What’s up everyone. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA sleeper picks for January 15th, 2017. Tonight we get a very small slate with only three games to attack. Be sure to follow all the injury news up until the 9:00 PM EST lock tonight, to see if any new injury news comes up. As always if any of these picks help you win or if you need any advice, let me know or on Twitter. Hunta512.
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C: Boban Marjanovic: (3,000) After riding the bench to start the season, Boban is now seeing around 10-15 minutes a game off the bench with PF Jon Leuer out. (knee) 10-15 minutes is a very small role, but it doesn’t matter for this 7’3” monster from Serbia who scores an elite 1.3 DK points per minute this year. He has scored over double digit DK points in his last five games with two huge performances vs The Hornets (40.75 DK points) and The Warriors (31.25 DK points).
He is in the perfect spot to have another big game tonight going against a dreadful Lakers defense that allows the 5th most DK points to centers with a crazy opponent +/- 5.33 points which is the highest mark of the slate. If the minutes continue he should have no issues topping 20 DK points vs this Lakers defense with huge upside in the event of a blowout. Also, Marjanovic has had great success playing this team, averaging 23.83 DK points in the six games he has played the Lakers in his career. At $3,000 he is my favorite punt of this small slate that can help you squeeze in studs like Russell Westbrook.
PG: Ty Lawson: (4,000) After starting for one game, Lawson was moved back to the bench, but has still been productive in a reserve role, averaging 19.5 DK points in his last three games. His minutes have taken a slight hit averaging 24 minutes a game, but his rates haven’t changed much, posting a 27.7% usage rate and 22.5% assist percentage in these three contests.
Tonight he gets a solid matchup vs The Thunder who play at the 8th fastest pace with an opponent +/- of 1.06 points. He should see close to 25 minutes in this game and should score 20-25 DK points with solid upside if he approaches 30 minutes. He isn’t the most exciting play, but is a necessary value tonight at $4,000 with only three games to choose from.
C: Enes Kanter: (5,900) After seeing his role decrease just last week, Kanter is now back to playing heavy minutes averaging 29.3 minutes a night in his last three games. He has been a beast in these games, averaging 39.2 DK points which 1.3 DK points per minute in this span. His style of play hasn’t changed with a 27% usage rate which is basically the same as his normal 26.8%. He is just taking full advantage of extra playing time he is seeing.
It’s hard not seeing him producing again tonight with The Kings allowing the 3rd most DK points to centers this season, with a solid opponent +/- of 1.78 points. I am expecting him to score 30+ DK points with 40 point upside in this matchup. His price has increased all the way to $5,900 which is the highest I have seen it this year, but he is still slightly undervalued if he sees close to 30 minutes. With this new price tag its hard to say how highly owned he will be, but regardless of his ownership, he is a core play for me in this difficult slate.
Also Consider: Steve Adams, Victor Oladipo, Reggie Bullock (nice value if he sees high minutes again), Zach Randolph, Anthony Tolliver, Luol Deng, Jordan Clarkson, Paul Zipser/Denzel Valentine (one of them should start with Wade resting), Robin Lopez, Michael Carter-Williams, and Darren Collison.