|Date & Time||Thursday January 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
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DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 1/3/19
UPDATE (7:38 PM) - I keep going back and forth with Harden, however, even though he is more affordable on DK than FD, I'm sticking to my trio of DeRozan, Leonard, & Jokic. Image is updated! Good Luck!
We couldn’t get it done last night as our 279.50-point performance didn’t cut in in either the GPP’s or 50/50’s. We did get big games from Terry Rozier (39.25 points) & Anthony Davis (82.5 points) however, are value picks didn’t have huge days and less than stellar performance by Bradley Beal & Julius Randle prevented us from cashing.
Let’s move on and get back on the wining track tonight as we look at tonight’s 3-game NBA slate that starts at 8:00pm.
Derrick White is starting to live up to the potential that we were hearing about prior to season, before he missed the first 9 games of the season due to injury. White is averaging 11.2ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 bpg, & 2.2 spg over his last 5 games and has seen at least 28 minutes in each of those games. White looked outstanding agianst the Celtics this past Monday (22 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast, 2 blk, 1 stl) and I expect him to continue his recent run of strong play agianst Toronto tonight.
I’m staying with San Antonio and going to roster Demar DeRozan as I’m sure he’ll have some extra motivation to have a good game against his former team in the Raptors. DeRozan is having an outstanding first season for the Spurs as he comes into this game averaging 22.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 6.3 apg, & 1.0 spg. DeRozan is averaging 37.4 mpg over his last 5 games and although he does have a floor of about 25-30 DraftKings points, he also has 60-70 DraftKings point upside.
If we’re going with DeRozan in his matchup against his former team, you better believe we’re doing the same with Kawhi Leonard who I expect to put up a monster performance in his first appearance in San Antonio since being traded. Leonard is having an outstanding first season with the Raptors as he is averaging 27.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.8 apg & 1.6 spg. Leonard is coming off a career high 45 points game vs. Utah this past Tuesday and as I expect him to take around 25 shots tonight, I’m going with Leonard.
I have Draymond Green in the lineup as his price tag of just $5,900 is too tempting to pass up. Green has struggled offensively on the season, however, still has been a solid contributor across the board as he is averaging 7.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 6.6 apg & 1.8 spg on the season. Green is a threat to drop a triple-double whenever he sees 30+ minutes and I think he is great play tonight.
Nikola Jokic is almost a must play tonight agianst the Sacramento after we just saw his former teammate, and the guy he replaced, Jusuf Nurkic, went off for 24 points, 23 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks, & 5 steals against the Kings this past Tuesday. Jokic also had a nice game on Tuesday, dropping a triple-double (19 points, 14 rebounds, 15 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal) agianst the Knicks and as I think he can do even better agianst the Kings tonight, I don’t think there is any way I’m away from Jokic tonight.
We going with Andre Iguodala tonight as I think he is a solid value pick in his matchup against the Rockets. Iguodala is only going to see 20-25 minutes, however, he has been playing well as of late, including a solid 23 points, 5 rebound, & 4 assist performance agianst the Lakers on Christmas. Iguodala should have no problems generating some offense against the 2nd unit of the Rockets and I think he can get us 25-30 DraftKings points tonight.
This will be Paul Millsap’s third game back since his injury and as he put up an impressive 34.25 DraftKings point performance (16 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl) in just 22 minutes against New York on Tuesday, I think he could be a steal at his current price tonight agianst the Kings. Millsap posted 43.75+ DraftKings points in 4 of his 11 games prior to getting hurt in early December and as I think his minutes could get back near the thirties if the game stays close, I’m getting Millsap in my lineup.
Rudy Guy looks like he is unlikely to play tonight for the Spurs, which will make David Bertans a solid value play at our Utility spot tonight. Bertans saw 31 minutes agianst the Celtics last Monday and has a great game as he put up 17 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal. Bertans has shown us the ability to get 25-30 DraftKings points when he sees the minutes and I’ll take my chances with him tonight at home.
Check back later for updates!