DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Thursday 2/20/20
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 on DraftKings. As always, good luck.
Kendrick Nunn ($4,900) -- Nunn's last eight games have been nothing noteworthy as he failed to reach 15 points in seven of them. His fantasy average dropped to 26.2 DK points per game, but the good news is he's had a break and faces a familiar opponent with a struggling defense. Versus division foe Atlanta, Nunn has averaged 37 fantasy points per game. Nunn has averaged 0.87 fantasy points per minute against Atlanta and scored 28 or more real-world points in two of three games. This is a favorable matchup for Nunn versus a team that allows 118.9 points per game (29th).
Russell Westbrook ($10,200) -- The last time the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors met was Christmas day, and Golden State pulled off perhaps the upset of the year. Westbrook scored 30 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists in that one on 11-for-32 shooting, including 0 for 8 from deep. The Warriors allow the fourth-most points to point guards this season (25.34), third-most in rebounds (6.80), ninth-most three-pointers (2.86), and third-most fantasy points per game (50.13). They are a point guards dream, especially one with Westbrook's all-around talent. Westbrook averaged 1.54 fantasy points per minute in the first half of the season, and his teammate -- James Harden ($11,300) -- is the only guard with a better clip (1.65). numberFIre projects Westbrook to post 26.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.6 assists for 48.6 fantasy points versus Golden State.
Buddy Hield ($6,600) -- Hield was an underdog in the NBA three-point contest, but he came out victorious. It was no surprise as he's made and attempted the third-most three pointers (207) on the season, trailing only Harden (234), and Lillard (212). In his last five games before the break, Hield hit 23 three-pointers, including three or more in three of four games. The Memphis Grizzlies are in town, and they allow the third-most points per game to shooting guards (24.38) as well as the third-most fantasy points (44.37). This is a favorable matchup, and Hield is on a hot streak, averaging 36.52 fantasy points over his last 10 games -- all coming off the bench. Hield has averaged 30.4 fantasy points with 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game in two meetings with Memphis this season. He's scored 19 or more in seven of his last 10 games, with three or more triples in nine of his last 10 games.
Zach LaVine ($9,200) -- LaVine opens up the second half of the season against the Charlotte Hornets, who he hit a Chicago Bulls record 13 three-pointers against earlier in the season. He finished that one with 49 points on 17-for-28 shooting (60.7%), including a career- and franchise-best 13 for 17 from deep (76.5%). LaVine's done it all lately, averaging 1.22 fantasy points per minute over his last 10 games and 49.4 fantasy points per game overall over his last three. numberFire's model pegs LaVine for 24.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists tonight, and we know he has upside for more.
Andrew Wiggins ($7,600) -- Wiggins has excelled in his new environment, posting 40.3 fantasy points per game in his first three with Golden State. He's scored 24 or more real-world points in two of those three, and he's added 4.0 assists and 2.6 assists to his totals. The Rockets allow the ninth-most made three-pointers per game (2.54) to small forwards and the eighth-most fantasy points per game to the position (42.45). Wiggins could be one of the few players to find success versus Houston tonight, and numberFire's model projects Wiggins with 21.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists.
Miles Bridges ($6,000) -- Bridges earned himself Rising Stars MVP after putting up 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in an impressive showing. Of course, there was no defense in that game, but he'll be in a similar spot today versus the Bulls. The Bulls welcome the Hornets to town, and Bridges narrowly missed double-doubles in his past two meetings with Chicago. He averaged 12.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in those two games. Overall, he's posted 26.3 fantasy points versus the Bulls, and Chicago ranks 17th in terms of most fantasy points per game given up to small forwards (41.32). Bridges is on fire with 1.05 fantasy points per minute over his last five -- up from his 0.82 on the season. In those five games, he's averaging 33 fantasy points, and he can keep it rolling in this one.
Robert Covington ($5,500) -- On a short night like tonight, Covington is one of the better options, especially when you factor in his price. He's been a factor right away for Houston, particularly from deep. He's attempted 32 three-pointers in his first four games with the Rockets, and he's hit nine of them (28.1%). Luckily for Covington, the Warriors allow the fifth-most made three-pointers to small forwards (2.72) and fourth-most fantasy points per game overall (47.25) to the spot. His ceiling factor tonight is 37.77, seventh among power forwards, and I think he is one of the best value plays on the slate tonight. Covington is projected to total 13.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists by our models.
PJ Washington ($4,500) -- Like Bridges, Washington has had success versus the Bulls this year, posting 31.1 fantasy points per game in the split. His season average is 25.1, and in the first game of the season (versus Chicago), he scored 27 points with 4 rebounds and 1 assist. With the Bulls' frontcourt banged up and Washington's price being so low, he could be a great value target tonight. On three or more days of rest, he's averaging 11.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in seven games.
Jonas Valanciunas ($7,100) -- Valanciunas had some monster performances heading into the All-Star break, including five double-doubles across a 10-game span despite averaging 14.1 points and 12.3 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road in Sacramento, and the Kings' frontcourt isn't anything to worry about. The Kings allow 22.23 points per game to centers (eighth-most) along with 15.54 boards. This is a favorable matchup for JV, and he met the Kings earlier in the season and recorded 18 points and 12 rebounds for 37.5 fantasy points in 29 minutes. JV holds the fifth-best fantasy-points-per-minute clip of all players tonight at 1.38 per game.
Bam Adebayo ($7,800) -- Adebayo, the Skills Challenge champion, had himself a nice All-Star debut. He came into the break red-hot, recording 32 or more points in nine of his last 10 games, and he should be in line for a solid start to the second half versus the Hawks. Big Bam has totaled 49.3 fantasy points per game in three matchups with Atlanta this season, double-doubling in two of those three. The Hawks allow the second-most points per game to centers (23.54) and the fourth-most fantasy points per night (57.16). Adebayo is projected by numberFire's model to record 16.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 4.8 assists.
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