NBA DFS has eight game slates 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.
Forewarning, the Bucks are going to be extremely chalky tonight. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will be missing tonight’s game so there is a ton of usage that will go to his teammates tonight.
First up is Khris Middleton. He projects as the highest-rated and highest projected scorer at the shooting guard position on DraftKings in the NBA Study Hub. Middleton is hovering around 32 minutes per game over his last 5 games but with Giannis, out we could expect to see him on the court a few extra minutes which should also correlate to a bump in his 24.45% usage over his last 5 games.
KAT has a juicy matchup tonight against the Thunder. Some people may point to Al Horford as a tough match-up, but, he’s not quite the spring chicken he once was. I also don’t think Moses Brown is far along enough as a defender to stop KAT.
In review the NBA Study Hub we see that he offers the highest floor/ceiling combination of any center eligible player. We can see that KAT has feasted in his last three matchups against the Thunder averaging a whooping 57.83 DraftKings points. This is in line with what he has done over his last 3 games in which he’s scoring a shade over 53 DraftKings points.
Jrue Holiday is going to be the chalk at point guard over on FanDuel. He’s priced as if Giannis is going to play at only $6,800. He’ll be in the same situation on Middleton in that he’ll see a bump in usage and minutes which is exactly what we like to see in NBA DFS.
In looking at the Simulation model in the NBA Study Hub we see that he has the highest probability of hitting 6x his NBA DFS salary. We know this is the minimum aim when it comes to taking down tournaments.
Bobby Portis should slot into Giannis’ spot in the starting lineup and is only $3,800 on FanDuel. I’m not sure he would be a cash game option this early into my research. I think he may be better served coming off the bench getting usage with the second unit. We’ll have to watch when starting lineups are announced to see what we’ll do with Portis.
He breaks the simulation model with a ridiculous 25% chance to go for 8x his NBA DFS salary. He went off against the Pacers the last time these two teams faced scoring 45.3FanDuel points.
Domantas Sabonis is my GPP play of the night. He’ll matchup against the likes of Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis who aren’t what you would consider defensive stoppers. This game has the highest implied Vegas total on the slate at 229 points. This is also a pace-up game for the Pacers.
He’s averaging 1.4 FPPM (fantasy points per minute) while playing over 35 minutes per game over his last 5 games. He’s been a triple-double threat in that span of games which doesn’t help a whole lot on FanDuel but on DraftKings, you’ll get bonus points should he hit either the double-double or triple-double benchmarks.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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