NBA DFS TARGETS (12/22)

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A few games to look at on the NBA slate tonight so if you’re looking to enter a DFS contest tonight you’ll notice a few good names on the board. We’re here to help you narrow this field down to the most valuable lineup possible. Check out the guys we think should be included in your lineup tonight.

Nikola Jokic (DEN) – We know that you don’t need to be told Jokic is a good target but he makes tonight’s list merely as a point of emphasis. In the early parts of the season he has definitely began a strong campaign for MVP and tonight he in a great spot to continue raking in the numbers. He’s good for more than 1.6 fantasy points per minute and tonight he’s expected to see a significant boost in the time he spends on the floor. He’s also expected to be guarded by an inferiors defensive opponent in Derrick Flavors who has one of the worst DVPs in the field tonight. Jokic has been included in 100% of our lineups on both FD and DK and even though he’s one of the most expensive options on the board you can expect him to be well worth it. His ownership is going to be inflated and on a 5 game slate he’s probably a better cash play than GPP but we think he’s a target regardless.

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Nikola Jokic

Denver Nuggets

Salary: 11,600 11,600
FPPG: 55.61 58.60
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
DEN @ PHI Sat, 28 Jan 2023, 3:00PM ET 11,600 46.10 11,600 49.00
DEN @ NOP Tue, 24 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 11,600 53.20 11,600 59.75
MIN @ DEN Wed, 18 Jan 2023, 10:00PM ET 11,500 63.70 11,400 69.25
POR @ DEN Tue, 17 Jan 2023, 9:00PM ET 11,500 67.40 12,000 73.00
ORL @ DEN Sun, 15 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 11,600 55.00 N/a 59.50
PHX @ DEN Wed, 11 Jan 2023, 10:00PM ET 11,500 56.10 11,600 59.00
LAL @ DEN Mon, 9 Jan 2023, 9:00PM ET 11,400 53.20 11,700 58.75
CLE @ DEN Fri, 6 Jan 2023, 9:00PM ET 11,300 63.00 11,800 69.75
LAC @ DEN Thu, 5 Jan 2023, 10:00PM ET 11,500 33.70 11,800 34.00
DEN @ MIN Mon, 2 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 11,600 42.90 11,700 48.25
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2022 REG DEN 25.1 10.9 9.9 1.4 0.6 33.5
2021 PST DEN 31.0 13.2 5.8 1.6 1.0 34.2
2021 REG DEN 27.1 13.7 7.9 1.5 0.9 33.5
2020 PST DEN 29.8 11.6 5.0 0.6 0.9 34.5
2020 REG DEN 26.4 10.8 8.3 1.3 0.7 34.6
Date Team Game Score Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk Min FD FPts DK FPts
28 Jan 2023 DEN DEN @ PHI 119:126 24 8 9 0 2 38:19 46.10 49.00
24 Jan 2023 DEN DEN @ NOP 99:98 25 11 10 1 0 36:5 53.20 59.75
18 Jan 2023 DEN MIN @ DEN 118:122 31 11 13 1 0 31:12 63.70 69.25
17 Jan 2023 DEN POR @ DEN 113:122 36 12 10 1 1 34:28 67.40 73.00
15 Jan 2023 DEN ORL @ DEN 116:119 17 10 14 2 1 34:47 55.00 59.50
11 Jan 2023 DEN PHX @ DEN 97:126 21 18 9 1 0 28:18 56.10 59.00
9 Jan 2023 DEN LAL @ DEN 109:122 14 11 16 1 1 35:9 53.20 58.75
6 Jan 2023 DEN CLE @ DEN 108:121 28 15 10 2 0 35:23 63.00 69.75
5 Jan 2023 DEN LAC @ DEN 91:122 12 6 9 1 0 24:11 33.70 34.00
2 Jan 2023 DEN DEN @ MIN 111:124 24 7 9 2 0 33:17 42.90 48.25

Kevin Love (CLE) – Depending on what sight you utilize, Love may be the most heavily targeted player on the slate. This of course takes a lot of value away when it comes to GPP but for cash he’s a green light. He’s our #2 start on the board tonight just behind Jokic which is interesting given the difference in price. Love is a far better play for salary based value because if started you can expect a near 6.1x return on your investment. His listed salary isn’t one he’s necessarily exceeded in production in recent performances but tonight his matchup is favorable and his minutes will be boosted. Robert Williams also ranks near the bottom when it comes to DVP on tonight’s board which means if Love is on his game, it could be a very long night. On his own he generates about 1.1 fantasy points per minute and tonight he’s been included in no less than 95% of our lineups.

Next game:

LAC @ CLE

Time:

Sun, 29th Jan, 07:00PM ET

Odds:

CLE -10.0 / O/U 214.0

PF

Kevin Love

Cleveland Cavaliers

Salary: 4,000 3,700
FPPG: 19.32 20.90
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
CLE @ NYK Tue, 24 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 4,300 1.50 3,600 1.50
MIL @ CLE Sat, 21 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 4,400 13.40 3,900 14.25
GSW @ CLE Fri, 20 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 4,400 17.80 3,800 20.50
CLE @ MEM Wed, 18 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 4,400 7.20 4,100 7.75
NOP @ CLE Mon, 16 Jan 2023, 3:00PM ET 4,500 16.10 N/a 17.50
CLE @ MIN Sat, 14 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 4,500 16.60 N/a 19.00
CLE @ POR Thu, 12 Jan 2023, 10:00PM ET 4,900 7.20 5,000 7.50
CLE @ UTA Tue, 10 Jan 2023, 9:00PM ET 5,100 18.30 5,000 18.75
CLE @ PHX Sun, 8 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 5,600 8.80 5,300 9.00
CLE @ DEN Fri, 6 Jan 2023, 9:00PM ET 5,600 25.20 5,300 25.50
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2022 REG CLE 8.5 6.8 1.9 0.2 0.1 20.0
2021 PST CLE 8.5 8.5 0.5 1.0 0 20.0
2021 REG CLE 13.6 7.3 2.2 0.4 0.2 22.5
2020 REG CLE 12.2 7.4 2.5 0.6 0.1 25.0
Date Team Game Score Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk Min FD FPts DK FPts
24 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ NYK 103:105 0 0 1 0 0 12:5 1.50 1.50
21 Jan 2023 CLE MIL @ CLE 102:114 5 7 0 0 0 18:27 13.40 14.25
20 Jan 2023 CLE GSW @ CLE 120:114 12 4 2 0 0 20:40 17.80 20.50
18 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ MEM 114:115 6 1 0 0 0 9:9 7.20 7.75
16 Jan 2023 CLE NOP @ CLE 103:113 4 8 3 0 0 15:34 16.10 17.50
14 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ MIN 102:110 6 8 2 0 0 20:4 16.60 19.00
12 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ POR 119:113 0 6 0 0 0 15:1 7.20 7.50
10 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ UTA 114:116 6 9 1 0 0 18:21 18.30 18.75
8 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ PHX 112:98 4 4 0 0 0 17:54 8.80 9.00
6 Jan 2023 CLE CLE @ DEN 108:121 10 6 4 1 0 23:47 25.20 25.50

Marcus Smart (BOS) – From a DFS standpoint Smart has been in a slight slump when looking at his last few performances and as a result has received a slight drop in listed salary. This opens up a window to obtain value on the Celtics point guard who is in a great spot to get back on track tonight. He’s likely expected to be matched up against Cedi Osman who allows his guarded players about 4% more fantasy points per minute then their average and although there are no signs he’ll be on the floor any extra tonight, he should be able to seize the opportunities as they come his way. He’s currently averaging just .89 fantasy points per minute but tonight if started you can expect about a 5.4x return on your investment which on a night like tonight is top tier at his position. As a result of this he’s been targeted in a very high percentage of our lineups on both platforms recommend giving him a look tonight. His projected ownership also drops off slightly from where most of our other top targets are sitting which brings more appeal his way for GPP contests.

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Marcus Smart

Boston Celtics

Salary: 6,300 6,600
FPPG: 28.76 29.50
Projection: Upgrade
Pr/$: Upgrade
Game Date FD Salary FD FPts DK Salary DK FPts
BOS @ TOR Sat, 21 Jan 2023, 5:00PM ET 6,300 10.40 N/a 11.00
GSW @ BOS Thu, 19 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 6,300 38.00 6,500 37.75
BOS @ CHA Mon, 16 Jan 2023, 1:00PM ET 6,400 23.80 N/a 25.00
BOS @ CHA Sat, 14 Jan 2023, 7:00PM ET 6,400 37.40 N/a 39.50
BOS @ BRO Thu, 12 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 5,700 40.20 5,700 43.00
BOS @ SAS Sat, 7 Jan 2023, 6:00PM ET 6,000 13.40 N/a 14.50
BOS @ DAL Thu, 5 Jan 2023, 7:30PM ET 6,000 26.50 6,000 28.75
BOS @ OKL Tue, 3 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 6,300 23.80 6,000 24.50
BOS @ DEN Sun, 1 Jan 2023, 8:00PM ET 6,500 22.50 6,000 22.25
LAC @ BOS Thu, 29 Dec 2022, 7:30PM ET 6,300 40.10 6,000 39.75
Season Period Team Pts/G Reb/G Ast/G Stl/G Blk/G Min/G
2022 REG BOS 11.1 3.4 7.2 1.3 0.4 32.5
2021 PST BOS 15.4 4.5 5.9 1.2 0.2 36.2
2021 REG BOS 12.1 3.8 5.9 1.7 0.3 32.4
2020 PST BOS 16.0 4.0 6.0 1.0 0.2 36.3
2020 REG BOS 13.1 3.5 5.7 1.5 0.5 33.0
Date Team Game Score Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk Min FD FPts DK FPts
21 Jan 2023 BOS BOS @ TOR 106:104 2 2 4 0 1 15:34 10.40 11.00
19 Jan 2023 BOS GSW @ BOS 118:121 18 5 4 3 1 37:35 38.00 37.75
16 Jan 2023 BOS BOS @ CHA 130:118 10 4 6 0 1 30:52 23.80 25.00
14 Jan 2023 BOS BOS @ CHA 122:106 13 2 12 2 0 35:38 37.40 39.50
12 Jan 2023 BOS BOS @ BRO 109:98 16 6 10 2 0 35:51 40.20 43.00
7 Jan 2023 BOS BOS @ SAS 121:116 5 2 4 0 1 21:33 13.40 14.50
5 Jan 2023 BOS BOS @ DAL 124:95 15 5 3 1 0 33:52 26.50 28.75
3 Jan 2023 BOS BOS @ OKL 117:150 7 4 8 0 1 25:34 23.80 24.50
1 Jan 2023 BOS BOS @ DEN 111:123 4 5 7 1 0 31:19 22.50 22.25
29 Dec 2022 BOS LAC @ BOS 110:116 17 3 9 2 1 37:10 40.10 39.75