We’ve got five games on this Tuesday. Donovan Mitchell is out while LeBron James ($9,900), Malcolm Brogdon ($7,900) and Caris LeVert ($6,800) are questionable. Keep track of all pertinent updates at DK Live. None of the teams played last night while they are all set to play on Wednesday.
DraftKings Sportsbook has the IND/ATL game with the highest total at 251.5. I believe that’s the highest number so far this season. There is one game with a total below 220 - TOR/ORL (215.5). The biggest spread is PHO -13 over POR. There is one game with a spread at 2 or below - ORL -2 over TOR. There are no home dogs.
Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks ($10,400) – The fantasy goodies should rain down from the heavens in this one, as IND is 1st in pace while ATL is 3rd, both teams are in the bottom third in defensive efficiency while being top five in offensive efficiency. The total of 251.5 is the highest number on the season, I believe. Haliburton is the Alpha and Omega of this potent Pacers offense and is averaging 1.52 FP/Min, the second-highest number on the slate behind Joel Embiid ($11,200). Haliburton stuffs the stat sheet and has dished out double-digit dimes in all but two games while exceeding fantasy point expectations 60% of the time this season.
Other Options - Devin Booker ($9,600), Trae Young ($9,100), Malcolm Brogdon ($7,900) if he plays, Darius Garland ($7,600), Jordan Clarkson ($7,300)
Keyonte George, Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers ($5,500) – George is fairly priced, so he’s not a screaming value per se. In fact, his projected points minus salary-based expectations are negative. That said, I think part of the reason for that is that George just entered the starting lineup five games ago. He’s averaged 29.9 minutes over that span while dishing out 8.8 assists per contest. The big bugaboo has been the field goal percentage, as he’s converted 30% from the field and 25% from downtown. Despite that, he’s gone for 23, 28.75, 32.5, 29.75 and 29.25 DKFP. I think the floor is relatively safe due to his dime-dishing ability, but there’s upside if he gets on a shooting heater.
Other Options - Bogdan Bogdanovic ($5,600), Eric Gordon ($5,200), Cam Reddish ($4,800)
LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz ($9,900) – LeBron is questionable, so there’s a chance that he will sit this one out as the Lakers play on Wednesday as well, but I’m expecting him to play. He’s been on quite the tear lately, going for 62.5, 59.75 and 70 DKFP in the last three games. The usage rate is usually near the 30% level and he’s been playing in the mid-to-high 30-minute range. LeBron has exceeded point expectations 60% of the time this season and the environment should be a good one, as both teams are top 15 in pace while UTA is 28th in defensive efficiency.
Other Options - Kevin Durant ($10,000), Lauri Markkanen ($8,400), John Collins ($6,400), Jalen Johnson ($6,100)
Saddiq Bey, Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers ($4,600) – Bey has not been starting but he’s still getting significant run. While he’s exceeded 30 minutes just three times this season, he usually receives around 28 minutes of playing time. That said, when he’s out there on the court, he’s hucking and chucking, and there should be plenty of opportunities to huck and chuck and blow the rims down, as these teams play fast. Over the last three games, Bey has gone for 29.25, 25.5 and 33.5 DKFP.
Other Options - Austin Reaves ($5,700), Grayson Allen ($5,100)
Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers ($7,700) – In a vacuum, Embiid is the best play because he averages a slate-high 1.75 FP/Min and has the highest floor/ceiling combo. He could put up an 80-burger and lap the field. That said, Jarrett Allen ($6,000) is a good defender and CLE is a decent defensive team in general, so there’s a chance that Embiid puts up a good, but not great game. In addition, I think I’m prioritizing Haliburton to build around and there isn’t enough value to fit both in as of now. Mobley has a decent price and has put up a double-double in four straight and will always contribute defensive stats. He’s gone for at least 40 DKFP in three straight and put up at least 30 DKFP in every contest except for the season opener. His projected points minus salary expectations are the highest on the slate by a wide margin.
Other Options - Joel Embiid ($11,200), Anthony Davis ($9,700), Myles Turner ($7,100), Jusuf Nurkic ($6,300), Clint Capela ($5,700)
Onyeka Okongwu, Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers ($4,700) – Okongwu doesn’t start and plays in the low 20-minute range. He’s failed to score at least 20 DKFP in there of the last four games. A ringing endorsement huh? Three of those games were against PHI, NYK and MIA, teams that are 15th, 28th and 26th in pace. IND is 1st in pace and Okongwu averages a respectable 1.01 FP/Min. This game environment should suit him, as it should be an up-and-down affair with plenty of possessions.
Other Options - Goga Bitadze ($5,000), Drew Eubanks ($4,100)
The Crown Is Yours: Sign up for DraftKings and experience the ultimate host for games and betting experiences!
I am a promoter at DraftKings and am also an avid fan and user (my username is sontzu) and may sometimes play on my personal account in the games that I offer advice on. Although I have expressed my personal view on the games and strategies above, they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of DraftKings and do not constitute a representation that any particular strategy will guarantee success. All customers should use their own skill and judgment in building lineups. I may also deploy different players and strategies than what I recommend above. I am not an employee of DraftKings and do not have access to any non-public information.