DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Tuesday 2/4/20
With four 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.
Terry Rozier ($6,400) -- Scary Terry has a pretty solid matchup tonight when the Charlotte Hornets and Houston Rockets meet. The Rockets are 22nd in fantasy points allowed to point guards (49.11), fifth in rebounds (6.77), and fifth-most assists (8.46) per game. Rozier has been one of the bright spots for the Hornets over the last five games averaging 18.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 31.85 fantasy points. There's a chance Russell Westbrook is out tonight, enhancing Rozier's chances of making a larger offensive impact on the game. The Rockets allow the fourth-most three-pointers per game (35.6), and fourth-most field goal attempts per game (92.4). Rozier is projected by numberFire's model to record 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in Houston.
Eric Bledsoe ($6,600) -- The New Orleans Pelicans allow the sixth-most fantasy points per game to point guards (49.41), and seventh-most real-life points (24.82). Bledsoe comes into this meeting at the right time, as his numbers are improving after a rough mid-month stretch in January. Since Jan. 24th, Bledsoe has averaged 20.2 points, 6.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 39.81 fantasy points per game over his last four. He's improved his fantasy points per game by 10.88% over the last five, but his fantasy points per minutes remain at 1.13. I expect Bledsoe to have a solid game versus the Pelicans, scoring four or five rebounds and a few assists.
Eric Gordon ($5,300) -- Gordon is averaging 20.3 fantasy points since his 70-point fantasy outburst versus the Utah Jazz four games ago. Gordon has a great opportunity tonight if the Houston Rockets are missing a starter or two from their lineup. Gordon is averaging 0.98 fantasy points per minute over his last five games versus his 0.77 season average. His 33.05 fantasy points per game over his last five is 41.18% higher than his season average of 23.41. I like Gordon to reach 30-plus fantasy points tonight off the bench or in the starting lineup for Houston.
James Harden ($12,000) -- Harden's fantasy points per minute has dropped to 1.43 in his last five games from 1.65 since his scoring slump has occurred. Good news for Harden, he's broken out of that slump the past two games with 73 and 75-point fantasy nights. Russell Westbrook is likely out tonight joining Clint Capela on the bench tonight, and giving Harden complete freedom to do what he does best offensively. Harden is projected to be the top-point scorer tonight with 34 points per game and second-behind Gordon (4.0) for made triples tonight (3.8).
Will Barton ($6,500) -- Barton has had three-straight stellar games for the Nuggets averaging 20.6 points, 7 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 38.58 fantasy points during that short span. Barton is one of the hotter fantasy players on the market tonight, as he's raised his fantasy points per minute (1.01) and usage rating (22.70%) over the last five games. The Blazers are allowing the most points per game in the league to point guards (26.35), and second-most fantasy points (51.18). If Murray is out for the 10th-straight game then pick up Barton and watch him do a little bit of everything tonight.
Khris Middleton ($7,300) -- Middleton has posted 40-fantasy points or more in four of his last five games including his monster 76.5 fantasy performance against the Washington Wizards. Thanks to that game and a few all-around performances, Middleton is averaging 47.25 fantasy points over his last five games, 30.37% higher than his season average (36.24). He's also up to 1.40 fantasy points over his last 10 games from his 1.13 season average. He's really played well leading up to All-Star announcements last Thursday, and numberFire pegs Middleton at 20.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists tonight versus New Orleans.
Zion Williamson ($7,100) -- Williamson is coming off his second career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds versus the Rockets. He's averaging 33.5 fantasy points per game through his first six contests, 1.14 fantasy points per minute, and 50% or higher from the field in all six games. The Milwaukee Bucks allow the sixth-most fantasy points to power forwards per game (50.29), fourth-most rebounds (12.29), and 20th in points (22.5). Zion could have a successful game in what should be a fast-paced and high-scoring affair between the two teams. The Bucks rank first in points per game (120) and pace factor (107.0), while the Pelicans are top-six in both categories, and averaging 119.8 points per game with Zion in the lineup.
Carmelo Anthony ($5,500) -- Melo returns to the Portland Trail Blazers' lineup after missing one game due to Kobe's death. This could be Melo's tribute to his fallen friend, and with the way Lillard has been playing someone else could step up tonight if Damian Lillard is off or under his averages. Anthony has had a strong five-game run, posting 13 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 3 assists for Portland. The Denver Nuggets are ranked 21st in made three-pointers allowed to small forwards per game with 2.5, and he's shooting a higher percentage on the road from three (39.7%), compared to home (33.9%). numberFire pegs Anthony with a projected 15.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists tonight.
Cody Zeller ($5,200) -- Zeller has been outplaying his averages over the last four games, posting 33.87 fantasy points per game compared to his 24.5 average. That's a 25.55% increase, the fourth-most among centers tonight. The Rockets allow the fifth-most points per game to opposing centers (22.57), the seventh-most fantasy points per game (55.14), and ranked 18th in rebounds (22.57). Zeller has averaged 12.5 points and 9 rebounds in his last four games, and should have his third double-double in his last five games with Capela out for the Rockets.
Nikola Jokic ($10,000) -- Jokic is coming off an 82-fantasy point performance scoring 39 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds versus the Detroit Pistons. Jokic has been instrumental to the Nuggets without Jamal Murray and Paul Millsap in the lineup. Jokic is averaging 1.57 fantasy points per minute over his last five games with two starters out at least every game. Jokic will certainly gather more rebounds tonight with Porter Jr. out, and the fact that Portland ranks last in opponent rebounds per game (47.8). numberFire pegs the big man at 20 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 7 assists tonight versus Portland.
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