Last night was a bit of a disaster for my NBA DFS picks. News trickled out late and even when it didn’t it was pretty inaccurate. Giannis Antetokounmpo was supposed to be limited and wasn’t, while Blake Griffin was supposed to play and didn’t.
Thanks to FanDuel’s lack of late swap ability, you were stuck with a 0 from Griffin if you didn’t pivot away from him. I still landed a few decent NBA DFS picks, but it wasn’t a winning night.
It’s onward and upward as a small two-game daily fantasy basketball slate arrives on Thursday evening at FanDuel:
PG: Chris Paul – Houston Rockets ($9.1k)
CP3 popped off for 52 fantasy points in his last preseason game. Provided he’s not out or limited, he’s a lock for me.
PG: De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings ($5.2k)
Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo will not play tonight, so your second PG spot is a total toss up. Fox was solid in his first preseason outing and has the talent to go off against the Lakers. He’s as good a play as anyone else at this second point guard slot. If you want to punt further, consider Aaron Holiday or Michael Carter-Williams. I just trust Fox more.
SG: James Harden – Houston Rockets ($11.4k)
Same deal with Harden as it is with Paul for me. The Rockets surprisingly give their stars long leashes in the preseason and Harden can erupt even in limited minutes. He’s a no-brainer on a slate where you really don’t have to save much cash.
SG: Josh Hart – Los Angeles Lakers ($4.1k)
I would love to fit Victor Oladipo onto this roster, but there’s no word on his status for tonight and Hart is in line to get solid run yet again. Unless I hear otherwise either way, I love the value associated with Hart on this slate.
SF: LeBron James – Los Angeles Lakers ($11.7k)
King James won’t play more than 15-20 minutes tonight and is not going to suit up in the second half. That’s a bummer, but there isn’t any other SF who is a lock to best his numbers in added run. I’ll take a stab at a potentially very contrarian Bron Bron here.
SF: Brandon Ingram – Los Angeles Lakers ($6.8k)
Rajon Rondo is out, giving Ingram the start at the point tonight. That’s weird, but if running the offense is something the Lakers want to see if Ingram can do, he could be in for a good amount of run again tonight. I’ll throw caution to the wind here and pair him with King James, but feel free to give Kyle Kuzma and Michael Beasley a look at SF as well.
PF: Harry Giles – Sacramento Kings ($3.9k)
There is no stud PF tonight, so punt as you wish. One of my favorite punts is Giles, who missed all of last year with injuries but is quite talented and should continue to get nice run in the preseason. He’s a great pivot off of the likely more popular Marvin Bagley.
PF: Marquese Chriss – Houston Rockets ($3.9k)
T.J. Leaf is starting for the Pacers tonight but he feels like trap city. I’ll pay up slightly more for Chriss, who could get a lot of run with Houston’s two main big men out tonight.
C: Kyle O’Quinn – Indiana Pacers ($3.8k)
Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis are better players, but KOQ should play a good amount being that this is the preseason. I’m never a huge fan of his game, but he’s pretty versatile and can rack up a lot of different stats in a short amount of time. With Thaddeus Young out, KOQ feels sneaky at the center spot tonight.
I think this one all starts with LeBron James. He’s going to be limited again, so if that’s going to make his ownership low on a two-game slate, I think rolling the dice and hoping he erupts on a pitch count is a fine strategy.
If not, who are you fading him to pay up for? I already have CP3 and Harden on my team, so I’m really just not rostering Dipo and Turner.
I can live with that. Here’s to James wrecking and the rest of my NBA DFS picks panning out. Whether you’re with me or not, I wish you luck tonight. Enjoy the games!