Welcome back everybody. Alex here, and I am back with my DraftKings NBA picks for October 24th, 2017. Tonight we get a tough six game slate. Be sure to follow all of the injury news tonight, all the way up until the 7:00PM EST lock, to see if any new injury news comes up. As always if any of these picks help you win or if you need any advice, let me know on Twitter.@Hunta512.
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C: Karl Anthony Towns: (8,600) After starting the season with three straight tough matchups, Towns will now face off against The Pacers who will be without their starting center Myles Turner. (concussion) With Turner out, they have been starting Domantas Sabonis at center, who is absolutely no match for Towns. He should dominate Sabonis and this defense that is currently presenting a solid opponent +/- of 2.08 points to starting centers.
Plus, this game will be held on Towns’ home floor in Minnesota where he has notoriously been a much better fantasy player. Just last season, Towns averaged 3.77 more DK points in his home games versus his contests on the road. I am expecting a 50+ DK point outing from him in this spot and he is my favorite way to get a piece of this Wolves team that has the second highest team total of the night at 116 points.
PG: Shelvin Mack: (3,000) With starting PG Elfird Payton out with a hamstring injury, Mack picked up 11 extra minutes than he saw in his first game of the season. He produced with the bump in playing time, scoring 17.75 DK points across 21 minutes in a huge win over The Cavs on Saturday night. Tonight, Payton will remain out and Mack should see close to 20 minutes again off the bench in the best game environment of the slate. The Magic will be hosting The Nets and this game has an O/U game total of 230 points, which is the highest game total of the night by a large margin of ten points. This game is also expected to be competitive from start to finish, with its tight spread of 5 points in favor of Orlando.
The defensive match-up is also in Mack’s favor, as The Nets have allowed the 7th most DK points to PGs so far this year (2.33 opponent +/-) and play at the second fastest pace in the league. His upside is capped with being in a reserve role, but Mack should be able to score 15-20 DK points, which would be an excellent return when considering he is a bare minimum $3,000 on DraftKings. D.J. Augustin is the guard who drew the start for Payton and he played great in the win on Saturday (36.5 DK points), but his price has quickly adjusted to a fair $5,100. Even at this new higher salary, I think Augustin is still very much in play, and is another fine target that gives you exposure to this high scoring affair.
PF/C: Enes Kanter: (5,300) The minutes haven’t been as high as they should be, but Kanter has excelled with all the playing time he has seen as a starter for Knicks, averaging 27.4 DK points a game. He has only seen 23 minutes a game in The Knicks’ first two tilts, but he has been producing like the elite fantasy player we saw in OKC the last few seasons, scoring 1.15 DK points per minute, on a 25.3% usage rate, and 21.3% rebound percentage.
From a real basketball stand point, it really makes no sense, but Willy Hermangomez has been completely out of this rotation (only three minutes total), which is good news for Kanter’s stock going forward. Kanter should stay in the starting five again tonight, in a very intriguing matchup against The Celtics, who have always struggled defending centers the past few seasons. Tonight’s six game slate is a rather difficult one, and I think taking a risk with a very productive player like Kanter in a good match-up is a smart move.
SG/SF: Terrence Ross: (4,400) TRoss disappointed in Saturday’s win over The Cavs (9.25 DK points), but I think we should put this game in the past, because his numbers with Payton off the court point to him bouncing back tonight. Last season Payton surprisingly didn’t miss a single full game, but in the minutes Ross played with Payton on the bench, he saw the biggest usage increase on this Magic team at 7.8%, resulting a 25.9% usage rate. This heavy jump in usage really helped him fantasy wise, as he averaged 27 DK points per 36 minutes with Payton out of the picture.
As I said earlier, this Magic-Nets game is one of the best games to attack tonight with its slate high 230 point O/U game total. Even though his individual match-up doesn’t rate well at the moment (-2.6 opponent +/-), Ross definitely has a chance of meeting 5-6 times value in this up tempo match-up. Before Saturday he was averaging 30 DK points in his first two games and I think we see him get back to these type of numbers tonight. At only $4,400, he is one of the best point per dollar values of this six game slate that is a viable option in all formats.
Also Consider: Evan Fournier, D.J. Augustin (above), Aron Baynes (if he starts again with Smart out), Terry Rozier (only if Smart is out), Jameer Nelson, Marcus Smart (if he is active), Tim Hardaway Jr. (has been terrible to open the year, but the price is down and he should be low owned), Evan Turner, Cory Joseph, Lauri Markkanen, Caris LeVert (33.5 D points last game with Lin out), Justin Holiday, Lou Williams, Ramon Sessions, and Jaylen Brown.