NBA Value Street
By: Derek White
Here are five players, one at each position, who have great chances to provide value tonight based on factors such as matchup, recent performance and increased playing time.
Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics (@DET, 7PM ET)
Kyrie has been heating up lately. After dealing with an injury and sitting out Mondays’ game, the Celtics point guard has since recovered nicely, putting up 62 points in a two-game span. Last nights game against the Hawks almost seemed like a joke, with the Celtics winning by 21 points and Kyrie scoring 24 points in only 24 minutes. Not having to exert himself as much in that Hawks game should benefit Kyrie tonight on the second leg of a back to back. He faces a Pistons team that ranks 23rd in defending point guards, and they have recently struggled to contain other top point guards such as Kemba Walker and Ben Simmons.
Justin Holiday, Chicago Bulls (@SA, 8:30PM ET)
With Zach LaVine doubtful for Saturday’s game against the Spurs, Holiday will be looked upon to be a primary scoring option for the Bulls. Holiday has already seen his usage tick up the last few games, and put together an 18-point, three steal performance on Thursday. He is tied for fourth in the NBA with 1.8 steals per game, so his defensive consistency combined with added offensive opportunities in the absence of LaVine, should equal nice value.
Danuel House, Houston Rockets (@MEM, 8PM ET)
With James Ennis being sidelined with a hamstring strain, House filled in nicely on Thursday, scoring an efficient 15 points over 29 minutes. Ennis is out for at least one week and Eric Gordon is questionable for tonight’s game against Memphis, so House will continue to be relied upon to play major minutes. House doesn’t provide much else outside of his scoring, but his price at $3700 on Draft Kings and $3600 on FanDuel, provides good value for a player that should be logging starter type minutes.
Richaun Holmes, Phoenix Suns (vs. Min, 9PM ET)
Holmes has been one of the lone bright spots on a Suns team that is just trying to hold on for dear life. The back up big man has provided some sneaky value, averaging 11.5 points, five rebounds, and 2.3 blocks over his last four games. You would like to see his rebound numbers be a little higher for a player his size, but the consistent blocks give him a nice floor. The price tag on FanDuel at $5000 might be a little high, but his $4000 Draft Kings price is very reasonable. Also, with news just breaking about Trevor Ariza being traded to the Wizards for Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers, the Suns may be a little shorthanded tonight which could mean more work for Holmes.
Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder (vs. LAC, 9 PM ET)
You could make an argument that Steven Adams has been the best player on the Thunder over the last week. He has scored 20 plus points in five out of the last six games, and continues to be a force on the glass and defensive end. His price continues to hover around the $6500-$6900 mark, and he has a great positional matchup against a Clippers team that ranks 29th in defending centers. Look for Adams to continue providing solid value for the Thunder and DFS lineups