The six-game slate last night was a tasty appetizer to the huge 11-game NBA slate on Friday night as the rest of the league gets back into action following the All-Star break. With the time off from the break teams are getting more healthy which makes finding value increasingly difficult despite the large slate. So, unless something changes before tipoff, I’m looking to take more of a balanced approach to lineup construction forgoing the high-priced studs. Note that if I was to find the money to pay up for one stud it would be James Harden. Also, keep in mind that these recommendations are slated toward DraftKings pricing and on a night where every penny counts watch for different value options depending on the site you play on.
The grid below is a snapshot of today’s slate that shows the overall rating for each position for each team. The numbers highlighted in red are the positions that are in the top 25% of their position for the slate and indicate good plays. Meanwhile, the numbers highlighted in blue are the positions that are in the bottom 25% of their respective position for the slate and are positions to avoid.