HALLELUJAH! After nearly five months without any meaningful basketball games, the NBA returns TONIGHT with a two-game slate that officially tips off seeding games in the Orlando bubble.
Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans – 6:30PM ET
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers – 9:00PM ET
With many season-long fantasy sites ending abruptly with the NBA hiatus, I imagine many fans will flock to DFS in order to get their fantasy fix throughout the duration of the NBA restart. Although Thursday’s slate only includes two games, there should be a plethora of star-power on display, along with many opportunities to win BIG!
Upon FanDuel and DraftKings releasing their player pricing to the public a few days ago, some players stand out more than others and offer a higher chance of exceeding their priced value. Remember, NBA DFS isn’t always about spending all of your budget to create a lineup or building a team with as many elite superstars as possible. Most of the time it is about finding the players who are most likely to maximize or exceed their priced value based on their match-up and opportunity.
With that being said, here are THREE PLAYERS that present awesome value’s and should be in your lineup’s heading into Thursday night’s slate:
Jordan Clarkson – SG, Utah Jazz
$4,200 on DraftKings and $4,300 on FanDuel
Since being acquired from the Cavaliers back in December, Clarkson has been a remarkable scoring option off the bench, averaging 15.2 points in 34 games with the Jazz. Heading into Thursday’s match-up against the Pelicans, Utah will be without starting SF Bojan Bogdanovic (wrist) who will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing wrist surgery. Because of this, Clarkson should see an increased role off of the bench as the Jazz will look to replace Bogdanovic’s 20.2 points per game. The Pelicans also play at the league’s second-fastest pace according according to ESPN, so Clarkson should have plenty of opportunities to put up points in what is sure to be a high-scoring affair.
Reggie Jackson – PG, Los Angeles Clippers
$4,600 on DraftKings and $3,800 on FanDuel
The Clippers will be very short-handed on Thursday and Reggie Jackson figures to be the main beneficiary. At the moment, PG Patrick Beverley is questionable while SG Lou Williams and PF/C Montrezl Harrell have already been ruled out of Thursday’s match-up against the Lakers. Even if Beverley ends up playing, Jackson should have full command of the Clippers second unit and that should lead to plenty of opportunity for production. Although his numbers have dipped a bit upon joining the Clippers, Jackson has proved he can produce when playing a prominent role as he recently averaged 14.9 points and 5.1 assists per game earlier in the season with the Pistons.
JaMychal Green – PF, Los Angles Clippers
$3,500 on DraftKings and $3,600 on FanDuel
Much like fellow teammate Reggie Jackson, Green is in line to see his role increased in large part due to the Clippers being short-handed for various reasons. With Montrezl Harrell (personal) remaining away from the team and being ruled out earlier this week, Green should assume his role in the second unit and should see a spike in playing time. Green has surpassed 20 or more minutes only five times all season but averaged 24.8 fantasy points in those games. Unlike Harrell, Green has the ability to step outside and knock down the three consistently, shooting just over 36 percent on the season. With a price tag under $3,700 on most major DFS sites, Green is almost a lock to exceed value.
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