It’s a nice 7-game slate to start our week for NBA DFS. For today, I’ll be doing a few game summaries along with players to consider. There are a lot of players who are questionable to start the day, and some of them will be covered in the article. Be sure to follow NBA news on Twitter. If you need a start on who to follow, here is a link to my NBA Players & News list. You can create your own from here, or subscribe to it!
Games to target:
Golden State Warriors @ Philadelphia 76ers
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Spread: -13.5 (Warriors)
With Kevin Durant upgraded to probable, and Joel Embiid being out indefinitely, the 76ers make for interesting, yet expensive targets. The 76ers have been playing tough at home by beating teams like the Wizards, Raptors, and Clippers. On the other hand, the Warriors are the best team in the NBA (in terms of their record). They have had breakdowns on the road, most recently against the Nuggets, and also against the Grizzlies and Lakers. Could this be another one of those games? I think it could be.
With that being said, on the Warriors side of the ball, I have interest in Klay Thompson (FD: $7,100/DK: $7,000). The rest of my interest in this game lies with the 76ers. Dario Saric‘s (FD: $7,000/DK $7,600) price has skyrocketed, but rightfully so. He’s easier to play on FD, especially since he lost SF eligibility on DK. If you want a 76ers big, but don’t want to pay for Saric or Robert Covington (FD: $7,100/DK: $7,300), Jahlil Okafor (FD: $5,700/DK: $5,800) can be an option for you. He had a great game against the Knicks, and while he may reach that same level of performance tonight, he sees the second-most usage while he, Saric, and Covington are on the floor together without Embiid, Ersan Ilyasova, and Nerlens Noel.
Milwaukee Bucks @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Spread: -7.5 (Cavaliers)
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As of now, Kyle Korver and LeBron James are both questionable. James is dealing with an illness and didn’t go through shootaround. Without James in the lineup, Kyrie Irving (FD: $9,100/DK: $9,000) becomes a strong PG play. Irving scores 1.43 FD points/minute, and 1.52 DK points/minute, without James and Kevin Love on the floor, with a usage rate of 44.3. The Bucks’ front court is not particularly strong, so Tristan Thompson (FD: $6,300/DK: $5,700) is a target if you need an affordable center.
With or without James, I do like Giannis Antetokounmpo (FD: $10,900/DK: $10,700). With his price just under $11,000 on both sites, it’s a little bit easier for him to reach value if you’re able to fit him into your lineups. Michael Beasley (FD: $5,500/DK: $5,200) can also be considered, especially on DK where he has SF eligibility. Khris Middleton has been ruled out, so Beasley should see starters minutes.
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Sacramento Kings
Even though this game has one of the lower totals on the slate, you can still target the Timberwolves and Kings because both of these teams are in the bottom fourth in the NBA in defensive rating so the offense should have fantasy impact. Starting with the Timberwolves, Ricky Rubio (FD: $7,200/DK: $6,600) is one of my PG targets on the slate. He is at his highest price of the season on FD. If that makes you nervous, play Rubio on DK for $600 less. If you want to pay up at center Karl-Anthony Towns (FD: $10,600/DK: $10,800-also PF eligible) should be in your thoughts. For the season, KAT’s usage rate is at 27.5%, but without Zach LaVine, there’s a slight bump up to 29%. Amongst centers in the Association, the Timberwolves are in the top four in rebounds, blocks, steals, and points.
It may be safe to assume, at least for now, that the Kings will be spreading out the minutes. Your interpretation of this game and where you see value will be key. Tyreke Evans (FD: $6,000/DK: $5,400) is a more appealing option on DK, not just because of his price, but he’s also PG and SF eligible. If he gets a chance to play 25, I think he’ll safely make his value. If you want a punt play, Skal Labissiere (FD: $3,600/DK: $3,400), had a great game last time out in just 21 minutes. What’s nice is that he’s also PF eligible on DK. Another target for salary relief is Ben McLemore (FD: $4,200/DK: $3,900). He could be worth a shot at getting 20 fantasy points, as long as he’s given more than 25 minutes.
Also take into consideration:
Cory Joseph (TOR @ NYK) – on FD if Lowry is out
FanDuel: $4,400 (PG)
DraftKings: $5,200 (PG/SG)
Carmelo Anthony (NYK vs. TOR) – on both sites
FanDuel: $8,200 (SF)
DraftKings: $8,500 (SF)
James Johnson (MIA @ DAL) – on both sites
FanDuel: $6,100 (PF)
DraftKings: $6,000 (PF)
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL vs. MIA) – on both sites
FanDuel: $6,200 (PF)
DraftKings: $5,600 (PF/C)
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