DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Friday 8/7/20
With six games to choose from on today'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.
Markelle Fultz ($4,600) -- Fultz gets the matchup with his former squad, and it's a favorable one for him. Ben Simmons is out for the 76ers, and Shake Milton is the starting point guard so that it couldn't get better for Fultz. Through four games, Fultz has scored at least eight points and had three assists in every contest. He's played between 19 and 23 minutes in all four games, and with Jonathan Isaac out, Fultz is a candidate to step up in the offense.
In two games versus the 76ers, he's averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds this season. numberFire's model predicts Fultz to record 12.2 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds against Philadelphia. Fultz can be a deep dive in DFS, but in a game that could be fast-paced and reckless at times, Fultz fits the bill.
Shake Milton ($5,800) -- The 76ers guard has put on a spectacle the past two games, going from game-winner and 16 points versus the Spurs, then a 14-point performance against the Wizards. Now that Ben Simmons is out with an injury, Milton takes a more significant role in the offense alongside Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid. Milton has shot above 57% in his last two games and averaging 7 combined rebounds and assists per game with 15 points per game.
Milton's played 26 and 27 minutes the past two games, and that's only going to increase as the seeding games go on. Milton's averaging 0.99 fantasy points per minute with Simmons off the floor compared to 0.73 with him. Milton's value at the highest it's ever been in DFS, and so is his usage, grab Milton as one of your final spots.
Caris LeVert ($7,100) -- LeVert continues to be the primary scorer for the Brooklyn Nets, and after being held to 13 points versus the Celtics, he's to going to see far more attempts in Friday's game versus the Kings. LeVert attempted a bubble-low 14 shot attempts and 3 free-throw attempts after scoring 34 versus the Wizards. LeVert has yet to meet the Kings this season, but after Sacramento's track meet of a game Thursday versus the Pelicans, LeVert could take advantage of any defenders' fatigued legs.
With Joe Harris ($5,300) and Jarrett Allen ($6,300) in the lineup, LeVert is averaging the highest usage of the bunch (31.3%) but the lowest fantasy points per minute (1.09). He's likely going to have a strong game versus the Kings and should be worth playing in a few leagues along with his two teammates. numberFire's model predicts LeVert to post 18.3 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.9 rebounds versus the Kings.
Brandon Ingram ($8,400) -- Ingram played Thursday, so this will be his first back-to-back in months, but he's primed for some shine on offense. Versus the Kings, Zion Williamson played 22 minutes and attempting to think like that coaching staff; he's most likely not going past 30 minutes against the Wizards. Ingram has scored 23 or more points in three of four games and has averaged 15.2 shot attempts per game.
He's been on the boards too, posting five rebounds per game. In eight back-to-backs for Ingram, he's averaged 25.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 35.4 minutes. numberFire's model likes Ingram to total 24.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 34 minutes.
Tobias Harris ($8,300) -- Harris' role in the offense just skyrocketed with the Simmons' injury, and he's already attempted at least 17 shots in the last three games. Harris will have the green light for the 76ers, and every night he should surpass 20 shot attempts. In the first game of the bubble, Harris went 12-for-29 (41.3%) from the field, and he's grabbed at least six rebounds in every game too.
He's played 37 minutes in two of the three contests, and when he plays 40 minutes this season, Harris averages 23.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. Harris has the second-highest usage rate on the 76ers (29.15) with Simmons off the floor, and he's averaging 1.08 fantasy points per minute. In his two games versus the Magic, Harris averages 16 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists this season.
Danilo Gallinari ($5,600) -- In his only meeting with the Grizzlies this season, Gallinari dropped 20 points and recorded 29.8 fantasy points. He's had two-straight 28-point or better fantasy performances, and he hasn't cracked 30 minutes yet. With Dennis Schroder out of the lineup, he may play slightly more minutes, and in the last game, he played 29, the most of his three seeding games so far. He's coming off 30.25 fantasy points, and with Memphis on their last hope, Gallinari is a sneaky play in the Thunder offense.
Rui Hachimura ($5,900) -- Hachimura hasn't balled out entirely since his 21-point and nine-rebound performance in the first game of the bubble, but he has hope versus the Pelicans. New Orleans big men feature Derrick Favors ($5,200), and Jaxson Hayes ($3,000), are nothing to brag about, and neither has had as much success or minutes as Rui. He's played 30 or more minutes in four-straight games, and he recorded 39 in his last game. Hachimura has averaged 6.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in addition to 11.7 points per game. numberFire's model gives Hachimura 14.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in 30 minutes versus New Orleans.
Serge Ibaka ($5,700) -- Ibaka has met the Celtics three times already this season, and he's had success every time. He's recorded at least eight rebounds in every meeting, and he's posted double-digit points, too. He hasn't played more than 26 minutes in the past three games, but he's an asset in the lineup versus the Celtics small-ball lineup with Daniel Theis ($5,400) at the center. He could be an extra big man or final roster spot in DFS and should play more than Marc Gasol ($4,000). numberFire's model projects Ibaka to total 15.7 points and 7.9 rebounds.
Joel Embiid ($10,500) -- Embiid is more than likely going to average 30 points and 10 rebounds for the next few games, and there are not many people that will disagree. The 76ers offense ran through him before the Simmons injury, and now, he's going to touch the ball every possession he's on the floor. He's scored at least 27 points, and 9 rebounds were his lows through three games, while he's also had at least 3 assists in each game, too.
Embiid has shot above 50% from the field in all three seeding games, and in the only meeting with the Magic this season, Embiid shot 38% on 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. All of those numbers could be higher, and numberFire's model agrees. He's projected for 23.8 points and 12.8 rebounds in just 30.7 minutes, and without Simmons, he could see more than his 32.6 average the past three games.
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