Happy Friday everyone. Alex here, and these are my DraftKings NBA Picks for February 8th. For Firday night’ slate, we get eight games to attack. As always, if any of these picks help you win or if you need any advice, let me know on Twitter. Also, I recommend following me, because if anything changes with these plays below or if any injury news effects the slate, I try to address the situations I find important before tip off. @Hunta512.
SF/PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo: (11,400)
Giannis has been great (59.4 DK PPG) and should receive some extra usage, to his already huge rate, with Khris Middleton being rested. Plus, Thon Maker was dealt to New Orleans for Nikola Mirotic, but he won’t be available tonight, and when both Maker and Middleton have been off the court this season, The Greek Freak has supplied 1.73 DK PPM.
Tonight, The Bucks will be on the road in Dallas, which is a slight hit to Antetokounmpo (-3.1 DK PPG this season), but overall, this decently small spread (MIL -7.5), and the bigger role he should have sans Middleton, make the MVP candidate an awesome target. Giannis just scored 56.75 DK points against The Mavs two weeks ago and should approach 60 DK points again tonight.
PF/C: Lauri Markkanen: (7,000)
Otto Porter Jr. is expected to play tonight for The Bulls, but with Wendell Carter Jr. (out, thumb) hurt, and Bobby Portis/Jabari Parker gone to Washington in the Porter deal, Markkanen should have to log heavy minutes on Friday night. With the deal happening right before tip off Wednesday night, Markkanen was forced to log 40.5 minutes vs The Pelicans, helping him to 48.5 DK points. Robin Lopez started at center and played 29 minutes in this game, but he is expected to bought out soon, and there’s a chance he is also absent tonight.
Either way, even if Lopez is active or not, Markkanen should have to play 35+ minutes tonight vs The Nets. Not only should the volume be great, but this matchup is outstanding for big men. (1.71 opponent +/-) Markkanen has topped 40 DK points in four of his last five games (44.5 DK PPG in L5) and we should see another 40+ performance against Brooklyn.
PG/SG: Reggie Jackson: (5,600)
Minus the 26 point blowout win over The Nuggets this past Monday, that limited him to only 22 minutes, Jackson has been a very strong fantasy player over the last two weeks. (37.16 DK PPG in L6) He has logged over 30 minutes in six of his last seven games and should see some extra usage going forward, with Reggie Bullock traded to The Lakers.
When Bullock has been off the floor this season, Jackson has seen his usage rise 1.4%. Furthermore, he will be at home (2.8 more DK PPG this season), taking on an awful Knicks’ defense (28th in efficiency), that Jackson has played very well against this year. (34.1 DK PPG in two games) Including this past Monday, Jackson is scoring 37.69 DK PPG in his last four at home and he has even better upside tonight vs The Knicks.
PF/C: Dwight Powell: (4,400)
With Harrison Barnes as the latest victim of Mark Cuban making wholesale moves for The Mavs, Powell should now start at center, with Maxi Kleber moving to PF. HC Rick Carlisle could also insert Tim Hardaway Jr. and keep Powell off the bench, but I think he will side with Powell, considering he has been with the team for many years, compared to THJ, who was just joined The Mavs on Wednesday. Either way, Powell is looking at 25+ minutes tonight vs The Bucks.
On Wednesday night, Powell was terrific off the bench vs The Hornets (38.5 DK points in 26.5 minutes), and is averaging 25.66 DK PPG in these first three since Deandre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., and Wesley Matthews were all sent to The Knicks. Powell scores an effective 1.14 DK PPM when Barnes, DSJ, Matthews, DJ, and J.J. Barea (out, Achilles) are all off the floor, and The Bucks are a solid spot for bigs. (1.32 opponent +/-) If he is confirmed a starter, Powell needs to be one of your core plays, that should still be considered, even if he remains a reserve.
C: Joel Embiid: (10,600)
Embiid is questionable with an illness, but if he plays, he will be a very strong option vs The Nuggets. (2.39 opponent +/-) At this current salary, Embiid only needs 53 DK points to return five times value, which is easily obtainable for him right now. (60.75 DK PPG in L6)
C: Nikola Jokic: (10,400)
If Embiid is out, Jokic should feast on this Sixers’ defense. Embiid missed their first meeting of the season a few weeks ago, and in that game, The Joker went crazy for 76.5 DK points.
PG/SG: Luka Doncic: (9,500)
Doncic (thigh) is questionable, but he is tentatively expected to play vs The Bucks. If he does indeed suit up, he will have a huge role tonight, with him posting a 36.7% usage rate and a 41.3% assist percentage when Barnes, DSJ, DJ, Barea, and Matthews are all missing. (1.42 DK PPM) In these last two games without DSJ, Barea, DJ, and Matthews, the soon to be rookie of the year is producing 58.12 DK PPG. Oh, and as an extra bonus, Doncic is scoring 4.7 more DK PPG at home.
C: Andre Drummond: (8,600)
To no surprise, with them allowing the most RPG and the 3rd most points in the paint this season, Drummond scored 50 DK points vs The Knicks on Tuesday night. This matchup is perfect for him (2.61 opponent +/-) and in the ten home games that Drummond has faced an opponent +/- of 2.0 points or better this season, he is averaging 49.35 DK PPG. Lastly, his usage should be slightly up, with Bullock out of town. (+1.8% usage)
PF/C: Julius Randle: (8,000)
The return of Anthony Davis is going to make Randle a forgotten man in DFS tonight (5-8% projected ownership via Fantasy Labs), but that really shouldn’t be the case. He scores 1.22 DK PPM when Elfird Payton (out, ankle) and Mirotic are off the court, and would be an extremely strong play, if Jahill Okafor (questionable, ankle) was unable to play. (Randle would likely start at center and scores 1.24 DK PPM W/O Moore, Mirotic, and Okafor)
SG/SF: Jimmy Butler: (7,300)
Butler needs to be in your lineups if Embiid is out. In the four games he has played without Embiid since joining The Sixers, Butler is scoring 41.33 DK PPG.
PG/SG: Zach LaVine: (6,900)
LaVine has supplied 38.4 DK PPG in his last eight and even though Porter will be active, LaVine should still garner a big usage rate, with Portis, and Parker gone. (+1.9% usage)
C: Hassan Whiteside: (6,800)
Whiteside is always a risk, but in these last two, he has been awesome, with 30+ minutes in each. (47.3 DK PPG) Now, he faces The Kings, who have given up the 2nd most RPG. (2.49 opponent +/-) In his first tilt with Sacramento this season, Whiteside recorded 58.5 DK points in only 29 minutes.
SF/PF: Josh Jackson: (5,800)
Devin Booker (GTD, hamstring) could be back, but regardless of his status, Jackson should play a ton of minutes. No matter how the game has gone, Jackson is averaging 36.35 DK PPG and 35.65 MPG in his last five.
PG: Dennis Smith Jr.: (5,800)
In his second game as a Knick, DSJ scored 39.5 DK points and played 39.46 minutes vs The Pistons. You never know with HC David Fizdale, but if he keeps Smith Jr. in this type of role, he should smash value tonight at only $5,800.
PF/SG: Malcom Brogdon: (5,600)
Brogdon scores 1.01 DK PPM when Middleton and Maker are off the court, and has produced over 30 DK points in three straight games. His ceiling isn’t the greatest, but Brogdon should provide value.
SF/PF: Jeff Green: (5,300)
We don’t know if Parker or Portis will be active, but if at least one of them are absent, Green should log 30+ minutes vs The Cavs, who are the worst rated defense in the league. he scored 34 DK points with Porter gone on Wednesday and is averaging 37.6 DK PPG in his last four.
SG/SF: Mikal Brides: (4,800)
Bridges is a better option if Booker sits, but nonetheless, the rookie is going to play very high minutes, even if The Warriors blowout The Suns. (GSW -15.5) In his last five, Bridges is scoring 29.25 DK PPG in 37.13 MPG.
PG: Colin Sexton: (4,500)
With Alec Burks and Rodney Hood traded, plus Cedi Osman (ankle) out, Sexton should play huge minutes tonight. With Burks active and both Osman/Hood missing on Tuesday, Sexton scored 41 DK points in 42 minutes vs The Celtics. Kevin Love (GTD, toe) may return, but either way, Sexton should log around 40 minutes again, vs The Wizards, who are 27th in defensive efficiency, and 6th in pace. (2.35 opponent +/-)
PG/SG: Tyler Johnson: (4,300)
Johnson is now with The Suns and he will start at PG in his debut. It is hard to project his role, but he scores 0.82 DK PPM this season and the starting role should lead to at least 25 minutes.
PG/SG: Jalen Brunson: (4,300)
Brunson has seen 30+ minutes as a starter in these last three and is scoring 27.8 DK PPG in these past two. He scores 0.94 DK PPM when Jordan, DSJ, Matthews, Barnes, and Barea are all off the floor, and will have to log 30+ again vs The Bucks.
PF/C: Kelly Olynyk: (4,200)
Olynyk entered the starting five last game, but ended up logging less minutes. (16 DK points in 19 minutes vs The Blazers) In his previous two, as a reserve, Olynyk was playing great basketball. (34 DK PPG and 32.3 MPG) Who knows if he will start again, but this is the perfect type of matchup for Olynyk’s style (SAC is a 4.9 possession increase), and I doubt anyone will own him after Tuesday.
PF/C: Maxi Kleber: (4,200)
I prefer Powell’s upside, but Kleber is a solid play in his own right. (23.8 DK PPG and 27.7 MPG in L3)
C: Robin Lopez: (4,000)
If Lopez is still with the team and starting, he warrants some consideration vs The Nets. (4.11 opponent +/-) On Wednesday, he scored 20 DK points in 29 minutes of work vs The Pelicans.
SF/PF: Dorian Finney-Smith: (3,900)
With Barnes out of the picture, DFS should log 30+ tonight. On Wednesday, with Barnes playing 26 minutes, Finney-Smith generated 34 DK points in 33 minutes vs The Hornets. He scores 0.86 DK PPM in this current Mavs’ situation and is averaging 23.8 DK PPG in his last four with at least 25 minutes.
SG/SF: Luke Kennard: (3,500)
Kennard should start with Bullock now in LA. The Knicks are a horrible defensive team and Kennard scores 0.76 DK PPM sans Bullock. In the last five Kennard has played 25+ minutes, he is producing a great 30 DK PPG. At only $3,500, he is one of the better pure punts of this slate.
PG: Isaiah Canaan: (3,000)
Derick Rose (ankle) is out and if Jerryd Bayless (questionable, toe), and Jeff Teague (questionable, foot) both are forced to sit, Canaan would be the next man up. After Bayless got hurt last night, Canaan ended up playing 22 minutes off the bench, and provided a solid 22.5 DK points vs The Magic. Even though all of these came when he was still with The Suns, Canaan is averaging 22.28 DK PPG in the last seven he has gone over 25 minutes. The Pelicans are a strong matchup for PGs (2.8 opponent +/-) and Canaan would be an elite punt if Rose, Bayless, and Teague are all inactive.
*Please note some of these stats are from FantasyLabs.com