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4 Players To Help Build Your Best NBA DraftKings Lineup (1/14/20)

Welcome back, everyone. With the college football season officially ending and the NFL winding down, the NBA will soon take center stage. Tonight, we have an exciting six-game slate.

Below are four of my favorite targets to help build your best NBA DraftKings lineup for tonight’s main slate.

As always, keep an eye out for news throughout the day, and feel free to contact me on Twitter with any questions.

 

Top Play

 

Clint Capela (C, $7,800)

With Russell Westbrook out tonight on the front-end of a back-to-back, Clint Capela is too cheap for his expected production. With Westbrook out, James Harden will also be very popular and rightfully so, however, Harden is listed at $13,000, making Capela a great ‘salary-relief’ option.

In his last game with Westbrook out, Capela exploded for 58.5 DraftKings fantasy points, scoring 22 points and collecting 22 rebounds. When Capela is on the court without Westbrook, he is averaging 1.24 DraftKings fantasy points per minute and sees an increase of 3.36 fantasy points per 36 minutes. One of the main ways he benefits is the additional rebounding opportunity. Westbrook averages 7.7 rebounds per game but has had 12 games this season with at least 10.

Capela’s Houston Rockets will face off against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight, creating a pace-up matchup for Houston. They are projected to score 121.5 points, which is 2.3 points higher than their league-leading season average. The combination of Westbrook’s absence and his elite matchup makes Capela an easy play on tonight’s slate.

 

Value Plays

 

Elie Okobo (PG/SG, $3,200)

News broke this morning that Phoenix Suns’ point guard Ricky Rubio will not play tonight, as he is expecting the birth of his first child. This news vaulted backup point guard Elie Okobo to the top of the value list. Okobo is expected to draw the start for the Suns in an ideal matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.

Game log watchers may be scared away from Okobo, but he has actually been productive in his limited playing time this season. With Rubio off the court, Okobo averages 0.93 DraftKings fantasy points per minute. In his last start on December 21, he played 30 minutes and scored 29 DraftKings fantasy points.

Okobo should see close to 30 minutes once again in a matchup against a bottom-five defense in the NBA. He will provide some much-needed salary relief on this slate loaded with spend-up options.

 

Ben McLemore (SG/SF, $3,500)

In order to fit stars like James Harden in a lineup tonight, fantasy owners can look to his teammate Ben McLemore for value. McLemore has a low floor but has produced in several spots when given extended run. In the last game Russell Westbrook missed, McLemore played 32 minutes and scored 26.25 DraftKings fantasy points.

Tonight’s game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets will feature two of the top three highest-paced teams in the league. In their last five games, Memphis ranks first in the league in pace, en route to a five-game winning streak.

McLemore is not the safest play on the board, but he could be a key piece in order to play a chalky James Harden at $13,000. He should see close to 30 minutes in a fast-paced matchup, which gives him a great opportunity to return value at only $3,500.

 

GPP Play

 

Luka Doncic (PG/SF, 12,600)

This play is not so much about Luka Doncic as it is about James Harden. Harden will be one of, if not, the most popular play on the slate tonight. He has insane numbers without Russell Westbrook and has a good chance to pay off his season-high price tag of $13,000.

That said, Harden’s high ownership will likely leave Doncic much lower owned. Doncic’s price is not much more palatable, but it is at least $400 cheaper than Harden. In two games against the Warriors this season, Luka scored at least 77 DraftKings fantasy points both times.

Although selecting Doncic over Harden is not a wise decision in cash games, it could pay dividends in large-field GPPs. By no means is Harden a bad play, but Luka is a natural pivot in order to differentiate lineups while still grabbing an elite fantasy producer.