James Harden – $11,500
Harden is having another MVP level season, a year that can be comparable to last year, when he could have won MVP if it wasn’t for Russell Westbrook. The Clippers are a team that is not going to be one of the dominant teams in the league this year & the point guard area is lacking. Lou Williams is not the greatest defender around & no one on the Clippers can slow down Harden’s offensive output.
With Chris Paul being out for a bit, Harden’s usage will again be at extremely high levels. Harden doesn’t have any lower than 48 DraftKings NBA points in his last 10 games, & with the pace and offensive efficiency the Rockets have, the Beard is a solid DraftKings NBA pick for Friday night.
This pick isn’t a slight against Russell Westbrook, however. Russ has a tougher matchup against a Hawks team that does defend guards very well, and the Clippers just plain don’t.
Lonzo Ball – $7,000
Ball has started to find his niche in the NBA after a tough start to the season. The shot isn’t what people want it to be right now, but in DraftKings NBA, Ball has been putting up great numbers to make him an awesome fantasy option.
Against Golden State, a team that doesn’t have Steph Curry, this should be a good chance for Lonzo to continue to be the strong playmaker he has shown himself to be early on in the year. Five of the last six games, Ball has over 37 DraftKings NBA points, and most of the stats come in the areas that many other players have a hard time filling up – assists, rebounds & steals.
Over the last 6 games, in 5 of them, Lonzo Ball has shot over 40%. Not the greatest percentage, but it shows that there is improvement happening.
C.J. McCollum – $7,000
McCollum should have some high usage on Friday night due to Damian Lillard being ruled out. Normally, C.J. is the type of guy who would be a 30-35 DK point player, however, with him being the primary scoring threat on Friday night, this is a prime chance for the former Lehigh guard to go into the 50-55 point range.
In the last 10 games, he has a ceiling of 41 & floor of 28. This game against Denver should be the chance to break through that ceiling. The Nuggets give up the highest amounts of points per average to point guards in DraftKings NBA this season.
Jrue Holiday – $7,300
So many people talk about “Big 3” units in the NBA, but some forget about the group of Jrue Holiday, DeMarcus Cousins & Anthony Davis. Holiday has been a true stud at PG in ways that people aren’t talking about.
He has a floor of 28 & ceiling of 51 during the last 10 games. Holiday stads to have a big night against the Orlando Magic, a team that is the second-worst in giving up points to point guards & third worst against shooting guards.