DraftKings NBA: Friday Cheat Sheet

DraftKings NBA: Friday Cheat Sheet

This article is part of our DraftKings NBA series.

Slate Overview

TOR (-7) at DET, O/U: 214.5

PHX (-5.5) at IND, O/U:

BOS at PHI (-3.5), O/U: 211.5

ORL at CHA (-10.5), O/U: 224.5

GSW at CHI (-3.5), O/U: 222

ATL at MIA (-4), O/U: 221

CLE (-2.5) at SAS, O/U: 224

HOU at SAC (-5), O/U: 238.5

DAL at MEM (-3), O/U: 217.5 

Celtics-76ers is a good matchup to build around with a few great elite options to anchor a good group of mid and lower-valued rotation players.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum represent the Celtics' top players. Marcus Smart missed the last game and is questionable for action, which means Dennis Schroder could pick up some extra value. Josh Richardson and Grant Williams also represent solid value picks. 

On the other side, the Sixers have won eight of their last 10 behind dominant play from Joel Embiid, who averaged 32.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals. Furkan Korkmaz stands out as a great value option. Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris also come in with reasonable salaries. 

Injuries to Monitor 

Scottie Barnes (knee), Gary Trent (ankle): Questionable

Svi Mykhailiuk and Chris Boucher are up for a boost. 

Frank Jackson (COVID-19), Jerami Grant (thumb): OUT

Saddiq Bey and Hamidou Diallo have to step up on offense while Cory Joseph will get a boost off the bench.  

Cameron Johnson (ankle): Questionable

Landry Shamet would be in line for more minutes off the bench.  

Malcolm Brogdon (achilles): Questionable
T.J. McConnell (wrist): OUT

Caris LeVert and Chris Duarte will pick up added responsibility while Lance Stephenson should continue to see extra action. 

Marcus Smart (COVID-19): Questionable

Dennis Schroder and Payton Pritchard will receive more responsibility should Smart sit.  

Danny Green (hip), Shake Milton (back): OUT

Furkan Korkmaz will be up for big minutes. 

Mo Bamba (toe): Questionable
Wendell Carter (hamstring): OUT

Chuma Okeke and Robin Lopez will see increased responsibility. 

Kelly Oubre (COVID-19): OUT

P.J. Washington and Cody Martin will have to step up off the bench. 

Gary Payton (ankle), Klay Thompson (rest), Draymond Green (calf): OUT

Jordan Poole will get a major boost without Thompson and Payton. Juan Toscano-Anderson is up for a bigger role without Green. 

Alex Caruso (foot), Javonte Green (groin), Derrick Jones (knee): OUT

Coby White is in line to see more of a role with Caruso out while Troy Brown is expected to start with Green and Jones sidelined.   

Kevin Huerter (foot): Questionable
Clint Capela (ankle): OUT

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will get extra time without Huerter while Onyeka Okongwu is slated to fill in for Capela. 

 Jimmy Butler (ankle): Questionable
Bam Adebayo (thumb): OUT

Omer Yurtseven will continue to start in place of Adebayo. Tyler Herro, Caleb Martin and Max Strus will be up for a boost if Butler remains out. 

Isaac Okoro (elbow): OUT

Lamar Stevens is in line to get the start.

Derrick White (COVID-19): Questionable
Tre Jones (COVID-19): OUT

Lonnie Walker will pick up extra backcourt minutes.

Alperen Sengun (ankle): Questionable

Kenyon Martin will get a boost if Sengun is still sidelined. 

Tristan Thompson (illness), Richaun Holmes (COVID-19)  
Damian Jones (COVID-19): OUT

Alex Len will get another start if both Holmes and Jones are out. 

Kristaps Porzingis (COVID-19): OUT

Maxi Kleber will continue to start in place of Porzingis. 

Steven Adams (illness): Questionable
Dillon Brooks (ankle): OUT

Brandon Clarke and Kyle Anderson will get a boost if Adams is out. Ziaire Williams will continue to start in place of Brooks.  

Elite Players

Guards

Dejounte Murray ($10,200)

Murray is putting up stellar numbers averaging 24.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 9.8 assists and 2.6 steals over the last five games. He also topped 50 DK points four times over that stretch, including one where he recorded 73.5. Murray will have an advantage as the Spurs play host to the Cavs and their depleted backcourt.

Fred VanVleet ($10,000)

VanVleet has gone over 50 DK in five of the last seven contests with a peak of 76. The Raptors are matched up against the Pistons, who are allowing opponents to shoot an average of 47.7 percent from the field. 

Forwards/Centers

Jaylen Brown ($9,000)

Brown has been on a tear of late averaging 28.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists from 10 outings while exceeding 45 DK six times, including a 76.3 tally. He should do well against a shorthanded Sixers' backcourt. 

Jayson Tatum ($9,300)

Tatum is averaging 26.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks over the last five games and has topped 55 DK points twice during that span. He should have an advantage at his position and will need to come up big in Philly. 

Joel Embiid ($11,200)

Embiid has gone over 50 DK in seven of the last 10, including two 70-plus efforts. He will be in for a competitive contest versus the Celtics, but he should dominate. 

Expected Chalk

Luka Doncic ($10,900)

The Mavs take on the Grizzlies, who are playing on the second night of a back-to-back. The Grizzlies have won 11 straight, but are still giving up an average of 107.9 points and allowing opponents to shoot 45 percent from the field. That leaves plenty of opportunity for Doncic to make his mark having averaged 20.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 10.4 assists and 1.8 steals across five while exceeding 60 DK twice. 

Value Picks 

Jalen Green ($4,800)

Green is averaging 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists over his last 10 games. The Rockets take on the Kings, who are giving up an NBA-third-worst average of 113.6 points. 

Furkan Korkmaz ($4,900)

With Danny Green and Shake Milton both sidelined, Korkmaz will be up for a boost off the bench. He's topped 16 DK points in each of the last five, including one where he generated 51.8.  

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot ($3,200)

Luwawu-Cabarrot should log a bigger role now that the Hawks have traded Cam Reddish. He'll also receive a boost if Kevin Huerter is sidelined.  

Maxi Kleber ($4,800)

Kleber will pick up another start in place of Porzingis. He's exceeded 17 DK in each of the last six appearances, including three performances over 26.  

Onyeka Okongwu ($4,800)

Okongwu is in line to pick up another start in place of Clint Capela. He's gone over 20 DK in the last four games and faces a favorable matchup against a weakened Heat frontcourt. 

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