the Knicks allow the second-most three's made per game at 13.6. Ball made 4.2 threes per game over his last 5 games despite the 0 for 5 performance against Chicago. Our model's projections for Ball are 15.2 points, 6.9 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.3 made threes. I'll take the over on his points and made triples in MSG.
Devin Booker ($8,400) -- Keep riding with Booker no matter the price. He's hot right now win or loss for the Phoenix Suns, and this might be his coming out party for All-Star selections; and perhaps the rest of the season. Booker has climbed to eighth in league scoring per game with 26.2, and he's also at an impressive and career-high 6.5 assists per game. The Suns lead the league in assists per game (28.2) thanks to Booker and free agent signing Ricky Rubio ($6,900). Booker's amassed seven-straight 30-point games, five-straight of 92% or higher from the free throw line, and at least 47% from the field shooting in seven-straight. His opponent -- the Orlando Magic -- allow the fewest amount of points per game (103.4) in the league so this will truly be Booker's biggest test, but the good news is he's at home.
Louis Williams ($7,400) -- Lou Will is petitioning to lock up Sixth Man of the Year once again after scoring 32 points and dished 9 assists on the Knicks with Kawhi Leonard ($9,900) sitting out. Williams has found his groove scoring 22 or more over his last three games, and at least 16 points in eight of his last 10. Against the depleted Golden State Warriors tonight, Williams may be called upon again with Paul George out due to a left hamstring strain. The Los Angeles Clippers trio of Williams, Leonard, and Montrezl Harrell ($6,700) are must-plays against the western conference worst-Warriors. What a sentence that is after the past decade, welcome to the 2020's.
Kawhi Leonard ($9,900) -- It's Leonard's first game playing the Warriors since beating them in the NBA Finals to claim the Toronto Raptors the franchise's first-ever championship. Shortly after he ditched the winters for his hometown California sunshine in L.A. and he's ring-chasing again. This is not the same Warriors team he faced many months ago, and he won't need to play like an MVP tonight, but without George, he will see an increase in workload making him worth a stab. Our model projects Leonard to record 27.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 5.7 assists tonight.
T.J. Warren ($5,700) -- Despite Warren getting into the scuffle with Jimmy Butler ($8,000) and getting ejected, he was playing great basketball for the Indiana Pacers. Butler called Warren out of his league, but offensively Warren has scored more points (189) than Butler (172) over their last 10 games, and Warren's shot a better percentage from the field going 73 of 141 (51.7%) compared to Butler's 50 for 111 (45%). Warren's surpassed 30 fantasy points in six of his last 10 games and for $5,700 - he's a bargain versus the Bulls who allow 45.7% (18th) of their opponent's shots to be made.
John Collins ($8,500) -- After not posting a double-double in his last two games Collins recorded 17 points and 14 rebounds against the Rockets on Wednesday. Collins has recorded double-digit points and at least eight boards in six of seven games since his return. The rebounding battle should be dominated by Collins who's averaged 10.2 over the last seven games, and facing the Wizards who rank worst in rebounding percentage and rebounds per game making him a must-play. The Wizards are still without their leading rebounder Thomas Bryant, making Collins an obvious selection alongside teammate Trae Young.
Montrezl Harrell ($6,700) -- Harrell erupted to tie a season-high with 34 points versus the Knicks on 13 for 21 shooting and 8 for 12 from the free throw line. Harrell like Williams has recorded more than 22 points over his last three games and tonight his value rises yet again with Paul George out. Harrell has recorded at least six rebounds and made eight or more shots from the field in eight of his last 10 games. The Knicks rank 26th in field goals made per game (38.7), so Harrell and the Clippers seventh-ranked defensive net rated defense (105.8) will have plenty of rebounding opportunities.
Rudy Gobert ($8,600) -- Gobert is chasing Andre Drummond's rebounding league (16.2), but there's not much more the French big can do when he posts three-straight games of 16 rebounds or more and Drummond counters with three-straight of 18 or more. The Jazz host the Hornets and they've struggled on defense and rebounding this season which doesn't bode well against Gobert and the Utah Jazz. The Hornets rank 27th in defensive net rating (113.0) and 26th in rebounding per game (43), and worst of all for this matchup, 28th in opponents points in the paint per game (51.6). Gobert has averaged 14.6 points and 15.7 rebounds over the last 10 games.
Myles Turner ($6,100) -- Turner and the Pacers get a banged-up Bulls team on the road tonight in a favorable matchup for Turner. The Bulls are without Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter, and dealing with injuries to Lauri Markkanen ($6,100) and Zach LaVine ($8,300) who've popped up on the injury report over and over. Turner's game has improved slowly as he's averaged 14.6 points, 6 rebounds and made 19 of 26 (73%) over his last five games. Turner has recorded his only 20-point games of the season over his last 10 games and he's only reached 10 rebounds twice this season. Tonight provides one of his better opportunities to accomplish either of those feats tonight.
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