NBA DFS has a nine 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.
We get Zion in a prime spot against the Brooklyn Nets. This will be a substantial pace-up spot for the Pels who play at one of the slower paces in the league. We’re all familiar with the Net’s struggles defending big men. Kevin Durant is back for this game but I don’t see him being able to defend Zion in the post, neither should the ghost of Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge. The Nets will try to outscore New Orleans which should make this a high-scoring affair which is apparent by the Vegas total.
Over Williamson’s last five games he’s seeing just shy of 33 minutes, scoring 33.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. I love him tonight.
This pick is a little off the board. Russell has returned from a long layoff due to injury but looked great in his first game back. Coming off the bench he scored 25 points in 24 minutes. Tonight’s game against the Indiana Pacers has the second-highest total on the slate (only the Brooklyn vs New Orleans game is higher). I would like to keep an eye on his status for tonight but I much prefer him coming off the bench and not competing with Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards for usage.
The best big man in the league is not the highest-priced center on the slate – this blows my mind. I’ll continue to hammer Jokic into my lineups whenever possible. The man is a walking triple-double even in limited minutes. In his last game against the Detroit Pistons her only played 27 minutes and was 2 rebounds shy of a triple-double. He is also good for a couple blocks and steals each game. I have no qualms about paying up for Jokic.
This is another off the map play, Cole Anthony. I’ve been reading reports that the rookie is ready to play tonight but hasn’t quite received clearance from Orlando’s medical team. It’s been over a month since he’s played due to a rib injury but with the teams moving toward developing their youth I’d imagine he’s getting good run tonight. The other point guard on the roster is dusty Michael Carter-Williams. I see no reason why he’d get more run than Anthony. We also want to factor in that they face the Washington Wizards who play at the fastest pace in the league
My tournament play of the night goes to Kyrie Irving. Irving does get to play with Durant tonight but I’m expecting Durant to be on a minutes limit. James Harden is out with a hamstring issue now. He’s seeing massive minutes averaging north of 35 minutes over his last five games. In his last game, he put up 40 real-life points without Durant and losing Harden a few minutes into the game. I’m expecting him to take 20+ shots and play more than 32 minutes. I love his upside tonight.
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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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