Friday night gives us ten NBA games, but it’s a tricky slate with five of the bottom seven defenses sitting this one out while other leaky defenses like Minnesota and Chicago have been better lately. DFS players will have to be particularly picky with matchups on what looks to be a lower scoring night. Here are Friday’s top DraftKings plays at each position…
PG Damian Lillard $8.5K vs Atlanta
Lillard was back after five games missed and saw his numbers come right back with him, with 25 points, six threes, and six assists against the Cavs. Now he’s had two days off before a tilt with the terrible Hawks defense, a team that has bled big games to point guards all season. Atlanta is one of two really bad defenses playing tonight, so you’ll want to get Portland’s leading scorer in your lineup. You might try C.J. McCollum for a contrarian play, but Lillard has the better matchup Friday.
SG DeMar DeRozan $8.9K vs Milwaukee
The debate on whether DeRozan is now the best Raptor of all time rages along on social media, but DDR is lighting it up in DFS of late. He’s averaging 37.3 points over his last three games with 12 threes and 19 assists during that span, probably the best three-game stretch of his career. DeRozan’s price has spiked to its highest point of the season, but you’ve got to ride the hot hand.
SF Kawhi Leonard $7.6K vs Phoenix
The Spurs were very cautious with Leonard coming back from injury with four straight games of 20 minutes played or less, also giving him four rest games since his return. But Leonard’s numbers are on the upswing with 21 points, four boards, and three assists over the past three games, and he’s had two days off before a tilt with a joke of a Phoenix defense. There’s just no one on the Suns that has a chance against Kawhi, and this could be his chance to put up his first big line of the season. With a price tag lower than guys like Tyreke Evans and Kemba Walker, you have to ride Leonard on his rise while you can.
SF/PF Giannis Antetkounmpo $10.7K vs Toronto
Greek Freak has today’s highest salary, but sometimes the juice is worth the action. Antetokounmpo slowed down a bit in December but has bounced back since taking a night of rest December 23rd, averaging 26 points, 10 boards, and 5 assists in five games since. He had some monster games against Toronto in last year’s playoffs, and Milwaukee will need a big game against the hot Raptors. You may not want to be the one owner fading Giannis.
PF/C Kristaps Porzingis $7.8K vs Miami
Porzingis is facing a lot of criticism after his comments about being “so tired,” and his salary is at its lowest point since Knicks opening night. Kristaps scored just 29 points combined in his last two games and is trending the wrong direction, but superstars respond to criticism and this could be a chance for Porzingis to bounce back with a big performance. Hassan Whiteside will have a tough time keeping up with Porzingis on the perimeter, and this could easily be a 30-point game with a few blocks if the Unicorn can stay out of foul trouble.