We have a 10-game slate of NBA action on Saturday night, and there are plenty of big prizes up for grabs on DraftKings and FanDuel. The Five and Dime highlights several players that will likely be part of winning lineups, and one "sleeper" selection that could jettison a GPP lineup towards the top of the leaderboard.
Injuries are the mother of opportunity in NBA DFS and the Pelicans are most likely going to be missing both of their starting guards for a third consecutive game tonight. Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore are doubtful to suit up at Staples Center on Saturday, which leaves Tim Frazier to start alongside rookie Buddy Hield, but the biggest beneficiary has been Galloway. He's combined to produce 45 points, 4 assists and 62.75 DK points (57 FD points) while playing 64 minutes over his last two appearances and he's definitely going to be a worthwhile value play if he's seeing that amount of run regardless of the tough matchup on paper against an elite Clippers defense.
It's virtually the same situation tonight for Miami with just nine healthy bodies available unless Josh Richardson (ankle) is suddenly ready to play. If Richardson remains out along with Dion Waiters, James Johnson and others, McGruder will continue to play huge minutes and see plenty of opportunities. He's logged at least 31 minutes in 9 of his last 10 appearances and seems to be an even safer play than teammate Wayne Ellington because he doesn't necessarily depend on scoring to produce FPs, as he's averaging 5.8 RPG, 3 APG and 1.3 SPG over his last 6 appearances. The Bulls actually give up an above average 38.21 FPPG to opposing SGs this season and McGruder is a young player who will play big minutes whether this game remains close or turns into a blowout.
Given the circumstances, you might've expected Miami head coach Eric Spoelstra to roll with Williams a bit more heavily earlier, but it's taken some time for him to trust the Arizona product at all. Williams finally got his feet wet last night during a blowout loss at Cleveland, producing 17 points and 23.7 FPs over 31 minutes of run, and that's a scenario that could unfold once again with Chicago (-10.5) capable of wiping the floor with the shorthanded Heat as well. Even if the game stays relatively close, Williams should see 20-25 minutes with both Justise Winslow (wrist) and James Johnson (shoulder) unavailable tonight and he's worth a look as a true punt play on either main DFS site.
Although Powell nearly turned in a massive dud last night, as he got into early foul trouble and just managed to meet value with a solid fourth quarter, he's still worth consideration at this modest price tag. He remained efficient with 14 points on 6 FG attempts and he's now shooting 57.8% (26-of-45) from the floor while averaging 11.3 PPG over his last 6 appearances. Dallas is only going to depend on the young forward more with Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut both out indefinitely and a matchup at the fast-paced Rockets should provide plenty of opportunities for him to rebound the basketball and put up numbers on both ends of the floor.
And now we get to the red-hot Grizzlies and their unquestioned leader in Gasol. Big Spain has been on fire over the last two weeks with averages of 25.3 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 4.8 APG and 3.0 STL/BLK per game over his last 5 appearances. More than that, his on-court performance as the glue behind a solid Memphis defense and a dramatically improved offensive player in terms of creating his own shot has kept the Grizzlies in the playoff race despite their laundry list of injuries. Anytime a team hosts Golden State you have to worry about a blowout, but Gasol is such a savvy player and the Warriors have such obvious defensive deficiencies down low that you can expect another herculean effort from the big man as he exploits those weaknesses and keeps Memphis in the game.
Another Grizzlies player to consider checks in at the minimum price tag on DK and he can still serve as a punt play on FD at that price. Douglas just got up to speed with the Grizzlies in their last game and he logged 27 minutes while playing nearly the entire fourth quarter during a narrow 88-86 win over the Blazers on Thursday. To say that rookie PG Andrew Harrison is struggling with his shot would be an understatement, as he's 19-of-61 (.311%) from the field over his last 6 appearances, and his lack of experience might lead to another benching down the stretch if this game is close. On the other hand, if it's a blowout, David Fizdale will likely turn to his reserves for most of the second half, so either way Douglas could benefit in a fast-paced contest.