Welcome to Bales’ Stacks and Hidden Gems for today’s NBA DFS slate for DraftKings! Below, I will discuss my favorite NBA DFS plays for tonight’s slate!
Easy Breezy: Chalk Stack
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder rank 15th and 22nd in the NBA in pace, respectively. Los Angeles also ranks fourth in the NBA in offensive rating, while Oklahoma City ranks 10th in defensive rating. The Lakers are +7 point underdogs in a game set at 213 points, giving them an implied team total of 103 points.
LeBron James and Danny Green have been ruled out tonight. Anthony Davis is currently questionable, but it isn’t likely that he suits up. That will force Rajon Rondo into a bigger role, as he’s expected to play roughly 30 minutes tonight. Through 26 games this season, he’s averaging 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.0 steal (21.0 DK points) in only 21.1 minutes per game. In other words, he’s averaging 1.0 DK points per minute this season. Rondo is far too cheap for his new role in the rotation, and he’s likely to be the highest owned player on this slate.
Kyle Kuzma saw a larger role in the offense with Davis out. In his last game, he scored 26 points with 6 rebounds and 2 assists (37.5 DK points) in 34 minutes. Kuza saw 22 shot attempts, 8 three-point attempts, and 6 free throw attempts in that game. While he has struggled at times to produce this season, Kuzma will be the focal point of the offense with James and Davis off the court. He’s expected to play 30+ minutes tonight, making him an outstanding option.
JaVale McGee is far too cheap on this slate. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 6.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 1.2 steals (21.1 DK points) in only 17.3 minutes per game. Through 38 games this season, McGee is averaging 1.18 DK points per minute. He will be forced into bigger minutes tonight, potentially playing 20-25 minutes in this game. While he won’t be forced into major minutes like the other Los Angeles players, McGee has flashed elite upside in limited time on the court. He has been consistent in limited time recently, as well, making him a must start in cash games tonight.