UPDATE (7:30 PM) - I didn't have any players in the only 7:30pm game so I made some additional adjustments. Image is updated. Good Luck!
UPDATED (7:09 PM) - Made some adjustments to the lineup. We still have Booker & George in their solid match-ups. I decided to get Ingram in the lineup and for value we have Theis and Davis. Image updated below. Good Luck!
DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 1/4/19
We fell just short of our GPP & 50/50’s last night with our 291.0-point performance as although we had solid performances by Bryn Fornes (33.25 points), James Harden (91 points), Nikola Jokic (55.75 points), and Draymond Green (40.75 points), our value picks in Iman Shumpert & Andre Iguodala really let us down.
Let’s take a look at our initial lineup for tonight’s 10-game NBA slate that starts at 7:30pm.
Kyrie Irving has already been listed as out tonight for the Celtics and although Rozier’s price jumped up to $6,100, I think he is worth the investment tonight after we saw the reappearance of “Scary Terry” in the Celtics victory over Minnesota on Wednesday. In 32 minutes of action, Rozier put up a solid overall stat line of 16 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, & 1 block and as the Celtics might also be without Marcus Morris tonight, Rozier might have to take an even larger role in the Celtics offense against Dallas tonight.
The Phoenix Suns have one of the higher implied scoring totals on the slate, currently set at 113.5, and as love the matchup against the LA Clippers, I think Devin Booker is one of the top plays on the slate. In his last 5 games, Booker is averaging 28.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 8.0 apg, & 1.4 spg. Booker is shooting 47.5% from the field over his last 5 games and as this should be a fast-paced game, I think we can see Booker go off for a big night tonight.
Paul George has been unreal this season and it continued last Wednesday as he shook off a slow start agianst his home-town Lakers, and went off for a monster 37 points, 4 rebound, 2 assist, & 4 steal performance. George comes into this game averaging 30.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, & 3.3 spg over his last 5 games and there is even room for improvement on those numbers as in that time span, he is shooting just 29.7% from the field. Portland hasn’t been anything special agianst SF’s on the season and I think George continues to put up MVP type numbers tonight.
I bet Gordon Hayward wishes the Celtics could play Minnesota as although Hayward is averaging 11.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, & 3.5 apg on the season, in his two games against Minnesota this season, Hayward is averaging 32.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.0 spg. Hayward makes an intriguing option tonight, especially if Marcus Morris sits, as the Celtics will already be without Kyrie Irving. Hayward has struggled to find his role with the Celtics this season, however, as he should be more heavily involved in the offense tonight, I think he has great upside at $5,400.
Brook Lopez has become more of a stretch-center for the Bucks and it’s been paying off as of late as the 10-year veteran has hit 7 three-pointers in each of his last two games. Milwaukee has an implied scoring total of 122.3 total against the Hawks and although I’m concerned about a blow-out the upside of Lopez in this match-up at his price point is too good to pass up. Lopez is averaging 21.5 ppg, 3 rpg, & 1.5 bpg over his last 4 games and as I think he is going to give Lin/Dedmon trouble with his ability to hit from the outside, I think Lopez can get us 30-35 DraftKings points tonight.
It was only a week ago when we could get Josh Hart for only $3,500, however, with Hart taking full advantage of the extra minutes & usage while LeBron is out, his priced has jumped up to $6,400. Although this seems like a high price, I’m going with Hart today as he has a great match-up agianst the New York Knicks, and might see even more usage on the offensive end if Kyle Kuzma has to sit. Hart has averaged 15.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.7 apg & 2.0 spg over his last three games while seeing an average of 37.7 mpg in that span.
If you been following the article this season, you know when we get to our PF & C positions, we always take a look at who is going agianst the Nets as they’ve struggled agianst opposing bigs all season. JaMychal Green and the Grizzlies will be up agianst the Nets tonight and I like the upside that Green brings to this matchup as he comes into this game averaging 10.2 ppg & 6.4 rpg in 23.0 mpg this season. Green has flashed upside of 35-40 DraftKings points this season and I think he can hit value with his price-tag at just $4,000.
We’ll have to keep a close eye out on Ricky Rubio’s status as he is currently a GTD with a foot injury as if Rubio doesn’t suit up tonight, Exum is almost a chalk play agianst the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his start against the Knicks last Saturday, Exum put up an impressive performance of 13 points & 13 assists which I think he could even surpass as Cleveland ranks 30th in both DEFF & DRPM vs. opposing PG’s. The good news about this injury situation is that the CLE/UTH game is the first on the slate so we should know in plenty of time if Rubio is playing or not and if we need to adjust off Exum.
Please check back later for updates!