Here’s a short recap for Dec. 31:
Due to the blowout nature of the Denver-Houston game, Michael Porter, Jr., Chris Clemons, and Eric Gordon fizzled. Clemons is essentially a streaming option in case Russell Westbrook is not good to go so you can leave him in the conversation. Moreover, James Harden did suit up limiting more minutes at the backcourt.
On the other hand, Rudy Gay, who has been playing well the past thee games was held to around 8 FP in 19 minutes in an overtime game against the Warriors. Bryn Forbes, Dejounte Murray, and Patty Mills got their games going while Derrick White was productive in 26 minutes so that should explain why Gay shot only three times from the field and basically did nothing.
That leaves Damion Lee as the only positive among the best bargain recommendations for Dec. 31, but I don’t really feel proud about it since I have already mentioned he is worth over 6,000 dollars at DK. While there are more hits than misses this time around, that should not stop us from hunting more bargains now, should it?
Here are 3 more suggestions for the four Wednesday games:
1.) Jordan McRae, PG/SG, Washington Wizards
McRae is the primary benefactor of Bradley Beal‘s absence and played out of his mind in the victory against the Heat. While I don’t think he can replicate the 29-4-8 and two-steal performance he showed vs Miami, there is a real chance coach Scott Brooks could put Beal in a minutes restriction if he decides to return against the Magic.
The only problem I have with McRae is that he is priced at $5,800 at DraftKings, which is pretty high for my taste. However, that $15 tag at Yahoo is more to my liking.
If you want to go to other directions, the Wizards is essentially a bargain mine with all of the injuries to the roster. Ian Mahinmi played well the last time while Troy Brown and Gary Payton II remain decent streaming options. If you’re feeling ultra lucky, then feel free to pick up Garison Matthews and see if he can follow up on that 28-point performance vs Miami.
2.) Kyle Kuzma, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers
Yahoo: $10; DraftKings: $4,600
Kuz is having a roller coaster of a season, dropping at least 30 FP in the three of the past six and then registering a dud in the win vs Dallas.
Not the kind of guy if you want sure wins but consider this fact: Kuzma has played so well against Phoenix for his career and that he has been averaging 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.8 treys at almost 50% shooting in eight games vs the Suns since 2017, according to NBA.com/stats.
Rolling the dice on Kuzma is high risk and high reward but isn’t that the name of this game in the first place?
3.) Aron Baynes, C, Phoenix Suns
Yahoo: $13; DraftKings: $4,700
Baynes has been back to playing 30 minutes a night and while the Suns do have DeAndre Ayton in the fold, the fact that he has been on the shelf for so long plus the ankle injury he suffered lately still has him on a restriction.
The Aussie, however, has strung one solid game after another and has registered at least 21 FP in each of the past five games.
Other notes: Gorgui Dieng is not exactly a bargain but with Karl-Anthony Towns still shelved, he still has the potential to outdo his current salary ($25 at Yahoo and $6,400 at DraftKings).
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