We have a mid-sized NBA fantasy slate today, with seven games 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
Nikola Jokic: $12,100 DraftKings/$11,200 FanDuel | 32.6% DraftKings Boom/34.0% FanDuel Boom
The league MVP has been fantastic this season once again, averaging 25.9 points, 13.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists. Nikola Jokic was especially good last game, totaling 29 points with 21 rebounds. Facing a Clippers team without Paul George tonight, the opportunity for a ton of rebounds is there once again. Awesemo projects Jokic as the top overall play by far. Given some of the other value plays, like the ones listed below, it should be easy to fit Denver’s big man if you want him.
Guillermo Hernangomez: $4,900 DraftKings/$4,600 FanDuel | 80.6% DraftKings Boom/79.9% FanDuel Boom
After a lackluster performance last time out, Guillermo Hernangomez is in a position to crush value today. The Pelicans need him to play heavy minutes, due to Jonas Valanciunas out. Last game, Hernangomez played 32 minutes and grabbed 16 rebounds. That was great. The issue was his 1-11 shooting on the night, resulting in only three total points for the night. We can assume he will shoot a bit better, and any better at all should lead to a solid game. Awesemo projects Hernangomez as the top overall value play on FanDuel and the third-best on DraftKings.
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Hamidou Diallo: $5,600 DraftKings/$4,800 FanDuel | 51.7% DraftKings Boom/65.6% FanDuel Boom
The Pistons are shorthanded tonight, with almost their entire team out. Hamidou Diallo has been playing heavy minutes due to people being out anyways, averaging 28.9 minutes over his past five games. That should rise tonight, with Awesemo projecting him for 34.2 minutes. He has been solid over the past three games from an NBA fantasy perspective, averaging 12.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals. The Pistons will give Diallo every opportunity to fill the box score once again tonight.
Top Bust Candidates
Tyus Jones: $4,900 DraftKings/$5,400 FanDuel | 91.0% DraftKings Bust/96.0% FanDuel Bust
With Ja Morant returning to the lineup, it makes Tyus Jones relatively worthless from an NBA fantasy perspective. Morant has played two games since returning, seeing 28 and 32 minutes. This resulted in Jones playing only 16 minutes last game, and Awesemo projects him to play the same amount again today. Considering he averages less than one NBA fantasy point per minute, it’s not worth taking the chance on him today.
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