DraftKings NBA: Monday Cheat Sheet

DraftKings NBA: Monday Cheat Sheet

This article is part of our DraftKings NBA series.

Team Analysis

Defense to Avoid:
Detroit Pistons
vs. Chicago Bulls
It's always tough when a top defensive team (Cavaliers) takes on the best offensive team (Warriors), so while Cleveland has the most elite defense Monday, it's hard to trust them against Golden State. The Bulls are coming off a dreadful offensive performance against the Mavericks, scoring just 77 points on 36 percent shooting from the field. When Derrick Rose is healthy that usually affects Jimmy Butler negatively, which subsequently affects the Bulls' offense overall (because Butler is practically their entire offense). The Pistons have improved defensively and are allowing just 204.4 fantasy points per game this season, which is good for sixth in the NBA.

Offense to Use:
Boston Celtics
at Dallas Mavericks
We all know how the Mavericks love to rest their veteran players when they've got a lot of games in a short period of time, so chances are their lineup will be unimposing Monday considering they played the Spurs in San Antonio on Sunday. Behind the Warriors, the Celtics offer the highest-scoring offense in terms of DraftKings' fantasy points at 220.3 per game. Boston is on a three-game winning streak and averaging 103 points per game over that span. It's also a plus that none of the Celtics' players will break your bank.

Teams on Back-to-Backs:
First game: Pelicans
Second game: Mavericks, Rockets

Daily Player Recommendations

Point Guard
Kyle Lowry, TOR vs. BKN ($8,700):
In keeping with the mantra that it's always good to pay up for point guards, Lowry is the easy option against a Nets team that is getting torched by opposing floor generals this season. Matchup aside, Lowry has scored more than 40 fantasy points in seven straight games. With 10 games taking place Monday, Lowry comes in as the fifth-highest priced PG and is $1,800 less than Stephen Curry, who always has high ownership regardless of matchup. Lowry is probably a more appealing cash-game play, but when you're almost guaranteed to score over 40 fantasy points, why turn that down in tournaments?

Other suggestions: Reggie Jackson, DET vs. CHI ($7,000); Jeff Teague, ATL vs. ORL ($5,800)

Shooting Guard
Bradley Beal, WAS at POR ($6,700):
Soon enough Beal's price will be extremely low considering how many minutes he's playing. But that minutes restriction didn't stop him from scoring 22 points and draining four 3-pointers against the Pacers on Saturday, finishing with 30.75 fantasy points. Beal was held out of Saturday's game, so he should be pretty fresh when the Wizards travel to Portland to take on a Trail Blazers squad that got blown out by the 76ers a few nights ago. He is a bit risky, but that's exactly what you want when it comes to putting together tournament lineups, so consider Beal a contrarian play that could pay dividends and won't cost much.

Other suggestions: DeMar DeRozan, TOR vs. BKN ($8,100); Jamal Crawford, LAC vs. HOU ($4,500)

Small Forward
Jae Crowder, BOS at DAL ($6,600):
Crowder has been the standard of consistency at the small forward position, yet his price tag never gets insanely expensive. As mentioned above, the Celtics are an appealing offense to use and Crowder should see a high usage rate as the Mavericks usually struggle on defense in the second game of a back-to-back.

Other suggestions: Marcus Morris, DET vs. CHI ($5,400); Chandler Parsons, DAL vs. BOS ($5,300)

Power Forward
Trey Lyles, UTA at CHA ($5,000):
With the Jazz so banged up at the power forward spot, Lyles has really taken off as an extreme value play. He's a bit more costly on DraftKings but is still incredibly affordable considering he's scored in double figures in three straight games for an average of 27.5 fantasy points per game. The Hornets are allowing 48.8 fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards this season, and as long as Derrick Favors (back) and Trevor Booker (concussion) remain out, Lyles should see the majority of that playing time.

Other suggestions: Taj Gibson, CHI at DET ($5,800); Amir Johnson, BOS at DAL ($5,300)

Center
Marc Gasol, MEM vs. NO ($7,600):
Gasol put on an offensive showcase Saturday against the Knicks, scoring a season-high 37 while finishing with 57 fantasy points. The Pelicans have had a lot of trouble against opposing centers this season and Gasol provides elite production as the fifth-highest priced player at his position Monday. Point guard Mike Conley has been nursing an Achilles injury which may hold him out of a seventh consecutive game, which would be great for Gasol considering it makes him even more of a focal point in the offense.

Other suggestions: Jonas Valanciunas, TOR vs. BKN ($6,100); Rudy Gobert, UTA at CHA ($6,300)

Injury Report

Out
Blake Griffin, LAC (quad)
Jarrett Jack, BKN (knee)
Victor Oladipo, ORL (knee)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, BKN (ankle)
Joakim Noah, CHI (shoulder)
Kirk Hinrich, CHI (quad)
DeMarre Carroll, TOR (knee)
Mike Dunleavy, CHI (back)
Al Jefferson, CHA (knee)
Jameer Nelson, DEN (wrist)
Donatas Motiejunas, HOU (back)

Game-Time Decision
DeAndre Jordan, LAC (illness)
Mike Conley, MEM (Achilles)
Derrick Favors, UTA (back)
Otto Porter, WAS (hip)
Jeremy Lamb, CHA (toe)
Mo Williams, CLE (personal)
Brandon Jennings, DET (ankle)
James McAdoo, GSW (toe)
Patrick Beverley, HOU (ankle)

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Benjamin Zweiman plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: Fanduel: packattack521, DraftKings: bzweiman521.
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