DraftKings NBA picks November 15: The flames of James

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BOSTON – NOVEMBER 13: Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) puts up a second quarter shot. The Boston Celtics host the Washington Wizards in a regular season NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston on Nov. 13, 2019. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) /

DraftKings NBA Shooting Guards:

Best Bets:

Regardless of when Russ sits, James Harden is a valuable play. Harden has at least 62 DraftKings points in five straight games. Four of those are over 70. Don’t overthink this one. The usage for Harden will always be there. It’s Russ that you have to worry about.

I wasn’t really on Brad Beal against Boston and he explodes for 62.75 DraftKings points. This is a good matchup against Minnesota, and Beal is still pretty much all the Wizards have. He could be in for another big game here.

D’Angelo Russell didn’t exact revenge on his former team. Russell is the only guy keeping the Warriors competitive, but that doesn’t mean that he always hits value. Considering Russell is about the only offensive threat though, he has a high floor which makes him a strong cash game play.

Honorable Mention:

We haven’t seen Donovan Mitchell have a truly big game yet, but if you are watching, you notice that Mitchell’s floor is higher even if the ceiling is lower. I view Mitchell as more of a cash game option right now. Utah just doesn’t need him to do as much this year.

We have reached a point that we always seem to reach already. The point where Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic are the same price. Bogdan had a monster on Wednesday, but Buddy is still the starter and the more consistent play. That said, Bogdan proved that his ceiling is much higher. Use whichever fits your building style the best.

Luke Kennard is still notching a ton of minutes and he keeps hitting between 5 and 6x value. I’m still nervous to use him when both Rose and Griffin are healthy though. Kennard is bound to slow down at some point, and I’m afraid to own him when he does.

Dark Horses:

I get the allure of Marcus Smart. He will likely have a pretty good game again. That said, he’s not going to play 35 minutes against the Warriors. This may be a night to lean towards Brad Wanamaker instead, but there is always a big risk involved when building your lineup expecting a blowout.

My complaint with Malik Monk is pretty much the same as with Rozier and Grant. This is not an easy matchup. That said, Monk has taken off with Batum and Bacon out. Monk has 70.5 DraftKings points over the last two games. His price point is low enough that we can still take a shot with Monk even against a good defense. That’s not the case with the other guards on this team.

Both Austin Rivers and Ben McLemore saw upticks in minutes, but we know what to expect from McLemore. He’s never done anything special even when given minutes. If you must mess with this situation, Rivers is by far the better choice.