Some NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Value Picks for a six-game Thursday:
Kyle Lowry, PG ($8,500)
Kyle Lowry has been an absolute stud the past five games. He compiled at least 43 fantasy points during that span including topping at 52 points in a road game at Cleveland. The battle with Orlando is the Toronto Raptors’ fifth consecutive road game so at this point, it doesn’t matter whether Lowry is at home or in another building. He simply produces.
Kawhi Leonard, SF ($8,100)
Unlike Lowry, Kawhi Leonard is the opposite. His last five games are up and down, topping at 43 points versus New York and bottoming at 17.25 last game against Detroit. The reason is that the Spurs has been blowing teams out of the water early and didn’t need him for stretches on the floor. Thursday will be different. San Antonio will face LeBron James and the Cavs so it’s safe to assume there will be no blowouts and more statistics for Leonard. His salary has already depreciated and the lowest it has gone in a while, another reason to play him in a game versus the East’s number one team.
The Middle Men
Jordan Clarkson, PG ($5,900)
JC has been a catalyst for the improving Los Angeles Lakers over the past couple of weeks. The Missouri product has been pretty consistent of late, scoring at least 26 points in his past nine games and topping at 35.75. In a matchup with Golden State last week, Clarkson had 31.75 FP so he really has no problem at all playing against the defending champs.
Nikola Mirotic, PF ($5,900)
Well, it’s about time. Mirotic has been playing very well as of late, scoring at least 25.25 points since the turn of the year. At that price, Mirotic promises solid production, now that Pau Gasol will be sitting this one out against the Philadelphia 76ers. Likely then, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, and Mirotic will man the middle for the Chicago Bulls but my money is on the Montenegran because of the history of good performances versus the Sixers.
In two games against the NBA’s lowest-ranked team, Mirotic had 37.5 points the first time and 22.5 the next, the latter in only 18 minutes of work.
Andrew Bogut, C ($4,700)
The Golden State Warriors decided to give Draymond Green a two-day break which results to more playing time for the Aussie big men. Bogut will likely get the same amount of minutes in the second game of a back-to-back set against the lowly Lakers. Worth a flier at that price, if you ask me.
Trey Lyles, PF ($4,100)
Lyles is averaging almost 20 FP per outing during the past 10 days, pretty solid for the rookie. He also averaged 22 minutes during that span. Utah will be facing Sacramento, a team not really known for their defensive capabilities. That might bode well for the young forward, who has shown flashed of his unique skill set during Derrick Favors‘ absence.
Other options: Terrence Ross (with DeMarre Carroll out up to EIGHT weeks); Bobby Portis (Who knows he might end up getting big minutes against Philly); Mario Chalmers (Mike Conley may become unavailable for the second straight game).
Note: All salaries and stats are from DraftKings.com
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