The NBA season in full swing and we have another great slate tonight! We have such an exciting season up ahead and plenty of opportunities to win some money! There are four key things I look for in a player to have the highest probability of being optimal!
These four statistics paired together are the best suitors to find a gem. Almost everyone I mention below hits on atleast 2 of these if not all of them! Hopefully this will help you be more successful while building lineups and give you a higher chance of winning the big bucks!
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Smaller slate tonight so there is a limited number of good plays in general. Given LeVert has not gotten enough of a price bump he seems like an absolute lock. He has scored 28+ DK points in 3 straight games and is coming off of a 46 DK point outing. The stars are aligning for LeVert with his minutes, usage and matchup all in a prime spot tonight and he is way too cheap to pass up. Take what the slate is giving us in LeVert and don't look back.
High: Darius Garland ($10,100) or Jrue Holiday ($8,300)
Mid: Mike Conley ($6,000)
Low: Killian Hayes ($4,300)
SG: Malik Monk ($5,500)
Monk has 32+ DK points in 3 straight games and had 43 DK points without Lebron and Davis last game. His price only moved up a little bit and he is in the same situation tonight. Even better, Russ will be defended by Conley which is still a really tough matchup so we could see Monk go even higher than that 43 DK point mark here. They are going to need to score in bunches if they want a shot at beating Utah and that is exactly what they are going to get from Monk.
High: Paul George ($9,400) or Donovan Mitchell ($8,800)
Mid: Jordan Clarkson ($6,200)
Low: Lamar Stevens ($3,500)
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,800)
The SF positions tonight leaves a lot to be desired. That really just makes me want to either pay all the way up for Giannis or go all the way down and punt the position. The BKN/MIL game has the highest implied total by nearly 20 whole points so you are going to want to get pieces from it. Why not get the best one when there is plenty of value in other positions? He is coming off of a 75 DK point game and probably has the highest ceiling on the entire slate. He is by far my favorite spend up option tonight and it isn't really close.
High: Kevin Durant ($11,400)
Mid: Seth Curry ($5,000) or De'Andre Hunter ($4,900)
Low: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot ($3,100) or Patrick Williams ($3,200)
PF: Stanley Johnson ($3,800)
If Bojan Bogdanovic is out then my favorite PF play is Juan Hernangomez. However if Bojan is in then Stanley slots right in nicely. He has scored 23+ DK points in 4 of the last 5 games he has played and scored 31 DK points without Lebron and Davis last game. He is going to have to play a good amount regardless and is just too cheap for the implied ceiling. The matchup is a bit tough but he probably has one of the easier individual matchups of the starters (even if it is still bad). All in all, Stanley might be over owned tonight but for a good reason. He still grades out as a great play.
High: DeMar DeRozan ($8,400)
Mid: Kevin Love ($5,900)
Low: Juan Hernangomez ($3,800)** or Rudy Gay ($3,200)**
C: Andre Drummond ($6,000)
After seeing Nash give Drummond big minutes last game I think it is time I go back to him. He has 28 and 31 minutes in the last two games and put up 30+ DK points in 3 straight. His ownership is likely to be through the roof which is a bit concerning but for good reason. His ceiling is very high and the game environment is too good to pass up. I think the icing on the cake is that Drummond in the last two meetings against MIL has gotten big minutes as well. That is all I need to see to expect 30 DK points minimum from Drummond here.
High: Joel Embiid ($11,500)
Mid: Rudy Gobert ($7,700) or Isaiah Stewart ($5,000)
Low: Brook Lopez ($3,900) or Moses Brown ($3,200)
Thanks for reading, best of luck, and I hope you enjoy the holidays!