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DraftKings NBA: Saturday Cheat Sheet

Mike Barner

Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. He currently focuses on the NBA. Before RotoWire, Mike wrote for KFFL.com.

Saturday brings seven games on the NBA schedule, six of which make up the main slate on DraftKings. The Warriors, Sixers and Bucks are all in action, leaving plenty of high-end talent to choose from for your entry. Here are some players to consider across the price scale that will hopefully help you end the night with some extra money in your pocket.

Guards

Eric Bledsoe, MIL at ORL ($7,100): Bledsoe is on a hot streak, scoring at least 43.3 DraftKings points in each of the last three games. Heís been one of the focal points of the Bucks offense, with his 27.3% usage rate ranking second-highest on the team behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Magic allow the most DraftKings points per game (49.8) to opposing point guards, giving Bledsoe excellent upside in this contest.

Denzel Valentine, CHI vs. WAS ($4,900): Valentine has provided an offensive sparkplug off the bench for the Bulls, scoring at least 23.8 DraftKings points in four of his last six games. He could see an expanded role in the offense Saturday with both Kris Dunn (concussion) and Zach LaVine (rest) ruled out. Heís played at least 30 minutes in a game 20 times this season, averaging 13.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.9 three-pointers in those contests. At this price, he could be well worth the risk Saturday.

D.J. Augustin, ORL vs. MIL ($4,700): With the Magic trading Elfrid Payton to the Suns, Augustin started and played 35 minutes Thursday against the Hawks. He took full advantage of his new role, scoring 40.3 DraftKings points. Although heíll face a tougher defense in the Bucks on Saturday, he can still provide value based on his increased playing time.

Forwards

LaMarcus Aldridge, SA at GS ($8,200): Kawhi Leonard (quad) is still sidelined for the Spurs, leaving Aldridge to shoulder the load offensively. Heís scored at least 23 points in three of his last four games and his 28.5% usage rate ranks inside the top-25 in the league. The Warriors play at the second-fastest pace (102.5 possessions per game) in the league, so the added opportunities for Aldridge leaves him with a high upside Saturday.

Lauri Markkanen, CHI vs. WAS ($6,300): Like Valentine, Markkanen should benefit from the absence of Dunn and LaVine. He played 36 minutes Friday against the Timberwolves, but only ended up taking seven shot attempts as LaVine had the hot hand offensively. Look for Markkanen to take more shots and have a rebound performance against the Wizards, leaving him as a valuable mid-tier option to consider for your entry.

Mario Hezonja, ORL vs. MIL ($5,500): Aaron Gordon (hip) will be sidelined again Saturday, leaving Hezonja with added playing time. Hezonja has scored at least 26 DraftKings points in five of the last six games with Gordon out, playing at least 25 minutes in all six contests. While his upside isnít very high, Hezonja is still a viable option at this price.

Centers

Nikola Jokic, DEN at PHO ($9,300): Jokic continues to be a reliable option in DFS, scoring at least 40.8 DraftKings points in 10 of his last 13 games. Heís only averaging 16.5 points per game this season, but his ability to contribute in multiple categories is what gives him a high floor. In two previous games against the Suns this season, Jokic averaged 14.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.5 three-pointers per contest. Donít hesitate to get him into your lineup Saturday.

Julius Randle, LAL at DAL ($7,000): The Lakers had a logjam in their frontcourt, but helped to free up some playing time by dealing Larry Nance Jr. to the Cavaliers. Randle played 28 minutes in a blowout win over the Thunder in his first game without Nance on Thursday, finishing with 28 DraftKings points. Randle crushed the Mavericks for 42.8 DraftKings points in their first meeting this season and is someone to consider using in their rematch Saturday.

John Henson, MIL at ORL ($5,300): The Bucks did not make an upgrade at center during the trade deadline, leaving Henson as their starter moving forward. His ceiling isnít very high, but he has scored at last 21.5 DraftKings points in seven of his last eight games. If you are looking to save money at center, Henson is a viable option.

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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. Mike Barner plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: mbarner, DraftKings: mbarner51 .