DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Friday 8/21/20
With four games to choose from on today's NBA slate, let's look at how to utilize the DFS possibilities.
Here are some of the top plays on DraftKings. As always, good luck.
Kemba Walker ($6,600) -- Walker scored a bubble-high 22 points in Game 2 versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Without Gordon Hayward, the Celtics need one of their big three to pick up the slack. Walker did just that, adding four rebounds and two assists for 32.5 fantasy points in 26 minutes. In five meetings with the 76ers, Walker is averaging 21.6 points per game and 32.2 fantasy points. He's connected on 22-of-42 shots over his last three games and is back to his 20 points-per-game average in that stretch. He's only going to get better as the series and postseason goes on, and numberFire's model likes Walker's stat line to read 24.6 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.6 rebounds over 35 minutes.
Jordan Clarkson ($5,500) -- Clarkson has had two strong showings off the bench for the Jazz in the postseason, scoring 18 and 26 points in Games 1 and 2. He's had two of his four best fantasy performances in that stretch, recording 27.5 and 39.5 fantasy points. In five meetings with the Nuggets this season, he's averaged 31.1 fantasy points -- up from his season-long average of 23.8. He's added four rebounds and three assists apiece in his last two games and attempted nine three-pointers in both, as well. He played only 29 minutes in his previous game, so he should be well-rested to carry Utah's bench again.
Norman Powell ($4,300) -- Powell caught his rhythm in Game 2 versus the Brooklyn Nets. He finished with 37 fantasy points and scored 24 real-world points on 11-of-16 shooting (64.7%) with all five of his misses coming from three (1/6). Powell also added six rebounds and two assists to his totals after playing 32 minutes, compared to only 17 minutes in Game 1. He's totaled 29 or more fantasy points in three of his last five games, and if Fred VanVleet ($7,600) cools off, Powell could be asked to do more.
Josh Richardson ($4,800) -- Richardson and Joel Embiid ($9,800) offense kept the 76ers alive at one point during the Game 2 blowout, and Richardson's netted 18 points in back-to-back games. He's attempted 29 total shots across his past two games, the same amount as Tobias Harris ($7,500), but Richardson has shot at a much better rate. If Richardson can improve on his 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game from the last two, he should surpass his 25.2-fantasy-point season average.
Luka Doncic ($10,800) -- Doncic passed Wilt Chamberlain for scoring the most points in his first two career playoff games, totaling 70. Doncic scored 42 in the first game, a record for a debut, then followed that performance up with a 28-point outing in 28 minutes. Not to mention, he's averaged 8.0 assists and 7.5 rebounds in the series. Doncic put up 50.0 and 65.75 fantasy points in the two playoff games so far, and his season average of 57.4 is feasible every night, even versus Kawhi Leonard ($9,600) and Paul George ($8,300). He's the top play on this slate, and our model likes him for a near triple-double with 32.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 9.7 assists over 38 minutes.
Michael Porter Jr. ($6,300) -- MPJ totaled 40.5 fantasy points in 33 minutes on 28 points, six rebounds, and block. He shot 10-of-17 (58.8%) and was hot from deep, hitting 6-of-9 three-pointers (66.67%). He's become a key cog for the Nuggets, sharing the spotlight with Nikola Jokic ($9,300) and Jamal Murray ($7,000). MPJ has grabbed six and eight rebounds in the series, and overall, he's outplayed his projected production versus Utah through two games. He's averaged 37.7 fantasy points in four meetings with Utah this season, and he can keep rolling Friday.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot ($4,600) -- TLC was inserted into the starting lineup in Game 2 versus the Raptors, and he didn't disappoint. He scored 17 points, and although he amassed just 21.0 fantasy points, he had 16 shot attempts, with nine coming from deep. At that shot rate, TLC is a sleeper in DFS, and NBA fans are starting to catch on because of his three-point stroke. The Nets are down 0-2 and have nothing to lose. Expect TLC to continue to log big minutes, as he's already seen 33 and 36 in two games.
Jayson Tatum ($9,200) -- Tatum continues to shine in the bubble, scoring 33 points in Game 2, his second-straight 30-point game. He's scored 29 or more in each of his last four games and averaged eight rebounds in that span. He's been on fire from beyond the arc, hitting 8-of-12 (66.7%) in his previous game and making two or more triples in all of his last seven outings. Tatum played 41 minutes in Game 1 but only 31 in Game 2. numberFire's model projects Tatum to have 25.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 36 minutes.
Joel Embiid ($9,800) -- Embiid scored 34 points in 34 minutes versus the Celtics on Wednesday, and he double-doubled for the second-consecutive game of the series. Embiid's been aggressive, so aggressive that he's reached the free-throw line 25 times in two games, converting on 21 of them (84%). He's averaging 30 points and 13 rebounds through two games, and he's shot 53% or better in both. The Celtics -- specifically Daniel Theis ($4,300) -- are struggling to contain the big man after two-straight 53-fantasy-point performances. Embiid played 34 minutes in Game 2, and if he's not gassed, he could have another 30-point effort scoring the rock.
Jarrett Allen ($7,100) -- Allen recorded his fifth-straight double-double last time out, totaling 14 points and 15 rebounds in 41 minutes. Allen is leaned on as the defensive anchor and an offensive presence in the paint, and he's been just that for Brooklyn. He added five assists and three blocks versus the Raptors in Game 2, and he racked up 45.25 fantasy points in doing so. Allen has shot 50% or better in all eight of his bubble games and scored double-digits in every one. numberFire's model predicts the Nets' center to have 13.1 points and 11.3 rebounds on Friday.
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