Always exciting waking up on a Friday knowing there is an abundance of NBA games. The Toronto Raptors (30-20) look to get back on track after a shaky past ten games where they have only won three games and will likely continue to be without All-Star guard, DeMar DeRozan.
In an exciting Western Conference battle, the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-22) take on the Memphis Grizzlies (30-21). In their previous matchup, The Thunder were victorious 103 to 95. Russell Westbrook was outstanding in that matchup recording one of his 24 Triple Doubles.
OUT:DeMar DeRozan (ankle), Enes Kanter (wrist), Danilo Gallinari (groin), Andrew Bogut (hamstring)
Monitor:Kelly Olynyk (shoulder), Avery Bradley (Achilles), Nikola Jokic hip), Will Barton (ankle), Emmanuel Mudiay (back), Deron Williams (toe)
Each day I will be providing you guys with advice to help you score well in Draft Kings to give you the best possible chance to succeed. This will range from high-priced superstars to value players to cheaper players who can carry upside. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with everything basketball!
SLEEPER: Matthew Dellavedova ($4,100) Milwaukee Bucks
Dellavedova has been given plenty of opportunity in the past six games
averaging around 28 minutes. With this opportunity has come production. ‘Delly’ is averaging 11.5 points and 5.6 assists in that six-game span. Also, the Nuggets rank 28th in Draft Kings points allowed to point guards. Look for Dellavedova to have a solid game in a favorable matchup.
VALUE: Yogi Ferrell ($5,100) Dallas Mavericks
With Deron Williams expected to once again miss tonight’s game against Portland, Ferrell will continue to receive HUGE minutes. In his three starts, Ferrell is averaging 13 points, 5 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Against a weak defensive backcourt in Portland, Ferrell will continue to present a great value.
STAR: Isaiah Thomas ($10,000) Boston Celtics
Thomas received the January award for player of the month. Until he cools off, he will continue to feature regularly in my ‘Star Point Guard’ column. Have no hesitation in starting the MVP candidate.
SLEEPER: Jamal Murray ($3,600) Denver Nuggets
Gallinari is out, Mudiay and Barton are listed as questionable. So as far as opportunity, this is the best chance the rookie will get this season. Murray is averaging 28 minutes the past three games and produced two quality games with 14 points and 18 points. At such a cheap price, Murray is worth the risk.
VALUE: Norman Powell ($5,700) Toronto Raptors
Until DeRozan returns, put Powell in your lineup with confidence. In every start, he has scored double-digits with a top score of 21. There is no reason to why Powell won’t produce again.
STAR: James Harden ($12,500) Houston Rockets
In my opinion, James Harden is the MVP of this season. So far. Harden recorded 41 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in last night’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Harden is worth every penny of his hefty price-tag.
SLEEPER: P.J. Tucker ($4,400) Phoenix Suns
With fellow Phoenix young small forward, T.J Warren struggling, this has presented Tucker with more than expected minutes. Tucker is averaging almost 34 minutes the past seven games and scored double-digits in six of them. Tucker also had an outstanding rebound performance last game with 14 rebounds to go with 10 points.
VALUE: Tobias Harris ($5,500) Detroit Pistons
Tobias Harris is the definition of value. Harris has scored double-digits 18 straight games. Harris’ last game he produced 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Feel confident picking Harris.
STAR: Jimmy Butler ($9,000) Chicago Bulls
Since his benching, Butler has produced back-to-back great games scoring 28 points in both outings. He is averaging a career-high 24.6 points and has assured himself as a premier All-Star. Butler should once again have a great game.
SLEEPER: Domantas Sabonis ($3,200) Oklahoma City Thunder
Sabonis was disappointing last outing scoring 2 points on 1 of 10 shooting. However, until his price increases, Sabonis will be a regular appearance in the ‘Sleeper’ column. The rookie will continue to receive large minutes with Enes Kanter out.
VALUE: Zach Randolph ($5,400) Memphis Grizzlies
The 16-year Veteran has been exceptional as of late. Randolph is averaging near 18 points and 8.5 rebounds. With that production at such a cheap price, you should feel assured that Randolph will produce for you.
STAR: Jabari Parker ($7,400) Minnesota Timberwolves
Jabari Parker had a solid game against the Jazz, with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Tonight, against the Timberwolves, we can expect more than 20 points because their defense is not so good this season.
SLEEPER: Salah Mejri ($3,600) Dallas Mavericks
Mejri exploded last game to score 16 points with 17 rebounds. At such a cheap price and with Andrew Bogut out, there is no reason why Mejri can’t continue to have another great game.
VALUE: Clint Capela ($4,700) Houston Rockets
Capela continues to grow offensively and has been terrific the past six games scoring in double-digits in everyone. Capela also had one of his best games of the season last night scoring 22 points to go with 9 rebounds in a loss to the Hawks. Capela will face the Bulls tonight and his recent form of play should earn him more minutes.
STAR: DeMarcus Cousins ($10,900) Sacramento Kings
Cousins is a stud. Feel confident to play him against the second worst defense in the league in the Phoenix Suns who concede an average of 112.3 points to opponents this year.
PG: Isaiah Thomas
SG: Jamal Murray
SF: Tobias Harris
PF: Karl-Anthony Towns
C: Clint Capela
G: Kyle Lowry
F: Caris LeVert
UTIL: Domantas Sabonis