NBA DFS Top Plays for Wednesday 02/02/23
NBA DFS Top Plays for 02/02/23
Luka Doncic DK $12,300 – FD$12,200
Luka Doncic (PG – DAL) is making a strong case for the most valuable player in the NBA DFS scene, boasting an average of 62 DraftKings points per game. This can be attributed to his exceptional 38% usage rate, making him the engine behind the Dallas offense. In his two matchups against the New Orleans Pelicans this season, Luka has posted a 67-point average, solidifying his place as a top pick tonight.
Recently, Luka’s price on both DraftKings and FanDuel dropped to its lowest point since December, making him an even more attractive option. He has scored at least 50 fantasy points in 16 out of 28 games, with nine of those games surpassing 70 DraftKings points. His 1.65 DKFP per minute average and high usage rate make him a triple-double threat on any given night.
While there is always a risk associated with selecting the highest-priced player on the slate, Luka has exceeded points expectations 60% of the time this season. The New Orleans Pelicans, although struggling in the absence of Zion Williamson, still pose a formidable challenge with a top 10 defense. However, Luka’s impressive performance against the Pelicans in their previous two matchups (68.25 and 66 DK points) proves that he is a matchup-proof player.
Projected ownership and available value will play a big role in deciding whether or not to roster Luka, but his high floor near 60 points and potential for a monster score make him a top consideration for tonight’s lineup. With the Pelicans staying competitive, especially with Brandon Ingram back in the lineup, Luka’s floor remains near 60, a hard number to find elsewhere.
Kawhi Leonard DK $9,800 – FD $10,200
Kawhi Leonard has been a dominant force in his last 10 games, averaging 29.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2 steals per contest. He’s set to face the Bucks, who are known for giving up the league’s fifth-highest field goal percentage to small forwards, as well as the league’s sixth-most turnovers per game.
Recent performance of Leonard has been nothing short of impressive. Over the last six games, he’s consistently produced 44 or more DKFP with three games over 50 DKFP and a high of 60.5. He’s playing 37.1 minutes per game, scoring 30.5 points per game, grabbing 6.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2 steals and 0.8 blocks, while shooting 59% from the field, 48% from 3-point range and 91% from the free-throw line. All this while turning the ball over only once per game.
Tonight’s game between the Clippers and the Bucks has a total of 230.5 with the Clippers being 4-point underdogs on the road. This means that Leonard is likely to play full minutes with a high usage rate, making him a valuable choice for fantasy lineups.
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Nikola Vucevic DK $8,900 – FD $8,400
Nikola Vucevic, who plays center for the Chicago Bulls, presents an enticing option in today’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets have had trouble defending centers all season, giving up the most fantasy points in the league and setting new records in the process. This bodes well for Vucevic, who has scored at least 38 DraftKings (DK) points in 16 of his last 17 games and has been averaging 46 DK points per game in that span, including two recent games with 54 and 55 DK points.
If you’re looking for a consistent option, Vucevic fits the bill. With a game that has the second-highest total on the board, Vucevic will be facing a Hornets team that, while playing a bit better lately, still ranks 27th in defensive efficiency for the season. Despite holding Vucevic to one of his lowest fantasy outputs of the season in their last meeting, I wouldn’t be concerned, as this was only one of two games in which Vucevic has not reached 40 fantasy points since late December (17 games). Vucevic is the top center option on the slate and can be used in all formats.
Jamal Murray DK $7,700 – FD $8,100
Jamal Murray has been a force to be reckoned with recently, displaying his talent as an elite scorer. He’s recorded at least 22 points in 4 consecutive games, with a triple-double in the game before that. With the Warriors possibly resting starters tonight, Murray has the potential to maintain his impressive run of fantasy production. Even if the Warriors play at full strength, Denver has the depth to stay competitive.
In his last 12 games, Murray has scored 33 or more DraftKings points in 11 of them, with 10 of those being 40 or more. He’s averaging 42 DraftKings points in that span and looks poised to keep up that production against a Golden State team that ranks 26th against opposing point guards.
Furthermore, Murray has been putting up impressive stats lately, with 22.5 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 1.0 steal in his last 10 outings. He has the potential to perform even better against the Warriors, who give up the third most points per game to point guards. If Curry and Thompson are rested, the stage is set for Murray to shine even brighter.
Jimmy Butler DK $7,400 – FD $8,400
Jimmy Butler, also known as Jimmy Buckets, has been a reliable source of fantasy production all season long. His pricing on both DraftKings and FanDuel has been hovering around the $9K range for much of the season, but it has now dropped to a season-low $7,400 on DraftKings and $8,400 on FanDuel, making him a must-consider option for any fantasy lineup tonight. Despite facing a tough opponent in the New York Knicks, Butler has shown a great ability to produce, and his versatility as a player allows him to contribute in multiple statistical categories.
Over his last 10 games, Butler has been on fire, averaging 23.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while logging a high of 62.8 DK points. While he faces a challenging individual matchup at the power-forward position, he should find success with his mobility advantage against Julius Randle and his ability to get his shot going from long range. The Knicks give up the league’s second-most three-pointers per game, which gives Butler an even greater opportunity to produce.
Despite having a few injuries over the last few weeks, Butler has been showing no signs of slowing down. Over his last three games, he has been averaging 33.4 minutes and 26.7 points per game while shooting a blazing 57% from the field. He has recorded DK point totals of 49.5, 44.75 and 39.25, proving that he is fully healthy and capable of producing at a high level.
In conclusion, these are our top NBA DFS plays for DraftKings and FanDuel. Of course, be sure to keep an eye on the latest news and lineup changes, as the NBA is a volatile and fast-paced sport. We hope this article has provided valuable information to help you build your lineups and compete for cash prizes. Good luck and have fun!
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