DraftKings NBA: Best Picks And Lineup For Jan. 8

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Golden State Warriors

December 25, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the third quarter in a NBA basketball game on Christmas against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 89-83. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Friday’s DraftKings NBA contests feature 20 of the league’s 30 teams and finding the best bargains and resting the right players will be difficult.

Half of the NBA’s slate will feature teams that are playing within their own conference. The other half of games will feature cross-conference matchups. That makes predicting how players will perform more difficult.

There are a few games that stand out above the others from Friday’s docket. Despite the two games that are on ESPN, the best game of the night may only be available on local television or NBA League Pass.

The first games features two teams in the Eastern Conference that are battling for playoff position. The Toronto Raptors (22-15) will play the Washington Wizards (15-18). The teams combine for 201.2 points per game this season.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has a 28.6 percent usage percentage, which means he should get a lot of touches. Wizards guard John Wall is at 28.8 percent, so the two should both be good plays on Friday.

The Golden State Warriors (33-2) take on the Portland Trail Blazers (15-23) in what should be a high-scoring affair. The teams combine for 214.5 points per game, in part because of the Warriors leading the league with 113.7 per game.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson is the player to watch with a 59.7 percent true shooting percentage. Hopefully C.J. McCollum will be allowed to play after sitting out Wednesday night’s game due to a clerical error.

The third game that should be a decent watch is the early game on ESPN between the Minnesota Timberwolves (12-24) who host the Cleveland Cavaliers (24-9). The two teams combine for 200 points per game.

First overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns has played great during his first 36 games. He has a true shooting percentage of 57.5 percent. Kevin Love has struggled lately, but he’s played well in two career games against his former Wolves. He is averaging 17.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game against them.

If there isn’t a television nearby, using the DraftKings app is one of the best ways to keep an eye on all of the league’s action. Let’s get to the top plays, best bargains and players to sit for Friday’s DraftKings action.

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