5 FREE FanDuel and DraftKings NBA DFS Picks 2/24
NBA DFS is a 9-game slate on DraftKings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft. These are the early morning Top 5 NBA DFS Picks for DraftKings and Fanduel. Be sure to dive into the NBA DFS Rankings, Cash Picks, and Player Pool or the GPP Picks and Player Pool afterward. And of course, the Rise or Fall NBA DFS Projections, ownerships, player ratings, and data are a good place to start for daily fantasy sports.
Top 5 NBA DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
DraftKings NBA DFS Target – LeBron James, PG/SF, LAL @ UTA O/U 218.5
LeBron James without Anthony Davis? Yes, please! The King has been on a tear since Davis has been out with his calf strain/Achilles tendonitis. LBJ is projected to be the highest-scoring player tonight according to the NBA Study Hub. While the game itself doesn’t grab your attention with its 218.5 implied total we know LeBron likes to step up in big moments. The Jazz possess the best record in the league, so you know James wants to make a statement.
I’d like to point out that in reviewing the “Usage Trends” portion of the NBA Study Hub we can see that no one has a higher usage rate over the last 3 games.
DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Dejounte Murray, PG, SAS @ OKC O/U 217
Dejounte Murray is far and away the highest-rated player in the first iteration of the NBA Study Hub. The Spurs are coming off a 10-day layoff so it’ll be up to us to determine if this means they’re rusty or rested. Before the layoff, Murray was hitting his stride averaging nearly 38 DraftKings points over his last five games.
Murray has one of the highest “Rise” percentages in the Study Hub. For the new readers here, the “Rise” percentage is the likelihood a player hits 5.5x value.
FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Domantas Sabonis, PF, IND vs GSW O/U 231
Domantas Sabonis will face a Warriors team on the second night of a back-to-back. The Warriors are getting healthier getting back Kevon Looney and James Wiseman, but none of their bigs can matchup with Sabonis.
A few things that stand out in the NBA Study Hub to me about Sabonis is the game total, which is the highest on the slate. This is a pace-up game for the Pacers as the Warriors play at one of the fastest paces in the league. Sabonis is averaging over 58 FanDuel points per game over his last three games. He’s averaging over 38 minutes over his last three-game. Any more questions?
FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, SG, OKC vs SAS O/U 217
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will face a Spurs team that, as previously mentioned, is coming off of a 10-day layoff. SGA isn’t the highest projected shooting guard in the NBA Study Hub, that distinction goes to Zach Lavine. However, in the Study Hub’s proprietary Rating system SGA blows LaVine out of the water (113.44 to 87.99).
SGA is averaging over 42 FanDuel points per game over his last 10 games which would put him on par to nearly 6x his NBA DFS salary.
NBA DFS Lineup Winning Pick – Trae Young, PG, ATL vs BOS O/U 225.5
Trae Young is my gut call in this spot tonight. I’ve said before that I like to put guys in this spot that can help take down a tournament and that is exactly what Young can do. We know that when his shot is falling he can’t be guarded because he’s courageous enough to pull up from anywhere.
Young is averaging at least a 50 burger against Boston over their last 3 matchups and I can see him doing that again tonight.
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NBA DFS Core Builds (Building Blocks)
The NBA DFS Core Builds are also referred to as our NBA DFS Building Blocks. Each staff member identifies the core players they would build their cash or GPP lineup around for both DraftKings and FanDuel. These NBA DFS Picks are basically the Building Blocks of their NBA DFS Lineups.
NBA DFS GPP Pivots (Slate Breakers)
The NBA DFS GPP Pivots is for those chasing glory in DFS tournaments on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The goal here for our staff is to identify a GPP pivot, often a price point pivot away from a chalky player, that could potentially break the slate and win you a tournament. Have you ever seen the guy that is lower-owned and went nuclear in tournaments and you think to yourself, “I should have pivoted to him?”. Our goal is to identify those GPP Pivots.
NBA DFS Picks Rankings
The NBA DFS Picks Rankings will be a staple to your daily fantasy basketball research. This list of players is compiled by a staff member while they are making a player pool for DraftKings and FanDuel. These players then get ranked in the form of Tiered Rankings, which you often see in Fantasy Basketball or Fantasy Football. These Tiered Rankings will help you identify the value in both NBA DFS Cash Games and NBA DFS GPP’s as it shows you who they value more at each position than other players.
NBA DFS Picks and Pools (Cash Games)
The NBA DFS Picks and Pools for Cash Games is clutch for anybody who wants to play those on either FanDuel or DraftKings. These are identified in the Tiered Rankings and player notes. This small list of players gives you a road map to putting together an NBA DFS Lineup each and every night.
NBA DFS Picks and Pools (GPP Priority Picks)
The NBA DFS Picks and Pools for GPP’s is crucial for Single Entry players. This list of priority picks are players with slate winning upside each night. They aren’t just the top projected players, they are picks that take into consideration the Rise or Fall ownership projection, tournament leverage, and daily fantasy basketball roster construction.
NBA DFS Strategy and Player Notes
In the NBA DFS Picks Rankings, there is a section for strategy and player notes. These are written up in the form of analysis for the player and best use of the player for DFS. In addition to the notes, being a part of the Rise or Fall Discord Chat is a fantastic way to discuss Draftkings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft with both members and staff. Everyone is in there picking each other’s brains all day long and enjoying DFS together.