DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Wednesday 9/9/20
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.
Kyle Lowry ($8,200) -- In nine total meetings with the Boston Celtics this season, Lowry's averaging 40.9 fantasy points on 20.0 points, 6.6 assists, and 4.9 rebounds. In the five-game playoff series, Lowry's averaging 19.2 points, 7.0 assists, and 6.0 rebounds. He has his worst performance of the series in Game 5, with only 23.0 fantasy points. Now, it's a win-or-go-home situation, but we've seen Lowry have success in these situations before. In Game 6 of the NBA Finals last season, Lowry recorded 26 points, dished out 10 assists, and grabbed 7 rebounds. I'd back him in this spot as the top point guard on the slate.
Kemba Walker ($8,100) -- Walker has recorded at least 30 fantasy points in all five semifinals games and he doesn't look to be slowing down. In nine total meetings with the Toronto Raptors, Walker has averaged 36.2 fantasy points per game on 21.2 points, 4.9 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. Walker is giving us what we've been waiting for, as he's scored at least 17 points in four-of-five games, and 7 or more assists in three. He's shot 53% or better from the field in three-of-five games while attempting 15 or more field goals. numberFire's model projects Walker to record 25.0 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.6 rebounds.
Marcus Smart ($6,200) -- Smart has averaged 25.8 fantasy points in eight meetings with Toronto, and in this series alone, he's averaging 30.15 fantasy points per game. He's filled in for Gordon Hayward nicely, and in the foreseeable future, Smart's a risk-reward DFS option. In this series alone, he's done his part averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in 36.6 minutes.
Jaylen Brown ($7,600) -- Brown has recorded 38 or more fantasy points in three of his last four games for the Celtics. He averages 34.6 fantasy points on the season, and those numbers slightly increase to 36.8 per game versus the Raptors. He's surpassed 40 fantasy points in two games during this series and is averaging 7.4 rebounds per game in the five-game series. He scored a series-high 27 points on 18 field goal attempts in Game 5, and with a series-clinching Game 6 on the line, he's a must-play.
OG Anunoby ($5,700) -- Anunoby has recorded 21 or more fantasy points in five-straight games and totaled double-digits in four-straight until Game 5. He's averaging 6.8 rebounds in this series, plus 12.4 points per game in the semifinals. Anunoby's averaging 21.0 fantasy points in nine meetings with Boston, just short of his 24.1 regular-season total. He played 33 minutes or more and shot 42% or better from the field in four-of-five playoff games versus the Celtics. He's a high-risk play but could be rewarding if he posts 30-plus fantasy points.
Jayson Tatum ($9,300) -- Tatum's recorded 40 or more fantasy points in two-straight games and 36 or more in all five postseason meetings. He's also played 36 or more minutes in all five games while averaging 39.1 fantasy points in nine total meetings with Toronto this season. He's recorded 8 or more rebounds in all five games and is averaging a near double-double with 22.4 points and 9.2 rebounds. numberFire's model projects Tatum to record 27.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.
Marcus Morris ($4,900) -- Morris' has been hit or miss this series for the Los Angeles Clippers. He's recorded 21 or more fantasy points in three-of-five games of the series. Morris averages 21.2 fantasy points in five meetings on the season with Denver and 27.6 on the regular-season. He's scored double-digits in four-of-five games and made 50% or more of his field-goal attempts.
Daniel Theis ($5,400) -- Against the Raptors, Theis averages 24.6 fantasy points on 8.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in nine meetings. So far, he's averaging 27.8 fantasy points per game on 9.6 points and 9.2 rebounds. He's played 30 or more minutes in three-of-five games during this series, and with Serge Ibaka potentially out, Theis' role increases. He could damage a weak Raptors interior and match up with Marc Gasol ($4,100) all game long, makes him worth the risk.
Nikola Jokic ($9,900) -- Jokic recorded 60 fantasy points or more in back-to-back games versus the Clippers. He's averaged 29.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in those two games, much improved off his 22.75 fantasy point performance in Game 1. Against the Clippers, his fantasy output doesn't change much, going from 46.8 on the season to 46.4 versus them. The top-play at the center position and numberFire's model predicts him to record 23.5 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 7.8 assists.
Serge Ibaka ($5,500) -- Ibaka was seen in a walking boot after Game 5, and his status for Game 6 remains unknown. He's played such a vital role to the Raptors in this series and has been one of the bench's driving forces. He posted 28 or more fantasy points in three-of-five meetings in the series and recorded at least 15 points and 7 rebounds three times. If he's unable to go, Chris Boucher ($3,000) is a strong play to replace him in the second unit.
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