We have a mid-sized NBA fantasy slate today, with one game early and five on the main slate. With this, there is injury news you will need to pay attention to. The Awesemo NBA Starting Lineups page will give you breaking news when starters are announced as well as a full injury report on players who might be missing in action. Below are some NBA daily fantasy options that stand out for tonight’s slate using Awesemo Boom/Bust Tool and NBA DFS projections.
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Top Boom Candidates
Jalen Brunson: $5,300 DraftKings/$5,800 FanDuel | 77.7% DraftKings Boom/63.5% FanDuel Boom
Luka Doncic has been ruled out today due to an ankle injury. His absence should mean Jalen Brunson returns to the starting lineup. In six games as a starter this season, Brunson has averaged 21.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists. Even if he does not start today, his minutes should be high. Awesemo projects Brunson to play 34.6 minutes. He is also projected as the top overall value play on both DraftKings and FanDuel today.
Kristaps Porzingis: $8,000 DraftKings/$8,500 FanDuel | 39.8% DraftKings Boom/30.1% FanDuel Boom
Sticking in the same game, Kristaps Porzingis also benefits from the absence of Doncic. With their star guard off the floor this season, Porzingis has averaged a 28.9% usage rate and 1.35 NBA fantasy points per minute on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Considering Porzingis is projected to play 31.8 minutes tonight, his upside is high. The Awesemo Boom/Bust Tool gives Porzingis a ceiling of about 50 NBA fantasy points today.
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Cameron Thomas: $3,500 DraftKings/$3,900 FanDuel | 42.1% DraftKings Boom/29.3% FanDuel Boom
The Nets face the Pistons today, so they figured it was a great time to give James Harden a rest. This elevates Cameron Thomas to a larger role in a great matchup. He already has back-to-back games of over 25 minutes played, averaging 14.5 points and four rebounds in these two games. With the Pistons being a poor defensive team, he should be able to score efficiently today. Awesemo projects 30.8 minutes out of Thomas tonight.
Top Bust Candidates
Russell Westbrook: $10,500 DraftKings/$9,200 FanDuel | 72.7% DraftKings Bust/60.2% FanDuel Bust
Simply, Russell Westbrook is not very good for fantasy when he is playing alongside LeBron James. If we want to be real, he’s not good for the Lakers when playing alongside him either. Despite having an injury tag, LeBron is considered probable to play today. He has played seven of the past eight games. Over this span, Westbrook has averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 8.1 assists. This is not good enough, considering his price. The Awesemo Boom/Bust Tool suggests it is best you spend up elsewhere today.
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