NBA Core plays 1/8/20

THE CORE

1) James Harden, Houston Rockets

FanDuel: $11,200, SG DraftKings: $12,800, PG/SG Yahoo: $59, SG FantasyDraft: $23,100, G

With Russell Westbrook not playing on B2Bs this season (and the Rockets, ya know, playing AT Oklahoma City tomorrow), he has already been ruled out for tonight. So in one of the best matchups in the league, it is going to be all of the James Harden tonight.

The Hawks have the third worst defensive rating in the league (113.2), are second to last in overall team defensive efficiency, and play at the eighth fastest pace. As a result, the Rockets have a huge 121 team total tonight. I wonder who will be overwhelmingly responsible for all of those points?


2) Michael Porter, Denver Nuggets

FanDuel: $3,900, PF DraftKings: $3,800, SF/PF Yahoo: $10, SF FantasyDraft: $7,200, F/C

Well, if we are going to be jamming in Harden at those huge price tags, it stands to reason that we are going to be hunting for some salary relief tonight. Enter Michael Porter.

Will Barton has already been ruled out for tonight, and it is our expectation that Porter enters the starting lineup in his place. In this, technically his rookie season, he has put up a 22.5% usage rate, 14.8% rebound rate, and 7.2% assist rate, leading to 1.03 FD / 1.06 DK points per minute.

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