Welcome to the NBA Rundown for DraftKings contests on Saturday, January 9, 2021.
We have a seven-game slate on tap for us this evening. In this article, we will be breaking down some of our favorite plays on the slate at their positions. Please note that players on DraftKings have multi-position eligibility. Remember to always keep your eye on the news as the day progresses as NBA news changes the slate frequently.
Damian Lillard ($9,500) – Lillard erupted against the Timberwolves on Thursday, scoring 39/7/7 in just 29 minutes on 12-of-21 shooting. This shook out to 67.25 fantasy points and Lillard didn’t even play at all in the fourth quarter. Another great matchup is in line for Lillard on Saturday when they face the Kings who are allowing 117.6 points per game and allowing their opponents to shoot 49% from the field. Lillard didn’t see the price boost you would expect here, being just $200 more expensive than his Thursday price.
(SG) Cole Anthony ($5,500) – It wasn’t the most elegant first career start, but Anthony managed 24 fantasy points across 28 minutes against the Rockets. This isn’t a great matchup against the Mavs, but they will be short-handed due to covid protocols. Anthony projects to be the starting point guard here for the near future with Markelle Fultz injured. Ownership will drive this price higher, so no shame in still getting some GPP shares in while we can.
(SG) Raul Neto ($4,100) – With this being a back-to-back, we can assume Russell Westbrook likely sits tonight. If he doesn’t you can ignore this, but assuming he does then Neto will be in line for the start. Neto has started two games so far this year for the Wizards in relief, with 19.5 fantasy points on 22 minutes in a 21 point blowout and 32 minutes and 40.5 fantasy points in a loss against the Magic. We can’t expect the latter here, but Neto is still a great value if given the start.
Bradley Beal ($9,700) – Beal is reaching a very high price-point, but when a shooter is attempting near 30 shots per game there isn’t a ton of downside. Beal’s usage rate has been astronomical to start the year, providing 47% and 41% usages over his last two games. Westbrook may also rest this game due to the back-to-back, so Beal shouldn’t have any issues getting up shots, though for fairness Westbrook has played a very good second-fiddle to Beal in the offense. When it comes to overall scoring though, the options for the Wizards are thin, leaving Beal to take as many shots as he really can.
(PG) Ty Haliburton ($5,800) – Despite De’Aaron Fox being active, Haliburton still played 29 minutes on Friday night, going 5-of-10 from the field with eight assists – ending with 37.5 fantasy points. Haliburton has worked his way into a primary playmaker in this rotation and even with Fox playing 25 minutes. Now, Fox was questionable all day Friday with a hamstring issue and saw limited minutes on Friday night compared to his season average. I would not be surprised to see Fox rest in this one or at least be at the mercy of some form of minutes limit. Haliburton saw no real price increase here and gets an up-tempo game with the Blazers.
(PF) Cedi Osman ($6,200) – Osman has been a staple of this writeup when he starts, but he just manages to get it done when given minutes. Osman is by no means flashy, but he has seven assists in each of his last three games and games of five, five, and seven rebounds. Osman also has six steals over his last three games that he has started and has played 38 minutes twice. The Cavs are still banged up and not much is changing here besides the chance Collin Sexton plays. Milwaukee has had a slower start to their season and has allowed teams to score at a much higher rate than last season. Milwaukee has always been a team that will let you beat them with the three-ball, something Osman has in his repitore. The SF position tonight is pretty light, so I likely will save some money here.
(SG) Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5,900) – The Mavs will be without Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, and Doran Finney-Smith due to Covid protocols. That alone should boost Hardaway who has been a key piece of the Mavs bench to start the season. Despite coming off the bench, Hardaway is still averaging a tick over 30 minutes per game and 27.7 fantasy points per game. There is a chance that THJ enters the starting lineup, but regardless there is value here against an Orlando team allowing opponents to shoot 48% from the field right now.
Power Forward / Center
John Collins ($7,500) – Collins has been a hit or miss fantasy option so far this year, as he is priced like an upper-tier player, though he only has one game above 41 fantasy points this year and just two above 40. The minutes are still there for Collins, as he is averaging 33 over his last three games and he’s attempted 14 or more shots in three of his last four games. However, if you are a believer in matchups, this may be the one to shake Collins loose as the Hornets are allowing the second most fantasy points to power forwards currently in the NBA. The addition of Clint Capela is going to hurt Collins rebound equity, but he is still averaging 7.5 on the year. On a seven-game slate Collins is in play.
LaMarcus Aldridge ($6,300) – After missing some games due to injury, Aldridge looked like his old self against the Lakers on Thursday, playing 31 minutes and attempting 18 shots, scoring 28 with five boards and three dimes. It was a 39.75 fantasy point night for Aldridge who has now attempted 34 shots over the last two games back from injury. The price here is nearly unchanged from Thursday and the Spurs get a dream matchup with a Minnesota team that is allowing 121 points per game, 51% from the field, and ranks in the bottom third in rebound percentage. The only thing that should slow this down is any potential blowout.
Maxi Kleber ($4,300) – As mentioned prior, the Mavs are going to be without Josh Richardson, Doran Finney-Smith, and Jalen Brunson. That is two starters and a first bench piece that is going to miss extended time due to Covid protocols. Kleber isn’t flashy and in the past hasn’t seen huge usage bumps in injury situations, but he is still someone who will play near 30 minutes and is averaging 20 fantasy points on the year. Last game against Denver, albeit overtime, Kleber played 36 minutes – a season-high. There should be a slight uptick in usage here and at worst a slight uptick in minutes. At $4,300 you can do a lot worse, though we are paying for a floor here, as I don’t see a massive ceiling.