Tonight’s showdown matchup between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers is a potential banger as some of the league’s best players take the floor. They’ve already matched up once this season and the teams combined for 259 points in a Kings five-point victory. LeBron James being questionable on the second leg of a back-to-back is the slate-breaking news we’re waiting for to really be able to construct our showdown lineups. Finding some of the NBA DFS top picks could be made easier if you take a look at Fantasy Alarm’s NBA DFS Projections, powered by FanJections. Let’s dive into the complete breakdown for tonight’s showdown slate
- Total: 235
- Spread: LAL 1.5
Sacramento Kings Injuries
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
- LeBron James - QUEST
- Anthony Davis - PROB
- Gabe Vincent - OUT
- Jarred Vanderbilt - OUT
- Jalen Hood-Schifino - OUT
*Lakers are on the second leg of a back-to-back
NBA DFS Showdown CPT/MVP Top Plays
De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
Here’s the savings using De’Aaon Fox at your captain spot;
Fox off Davis: $3,000
Fox off James: $2,400
Fox off Sabonis:$2,100
He returned from his ankle sprain and played 36 minutes off the rip, even in a game they blew Cleveland out in. Fox is averaging 47.9 DKP through four games and allows you to get two of these guys to pair with him compared to just two of them using any of the other three at captain. He may, especially when he’s scoring well, has as high of a ceiling as any of them.
There have been few players across the league with a more consistent floor/ceiling combination when he’s been able to stay healthy. Through 10 games, Anthony Davis has averaged 52.6 DKP this season. He’s averaged 59.6 DKP/game at home while averaging just 45.7 DKP/game on the road.
So some players are just better when their other star player is there. Sabonis has averaged 1.36 FP/min without De’Aaron Fox this year and 1.39 FP/min with him. Well, Fox is active and Sabonis is a nightly triple-double threat with the success he and Fox have in pick-and-roll. You can definitely get to him in the captain chair.
After playing just 23 minutes last night, there’s a definite chance we see LeBron James suit up on the second leg of the Lakers back-to-back here. He was absolutely dominating in the 23 minutes last night posting 37.75 DKP. James has been incredible this year and hasn’t lost a single step. He’s averaging 46.9 DKP/game across 33.4 MPG this season.
NBA DFS Showdown UTIL Top Plays
D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers point guard has really hit his stride over the last four games putting up 36+ DKP in each outing. He could be playing without LeBron James to boot, which would put him in line to potentially be used as a captain. I’d have him near the top of the list for captain if LBJ is ruled out. He has a high ceiling as a scorer and passer when he has the ball in his hands more.
Murray is another player on the Kings that performs better with De’Aaron Fox in the lineup. He’s been at .91 FP/min this year but when he’s played with Fox, a 111 minute sample, he’s sitting at 1.08 FP/min. Murray’s coming off back-to-back 40+ DKP outings.
It’s hard to really love Reaves if LeBron James plays, but he actually has looked really comfortable coming off the Lakers bench. As a starter, Reaves averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.0 assists, but since moving to the bench, he’s bolstered those numbers to 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 6.0 assists. Whether LBJ is in or out, Reaves is coming off the bench.
NBA DFS Showdown Value Plays
Hachimura has been really good lately. He scored 25 actual last night and has now poured in 19+ points in three of four games and has 22+ DKP in all four. He’s definitely benefitting from the injuries the Lakers are dealing with right now and with LeBron James listed questionable, his role could increase even more if LBJ were to sit.
I really think it’s EASY to get to most, if not all, of the top stars tonight because you can just plug a min salary JaVale McGee. Alex Len’s out and we’ll see McGee re-enter the lineup as the team’s backup center. He’s averaged 1.05 FP/min this season.