DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Thursday 9/10/20
With one game 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.
LeBron James ($19,200) -- King James finished with 36 points in the Lakers' Game 3 win over the Rockets. He also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists, and had a team-high four blocks in 38 minutes. James shot 56.5% from the field and 44.4% from deep in Game 3 and attempted a series-high 23 shots. He's averaging 28.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 7.0 assists this series. He's the top play on the board after posting 63.25 fantasy points in his last outing.
Rajon Rondo ($7,800) -- Rondo had a breakout performance in Game 3. He recorded 21 points, nine assists, and two rebounds in 30 minutes; his most minutes since returning from injury. The vet led the team in assists, out-producing James in that area, and recorded his second game of nine dimes. He came off the bench in Game 3 and will probably remain in that role today, but he's worth the pick given his minutes increase.
James Harden ($18,600) -- For the second time in three games, Harden surpassed the 30-point mark and hoisted at least 20 shots. He's averaging 32 points in the Western semifinals, and in Game 3, Harden posted highs in assists and rebounds with nine apiece. Harden scored 33 points on a series-low seven free-throw attempts last time out, making all of them, while posting 23 field goal attempts. Game 3 also marked the third time in the last 10 games that Harden turned the ball over two times or fewer. The Rockets can only go as far as Harden takes them in this series, and he's led them in scoring nine of the last 10 games.
Alex Caruso ($6,000) -- Caruso has played 25 and 26 minutes in the Lakers' last two games -- two positives for him despite producing only 9.0 and 10.25 fantasy points. With Danuel House Jr. out, Caruso's value becomes intriguing. Rondo probably won't repeat his monster Game 3 effort, so Caruso could post more than five points and two rebounds in Game 4 if that's the case. Caruso is a fun value target.
Robert Covington ($11,100) -- Covington has averaged 11 points and five rebounds in the three postseason games versus LA. He's also knocked down two or more three-pointers in every game of the series while playing at least 36 minutes. He's been a good secondary option to Harden and Russell Westbrook ($15,000), and he's been a mismatch for the Lakers. The Rockets' small-ball lineup is averaging 47.9 three-pointers per game in the postseason, and Covington's averaging 3.2 makes on 6.3 three-point attempts per game.
Eric Gordon ($10,200) -- For the first time in four games, Gordon failed to reach 30 fantasy points as he recorded 19 in Game 3. It was also the first game all playoffs he went without attempting double-digit shot attempts. Gordon will likely be in attack mode after his last performance. He's averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game in the semifinals. With House out, Gordon's value rises, and he's worth a selection in hopes of a comeback game. numberFire's model predicts Gordon to record 14.4 real-world points in 33 minutes.
Kyle Kuzma ($8,100) -- Kuzma had another stellar shooting night last time out, going 7-of-10 (70%) from the field for 14 points. He went 6-of-7 (85.7%) in Game 2, scoring 13, so there's hope he can stay hot for Game 4. Kuzma has played between 21 and 29 minutes in all three semifinal games. He surpassed the 30-minute mark once in the first round. When he played between 30 and 39 minutes this season, he averaged 22.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, so he could go off if he gets a little more run.
Anthony Davis ($17,400) -- Davis posted his third double-double of the series with 26 points and 15 rebounds while adding a series-high six assists. He's firing on all cylinders right now and is a must-play on a single-game slate. He's dominated the Rockets "bigs," averaging 13.0 boards in the series to go with 28.3 points. Davis is attempting 17.3 field-goal attempts in 37 minutes per game. In Game 3, he had his highest foul total with four, and that's his only problem when facing Houston. If he steers clear of that, he'll likely amass at least 55 fantasy points for the third time in this series.
P.J. Tucker ($8,700) -- Tucker had a great Game 2, totaling 18 points and 11 rebounds, but he followed that up with three points and four rebounds in Game 3. But we don't have many center options on this slate, and it's hard to argue either of the Lakers' centers over him. Tucker can stretch the floor and nail the three-ball. He showed that in Games 1 and 2, going 6-of-14 from deep (42.8%). I'd rather have Tucker as a risk-reward pick in hopes that the Rockets attempt to mimic their 53 three-pointers in their Game 2 win.
Jeff Green ($6,900) -- Green scored 16 points on an efficient 7-of-11 (63.6%) shooting in Game 3. He's had stretches of solid basketball in the postseason, averaging 19.6 points in Games 1 through 3 of the first round. He's scored six double-digit games in 10 playoff games, but he's notched only one double-double in the process. He played 35 minutes in his previous game. I expect to see more of Tucker tonight, but Green is a pivot option.
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