DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Tuesday 8/25/20
With two 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.
Luka Doncic ($11,000) -- Doncic sank the game-winner last time out to even up the series 2-2. Without Kristaps Porzingis ($9,100) in that one, Doncic recorded 92.75 DK points on 43 points, 17 rebounds, and 13 assists in a 46-minute overtime victory. numberFire's model predicts Doncic to amass 32.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 9.5 assists on Tuesday, and he's a terrifying fade.
Jordan Clarkson ($5,200) -- Clarkson continued to pour it in off the bench with 24 points in 27 minutes last time out. He totaled 28.25 fantasy points, his second-most in this series so far, and he's now attempted at least 12 shots in all four games. Clarkson is getting volume and hitting from all over the field, including 4-of-7 (57.1%) from deep. The Nuggets allow the second-most points per game (125.5) in the postseason, and Clarkson has shot 47% or better in three of the four games in this series. He's averaging 30.3 fantasy points per game versus Denver on the year, compared to his season average of 23.8.
Donovan Mitchell ($9,700) -- Mitchell surpassed 50 real-world points for the second time in this series, dropping 51 on the Nuggets. He's been on fire and has scored 20 and 30 points in his two non-50 point efforts. Mitchell racked up 66.5 fantasy points in his previous game. In his seven meetings with Denver this season, he's averaging 40.7 fantasy points. With Denver's defense struggling this series, Mitchell should feast once more.
Louis Williams ($6,400) -- Williams erupted for a team-high 36 points and added five assists and four rebounds in Game 4 versus the Mavericks. He's the engine off the bench for the Clippers, and he's now gone for 39 or more fantasy points in two of four games in the series. He's logged double-digit shot attempts from the field in three of four games, and being involved in the highest-scoring series only helps his case. Williams is projected to have 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 28 minutes in Game 5, per our algorithm.
Royce O'Neale ($4,500) -- O'Neale hasn't had a strong performance since Game 2, but the role players for Utah need to aid Mitchell and Clarkson in the scoring department. O'Neale is capable of putting together a good all-around effort for the Nuggets, and he's averaged 4.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 33.3 minutes in the series. On a short slate, there are not many great value options available tonight, so a risk-reward pick like O'Neale could either deliver 19 or 38 fantasy points based on how this series is going for him.
Marcus Morris ($5,600) -- Morris had his first game of the series with fewer than 30 fantasy points last time out. But Morris had been playing very well. He's grabbed at least five rebounds in all four games and ha scored at least 14 in each up until Game 4, when he had just nine. Morris is averaging 29.5 fantasy points versus Dallas this season, and he is worth a look.
Paul Millsap ($5,000) -- Millsap played very well in his last game, going for 16 points, seven rebounds, and four assists on his way to 35.25 fantasy points. He set a series high in points, rebounds, and assists in Game 4, and should be on our radar for tonight's small slate. Millsap attempted 13 field goals versus the Jazz, the most since he's entered the bubble, and he's also knocked down two three-pointers in back-to-back games. When Millsap is hitting from deep like he is in this series, he's worth a grab, especially coming off a 35-minute game.
Maxi Kleber ($4,200) -- Kleber had his second game of 23 or more fantasy points versus the Clippers in Game 4, and he almost had a double-double for the second time in three games. He finished with seven points and nine rebounds in Game 4, playing expanded minutes because of Porzingis' late scratch. Kleber's stock hinges on the whether or not Porzingis suits up, so watch the injury report leading up to tip.
Kristaps Porzingis ($9,100) -- Building off what I said about Kleber, Porzingis was a late-scratch on Sunday, dismembering DFS lineups across the country, and his status is one to monitor tonight. The Mavs showed they could win without him, but his stellar play in the bubble is definitely a positive for Dallas. He totaled 34 points and 13 rebounds in Game 3 for 57.25 fantasy points. He's listed as a game-time decision for Game 5, and if he does play, he's worth a selection. numberFire's model projects Porzingis to record 23.3 points and 10.4 rebounds.
Ivica Zubac ($4,300) -- Zubac has been very consistent in this series, notching three games of 20 or more fantasy points. He's scored 15 real-world points in back-to-back games for the Clippers and posted one double-double in the series (Game 1). He's played at least 22 minutes in three games so far -- a positive sign with Montrezl Harrell ($4,100) returning to the rotation. Zubac's averaging 24.5 fantasy points in seven games versus Dallas this season, and he's surpassed that twice already this series.
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