NBA DFS Top Plays for Thursday 02/09/23
Welcome to our latest NBA DFS top plays for Thursday, 02/09/23. With another exciting night of NBA action on the horizon, it’s important to stay up to date with the latest trends, news, and projections to make the best decisions for your DFS lineups. This article will highlight some of the top plays to consider for Thursday’s slate, along with analysis and statistics to help you make informed choices. So, let’s get started!
NBA DFS Top Plays for Thursday 02/09/23
Chris Paul DK $7,300 – FD $8,100
Chris Paul is in for a big night against the Atlanta Hawks with several key players for the Phoenix Suns out. With Devin Booker missing the game for injury management, Cameron Payne, Cameron Johnson, Landry Shamet, and Mikal Bridges also out, Paul is one of the few remaining playmakers for the Suns and is expected to see a 30 percent usage rate, 35 minutes, and 20 shots.
His projections for the night are 39.59 DraftKings points, 33 minutes and a value of 4.89, putting him in the “A” tier for both DraftKings projection and value. The Hawks defense ranks 20th in the league and runs at a top-10 pace, making this a prime opportunity for Paul to capitalize on his increased usage and put up a big performance.
With a DraftKings salary of just $7,300 and a FanDuel salary of $8,100, and with the team being shorthanded because of the recent trade for Kevin Durant, Chris Paul is an ELITE play on this slate.
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Nikola Jokic DK $11,000 – FD $11,700
Nikola Jokic is an absolute monster and one of the favorites for MVP this season. He has score 52 DK points in every game except two over the last month and he’s averaged 61 DK points per game in that span. His recent triple-double in his last matchup against Orlando showcases his exceptional abilities on the court.
Despite being significantly cheaper than Giannis, Jokic is still a great pay-up option on tonight’s slate. With the Suns’ recent injuries and trades, there is plenty of value available on the slate, which means it’s possible to fit both Jokic and Giannis into your lineup. However, most people will try to fit two studs into their lineup, so being creative with your lineup build could give you an edge.
According to NBA Study Hub data, Nikola Jokic is listed at a projected DraftKings salary of $11,700, with a DVP (Defense vs. Position) rating of 6. He is projected to score 54.53 DraftKings points in 33 minutes, with a calculated value of 4.66. These projections place Jokic in the “A” tier for DK projection and the “B” tier for DK value.
Jokic’s DraftKings price has dropped to its lowest point since October, which is surprising considering he is averaging over 64 fantasy points per game in his last 12 games. This makes him an excellent starting point for your lineups tonight and a top projected player on the slate.
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Cam Thomas DK $7,800 – FD $7,300
It’s important to note that while Thomas has been putting up strong fantasy numbers lately and his price is on the rise quickly because of it. Rostering him comes with some risk due to his limited experience and inconsistency, however, with a decent projection of 30.23 DraftKings points and a relatively low salary of $7,300, Thomas could be a solid option for those looking for a low-owned, high-upside player on a smaller slate.
Despite the recent acquisition of Spencer Dinwiddie, Thomas should still be able to maintain his scoring volume and put up big numbers. He has taken 23 or more shots in each of his last three games and should continue to see a high usage rate. Additionally, Thomas’ $7,300 salary on DraftKings offers a solid 4.14 value, though his ranking in the value tier is a bit lower at “D” he lands in the “B” tier for projection.
Overall, while Thomas is definitely not a safe pick, his recent strong performance and low ownership make him an interesting option to consider for those looking to differentiate their lineups tonight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo DK $12.300 – FD $12,500
Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as the “Greek Freak,” is a dominant force in the NBA and is one of the frontrunners for MVP this season, along with Nikola Jokic. Despite dealing with a knee injury, Giannis has been putting up remarkable numbers and is averaging 46 DK points in his last 14 games, with a 63-point average in those outings.
In tonight’s game against the Lakers, Giannis is expected to shine again as the Lakers are ranked second in pace and 28th in points allowed. Over the last two years, Giannis has faced the Lakers three times and has averaged 43.3 points, 10 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game in those matchups.
According to NBA Study Hub data, Giannis is projected to score 59.04 DK points with a projected 34 minutes played. His $12,500 salary on both DraftKings and FanDuel gives him a value of 4.72 and places him in the A projection tier and B value tier. With his impressive performance and favorable matchup, Giannis is a great option to consider in your lineups tonight.
We hope that this article has provided you with some valuable insights and helped you make informed decisions for Thursday’s NBA DFS slate. As always, be sure to keep an eye on the latest news and trends to stay up to date, and remember to always be mindful of your budget and lineup construction. Good luck and have fun!
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