DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Monday 8/10/20
With five 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.
Malcolm Brogdon ($6,900) -- Brogdon and the Pacers take on the Heat in the most important Eastern Conference matchup so far in Orlando. Both teams are currently tied for fourth place, so whoever wins will have sole possession of the four seed, even though there is no home-court advantage. The Heat are without Kendrick Nunn and likely without Goran Dragic ($4,900), making the Pacers backcourt duo of Brogdon and Victor Oladipo ($5,800) favorable plays.
Brogdon has scored 20 points in three of four games in the bubble, and he's totaled at least 6 assists and 4 rebounds. The most impressive aspect of his bubble performances is that he's been overshadowed by T.J. Warren ($8,400). Brogdon's been a value play, and he's projected to record 16.8 points, 6.7 assist, and 4.4 rebounds versus the Heat.
Jamal Murray ($7,100) -- Murray, in his first game back from injury, exploded for 53.5 fantasy points and looking as strong as ever. He had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists over 39 minutes in a double-overtime victory. He attempted 25 shots in those 39 minutes, both numbers were surprising, and he heads into his fourth matchup this season versus the Lakers. Murray's averaged 37.4 fantasy points on 20 points, 6.7 assists, and 3.7 rebounds against the Lakers this season, up from his 34.1 regular season fantasy points per game.
Murray is a slightly risky play coming off an injury but could be rewarding if he plays 30-plus minutes versus this Lakers backcourt. LA has already clinched, and this is an excellent competitive spot for Murray to get into game shape and get in a rhythm for the postseason.
Devin Booker ($8,700) -- Booker has been on fire in the bubble dropping 30 points in three of four games, and he's had 6 or more assists in his last three games. The Phoenix Suns are the only unbeaten team in the bubble, and if there were a play-in MVP, it would most likely be Booker. He's played the Thunder twice this season and averaged 22.5 points on 51.7% shooting but only 31.4 fantasy points.
In Booker's last five games, he's had 39 or more fantasy points, and he played 35 or more minutes in three of those games. numberFire's model projects Booker with 26.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.9 rebounds versus the Thunder. In tho three games, he's recorded 39 or 40 fantasy points, he's dealt with foul trouble in all of them, if he can avoid that, he can blow by these numbers and continue this hot streak.
Luguentz Dort ($4,000) -- Dort has scored 10 or more points in three of his last four games and coming off a performance versus the Wizards, where he totaled a bubble-high 10 rebounds. Filling in for Dennis Schroder, Dort has played 26, 30, 32, and 36 minutes in his last four games, and he's recorded 30 or more in four of the last five games total. The Suns allow the second-most points to point guards this season (25.27) and the sixth-most points to shooting guards (23.26).
Dort is a sneaky play, and because neither Chris Paul ($8,200) or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($7,000) have recorded more than 18 points in their last three games. This should give Dort a chance to reach double-digits points in four of his last five games. The Suns are running a lot of young guards/forwards right now, and an energy player like Dort can be one of the last adds in your DFS lineups.
Jimmy Butler ($7,200) -- Butler missed the last three games for the Miami Heat, but in the two he did play since entering Orlando he posted 38.75 and 43 fantasy points. He's been aggressive, visiting the free-throw 19 times and scoring 19 points per game over those two games. His 6.0 assists per game and 5.5 rebounds per game in the bubble are important factors when selecting him in DFS, and versus the Pacers, he's averaging 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in two meetings.
This meeting will be hyped up over the Butler and T.J. Warren rematch since their technical foul argument became an internet sensation. Warren is on a massive hot streak scoring, and of course, this is the game Butler decides to return. Butler wants to compete and wants to win this game, and he'll be in the majority of my lineups as long as he's not on a minute restriction.
Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5,600) -- The Mavericks just endured a tough two-game stretch with the Bucks and Clippers and now get to face the Jazz. Versus the Jazz, Hardaway Jr. has averaged 22 points and four rebounds versus the two games this season. In two of his five games, he's scored 22 or more points in the bubble, and he's grabbed 5 or more rebounds in three of those games.
With Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis both OUT for the Mavericks, Hardaway should see the ball plenty and be among the chalkier plays on the slate. He's played 36 or more minutes in four of his last five games, and numberFire's model pegs Hardaway Jr. with 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 29.5 minutes. If he plays his usual 35 minutes, he should put up his third 20-point game versus the Jazz this season.
Royce O'Neale ($4,800) -- O'Neale has totaled 29 fantasy points or more in four of five games for the Jazz, and over the last three games, he's played 33 minutes or more in each one. Utah continues to work their starters back into regular minutes, and O'Neale's role should allow him to produce in this matchup, as he averaged 18.6 fantasy points in 34.6 minutes versus Dallas this season.
The Mavericks allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game and the sixth-most rebounds (8.57) to small forwards (42.92). O'Neale could see a minute increase, and after surpassing his season average for fantasy points (20.1) in five-straight games, he's a safe play for a utility player or value selection.
Mike Muscala ($3,200) -- Muscala's role with the Oklahoma City Thunder is increased due to a few injuries, including Steven Adams ($6,400) and Nerlens Noel ($4,200). Muscala recorded 20.25 fantasy points in 28 minutes versus the Wizards on Sunday, a decent level of production for a clear role player on the Thunder.
Since the injury situation is still unclear for the Thunder, Muscala could grab another start if Adams and Noel are both out.
Rudy Gobert ($7,600) -- Gobert has had two successful outings versus the Mavericks this season, and in his first game back from rest, he had 22 points and 13 rebounds versus the Nuggets. In the two games versus Dallas this season, he averaged 19.5 points and 16.0 rebounds in 36.3 minutes per game. He's been perfect from the floor versus them this season, 15-for-15, and from the free-throw line, he's gone 9-for-14 (64.3%).
Gobert's recorded three-straight performances of 13 rebounds or more, and he's hit 16 points or more over his last three games, in addition to 21 and 22 points in his previous two games. numberFire's model projects Gobert with 14.2 points and 13.0 rebounds in 34 minutes versus Dallas. He's destined for a fourth-straight double-double and should present a challenge for the Mavericks.
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