Last night was truly disgusting in daily fantasy basketball. All three games ended up being blowouts. The game with the thickest spread stayed the tightest the longest and the game with the closest spread was arguably the worst contest of the night.
Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving were the only studs that truly delivered, while Rudy Gobert got tossed after two minutes of play. I still nailed a few other NBA DFS picks, but I got burned badly by James Harden, Donovan Mitchell and others.
It was a night to flush down the toilet, but Friday caps the regular work week with a fat 10-game daily fantasy basketball slate at FanDuel. Here’s my favorite squad for GPPs:
PG: Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors ($9.9k)
Curry is red hot again and is a great pivot off of Russell Westbrook tonight. He’s in an amazing pick’em game against the Bucks, one in which has a nasty 240 Total.
I love Golden State in tonight’s Warriors vs. Bucks pick and Curry’s explosive scoring upside is a huge reason why. This game is a fantastic NBA DFS environment and it’s also the last game of the night.
On a 10-game slate, the possibility of Curry being a relatively low-owned late-game hammer is mouth-watering.
PG: Collin Sexton – Cleveland Cavaliers ($4.9k)
You can go in a number of directions at the second PG slot, but Sexton gets fantastic run and has proven he can score in the NBA. At home in a very favorable matchup against a bad Kings defense, it’s possible the peripherals show up for him as well.
Sexton is erratic, but the run and scoring upside are there. Because of that, he’s way too cheap to ignore on this slate.
SG: Jimmy Butler – Philadelphia 76ers ($8.1k)
Joel Embiid won’t play tonight, so be sure to load up on a 76ers player or two. They have a decent matchup with the Pistons and Butler is underpriced. He’s coming off of a huge DFS outing and could run it back tonight.
J.J. Redick is a cheaper option with the Sixers, too, while Ben Simmons could also go overlooked at the point.
SG: Malik Beasley – Denver Nuggets ($3.7k)
Beasley was a waste for me the last time I vouched for him, but Gary Harris remains out and he’s going to get run.
He saw 30 minutes in his last contest and if the guy is getting that kind of run, he’s viable. Here’s to hoping he can score the ball well against the Hornets in Charlotte.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($12.2k)
Small forward is loaded, but I love this Dubs vs. Bucks game tonight and I also really like the idea of closing out the slate with two of the best players on the board in Curry and The Greek Freak.
Giannis has been a monster for a while now and is absolutely worth his price. The fact that there are four other elite SF options – as well as other elite options elsewhere – could help lower his ownership. I’ll be hoping that’s the case.
SF: Cedi Osman – Cleveland Cavaliers ($4.8k)
Using multiple Cavs is a quick way to lose in daily fantasy basketball, but Cedi and Sexton are at home with a great matchup against Sacramento.
The run has been there, too, so if his shot can fall he could be in for a solid night at a severely discounted price tag.
PF: Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat ($5.5k)
Hassan Whiteside is another big name that won’t be suiting up tonight and there are whispers he could be on the move.
Take advantage of that however you’d like. Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson are cheaper options that could benefit from the news, but I’ll just use Adebayo, who has monster upside when he’s force into a big role.
Bam Bam is also facing a terrible Suns team, so if he doesn’t destroy this price tag I’ll be shocked.
PF: Lauri Markkanen – Chicago Bulls ($6.7k)
I think the only guy in my NBA DFS lineup I’m not jumping for joy over is Lauri, as a matchup with OKC isn’t exactly ideal. Still, he’s a pretty good price and is at home with a big role.
Here’s to hoping he comes in hot before the Thunder inevitably house the Bulls.
C: Mike Muscala – Philadelphia 76ers ($4.2k)
Muscala will surely be in a battle with Malik Beasley for my “low score” drop of the night, but he’s very much on the table with Joel Embiid out tonight.
Muscala could start and should get 25-30 minutes of run no matter what. He’s too cheap given his upside in this spot.
My main daily fantasy basketball strategy tonight is building out a core of Curry/Butler/Giannis and honestly, you can switch it up from there. Those are three of my favorite plays, though, and I think you’re off to a great start if they pay off.
I also love the idea of Curry and Giannis to close, as that Warriors vs. Bucks game should be lit.
Pivot off of plays you don’t love or use this lineup as it stands. Whatever you decide, I wish you luck tonight. Enjoy the games!