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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Guide 8/23/20

DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Guide 8/23/20

Jac Calliott


Slate Overview

The unquestioned biggest news on Saturday’s slate is whether or not Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic will play.  Doncic handles a ton of the usage for the Mavs and if he misses today’s game, guys like Trey Burke, Seth Curry, and Tim Hardaway Jr. become great plays.  This news will be extremely important to stay up to date with so make sure you’re hanging around Discord today looking for that Luka news.

Point Guard

The first guy I’m targeting today at the PG position is Shake Milton ($4,400).  Since Ben Simmons went down for the season, Milton has been inserted into the starting lineup.  So far in this series, Milton is averaging just over 30 minutes a game, and in his last time out played 38.  Another promising sign is that Milton shot 18 times in the Sixers game 3 loss to the Celtics.  I expect Milton to be aggressive again today and at his current price-tag, he looks like an excellent play.

If you’re looking for a bit of a pricier option at the position today Jamal Murray ($6,800) looks like a great play.  After a thrilling game one win, the Nuggets and their defense especially have looked abysmal.  The star of that roster is Jokic, but the team really goes as Murray goes.  I’m looking for a nice bounce-back performance from Jamal Murray today in what I expect to be a close contest from the jump.

Shooting Guard

At SG today I’m looking in the direction of Seth Curry ($4,600).  Based on his recent performance he’s priced up a bit, but if Luka sits I’ll be locking in Seth Curry.  With no Luka, Curry should slide into the starting lineup.  In his last game, Curry played 31 minutes, and if Luka sits we could see an even higher minute total for him in this game.  At $4,600 he could be a bit cheaper, but as of now, I’m building my lines as if Luka won’t play.  If that’s the case, I feel very comfortable with Seth Curry today.

Another Maverick I’m targeting today with or without Luka is Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5,700).  THJ is averaging 37 minutes a game so far in these playoffs and has played well in those minutes.  He’s still a good play today regardless of what happens with the Mavs’ injury situation, but if Luka ends up sitting then THJ is another guy I’ll have a ton of.

Small Forward

At Small Forward, I’m looking at OG Anunoby ($4,500).  Looking at his game log, Anunoby is not a guy that will blow you away with his numbers.  However, he’s a starter on an offensively gifted team and he plays 30+ minutes a night.  I’m trying to nail OG’s big game and I think he’s in line for one today.

Another guy I like at SF today is Nuggets wing Michael Porter Jr. ($6,500).  He only played 15 minutes in their last game, but that was due in large part to the blowout.  I expect the Nuggets to come back a different team today and I think the field might shy away from MPJ a bit.  This could be one of the low owned guys that breaks the slate today.

Power Forward

My favorite play at the power forward position today Is Marcus Morris ($5,400).  Morris seems to be the forgotten hero of the Clippers’ starting 5.  So far in these playoffs, he’s averaging 33 minutes per game and has yet to fall short of 30 DKFP yet.  At this price, he almost looks too good to be true, but I cannot keep myself from taking the bait on Marcus Morris today.


Another guy that looks to be a solid play today is Jayson Tatum ($9,000).  In his last game, Tatum got into foul trouble early and could not quite bounce back from a fantasy perspective.  Gordon Hayward continues to be out for the Celtics and as long as that holds true, Tatum will continue to get a bump in usage.  There isn’t much that needs to be said about JT as we know what he’s capable of, and I expect him to come back in a big way today to put away the Sixers.


The one guy that interests me today at the center position is Jarret Allen ($7,400).  Allen is playing ridiculous minutes for a short-handed Nets team right now, and even on an off day gives us a great floor. In his last game, he only scored four points, but grabbed a whopping 17 rebounds and was still good for 33 DKFP.  I expect him to put more than four points on the board today as I’ll be rostering Jarrett Allen in all my lines.

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