Draftkings NBA Five Core Plays 2/5

Today’s article is coming to you a little later than normal. You can thank the Super Bowl for that. What a game that was. Anyways, there are some really solid plays to build around tonight, so I’m going to outline them below. We’re going to keep the same format as last Friday, going with five core plays.

PG/SG: Zach Lavine – Chicago Bulls

I wasn’t sure how Lavine was going to find his usage in this offense with some many guards and wings. Well, thanks to a Kris Dunn injury and now Nikola Mirotic out of town, Lavine is coming into his own at the perfect time, as his minutes have finally crept above 30. This is a great spot against the Kings, who are the worst defensive team on the slate in terms of efficiency. Lavine has seen his usage rate over 30 in six of his last nine games. Give me 32 minutes of Lavine and I’ll lock him in.

SG: Gary Harris & SG/SF: Will Barton – Denver Nuggets

This is a two-fer one special. I continue to play Harris and Barton on almost every slate. They’ve finally crept back above $6,000, but I still don’t think they’re priced high enough. They’re both playing 35+ minutes night in and night out. Harris has topped 35 in nine of his last ten, and Barton in five straight. They’re good for 30-40 DK points a piece on any given night and together, they make a safe 5X+ play because usually if one struggles, the other one makes up for it. Together, they’ve safely topped 5X in three of their last four. You can pick one or the other, but I also really like locking them both in.

PG/SG: Donavan Mitchell – Utah Jazz

Mitchell burned a lot of people on Saturday when he was a late scratch due to illness. He is probable to return tonight in a great matchup against the Pelicans. The Pelicans are playing really fast and have never hung their hat on defense. Since Rudy Gobert returned to the Jazz’s lineup, they’ve played at the eighth fastest pace in the league. This game sets up perfectly for Mitchell, and at just $7,100, he has a ton of upside. This is a special rookie and he is going to be a star in this league. In two games against the Pelicans this season, Mitchell has averaged 43.25 DK points and he’s just now playing his best basketball.

PF/C: Nikola Mirotic – New Orleans Pelicans

Hopefully you listened to me on Friday and ended up playing Mirotic on Saturday in his first game as a Pelican. He stepped right into 35 minutes as I predicted and produced 48 DK points. His price only came up to $5,800, so jump right back on today. He will likely be a $7,500-$8,000 player within a couple of weeks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go even higher. This is a tough matchup, but as I mentioned above, the Jazz are playing fast right now, and I expect Rudy Gobert to guard Anthony Davis, which leaves Derrick Favors on Mirotic. Favors is a bad defender, and Mirotic should have a big night.

PF/C: Bobby Portis – Chicago Bulls

We’re going to start and finish with a Bulls player. With Lauri Markkanen still out and Mirotic no longer around, Portis is the guy to roster in the frontcourt. His price is up to $6,200, but I still think that is on the low side. He only ended up playing 24 minutes in their last game, but still scored 32.75 DraftKings points. He should see closer to 30 minutes without Markkanen and when that happens, the sky is the limit for his upside. The Kings have allowed the most Draftkings points per game over the last four weeks to opposing power forwards and they’ve been in the bottom ten against centers.


That’s it for today. Be sure to follow me on Twitter at @mrclutchdfs so you can stay up to date on any changes to my plays based on late information.


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