NBA FanDuel: Saturday Value Games




This article is part of our FanDuel NBA series.

FanDuel will use the standard practice of excluding previous matches from their main roster on Saturday, leaving us with a three-match offer that begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

SLATE OVERVIEW

BKN (-1.5) @ ATL O/U: 241.5

MIA (-2) against CHI O/U: 220

UTA (-1.5) @ GSW O/U: 218.5

A stars and scrubs approach is the best way to tackle this list due to the lack of playable options in the 6-7k range. Picking the right value options will be key here, and there are three clear paths for your elite builds, which focus on specific teams. Two-layer stacks can be made with Brooklyn, Utah, and Chicago elites with little difficulty.

KEY INJURIES

BKN Bruce Brown (illness) – DOUBTFUL

BKN Seth Curry (ankle) – DOUBTFUL

If Brown is sitting, James Johnson ($3,600) is an excellent budgetary pivot. If Curry is out, pivot to Patty Mills ($3,700).

ELITE PLAYERS

It’s time to give some love to Kyrie Irving ($9,200)and Kevin Durant ($10,800) should also excel with the highest salary on the slate against the Hawks, who will still be without the services of John Collins. Trae young ($9,900) is struggling with a groin issue but is expected to play against Brooklyn, and you have to love the fantastic potential on both sides with the narrow spread and projected total.

The Bulls and Heat face off in a great playoff-style preview game, so endorsing the best players in this game is also smart. While the central position is tied, the trio of DeMar DeRozan ($8,900), Zach LaVine ($7,000) and Jimmy Butler ($7,800) are all great options.

We’ll talk about the Warriors in a moment, but pulling Rudy Gobert ($8,300) and Donovan Mitchell ($8,100) against the Warriors should reap the benefits. Gobert presents a significant size shift for Golden State, and Mitchell should also find plenty of opportunities on the perimeter in front of Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson.

EXPECTED CHALK AND VALUE GAMES

STARTING WARRIORS

As Golden State faces an uphill battle against the Jazz, nearly every first-unit player holds favorable salaries relative to their production. Jordan Poole ($8,000), Otto Porter ($4,900) and Andrew Wiggins ($5,600) have played the Jazz three times with good averages in those games, but Klay Thompson ($7,000) and Draymond Green ($6,000) have yet to face Utah and provided Utah an extra wrinkle.

André DrummondBKN ($6,800) @ ATL

It’s nights like this where you wish FanDuel had a utilitarian spot, because the middle spot is full of great options. Drummond has to be considered because his salary is too cheap compared to his potential output, and while the game against Clint Capela is fairly even, he has put up some decent numbers against some of the league’s top centers over the two last weeks.

Alex CarusoCHI ($4,300) vs. MIA

Our next three recommendations will help us on our star-and-scrub journey. Caruso tallied 35.8 FDFP in one of his best games of the season before his extended absence. His numbers have been shaky since his return. but he’s currently logging around 30 minutes per game, giving him plenty of opportunities to post a positive number against the Heat.

P.J. TuckerMIA ($3,900) @ CHI

The Heat could be missing front-row second-unit players tonight, adding to what is already a favorable game streak for Tucker. His knee issue will continue to be a problem, but he seems to be up to the job against the Bulls. Over three games, he averaged 22.1 FDFP, including one of his best games of the season (34.7 FDFP). It doesn’t need to do much to hit value, and it’s important to remember that we’re executing these deep dives to maximize our elite exposure, nothing more.

Nemanja BjelicaGSW ($3,700) vs. UTA

It’s a pure instinct game, but I suspect Gobert will start to dominate the small-ball setup the Warriors use, and Golden State will need a bigger setup as the game progresses. Luckily for us, Bjelica carries power forward eligibility, making him a much easier addition to our rosters. These low cost options come with a lot of variance, but if we want three or more elites in our lineups, we have to hit certain spots. While there are other budget options, Caruso, Tucker, and Bjelica are great ways to spend elsewhere.

Also consider: Royce O’NealeUTA ($3,700) @GSW

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