You likely cashed if you used my NBA DFS picks last night, but you weren’t reaching the top of your GPP without Russell Westbrook on your roster.
If you used Westbrook and jammed in as many of my plays as possible, though, you had a good chance of taking home some nice bank.
Still, even for a four-game slate last night was pretty wild. That’s specifically referencing the Thunder vs. Spurs game, which went into two overtimes and resulted in a score of 154-147.
That was not the game I would have predicted that for last night, so obviously if you stacked that game that would have allowed for an amazing shot at big money.
Still, you would have cashed with my team and that’s better than losing. It’s onward and upward come Friday, where FanDuel greets us with a fun nine-game daily fantasy basketball slate. Let’s get to my favorite NBA DFS picks for the night:
PG: Seth Curry – Portland Trail Blazers ($4k)
Damian Lillard is questionable with an elbow issue. If he’s ruled out, Portland guards will be very appealing at home against Charlotte.
C.J. McCollum would be the proper chalk and is certainly viable, but Curry is so cheap and already getting 20+ minutes of run. This would be an obvious blow-up spot and at this price I’m not sure I can fade him.
With Dennis Smith Jr. out, both J.J. Barea and Jalen Brunson are also attractive NBA DFS sleepers for tonight.
PG: Kemba Walker – Charlotte Hornets ($8.5k)
Stephen Curry is always a tough fade for me and Ben Simmons looks fun against the Hawks. However, Walker can explode in any setting and is in a pretty good spot against the Blazers.
Walker has an elite usage rate and monster upside, plus he’s just too cheap for how good he can be when he gets it going. I love Ben and Curry if you can get there, but Kemba might be my favorite point guard play on this slate.
Kyle Lowry at $7.8k against the Nets is also interesting, while Kris Dunn in an up-tempo showdown with the Warriors shouldn’t go ignored, either.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (doubtful) is also likely out tonight, so this wouldn’t be a bad spot to use Eric Bledsoe or any of the other Bucks stars. They’ll be super chalky, though, so for this roster I don’t mind steering clear of that strategy.
SG: Luka Doncic – Dallas Mavericks ($8.2k)
DSJ is out and Doncic has been by far the Mavericks’ best scorer, so I’ll keep going back to him at a reasonable price. He has a very nice floor due to his versatility, but can also get hot as a scorer, making him a fantastic play for all formats.
James Harden is easily the top shooting guard and perhaps the best stud to target on this slate, but his home date with the Cavs could get out of hand rather quickly. I personally don’t feel like paying almost $13k for three quarters of Harden.
SG: Victor Oladipo – Indiana Pacers ($8.5k)
As I said, C.J. McCollum could be a top option and with the Giannis news Khris Middleton also comes into play. Zach LaVine is also a solid value on this slate.
That being said, Dipo is a great price and smashed against the Knicks earlier this year. I love this spot for him and we always want to consider star scorers in the Madison Square Garden.
SF: Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors ($10.1k)
Kawhi Leonard is cheaper and just as tempting, but Durant could go overlooked on a slate with James Harden and a few other studs. He’s at home against the Bulls and gives us a late-game hammer, so he looks like a lot of fun to add in as a core play.
Pivot down to Kawhi to save, but I think one of these guys are necessary, especially with The Greek Freak likely sidelined.
SF: Jae Crowder – Utah Jazz ($4.8k)
You can stack both stud SF options, but I’ll save at one spot. Bojan Bogdanovic is one solid option, but Crowder is $1k cheaper and will be at home in a fast-paced showdown with the Lakers.
Crowder has been getting good run lately and could explode in a very positive DFS matchup.
PF: Rodions Kurucs – Brooklyn Nets ($4.5k)
John Collins, Domantas Sabonis and the Raptors bigs head a decent yet unspectacular power forward group, so this feels like the spot to pay down.
Spending on those guys likely gets you safety, but I feel like we can get away with fading them tonight. Kurucs is one reason why, as he is starting and pushing for 30 minutes nightly.
The rookie will have his ups and downs and facing Toronto isn’t ideal, but he’s just too cheap for his role and upside.
PF: Dario Saric – Minnesota Timberwolves ($3.9k)
Sabonis and Thaddeus Young are both firmly in play with Myles Turner already ruled out for tonight, but I’m saving here and Saric is way too tempting at this absurdly low price.
Saric is slowly getting more run now that Thibs is out of town (as he should) and a date with the Mavericks looks positive on paper.
C: DeAndre Jordan – Dallas Mavericks ($7.3k)
Joel Embiid is the top center option on a slate with several to give a long, hard look. He lacks his normal upside when both Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler are in the lineup, though, while the possible return of J.J. Redick curbs his potential even further.
You can still pay for him, KAT or any other center up top, but I’ll seek value instead. I think you can get that with DJ, who crushed Minnesota earlier this season and has too much upside to be priced this low.
Overall, I want to balance things out, but I want to take my shots at some valued studs. Stacking Kemba, Dipo, Doncic, KD and DJ feels like a great five-man core. Then I’m saving cash and making this NBA DFS lineup possible with elite values like Curry, Crowder, Saric and Kurucs.
I can afford for one of those guys to bomb and be dropped from my squad, but obviously three will need to pan out decently to push me up the standings.
Fading Harden is a gamble on any slate, but if the Rockets do as they should and house Cleveland, I think it could be the right call. He’s going to be 40% owned or more, too, so getting on the right side of that call will be rather key.
For GPPs, going away from Harden is the start of an interesting NBA DFS strategy. Whether you’re with me or not, hopefully my NBA DFS picks find you having success tonight. Good luck and enjoy the games!