Even though there are only four games on Thursday’s slate, there figures to be plenty of scoring on Draftkings. James Harden ($12,000) comes into the day with back-to-back games with at least 50 pointsThree of the four games have a total north of 230 points, :
Kyle Lowry, TOR vs. HOU, $7,000 — After missing 11 games with a fractured thumb, there was some concern that Lowry would be rusty or have a minutes restriction when he returned. Instead, he played 41 minutes and scored 41 DKFP in his first game back. Lowry averages over 40 DKFP this season, so his price is a bit too cheap since his role hasn’t been reduced due to time off.
Other Options: Russell Westbrook, HOU at TOR, $8,800; Lonzo Ball, NO at PHO, $5,300
James Harden, HOU @ TOR, $12,000 — Clearly, the addition of Russell Westbrook is not hurting Harden’s production. As of late, his scoring numbers are unlike anything in recent memory. Harden has 110 points in his last two games, bringing his season average up to 39.5 points per game. There is a real chance that he ends up averaging over 40 points this season.
Other Options: Bradley Beal, WAS vs. PHI, $8,700; Fred VanVleet, TOR vs. HOU, $6,600
Ben Simmons, PHI @ WAS, $8,000 — It seems like the Wizards give up 150 points every night. Everybody is in play facing Washington and Simmons comes into tonight in his best form of the season. His fantasy production is up, averaging 48 DKFP over his last two games. The main reason is an uptick in defensive stats. Simmons has eight steals in his last two games and at least two steals in seven straight games. As of now, he looks like a lock to make an All-Defensive team.
Other Options: Tobias Harris, PHI @ WAS; $6,500; Furkan Korkmaz, PHI @ WAS, $4,500
Brandon Ingram, NOP vs. PHX, $8,200 — One of the more consistent fantasy performers this season, Ingram has at least 39 DKFP in 15 of 17 games. One of the nights he fell short of that mark was because he left early due to an injury. We can always rely on Ingram to put up a solid game and he scored 51 DKFP the last time he faced off against the Suns. This could also be a spot where Phoenix is fatigued playing on the tail end of a back-to-back.
Other Options: Al Horford, PHI @ WAS, $6,400; Moritz Wagner, WAS vs. PHI, $5,500;
Joel Embiid, PHI @ WAS, $9,700 — Playing against the Wizards, Embiid should certainly be a bit more expensive. Washington allows the fifth most DKFP to centers and Embiid has gone over 57 DKFP in three of his last four games. The Wizards are going to be without Thomas Bryant, leaving them without much size. This is a massive problem going up against Embiid.
Other Options: Pascal Siakam, TOR vs. HOU, $8,400; Rui Hachimura, WAS vs. PHI, $5,700