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Top 5 NBA DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks 2/16

NBA DFS is a 6-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 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF/C, MIL vs TOR O/U 236

Giannis has the NBA Study Hub’s highest projection on the entire slate.  The Greek Freak is projected for a 60.53 point outing. The Bucks have the highest implied Vegas total on the board projected to score 120.5 points tonight.

Over the last three games against the Raptors Giannis is averaging an eye-popping 67.17 DraftKings points per game. Per out NBA Study Hub’s “RISE” rating he has a 50% chance of hitting 5.5x value which would more than pay off his NBA DFS salary.

DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Michael Porter Jr, SF/PF, DEN @ BOS O/U 220.5

Porter Jr is a mid-range option that pop in our NBA Study Hub. He is projected for 33.47 DraftKings points which would put him above the coveted 5.5x value mark. His rating stands out as well – 99.20. There is no one in that price range that grades out as well as Porter Jr does.

We  can also take a look at the Minutes Trend in the NBA Study Hub and see that over his last three games Porter Jr is seeing a shade under 30 minutes a game.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Nikola Jokic, C,  DEN @ BOS O/U 220.5

Nikola Jokic is the second highest projected player in our NBA Study Hub (behind Giannis Antetokounmpo) projected to score 55.25 FanDuel points. However, he has the highest rating in the NBA Study Hub at 113.93. What is also a plus for Jokic is that this is a pace up matchup. 

In reviewing the NBA Study Hub Fantasy Point trends we can see that over his last five games Jokic is averaging an insane 60.1 Fanduel points.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Khris Middleton, SF, MIL vs TOR O/U 236

Middleton is the second highest projected small forward on the slate (behind only LeBron James) projected to score 40.56 FanDuel points. His NBA Study Hub rating is off the charts as well, registering at 107.80.  

In review the NBA Study Hub’s Usage Trends we see that there has been an uptick since Jrue Holiday was sidelined due to COVID protocols. Over the last three games Middleton is seeing a usage of a shade over 27%.

NBA DFS Lineup Winning Pick – LeBron James, SF, LAL @ MIN O/U 223

LeBron James without Anthony Davis in the lineup? Yes, please! There are a plethora of studs you can pay up for today but LeBron may be the one who pushes you over the hump. The NBA Study Hub shows LeBron is averaging 1.58 fantasy points per minute this season – absolutely insane considering this is year 18. 

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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.

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