NBA DFS: Targets for 2/9

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It’s been an exciting and interesting last couple of days for basketball with the trade deadline, and we’ll try to adjust to the changes with tonight’s 9-game NBA DFS slate.

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Blake Griffin (DET vs. LAC)

FanDuel: $9,200 (PF)

DraftKings: $9,100 (PF/C)

Let’s get this one out of the way. My love for revenge games, Griffin faces the Clippers for the first time in his new home. This price has risen a bit on both sites, making it a little tough to count on him to make value. If you’re iffy on playing him, there’s motivation for him to make a statement tonight, so give Griffin some exposure. This game looks to be one of the higher scoring ones of the night, with a point-total of 220. While Griffin got to join the likes of Andre Drummond, the trade sent away Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris. This gives Griffin an opportunity to take the lead on the court and create plays. The Clippers also have Danilo Gallinari back, so this game should be a competitive one, especially with both teams right above .500 (Clippers 27-15, Pistons 27-26).

Dennis Schroder (ATL vs. CLE)

FanDuel: $7,700 (PG)

DraftKings: $7,000 (PG)

Schroder had some lower back tightness, but looks as though he will play tonight against the Cavaliers. The Cavs were very active before the NBA trade deadline, but many of their new members won’t be available to play for tonight’s game. I really like the Hawks tonight, but if I’m choosing just one, it’s Schroder. The Cavs are the favorite in this game, with just a -2.5 point spread. If Vegas is right, it’s possible that Schroder could see more time on the court, as he doesn’t often see more than 35 minutes. It gives him a better chance of reaching value, especially with his rising price on FD. For DFS purposes, you’ll want to aim for the upside potential.

Victor Oladipo (IND @ BOS)

FanDuel: $9,700 (SG)

DraftKings: $8,000 (PG/SG)

The Celtics had to play catch-up in last night’s overtime game against the Wizards. Tonight’s game with the back end of a road-home back to back. The Pacers should be well-rested, since they haven’t played since Monday, with the postponement of Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans. For me, Oladipo is a play on DK because of his difference in salary between the two sites. He’ll have opportunities to step up a bit with Darren Collison being out for 2-3 weeks. While Cory Joseph plays more minutes with Collison off the court, it’s Oladipo who has a higher usage rate (33.8 vs. 15.4) and more points (427 vs. 304).

Joe Ingles (UTA vs. CHA)

FanDuel: $4,700 (SF)

DraftKings: $5,100 (SG/SF)

If you’re looking for a cheaper target, give Ingles a chance. His game log doesn’t jump off the page, but his salary provides relief you may need. Ingles has had better scoring games as of late, but he’ll need to keep turnovers to a minimum. Getting dinged on any negative points for DFS can mean the difference between cashing, and losing. It doesn’t look like Jae Crowder will be playing in tonight’s game against the Hornets, which gives Ingles more assurance with his minutes. He usually sees 26 or more minutes, and could be a good fit for your lineups on FD.

Jayson Tatum (BOS vs. IND)

FanDuel: $5,600 (SF)

DraftKings: $5,400 (SF/PF)

As mentioned with Oladipo, the Celtics are on a back-to-back. It doesn’t mean you can’t play Celtics players, and if you want to, I really like Tatum. There have been a handful of games where Tatum has performed extremely well in the second game of a back-to-back. He doesn’t necessarily see a large gain in minutes in these games, but he’ll get more rebounds. In his last game against the Pacers, his fantasy-point totals were in line with his salary, at 31.75 on FD, and 32 on DK. His price tonight on both sites are a bit lower, so reaching value is certainly attainable.

 

Thank you for reading, and good luck with your picks!

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