Ariel Epstein breaks down her top plays for the NBA DFS slate on Friday, Jan. 7
ARIEL EPSTEIN: Welcome to the Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy in the NBA. I'm the Prop Queen, Ariel Epstein. It is Friday, January 7, and I've got three different plays for you in NBA DFS.
Let's start with the $30 play. That's for the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland. Garland is averaging just under 20 points per game. He's also up against a really good match-up and a bottom 10 defense, the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blazers allow the fourth most points per game to their opponents. When facing bottom 10 defenses, Garland is averaging just under 20 points, just under three rebounds, and just over eight assists. I'm putting Darius Garland in my lineup tonight.
For my second play, it's a value play. I'm putting the point guard, the backup point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson in my lineup for $23. Brunson is going to get starting time, considering yesterday the Mavericks said that Luka Doncic, the leading scorer on this team is doubtful.
Against the Golden State Warriors, earlier this week, Doncic suffered a right ankle sprain. Well, if you're already going to rule out your leading scorer doubtful 24 hours before the game, I'm going to say that Brunson's starting at point tonight.
That said, without Luka Doncic, Brunson is averaging just over 20 points, just under four rebounds, and just under eight assists. I'm going to use some starting value out of that $23 and put Jalen Brunson in my lineup.
Another value play is to another guard. And for $15, I'm playing one of the hottest hands on the Lakers, Malik Monk. Monk has been doing great ever since he's come out of COVID protocols. He's averaging just under 21 points per game.
The match-up works for him, too, because the Atlanta Hawks are his opposition, and they've been allowing for the seventh most points per game. Monk came off the bench to start the season, got some starting time after he came out of health and safety protocols, and he's been rocking it. For $15, he's worth a value play tonight.
Here's your NBA DFS recap. I'm putting Darius Garland in my lineup for $30. $23 dollars, great value on a starting point guard in Jalen Brunson. $15, Lakers shooting guard Malik Monk is going in my lineup tonight. That's it for me, your Prop Queen, Ariel Epstein here in NBA Daily Fantasy. Good luck in your tournaments tonight.