The NBA starts of February with a bang with 12 blockbuster games. Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be looking to bounce back from a shaky month with a game against the rising Minnesota Timberwolves who are 7-3 in their last 10. Meanwhile, the Celtics will be looking to maintain second seed in the East with a huge matchup against the Raptors. The Miami Heat will be also looking to win their ninth straight in a tough contest against the Atlanta Hawks.
Kevin Love (back)
DeMar DeRozan (ankle)
Derrick Rose (ankle)
Joel Embiid (knee)
Avery Bradley (Achilles)
Kristaps Porzingis (illness)
Thabo Sefolosha (groin)
Tyreke Evans (rest)
Dante Cunningham (wrist)
Deron Williams (toe)
Will Barton (back)
Nikola Jokic (hip)
Emmanuel Mudiay (back)
Zaza Pachulia (shoulder)
Steph Curry (illness)
Each day I will be providing you guys with advice to help you score well in Draft Kings to give you the best possible chance to succeed. This will range from high-priced superstars to value players to cheaper players who can carry upside. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with everything basketball!
SLEEPER: YOGI FERRELL ($4,000) VS PHILADELPHIA
Deron William’s is expected to continue to miss time with his injured toe,
If this is the case rookie Yogi Ferrel is a terrific sleeper. Ferrell finished with a career-high 19 points in including 4 steals, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Monitor William’s status before tipoff and if he is out, get Yogi in your line-up.
VALUE: MIKE CONLEY ($7,300) VS. DENVER
Even though Mike Conley is on the more expensive side for a value guard (cheaper options Brandon Jennings and Austin Rivers), I still think he has some real value for money. Conley is coming off a game where he scored career-high 38 points and 7 three-pointers against a stout phoenix defense. Once again, Conley versus a weak defense in the Denver Nuggets who statistically have the third worst defense in the NBA. Look for Conley to continue his hot streak.
STAR: ISAIAH THOMAS ($9,500) VS. RAPTORS
Isaiah Thomas is a must have in your Draft Kings lineup until he cools down. Which may be never. The 5 ft 9 MVP candidate averaged a remarkable 32.9 points in January shooting almost 50 %. Put Isaiah in your line-up and don’t look back.
SLEEPER: NIK STAUSKAS ($3,700) VS. DALLAS
With Joel Embiid out again tonight the 76ers will have to rely more on their role players. Stauskas has been stepping up and playing his role lately averaging almost 13 points in his last four contests. The minutes are also there for Stauskas to produce (28.8 in last seven games) so I see no reason to why he can’t be a nice sleeper at a low $3,700.
VALUE: NORMAN POWELL ($5,500) VS. CELTICS
In his past four starts since DeRozan has been injured, Powell has averaged an impressive 18.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. With DeRozan out once again and Celtics best perimeter defender in Avery Bradley likely to miss the matchup, Powell presents good value for money.
STAR: KLAY THOMPSON ($6,800) VS. HORNETS
Steph Curry availability for the matchup against the Charlotte Hornets remains unclear. If he remains out, look for the Warriors to once again go through Thompson. In their previous matchup against the Blazers, Klay attempted 21 shots and got to the free-throw line 15 times. For a star that he is, the price-tag of $6,800 is too hard to pass.
SLEEPER: DARIO SARIC ($4,400) VS. DALLAS
It seems as if the Croatian rookie is starting to get used to life in the NBA. In his last seven games, Saric has averaged an impressive 13 points and played a pivotal role in the 76ers recent success. With Embiid once again out, Saric should see plenty of minutes and shots. With the short price-tag, he provides high upside with little risk.
VALUE: HARRISON BARNES ($6,300) VS. PHILADELPHIA
Harrison Barnes has had an impressive change of scenery in his move to Dallas, he has turned into a solid contributor. Over his last four games, Barnes has averaged 24.3 points while shooting just under 50 %. He is a reliable scorer in a weak side so the opportunity will continue to be there for the former Warrior.
STAR: LEBRON JAMES ($10,200) VS. TIMBERWOLVES
Give Lebron any motivation and you play with fire. The four-time MVP showed this to the Golden State Warriors in last year's NBA finals. Now with the recent Charles Barkley situation, this will only fuel the fire in Lebron. Expect for Lebron to have a monster game.
SLEEPER: DOMANTAS SABONIS ($3,300) V BULLS
Last night Sabonis logged a career-high in minutes with 35, he re-payed the favor to coach Billy Donovan notching a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds). With no Enes Kanter and at a ridiculously cheap $3,300, Sabonis should be a lock for your Draft King’s lineup.
VALUE: TOBIAS HARRIS ($5,400) VS. PELICANS
Tobias Harris has a solid value written all over him. In his last 17 games, he has scored in double-digits averaging around 19 points and 5 rebounds. With the Pelicans on their second night of a back-to-back and Harris solid form, there is no reason he shouldn’t be in your lineup.
STAR: BLAKE GRIFFIN ($7,500) VS. PHOENIX
Griffin had his best outing on Saturday against the Warriors posting 20 points and 4 rebounds in his second game back from a knee injury. Unfortunately, he was only able to log 23 minutes as his team suffered a blowout loss. Now, versing the second worst defense in the league and without Chris Paul, anticipate Griffin to have a big game.
SLEEPER: GUILLERMO HERNANGOMEZ ($3,900) VS. NETS
The 6 ft 11 rookie started for the ill Krista's Porzingis last night and boy was he something. The Spain prodigy posted a terrific stat line of 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. If Porzingis can’t go again Hernangomez is a must start against the worst team in the league.
VALUE: ZACH RANDOLPH ($6,000) VS. DENVER
The veteran Z-Bo has been fantastic off the bench for the Grizzlies this year. In the past week, Randolph has averaged almost 20 points and 9 rebounds. Look for Randolph to have another great game against an injury depicted Nuggets team.
STAR: KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS ($10,600) VS. CAVS
KAT is on fire at the moment and if you can afford him, make sure he is in your lineup. In KAT’s last six game stretch, the big man is averaging an extraordinary 30 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. You should have no issue starting Towns.
PG: ISAIAH THOMAS
SG: NORMAN POWELL
SF: LEBRON JAMES
PF: DOMANTAS SABONIS
C: GUILLERMO HERNANGOMEZ
G: KLAY THOMPSON
F: TOBIAS HARRIS
UTIL: BRANDON JENNINGS