DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Wednesday 1/22/20
With 12 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.
Malcolm Brogdon ($7,100) -- Brogdon is averaging 16.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists over his last five games, as he's looking healthier each week. That is until the Indiana Pacers traveled to Utah on Monday. In that contest, Brogdon had 4 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds on 2 for 11 shooting (18.2%) in the Pacers loss, though he faces a much easier opponent tonight in Phoenix. The Suns rank 22nd in points allowed (114.1), and third in opponent's three-point percentage (37.1%). Brogdon is 8 for 22 from deep (36.3%) in his last five games after going 0 for 4 versus Utah. The Suns are also middle of the pack in opponent's assists surrendered, ranking 14th (23.8). Phoenix has allowed DeMar DeRozan ($8,200) to post 18 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and Marcus Smart ($5,700) to record 37 points, 8 assists, and 5 rebounds in each of their last two games. This matchup provides a good opportunity for Brogdon to post his second double-double since coming back from injury.
Donovan Mitchell ($7,800) -- Mitchell is heating up for the Utah Jazz, scoring 29.5 points and 3.7 triples per game. He scored 46 points in an overtime win against the Pelicans last Thursday and followed that up with 22 and 25-point efforts for four straight games of 20 points or more. He hasn't done much else, averaging more three-pointers made (3.7) than rebounds (3) or assists (2.7) over that stretch. Tonight in Golden State, the Jazz will catch a competitive Warriors team that's gone to overtime twice in their last three games. The Warriors allow the second-highest three-point percentage (37.6%) and the third-most three-pointers made (13.2) per game in the league. Mitchell has made 15 of 38 three-pointers (39.4%) over the last four games, including double-digit attempts in two of the four games. Our model projects Mitchell to record 25 points on 2.7 made threes to go with 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds tonight.
Zach LaVine ($9,000) -- LaVine has averaged 30 points over the last 11 games, to go with 5.1 rebounds and 4 assists since the New Year began. He's attempted a minimum of 18 shots per game during that stretch. He has a great opportunity to reach 30 points once again versus a Timberwolves team that surrenders 114.6 points per game (25th). Minnesota also ranks 25th in opponent field goal attempts (91.1) and 24th in field goals made per game (42.1), which favors LaVine, who's averaging 35.2 points over his last five home games. Expect another breakout performance from the soon-to-be All-Star, and look for him to carry the Chicago Bulls offensively again.
Norman Powell ($5,700) -- Powell has exploded for five straight games of 20 points or more since returning from injury for the Raptors. He's averaged 23.6 points during that stretch while making 18 of his 34 three-point attempts (52.9%). He's been hot from beyond the arc, shooting higher than 50% in all five games, while also surpassing his fantasy average of 26.5 points per game. Based on his recent play, he should hold a higher value then $5,700. The 76ers are third in defensive rating (105.3) but do allow a 35.5% three-point rate, which is right around league-average. Powell is projected to record 15.6 points on 3.9 made three-pointers -- the latter being the second-highest projected total tonight.
LeBron James ($10,800) -- King James and the Los Angeles Lakers received a lot of criticism following their blowout loss to the Boston Celtics. Despite the poor outing, LeBron did manage 15 points, 13 assists, and 7 rebounds -- recording his third straight double-double. The Lakers should be looking at this game versus the New York Knicks as a cleanup performance to avoid a hangover from the Celtics loss. The Knicks are allowing their opponents to shoot 38.7% from deep, the highest-rate in the league, despite allowing the second-most three-point attempts per game (13.6). LeBron has attempted 5.4 three-point attempts per game this season, while leading the league in assists at 11 per contest. The Lakers rank 13th in pace (103.0), and the Knicks are 18th (101.4), a pace that fits the 35-year-old's current style. Our model projects LeBron to record 24.9 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.1 rebounds.
Will Barton ($7,400) -- Barton has played quality all-around basketball with three starters out for the Denver Nuggets. He's posted 21.6 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.6 rebounds in his last three games and has attempted 48 total shots and 20 three-pointers in those three combined games. Getting the start again, Barton will face the defense-deficient Houston Rockets. The Rockets allow the third-most assists per game (25.6), rank 25th in opponent's offensive rebounding per game (10.9), and allow the fourth-most three-point attempts per game (36.0). Barton will benefit the most from the increased minutes, usage, and overall poor defense from the Rockets. Barton also has the ability to keep up with Houston's second-highest rated pace (106.2), so he should be in most lineups.
Pascal Siakam ($6,900) -- SIakam is averaging 16 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3 assists in his five games back from injury, and the Raptors are finally healthy with Marc Gasol ($4,800) and Powell back as well. All is good in Toronto, which is especially the case tonight at home. The Raptors are 15-7 at home, riding a four-game winning streak there, and Siakam has been a big reason for their success. Siakam is averaging 24.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists at home on 47.9% shooting, 41.4% from deep, and 85.6% from the free-throw line. Back Spicy P tonight versus the 76ers without Joel Embiid.
Julius Randle ($7,600) -- Randle faces his former Lakers team tonight for the second time this season. Randle double-doubled in the first meeting, posting 15 points and 10 rebounds in a blowout loss. If the Lakers decide to rest Anthony Davis ($9,900) on a back-to-back, Randle is a solid option to throw into your lineup. Coming off a 19-point and 9-rebound performance in a win versus the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, he should be the primary scoring option again tonight with Marcus Morris ($5,800) questionable. The Lakers are a much better defensive team than the Cavs, but one part of the Lakers' defense that Randle should be able to expose is their interior. Our model projects Randle with 18.7 points and 9.1 rebounds for the New York Knicks.
Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,400) -- Towns has come back and looked healthy in each of the last three games for the Timberwolves. He's averaged 38 fantasy points on 22.3 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, and 4 assists in 30 minutes over those contests. Tonight KAT draws the most favorable matchup since his return, in the Chicago Bulls. Chicago ranks 26th in rebounding (42.6) with Wendell Carter Jr. remaining out, as well as 25th in points per game (105.7). He's going to make a mess of Luke Kornet ($4,700) and Lauri Markkanen ($5,700). Towns could exceed 30 real-life points tonight, though our model projects him at 25.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in Chicago.
Bam Adebayo ($8,400) -- With Jimmy Butler ($8,500) missing Monday's game for the Miami Heat, Adebayo had to step up against the Sacramento Kings, and he did that indeed. Adebayo recorded 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists -- including the game-tying inbound alley-oop to send the game into overtime. He's double-doubled in three of his last four games and is averaging 17.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 76.7% shooting from the field in his last 10 games. Bam should feast down low tonight against the Washington Wizards, making him a solid option for his price.
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