DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Helper: Tuesday 9/15/20
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.
Kemba Walker ($7,700) -- Walker's numbers took a step back in the semifinals for the Celtics. He averaged 17.0 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.4 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors, compared to 24.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in the first round versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Walker has averaged 37.1 fantasy points versus the Heat this season on 19.7 points, 6.3 assists, and 3.0 rebounds across three meetings. He's totaled 30 fantasy points or more in nine of his last 10 games, including six-of-seven against Toronto's tough defense. numberFire's model predicts Walker to have 21.3 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in Game 1 versus Miami.
Goran Dragic ($7,300) -- Dragic has had two stellar series for the Heat. He averaged 22.8 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds in the first round and 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in the semifinals. Dragic has scored at least 15 points in every postseason game, including 20 or more in six-of-nine. He's surpassed 30 fantasy points in eight-of-nine postseason games, and against Boston, he averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds for 33.1 fantasy points in two meetings this year.
Marcus Smart ($6,900) -- Smart averaged 29.7 fantasy points per game on the season, and versus the Heat, he's at 21.7 per game. That would be worrisome, but he played 26.1 minutes off the bench versus them. Now starting, he averaged 39.4 minutes per game in the semifinals versus Toronto. Smart totaled four games of 30 or more fantasy points in the second round and recorded 26 or more in all seven games. He averaged 15.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in his last seven games.
Tyler Herro ($5,400) -- Herro averaged 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in the semifinals against the Bucks, a positive sign after he posted clips of 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in the first round versus the Pacers. He's scored double-digits in nine-straight postseason games and in 16 consecutive games overall. Herro has averaged 32 minutes per game off the bench this postseason, and he's gone for at least 20 fantasy points in eight-of-nine games.
Kawhi Leonard ($10,400) -- In nine meetings with the Nuggets this season, Leonard is averaging 49.1 fantasy points on per-game averages of 25.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.3 steals. In this series, he's up to 26.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 5.8 assists while playing 38.7 minutes per night. Leonard scored 25 or more real-world points in each of his last three games and just missed out on five straight double-doubles. Leonard recorded nine rebounds in Game 5 and eight boards in Game 6; before that, he had three straight double-doubles, averaging 22.0 points and 11.6 rebounds.
Jimmy Butler ($8,500) -- Butler has met Boston in just two games this season, but he's found success in both meetings. He has averaged 45.3 fantasy points against Boston on 28.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 36.5 minutes per game. Butler is averaging 34.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in Game 1s of the postseason this season, and he dropped a playoff career-high 40 points in Game 1 of the Bucks series.
Jayson Tatum ($9,700) -- Tatum totaled three games of 50 or more fantasy points in the Toronto series and added games of 60 or more in both Game 6 and Game 7. He averaged 18.6 shots and 24.3 points per game in seven games versus Toronto -- both impressive marks versus one of the league's best defenses. Miami ranks atop the league this postseason in multiple defensive categories but allows the fifth-most three-pointers made to power forwards (2.58). Tatum has me four triples in each of his last two games and netted 29 real-life points in both. He's a likely candidate to lead the Celtics in scoring and rebounding in Game 1.
Marcus Morris ($5,000) -- Morris notched five consecutive double-digit games in this series before totaling only five points in Game 6. He played 30 minutes, going one-for-five (20%) from the field with four personal fouls. Counting the regular season, Morris has averaged 19.5 fantasy points in eight games against the Nuggets this season on 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. He's a risky selection in DFS, but in Game 7, he should see around 35 minutes alongside George and Leonard. numberFire predicts Morris to produce 12.2 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Daniel Theis ($5,700) -- Theis double-doubled in Game 1 of the semifinals and finished the series with averages of 10.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The big man scored 38 total points and grabbed 20 rebounds across his last three games, averaging 12.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in that stretch. He played 30 or more minutes in four-of-seven games, including 47 minutes in the Game 6 double-overtime thriller. He averages 23.7 fantasy points on the season, and versus the Heat, Theis is averaging 28.5 fantasy points on 9.7 points and 8.7 rebounds over three regular-season meetings.
Nikola Jokic ($10,000) -- In this series, Jokic has averaged 25.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists. He's totaled five-straight double-doubles for Denver and logged 40 minutes in each of the last two games. He's made at least two triples in five-of-six games in this series and shot 50% or better from the field in four-of-six games. numberFire's model projects Jokic to go for 23.0 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 8.3 assists in 38.8 minutes in Game 7.
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