Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Lakers
Emmanuel Mudiay- DK:$4900 FD: $4500
Much like the Denver Nuggets, the LA Lakers struggle to guard the opposing team’s Points Guards. In fact the Lakers are in the bottom 5 on both DraftKings & Fanduel when it comes to average DFS points against. On DK they allow 57.7 average DraftKings points against, and 46.0 average Fanduel points against vs Point Guards. Mudiay is coming off a nice performance last night vs the Magic, 18 points and 13 assists, and will look carry that momentum with him into Staples Center tonight. Another thing that will benefit Mudiay is the fact that it should be an up-tempo, high scoring game. Neither teams play very good defense which should allow Mudiay to be involved in many scoring plays. While you should be hesitant to use Mudiay, it seems like he could have a little momentum going and a very favorable matchup vs D’Angelo Russell and the rest of the Lakers.
Gary Harris- DK:$4800 FD:$4800
Will Barton- DK:$5600 FD:$4800
Yet another matchup that the guards for the Nuggets should look to exploit as the Lakers perimeter defense is very sub-par. On Fanduel the Lakers allow an average of 36.4 Fanduel points against, which is the 11th worst in the league. On DraftKings, LA is also 11th worst in the league vs Shooting Guards, allowing 42.5 Draftkings points against. It is worth monitoring Gary Harris, whose injury-plagued season continues as he is listed as questionable for tonight’s game. If he cannot play than expect Barton’s usage rate to increase, resulting in more touches overall. If both can suit up and play they have great upside with their price being so low. If Harris is out, Barton becomes one of the better value plays on tonight’s slate.
Wilson Chandler- DK:$6700 FD:$5800
Danilo Gallinari- DK:$6000 FD:$5900
Same story different position, the Lakers do not guard opposing Small Forwards well, and Gallinari and Chandler find themselves with matchups they should be able to exploit. The Lakers once again are in the bottom 5 of the association when it comes to average DFS points against, this time vs the Small Forward position. The Lakers, third worst on Fanduel, allow 39.6 DFS points against. While they allow 45.1 average DFS points on DraftKings, that is also the third worst in the entire league. The two get to go up against Luol Deng, who not only has an ongoing battle with father time, but also has to deal with a mixture of both Chandler and Gallinari. Both have been playing pretty well as of late and should be players you should look into when it comes to putting your lineup together.
Nikola Jokić- DK:$8100 FD:$8500
At this point the only thing I should have to write about Nikola Jokić is very short and simple. Play the man every time the Nuggets play. Your window to play Jokić before he gets into the $9000 plus price range is closing, and it’s closing fast. Throw in the fact that the Lakers are the bottom five on both sites when it comes to guarding opposing Centers, and you get a game in which Jokić should go off. Old friend Timofey Mozgov will be tasked to trying to slow down the Serbian, but expect Mozgov to get help a lot of the time when Jokić is in the post. This allows for Jokic to pass out of the double as he does so well, and should help him rack up the assists. Jokic is coming off his 13th double-double of the season which saw him score a career-high 30 points while adding 11 rebounds and 5 assists. As he continues to flirt with triple-doubles, Jokić seems like one of the best plays overall on today’s slate.