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Thursday night presents a two-game slate. Even with only four teams in action, be sure to be watching the Awesemo NBA Starting Lineups page closely for updates on each team before making NBA picks today. The most important name to monitor is Will Barton (questionable, ankle), as his absence would be a strong boost to Nikola Jokic. He has supplied 68 DraftKings points per game in the nine starts he has made without Barton this season and scores an absurd 1.92 DraftKings points per minute with him off the floor. Below are some NBA daily fantasy basketball picks that stand out for tonight’s slate using Awesemo’s Boom/Bust Tool and NBA DFS projections.
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Boom/Bust NBA Daily Fantasy Projections & Picks Today
Boom: Andre Drummond: $5,700 DraftKings/$5,600 FanDuel
19% DraftKings Boom/26% FanDuel Boom
With LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) missing his second straight game tonight, Drummond is rating highly in Awesemo’s Boom Bust Tool with a top-five Boom score on the slate for both DraftKings and FanDuel. With Aldridge absent Tuesday, Drummond posted a double-double worth 47.5 DraftKings points across 24 minutes against the Hornets. Tonight he is facing the Sixers for the first time since the club traded him to Brooklyn last month.
Philadelphia ranks ninth in defensive efficiency, but Drummond’s expected workload mitigates any concerns about this matchup. He is contributing 1.3 DraftKings points per minute this season and should receive 25-30 minutes of work in this spot that requires his size and strength to match up with Joel Embiid. For the 15 occasions Drummond has exceeded the 20-minute threshold this season, the big man has been an immense fantasy asset, scoring 39.1 DraftKings points per game, including eight double-doubles. On DraftKings, where one can roster two centers in the same lineup, Drummond is an easy choice tonight. For FanDuel, sacrificing the lone center spot on Drummond is tough to digest with Embiid and Jokic in action and only two games on the schedule, but opting for Drummond and paying up elsewhere creates differentiation. In Awesemo’s projections, Drummond is forecasted for single-digit ownership on FanDuel tonight, which is obviously mouthwatering for a two-game slate.
Boom: Klay Thompson: $6,600 DraftKings/$5,700 FanDuel
22% DraftKings Boom/37% FanDuel Boom
Tuesday night against the Clippers, Thompson logged a season-high 33.4 minutes, resulting in 32.8 DraftKings points. In this win, the Warriors were very shorthanded, missing Draymond Green (back), Otto Porter Jr. (illness), Gary Payton II (knee) and Andre Iguodala (back). All of these players will remain unavailable for Thursday’s matchup in Denver and with Golden State not playing again until Saturday, Thompson should continue to receive over 30 minutes tonight, particularly with the Warriors only favored by two points.
Thompson is generating 1.11 DraftKings points per minute with a 26.7% usage rate this season and this Denver club he is going against is playing their second game in two nights. Thompson has 40 fantasy upside this evening and owns a top-five Boom score on the slate for both DraftKings and FanDuel in Awesemo’s Boom Bust Tool.
Bust: Kyrie Irving: $9,900 DraftKings/$9,700 FanDuel
65% DraftKings Bust/65% FanDuel Bust
Irving was brilliant Tuesday against the Hornets, finishing with 69.75 DraftKings points, but do not chase this performance at his current price points. This game was the third time this season Irving has played with Kevin Durant active and James Harden missing, and he struggled on the first two occasions. First, he recorded 40 DraftKings points against the Blazers back on January 10th. Then, Irving finished with only 38.8 DraftKings points this past Sunday against the Celtics.
Tonight’s matchup with the Sixers is a massive downgrade after facing the fast-paced and defensively inept Hornets on Tuesday, and Irving’s prop line for tonight is set at only 24.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds on BetMGM. Before defensive stats and bonuses are credited, this is only 35 fantasy points for Irving, which is not even close to five-times value for him on either DraftKings or FanDuel tonight.
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