DraftKings Starts of the Night – 4/4/17

After a brief hiatus for the National Championship, the NBA is back in full force tonight. Hopefully your bracket ended up better than mine. As a matter of fact, unless you picked every lower seeded team, I’m sure you fared better than I did. But, we won’t get into all of that.

Too soon.

Anyway, 11 NBA games on tap for the evening means plenty of options to fill out your DraftKings lineups, and another triple-double for Russell Westbrook.

Putting the MVP aside for a second (more on him later), let’s take a look at a few games you’d be wise to target tonight:

1. Denver @ New Orleans

As you read through the article, you’ll notice one thing. I’ve listed zero players from this game.


That said, there should be plenty of fantasy points to be had from this one. Vegas currently has the over/under total at a modest 228. Easily the highest of the night. Denver currently sits at 27th in opponent points per game, and 29th in defensive efficiency, and both teams rank in the Top-10 in pace. A.k.a. it’s easy to see why the oddsmakers are expecting a slew of points.

2. Brooklyn @ Philadelphia

Two terrible teams… One goal… Last place… We’ll call this one the Toilet Bowl, and that’s a pretty damn good promo.

While it may not be the prettiest game to watch, this one features another high point total (222.5), and a few productive cats who can contribute to your DraftKings lineup at relatively low salaries.

3. Minnesota @ Golden State

This one should be fun to watch. Both the game itself, and the resulting DraftKings box score.

Look at these matchups when trying to fill holes, or deciding between two guys, and thank me later. Now on to the DraftKings Starts of the Night…


*Tier 1: $8,000+, Tier 2: $8,000 – $6,000, Tier 3: $6,000 – $4,000, Tier 4: Under $4,000

Tier 1: Russell Westbrook – OKC vs. MIL ($13,500)

Yeah, I know. Hard-hitting analysis. But, here’s the deal, if you’re going to drop 8 stacks on a guard, you might as well make it 13 and get the walking triple-double. I mean, there’s really not too much more to say here.

Were you expecting more from “more on him later”? I was too…

Oh, here’s more. The Bucks are one of three teams Russ hasn’t triple-doubled on this season. I think he’s well aware.

Tier 2: Ricky Rubio – MIN @ GS ($7,700)

The post almost trade to New York Rubio renaissance has been a thing of beauty. I’m thinking either they don’t spend much time teaching the differences between the isosceles and scalene triangles in Spain, or the fear of playing for the Ringling Bros. lit a fire under him. Either way, he’s been balling.

Since the all-star break, he’s had just 6 games with single-digit assists, and 2 with single-digit points – averaging a mere 16.9 pts, and 10.9 assists per game since March 1st.

Tier 3: Buddy Hield – SAC vs. DAL ($5,600)

With Rudy Gay done for the season, and DeMarcus Cousins donning Pelicans garb, the Kings leading scorer is… You guessed it, the reigning Western Conference Rookie of the Month – Buddy Love.

While leading the Kings in scoring isn’t saying much, and a matchup against the Mavs isn’t exactly fantasy gold, his floor is around 15/5/3. You could do much worse in this price range.

Tier 4: J.R. Smith – CLE vs. ORL ($4,100)

Soooo $4,100 isn’t exactly under $4,000, but listen, I made up these arbitrary ass tiers, and I felt like mentioning J.R.

Ok, fine. There’s several guys who meet the arbitrary “under $4,000”, 4th tier who should make good plays: Devin Harris, Paul Zipser, Kelly Oubre, C.J. Miles. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get back to Earl.

There may not be a streakier (more streaky?) shooter in the league, but when he’s on, he’s lethal – and my man seems to have found his stroke over the Cavs last 3; going 14 – 25 from deep (56%).


*Tier 1: $8,000+, Tier 2: $8,000 – $6,000, Tier 3: $6,000 – $4,000, Tier 4: Under $4,000

Tier 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo – MIL @ OKC ($9,900)

If you haven’t heard yet, the Greek Freak is a bit of a phenom, and the Bucks 15-7 record since the all-star break can be largely attributed to his play (the return of Khris Middleton hasn’t hurt, but we’re not talking about that here).

From the fantasy standpoint, he’s arguably behind just Harden, and Westbrook in terms of value, he fills up the stat sheet on a nightly basis, and over the Bucks last 2, he’s averaging a mere 69 DraftKings fantasy points.

Tier 2: Serge Ibaka – TOR @ IND ($6,100)

Ibaka is just one of those guys who’s always overlooked. You know the guy. The one who stays fresh from head to toe, sprays a gallon of cologne before going out, and buys the expensive car all in hopes of winning with the ladies, but has no personality so he just ends up watching as his friends get all the love. And no, I’m not speaking from experience.

Ok, maybe just slightly…

Quietly, he’s been putting up numbers comparable bigger name cats: Green, Love, Porzingis, etc, you just don’t hear about it. As a result, Ibaka comes in at a significant discount, and the Pacers represent a pretty solid matchup for opposing Power Forwards.

Tier 3: Frank Kaminsky – CHA @ WAS ($5,300)

I can’t lie, I wasn’t a big fan of Frank the Tank coming out of college. One, he has one of the most unoriginal nicknames in the history of ever, and two, I just didn’t think his game would translate to the league.

I was wrong. Sorry Frank.

Kaminsky has put up double-digit points in 9 of the Hornets last 10 games, has been shooting well from deep, and while he doesn’t do too much on the boards, he’s good for a few blocks and assists. He’s a very high floor guy, and his ceiling is the roof in a decent matchup with the Wizards tonight.

Tier 4: Dwight Powell – DAL @ SAC ($3,000)

Harrison Barnes, and Dirk Nowitzki are listed as questionable for tonight’s matchup, and Wesley Matthews has already ruled out, opening the door for big minutes tonight for Powell. At the minimum salary, he’s an excellent option to fill out your Forward/Center positions if you elect to go with Westbrook, Towns, James, or any of the $10k+ guys.


Tier 1: $7,500+, Tier 2: $7,500-$6,000, Tier 3: Under $6,000

Tier 1: Karl-Anthony Towns – MIN @ GS ($10,200)

In the Wolves 3 games vs. Golden State, Towns is averaging 22 points, and 12 rebounds. A slight drop from his season averages, but with how he’s playing as of late, there’s very few (if any) guys I’d rather have.

Tier 2: Brook Lopez – BKN @ PHI ($7,300)

Surprisingly, the Nets have been playing some decent basketball in recent weeks, and Lopez has been the catalyst. While he hasn’t recording a double-digit rebounding game since November 15th, he’s carrying the scoring load, and filling up the stat sheet with assists, and blocks. He’s even become a fairly effective threat from 3.

Oh, and there isn’t a much better matchup for Centers than the Sixers. Hell, there isn’t a much better matchup for anyone than the Sixers.

Tier 3: Tristan Thompson – CLE vs. ORL ($4,500)

Whether you’re a believer in the Kardashian curse or not, the guy is consistent. For the record, I am a believer, and I believe the movie Get Out was based on the Kardashian exploits.

Moving on.

You really can’t ask for much more at $4,500. He won’t wow you – if you’re looking for a homerun play go with Nerlens Noel – but, he’s almost guaranteed to give you 20+ DraftKings fantasy points. I’ll take it.

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