5 FREE FanDuel and DraftKings NBA DFS Picks 3/1
NBA DFS is a 7-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 – Damian Lillard, PG, POR vs CHA O/U 232.5
Dame Lillard grades out as the second-highest scorer and highest rated player in the NBA Study Hub. Vegas has the Trail Blazers game total pegged at 233.5 implied points. This is also a pace-up game for the Blazers as they face the Hornets who are on the second night of a back-to-back.
Lillard has the highest “Rise” percentage of any $9k plus stud on DraftKings. Rise percentage you ask? It’s the probability of a given player to hit 5.5x value. In the first iteration of the NBA Study Hub, we see that Dame has a 53% chance to hit that number.
DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Jarrett Allen, C, CLE @ HOU O/U 216.5
Jarrett Allen has taken full advantage of the Cavaliers icing Andre Drummond. In his last 5 games, we can see in the “Fantasy Points Trends” that as the full-time starting center Allen is averaging 47.95 DraftKings points. He’s playing over 36 minutes per game in that time frame and seeing nearly a 34% usage rate.
It won’t hurt that the Rockets “big” man P.J. Tucker is all of 6’5″ and probably won’t stand a chance of stopping Allen.
FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Nikola Jokic, C, DEN @ CHI O/U 226.5
Nikola Jokic is the second highest-projected scorer in the FanDuel portion of the NBA Study Hub. He does carry the largest salary of all the players on the slate. For roster construction purposes it will be contrarian to roster such an expensive player at a position with only one roster spot, especially because of his salary.
While the game total isn’t all that impressive the areas that stand out the most to me in reviewing our NBA Study Hub are Jokic’s last three-game totals in these three areas: fantasy points, minutes, and usage. Jokic is first in fantasy points, second in minutes and third in usage. Add in the fact he capable of putting up a triple-double any time he steps on the court and he’s a fine FanDuel option to pay up for.
FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Terry Rozier, SG, CHA @ POR O/U 232.5
Hear me out, we know what the weekend version of NBA DFS has been so far this year. So, to see Terry Rozier lay an egg in a great matchup last night shouldn’t have been overly surprising. However, tonight he’ll get a shot at redemption. Scary Terry is the third-highest rated shooting guard on the slate (behind Eric Gordon and James Harden).
This is a tournament play as the range of outcomes as seen by Rozier can be extremely volatile.
NBA DFS Lineup Winning Pick – James Harden, SG, BKN @ SAS O/U 233.5
James Harden is my tournament play of the night. Harden is the highest-projected scorer in the NBA Study Hub for both DraftKings and FanDuel. The key for him tonight will be the availability of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
The Nets and Spurs both play at a blistering place and play little defense so it may be safe to assume that this is going to be a high-scoring affair which is always great for NBA DFS purposes.
The game has a solid 233.5 implied total with the Nets implied for 119.25 of those points. If Harden is without his two running mates we can see him break the slate.
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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.