DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Friday 9/4/20
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.
Goran Dragic ($7,000) -- Dragic has averaged 25.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 34 minutes versus the Milwaukee Bucks this series. He's been the most surprising player, dominating the Bucks' backcourt. Dragic has now scored at least 20 points in six straight games, and he's shooting 52.2% from the field and 45% from deep in this two-game series. The Dragon has eaten up most of Kendrick Nunn's ($3,300) minutes, and he's now played 32 or more minutes in all six of the Miami Heat's postseason affairs.
LeBron James ($11,000) -- The King finished the first round shooting 59.9% from the field and scoring 27.7 points per game, but those numbers have jumped to 71.4% and 34.6, respectively, in his last three games. He's also double-doubled in three straight outings and four of his last five, but the most impressive aspect is he's averaged a triple-double with 10.2 rebounds and 10.2 assists in addition to his 27.7 points. He's an immovable force right now, and there's not much Houston should be able to do to stop him.
Tyler Herro ($5,200) -- Herro, besides Dragic, has been the next most consistent guard for the Heat. He's scored double-digits in 13 straight games and shot 40% or better in 10 of them. He's playing like anything but a rookie in the postseason. The Bucks are allowing 39.3 three-point tries per game, and Herro's attempting 7.0 himself in this series, a dangerous sign for Milwaukee. Through two games against the Bucks, Herro has added 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists to his average of 14.0 points per game. That's on par with his first-round numbers of 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists.
James Harden ($11,200) -- Harden made the biggest defensive play of his life in Game 7 versus the Thunder, and now he'll take on the Lakers. Harden finished the first-round series with averages of 29.7 points, 8.0 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game. Game 7 was by far his worst statistical game of the series, but he managed five 30-point games and two double-doubles against OKC. The Lakes allow the fewest amount of three-point attempts in the postseason (30.6) but give up the 10th-most free throw attempts (25.0). Harden lived at the line in the first round, averaging 7.3 makes on 8.6 attempts per game (84.8%), and he visited the charity stripe 37 times in three games versus the Lakers this season.
Robert Covington ($6,300) -- He's heating up! RoCo scored 21 points in Game 7, adding 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the playoffs. In Games 5 and 6, he scored 18 and 22 points while knocking down the three-ball at a high rate. He's made four or more three-pointers in four-straight games, and he's averaged 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in these playoffs. He will be needed against LA to take the offensive pressure off Harden and Russell Westbrook ($8,600).
Kyle Kuzma ($5,000) -- Kuzma didn't have a great first-round series versus the Portland Trail Blazers, but he's found success versus the Rockets this season. He's averaged 16.0 points in three meetings, also posting 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 29 minutes per game. The Rockets provide a much better matchup for Kuzma, and he should post improved numbers in this series. numberFire's model predicts Kuzma to record 12.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in Game 1.
Anthony Davis ($10,600) -- Davis averaged 29.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in five games versus the Blazers. Davis and the Lakers have been off since last Saturday, and on three or more days of rest, he's averaging 28.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists -- not far off from his first-round numbers. Versus a Rockets team with no true center, AD could have a monster series. In his last matchup with Houston, he struggled but was without LeBron James ($11,000). In the meeting before that, he had 32 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and three steals in 40 minutes.
Jae Crowder ($5,300) -- Crowder recorded 32.5 fantasy points in Game 2, a playoff-high for him in this postseason. He's played 35 and 36 minutes over the last two games and has attempted 19 three-pointers. He's made seven total triples (36.8%) and averaged 7.5 rebounds in the series so far. He's averaging 26.9 fantasy points in four meetings with Milwaukee this season and is one of the better mid-range options on the two-game slate.
Brook Lopez ($5,600) -- There's no center in the postseason stroking the three-ball quite like Lopez is. He's made two or more triples in four of his last five games, and he's totaled 16 or more points in five of his previous six. Versus Miami, he's averaging 20 points and four rebounds on 71.3% shooting from the field and a 63.4% mark from downtown. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in the first round, too, so Lopez is playing some good ball in these playoffs.
Bam Adebayo ($8,000) -- The Heat-Bucks matchup continues to be an excellent place to get your five-man. Adebayo has averaged 13.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists through two games against Milwaukee, and he's played 35.5 minutes per game in the series. In Game 1, he double-doubled with 12 points and 17 boards, and he followed up that outing with 15 points and nine rebounds in Game 2, finishing just short of what would've been four straight double-doubles dating back to the first round. We project another good all-around game from Bam, forecasting him to amass 15.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.
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