Welcome to the Team Rise or Fall NBA DFS Risers Playbook for DraftKings and FanDuel. This morning we will highlight some standout Vegas totals, pace ups spots, notable injury news, and my preferred way to attack the slate. At the conclusion of the article, we’ll discuss how I plan on handling the slate with the information we have this early in the day. Be mindful that this preview is subject to change as news breaks throughout the day.
Indiana Pacers @ Sacramento Kings O/U 227.5
As of writing this there are only three games with totals and two of them are the late West Coast games so this is where we’ll concentrate. This will be a pace up matchup for the Pacers who will be without small forward T.J. Warren. Malcolm Brogdon has stepped up in his absence but his price has seen a steep increase as well. We’re still waiting to see Victor Oladipo hasn’t seen a slate breaking game but he’s been consistent in hitting 5x his salary. However, my favorite play on the Pacers is forward Domantis Sabonis. Sabonis has put up a double-double in every game he’s played this season, which gives a nice bonus on DraftKings.
The Kings are lead by point guard DeAaron Fox. He’s been on a minutes limit the last two games due to a leg injury so it will be imperative to look out for news in regards to limiting his minutes. Should Fox continue to see a minute restriction, rookie Tyrese Haliburton has seen an increase in his workload in Fox’s absence. Haliburton has averaged 31 minutes per game over the last 3 games and is contributing peripheral stats. Richaun Holmes sat Saturday’s game with an ankle injury, should he miss today’s game I wouldn’t mind using Hassan Whiteside as a value on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
Toronto Raptors @ Portland Trail Blazers O/U 233
The Raptors are on the second night of a back-to-back so we’re going to have to watch for news about veterans sitting the game out to rest. Toronto’s big three of Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry, and Fred Van Vleet saw at least of 34 minutes last night’s loss to the Warriors. I would imagine they don’t see that type of workload again tonight so be cautious on which Raptors you are targeting this game.
The Blazers are coming off a blowout of the Kings on Saturday night so they should be well-rested going into this game. Dame Lillard and CJ McCollum are the cornerstones for this Blazers team. They are on the court the most for Portland and it shows as they are responsible for leading the team in scoring, Jusuf Nurkic has struggled to begin the season and his price is depressed on both sites. I just prefer him as a GPP option.
The Suns play at the slowest pace in the league – dead last. Today they’ll face a Wizards team that tops the league. The Suns are surprisingly7-3 on the season, the addition of Chris Paul has solidified the team on both ends of the floor. I’m looking forward to seeing Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton in this matchup.
The Hawks will face the COVID ravaged Sixers team. Philadelphia plays at the 6th highest pace in the league, but it’ll be interesting to see if that will continue with key players out. The Hawks play at the 12th fastest pace. We know fast-paced games favor ball handlers so I’m liking Trae Young and his plethora of wings.
Probable: Kevin Huerta, Trae Young, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid
Questionable: Collin Sexton, Maxi Kleber, Steven Adams, Evan Fournier, Buddy Hield, Richaun Holmes
Out: Cody Zeller, Darius Garland, Kevin Love, Dorian Finney-Smith, Jalen Brunson, Josh Richardson, TJ Warren, Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr, Michael Carter-Williams, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Shake Milton, Russell Westbrook, Thomas Bryant
Bradley Beal – No Russell Westbrook to compete for touches with. He’s been hot in the last two games he’s played scoring 60 and 41 real points in games where Westbrook played. He’ll have the green light to let shots fly anytime tonight.
DeAndre Ayton – Robin Lopez looks to start in place of injured Thomas Bryant. He won’t stop Ayton. This pace up matchup should have Ayton eating.
DeAaron Fox – Keep an eye on news of a minutes restriction because of his leg injury, but if they let him go he’s been a rather consistent 5x player, and in addition he’d be a late hammer for your lineups.
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