DraftKings NBA picks February 29: A.D.’s going for 80

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DraftKings NBA Point Guards:

Best Bets:

Trae Young ($10,300): The Hawks have had nine back-to-back sets so far this year. Young was awful in the second night of the first two, putting up just 27.25 DraftKings points in those two games combined. Since then he has averaged 49.4 DraftKings points in the second night of back-to-backs. That’s not a ringing endorsement but considering the fact that he put up 65.5 DraftKings points on the Blazers the first time around and the fact that Lillard is out, I see Trae coming in well over that average.

Russell Westbrook ($10,100): Both Russ and Harden had good games against Boston the first time around. Westbrook put up 59.5 DraftKings points against them back on the 11th and that was with Kemba playing. The upside should be even better with Kemba out. I can see both Russ and Harden having good games again. They should both be worth the money with Harden having a little more upside.

Honorable Mention:

Malcolm Brogdon ($7,000): This is an interesting one since Indiana is mostly healthy now with the exception of Lamb. Brogdon has racked up 100.5 DraftKings points in the two games against Cleveland so far and he took 20 shots on Thursday. So what if most of them didn’t go in? I’m more concerned about volume here. Brogdon’s shot attempts went up more than anyone’s with Lamb gone. He could be in for a nice game here.

Kendrick Nunn ($5,700): Nunn has earned our trust back. He was struggling in February, but strong games against Cleveland and Minnesota followed by another against a good Mavericks backcourt have me believing again. The Nets haven’t been good guarding the point all season whether Kyrie was in or not. Nunn should have another strong game here.

Goran Dragic ($5,500): Dragic has been putting up really good numbers with Nunn lately. They both battled minor injuries and a slump but seem to be getting on track at the right time. Dragic was still starting the first couple of times Miami played the Nets. He had 63.5 DraftKings points in 59 minutes over those games. Expect some of that production to go to Nunn, but Dragic should still be close to 30 DraftKings points.

Dark Horses:

Rajon Rondo ($4,200): Thursday didn’t show us much about how the Lakers will look if LeBron is out again. They blew out the Warriors by 30 and A.D. only played about 25 minutes. Rondo played 26 and put up 29 DraftKings points. I’m only using Rondo if LeBron sits. Caruso might be the guy to use if LeBron plays, as strange as that sounds.

Derrick White ($4,100): This Spurs guard situation is a tough one to figure out. Murray has gone cold, hitting just three shots over the last two games combined. That has allowed for more playing time for White and Mills. White did the most with it, and point guards have shredded Orlando of late. I could make a case for any of the three, which likely means to stay far away from this. If throwing a dart, White seems to be the safest.