There is a big nine-game NBA fantasy slate to navigate tonight. With plenty of NBA DFS injury news yet to come out, be sure to check the Awesemo NBA Starting Lineups page to see who is in, who is out and who is starting as news breaks, and look at the NBA DFS rankings and projections for both DraftKings and FanDuel lineups tonight.
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*Grades are ordered DraftKings, FanDuel. Initial grade indicates a player’s strength of output, with the value grade indicating their strength as a play in relation to their salary.
C Wendell Carter Jr. — Grades: B, B | Values: B, A
Wendell Carter Jr. has been on a roll lately for NBA fantasy, averaging 15 points, 10.8 rebounds, two assists, a steal and 0.6 blocks over his past five games. Despite this heightened level of play, his pricing has remained relatively low, making him an easy player to build around tonight. Awesemo projects another double-double out of Carter tonight in over 30 minutes played. While the matchup against Denver could lower his ceiling, his current role and price make him a fairly safe play.
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PF Chimezie Metu — Grades: D, D | Values: A, B
The Kings have several players who could be out tonight, including Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley and Moe Harkless. All three missed last game, which resulted in Chimezie Metu seeing increased run. Playing 36 minutes, he finished with a 14-point double-double and three steals. This was his eighth straight start, so he will continue to have a significant role tonight no matter what. However, with any one of the aforementioned players out, his role increases and he becomes a better play tonight. Awesemo projects all four for minutes and gives Metu 23 tonight. Again, this can only grow throughout the day.
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PF Bobby Portis — Grades: B, B | Values: B, A
Bobby Portis has stepped up in a big way this season, helping to solidify a frontcourt that lacks depth. Over the Bucks’ seven-game winning streak that they are currently on, Portis has averaged 17.9 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 defensive stats per game. The matchup with Charlotte tonight should not scare at all. Fantasy Cruncher labels this as the second-easiest possible matchup at his position in the NBA.
SF Paul George — Grades: A, A | Values: C, A
Edit: Paul George is out.
This is a FanDuel exclusive since he is priced a whopping $1,600 cheaper there than on DraftKings. Paul George has not been great lately, with turnovers really costing him solid performances. He averaged 5.2 turnovers over the past five games. The good news is that he is scoring well, averaging 24.8 points over the same span. If he can limit his turnovers, he should be able to hit value on both sites. Awesemo’s projections list him as the fourth-highest scorer on the slate overall.
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