Welcome back Draftkings NBA enthusiasts, we have a monster 12 game slate on our hands tonight. Don’t forget our ALL NEW DFS NBA dashboard updates LIVE leading up to tip off with the locks of the night based on injury news, while our analysts in Discord chat can help you with the top cash and GPP lineups of the night.
Draftkings NBA Plays | 1/5/18
Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors ($7,300)
While others may flock to Dragic for $700 less, and for good reason, I think Lowry is in a similar if not better spot, and has a higher ceiling. Since December 1st, the Bucks own the 5th worst defensive rating in the league tied with the Suns and Pacers. They’ve been especially bad against point guards since acquiring Bledsoe, ranking 2nd worst over their last 10 games. They’ve been destroyed recently by 50 DK points from Kris Dunn, 47 from Lowry, and big games from Darren Collison and Westbrook. The Bucks are clearly having issues on defense right now, especially at the point of attack with Lowry who is to cheap at $7,300 when you consider he’s averaging 38 DK PPG in road games this season. Also, the Raptors have the 3rd highest team total on the slate, so ownership of TOR guys is especially warranted tonight. Use Lowry/Dragic with confidence tonight.
Other options: John Wall, Goran Dragic, Tyreke Evans, Kris Dunn, JJ Barea, Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley – Detroit Pistons ($5,300)
This is likely the lowest price we’ll find Bradley at for the rest of the season. We expected him to maybe have some restrictions coming back off of an injury that cost him a handful of games, but he played 38 minutes against the Heat going for 29 DK points. Tonight he draws a better matchup against the 76ers who do rank 7th in defensive efficiency, but play at the NBA’s 2nd fastest pace, which we know is beneficial for guards. Bradley’s price also does not reflect the absence of Reggie Jackson, who prior to his injury was commanding a 26.8% usage rate, which was good for 26th highest in the league. I feel very safe locking in Bradley in most formats tonight when you saw his new role sans Jackson, which resulted in 19 shots in a generally tough matchup against the Heat on Wednesday.
Other options: Wesley Matthews, DeMar DeRozan, Jimmy Butler, Tyreke Evans, Kris Dunn, Justin Holiday, JJ Barea, Evan Turner
Wesley Matthews – Dallas Mavericks ($4,700)
I know Courtney Lee-West isn’t really a crowd pleaser, but you have to consider him as an option tonight, especially in cash games as an excellent value option. First, Matthews has and continues to play heavy minutes this year (35 MPG at home), and has gone for 25, 22, 32 and 36.75 DK points over his last 4 games after a tough stretch of matchups beforehand. Tonight, he gets a beautiful matchup against the Bulls who are going through a stretch of allowing massive production to opposing SGs. Beal went for 70, McCollum went for 50 and DeRozan went for 60 in the Bulls past 3 games. Yes, this is likely a symptom of poor overall defense, but during this stretch those 3 players combined for 17 3-pointers made. In case you didn’t know, Wes Matthews is a very good 3-point shooter having averaged 38% over his career from beyond the arc. If other, more stable value doesn’t really open up tonight I know Wes will end up going under-owned, making him a very sneaky cash option.
Other options: DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Justin Holiday, Trey Lyles, Al-Farouq Aminu, Evan Turner
Serge Ibaka – Toronto Raptors ($5,500)
Ibaka is another guy who looks to be too cheap on DK, but has been playing well and has a good matchup tonight. Ibaka is coming off a 35 pointer against this same Bucks team at home and a 32 point performance against Chicago on the road. Again, the Bucks have been the 5th worst rated defense since December 1, and also rank 4th worst in rebound rate. Power forward looks very thin at the moment, so unless something cheap opens up due to injury, I don’t see a reason to shy away from Ibaka.
Other options: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Derrick Favors, Trey Lyles
Hassan Whiteside – Miami Heat ($6,700)
Yikes, Center is kind of a wasteland tonight. I really don’t feel comfortable using anyone at their prices. Meanwhile, Whiteside is coming off a game where he found himself in foul trouble early and only played 17 minutes and is certainly under-priced if you expect him to play 30+ minutes. The good thing about Whiteside’s last four games since returning from injury is that he’s averaged a good bit over 1 FPPM, which is in line with his career average, which also means it seems like he’s back to feeling healthy. This situation feels similar to Kawhi a few nights ago where we don’t know for sure if Whiteside will be fully unleashed, but given that he played 29 minutes against Orlando, we should expect him to clear 30 tonight if he stays out of foul trouble. The matchup isn’t ideal against a Knicks team that ranks 14th in defensive efficiency and 3rd in rebound rate, but in the Center wasteland tonight he may be our best option if Drummond plays.
Other options: Boban Marjanovic (If Drummond is out), Joel Embiid, Jusuf Nurkic, Derrick Favors, Serge Ibaka