DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Friday 1/24/20
With 10 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.
Derrick Rose ($7,600) -- Rose's streak of 20-point games has now reached 10 games, and he -- along with Louis Williams ($7,400) -- is a front-runner for Sixth Man of the Year. Rose is averaging 23.6 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds over his last 10. The pace will play a large role in this game as the Grizzlies are tied-fifth in pace (105.5) and the Pistons are 18th (101.4). The Grizzlies are averaging almost four more points per game (113.2) than the Pistons (109.3) are, and Rose has led Detroit in scoring seven of the last 10 games. Rose should be able to keep rolling tonight versus the Grizz.
De'Aaron Fox ($8,100) -- Fox has scored 20 or more points in seven of his last 10 games and is averaging an impressive 22.6 points, 7.8 assists, and 4.8 rebounds across January. He's now up to 38.3 fantasy points per game for the season and has surpassed 36 in eight of his last 10 games. The Bulls rank 22nd in assists per game allowed (24.9), and Fox would rank 12th in assists (7.2) if he qualified for enough games played and minutes. Last time out, Fox had 22 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals against Detroit, and with another below average defense team in line tonight, he is more than capable of scoring 20 and ramping up his assists and rebound totals versus Chicago. Fox is projected by numberFire's model to record 19.9 points, 7.2 assists, and 4.3 rebounds.
D'Angelo Russell ($7,800) -- Russell heads into a defensive grind with the Indiana Pacers, but they will be without two-way guard Malcolm Brogdon. That gives the Warriors -- Russell specifically -- a boost. Russell has scored 26 or more points in each of his last three games and connected on three or more triples in three of his last four. He's starting to heat up overall with 8.2 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 12 straight made free-throws stretching over his past three games. The Golden State Warriors' pace has climbed to its highest spot in months as they're ranked 14th (102.6) while Indiana is 25th (100.6) overall. With the Dubs at home, averaging 112 points over their last three games, and Brogdon sitting, D-Lo could go off.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($7,800) -- The last 10 games have been a showcase for Gilgeous-Alexander's growing talents as he's averaged 19.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.6 rebounds over 12 games in January. He's recorded three straight double-doubles, averaging 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in those games. The Atlanta Hawks have surrendered 117.6 points per game over their past three after holding the Los Angeles Clippers to 95 points without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Other than that game, the Hawks' average jumps to 126 points allowed per game over the last three. Atlanta plays fast and currently ranks third in pace (105.8) while the Thunder are tied-23rd (100.8). That style of play should work to Gilgeous-Alexander's advantage. In his second season, his usage rate has climbed to 23.4% (from 18.7%), so he should have plenty of chances to rack up fantasy points in this one.
T.J. Warren ($6,000) -- Warren has scored 22 or more in three of his last four games, shooting 50% or better in all four. The Pacers face the Warriors, who are struggling to stop the three-ball this season. Golden State is allowing opponents to hit 47% of shot attempts (24th) and 37.7% of three-point attempts, which ranks second to last, ahead of only the New York Knicks (38.6%). Twice Warren has shot 11 for 18 from the field (61.1%) over his past four, leading the Pacers in scoring in both of those games. At a modest price, he's a solid option today.
Andrew Wiggins ($7,000) -- Wiggins dropped 25 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds versus the Bulls last time out, and he will take that back to Minnesota for a date with the Houston Rockets. It's no secret the Rockets' defense is their weakness, stemming from transition defense as they're ranked 28th in opponents fast-break points (16 per game) and 24th in points in the paint allowed per game (50.6). Wiggins should have success versus a Rockets perimeter defense that has allowed 35.8 three-point tries per game, the fourth-most in the league. We have Wiggins projected for 22.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.1 made three-pointers against the Rockets.
Gordon Hayward ($6,800) -- Hayward, oddly enough, is one of the few Boston Celtics' starters not dealing with an injury right now. Amongst the Celtics' usual starters, only he and Kemba Walker ($7,500) are definitely playing on the road against the Orlando Magic. Hayward has averaged 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists over his last three games, and he may play a larger role in the offense depending on who suits up. The Magic come into the game ranked 12th in opponent field goal percentage (45,4%) and 15th in opponent three-point percentage (35.5%), while Hayward has shot 36% from the field and 50% from three over the last three games. Hayward is averaging 32.0 fantasy points per game. and he has upside for much more if the Celtics are really short-handed today.
Pascal Siakam ($7,700) -- Siakam just earned himself a spot as an Eastern Conference All-Star after a great first half of the season in which he averaged 23.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. In his last game, he posted 18 points and 15 rebounds versus the Philadelphia 76ers, giving him his first double-double since December 14th. Now he has a plum matchup versus the New York Knicks. The Knicks are currently 24th in defensive rating (112.2) and 24th in rebounds per game (46.6). That's good news for the Raptors as they're second in defensive rating (104.1) and 10th in rebounding per game (46.0). Siakam can smash tonight, and he's not too expensive.
Domantas Sabonis ($8,600) -- Sabonis tore apart the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, posting 49.25 fantasy points on 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Pacers travel to a Warriors team that have allowed 120.5 points over their last four home games. Indiana has averaged 105 points over their last three -- all of which have come away from home -- with Sabonis leading the team in rebounding in every game. He's recorded 22 or more points in two of three to go along with a triple-double versus the Denver Nuggets and double-double against the Suns. The Warriors rank 28th in opponents rebounds per game (47.5) and have allowed opposing teams to shoot 47% from the field, just 24th-best in the league. numberFire's projections peg Sabonis for 18.4 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists tonight.
Nikola Vucevic ($8,400) -- Vucevic has double-doubled in three of his past four, and he fell one rebound short of a double-double in the other outing The Magic center has led the team in rebounding in each of the past four, and he paced them in scoring twice in that span. Orlando meets Boston for the first time this season, and the Cetlics rank 14th in rebounding (45.7), yet fourth in points allowed in the paint per game (43.2). Boston will also be without Enes Kanter, which should be a plus for Vucevic. numberFire projects Vucevic with another double-double of 19.4 points and 11.1 rebounds.
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