The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Sacramento on the second night of a back-to-back. This will be a tricky Showdown because it is the type of game where some of the Lakers’ veterans could be added late to the injury report for rest or injury management (especially LeBron James and Russell Westbrook). But on the Kings’ side, we can roll with Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox, two of the hottest players in the NBA, in what should be a fast-paced, high-scoring game. Here are the NBA DFS top plays we can invest in for our lineups on FanDuel and DraftKings!


Los Angeles Lakers Injuries

Lonnie Walker – OUT

Austin Reaves – OUT

Anthony Davis – OUT




Sacramento Kings Injuries




Domantas Sabonis (C)

At this rate, Sabonis is a lock for an All-NBA team and a top-six MVP finish assuming he avoids more injury the rest of the season. He has simply been one of the most dominant all-around players in the NBA this year and he is to the point where he has almost caught up to LeBron James in salary. It’s well-deserved as he has scored under 51 fantasy points just once in the last three weeks and has averaged 54 fantasy points in two previous games against the Lakers this year. Both of these teams are top-four in pace. They are both bottom half of the league in defensive rating and the Lakers are missing Anthony Davis. This could be a 70-point bomb from Sabonis tonight. 

De'Aaron Fox (PG)

The Lakers have been absolutely horrendous against point guards this year. Only the Rockets allow more fantasy points to the position than the Lakers, including 26 points and nine assists per game. For a substantially lower salary, Fox offers just as high a ceiling as Sabonis in this track meet of a matchup, and he has hit 50+ fantasy points four times in the past month. He averages 41 fantasy points per game this year, but that balloons up to 49 per game in his two matchups against the Lakers. 

LeBron James (SF/PF)

When a guy has 25 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists, and we consider it a “down” game for him, that really says something about his recent play. Before he scored 49 fantasy points against the Hawks last night, James averaged 72 in his previous two games. In his last game against the Kings, he dropped an easy 60 fantasy points on them including 31 points and 11 assists. This game (244 implied total) is eight points higher than any other game today and will certainly be a buffet of fantasy points available. Assuming James isn’t rested or limited in the second night of a back-to-back, he is a must for some of your MVP slots. 



Russell Westbrook (PG)

While the combination of Dennis Schroder and Patrick Beverley yo-yo between minutes, fantasy points, and usage, Russell Westbrook has been playing some of his best basketball of the season with no Anthony Davis on the floor. Apart from an 11-minute game where he left early, Westbrook has scored at least 30 fantasy points in every game over the last month. Last month he poured in 52 fantasy points against the Hawks, another team with a weak defensive points guard, and he averages 43.5 fantasy points per game in just 34 minutes on the floor in his two games against the Kings. 

Thomas Bryant (C)

It took some growing pains after he was inserted into the starting lineup, but since about December 17th, Bryant has been one of the more reliable and consistent DFS players, especially for his salary. Since that game against the Magic on the 27th, he averages 37.6 fantasy points per game in just 30 minutes on the floor. The Kings are 28th in opponents’ field goals percentage allowed, and Bryant seems to be in a great spot to put up 30 minutes and his fourth double-double in five games. 

Kevin Huerter (SG/SF)

Huerter has become something of a cult hero since he came over to the Kings from Atlanta. His clutch three-point shooting has won the Kings many a game this year, and he has only shot less than 38% from three in a game once since December 13th. He averages 38.6 fantasy points per game against the Lakers this year primarily because they allow almost four three-pointers made per game to the shooting guard position. Priced well below all the studs, this is a great spot for Huerter tonight. 



Wenyen Gabriel (PF/C)

With Anthony Davis out, Gabriel has been forced into a bigger role and is taking advantage of the opportunity in limited minutes. In his last 10 days, he has played in six games, averaged 15 minutes, and almost one fantasy point per minute in that span. He has shot below 60% from the field once since Christmas and might get some extra run in this fast-paced game where LeBron’s minutes might be held in check on the second night of a back-to-back. 

Trey Lyles (PF)

We of course like Lyles a lot more when Sabonis or Keegan Murray are out, but he has solidified his place as the top backup to both the power forward and center positions for the Kings. He has played more than 14 minutes in five of his last six games and has scored double-digit fantasy points in each of those five games. The $2,600 is very reasonable on DK ($800 less than Gabriel) and we know he will be out there for 14-18 minutes in this game. 


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