NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for October 27, 2017
Today, and the rest of the NBA DFS season, we’ll be writing up the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering for our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and more factors. This is important when constructing a roster. And if you’re looking for a new ways to play NBA DFS, be sure and give DRAFT a try with our promo code!
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10/27/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings Pick & Roll: $12 buy-in, $50k guaranteed
DraftKings Posterizer: $150 buy-in, $75k guaranteed
DraftKings Alley Oop: $555 buy-in, $750k guaranteed
FanDuel Momentous Monster: $665 buy-in, $500k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $44 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Kawhi Leonard (quad)
Chris Paul (knee)
Dennis Schröder (ankle)
Marcus Morris (knee)
Cody Zeller (knee)
Tony Parker (thigh)
Markieff Morris (abdomen)
Elfrid Payton (hamstring)
Nic Batum (elbow)
Trevor Ariza (foot)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
D’Angelo Russell (knee)
Marco Belinelli (achilles)
Jimmy Butler (illness)
Jonas Valanciunas (ankle)
Lucas Nogueira (ankle)
Best NBA DFS Picks for October 27, 2017
Russell Westbrook @ MIN ($11.4k DraftKings, $11.5k FanDuel)
Ho-hum, another triple double for Russell Westbrook on Wednesday. He recorded this one against a Pacers team that’s been surprisingly generous in terms of pace of play and allowed DFS production to open the season. The most athletic point guard in basketball continues to fill the stat sheet despite the addition of capable new teammates and has only failed to meet value once — in a brutal matchup at Utah. Tonight, he’ll face Minnesota, who ranks dead last in defensive rating while allowing the second-most FPPG (56.61) and assists per game (11.6) to opposing PGs this season. The potential absence of elite defender Jimmy Butler (illness) would go a long way toward ensuring Westbrook has another big night.
DeMar DeRozan @ LAL ($8.1k DraftKings, $8.4k FanDuel)
He started the season with a dud, but since the opener, DeRozan has scored 82 points on 27-of-50 FG shooting (54 percent). This, despite playing on the road against the elite Spurs and Warriors. Now, he’ll match up against a young Lakers team leading the league in pace and giving up the fourth-most points per game (114) in the NBA, while allowing the most FPPG (48.83) to opposing shooting guards this season. DeRozan’s usage is slightly down, but his assist rate (22.4 percent) is at a career-high. He’s on pace for his most efficient season with a 0.607 percent true shooting percentage thus far.
Dejounte Murray @ ORL ($5.3k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
The Spurs’ new point guard came crashing back to earth after a monstrous double double, as he went scoreless on 0-for-3 FG shooting in Miami on Wednesday. But that might’ve been more of a function of forcing the ball to LaMarcus Aldridge in an obvious mismatch against the shorthanded Heat frontcourt. Dejounte Murray’s role is still secure with Tony Parker (thigh) on the shelf, and he’s seeing an increase in usage rate with Kawhi Leonard off the floor. Orlando is giving up the most points (30) and rebounds per game (7.5) to opposing PGs this season and becomes markedly more vulnerable with the diminutive D.J. Augustin standing in for injured Elfrid Payton (hamstring). Murray could bounce back as a solid mid-tier play on either main DFS site.
Others to Consider: Steph Curry, Lonzo Ball, Danny Green, D.J. Augustin, Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe, Marco Belinelli, Spencer Dinwiddie
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Kristaps Porzingis vs. BKN ($8.5k DraftKings, $8.9k FanDuel)
A massive dud in Tuesday’s blowout loss in Boston, Kristaps Porzingis can be expected to produce a far more favorable line in a battle for New York supremacy. That’s putting it nicely, as the Knicks and Nets are easily two of the worst teams in the NBA. Brooklyn (+1) is actually a slight underdog with their best scorer, D’Angelo Russell, doubtful to suit up due to a knee injury. The Nets are giving up the second-most FPPG (58.55) and most points per game (29.4) to opposing PFs this season, and “The Zinger” dominated his crosstown rival with 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, and five blocks in his last meeting with Brooklyn.
Aaron Gordon @ SAS ($6.8k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
The Spurs are a savvy franchise, capable of slowing down even the most talented young players, but Aaron Gordon has turned into a chronic problem for opposing defenses now that he’s developed a very consistent outside shot. He was absolutely dominant in his return from a two-game absence with 41 points on 14-of-18 shooting (5-of-5 from downtown). Plus, he turned in a very serviceable line in his season debut against Miami’s stout defense. LaMarcus Aldridge is a solid post defender but not exactly quick enough to guard Gordon on the perimeter, and he has a lot on his plate offensively with Kawhi Leonard still out.
Rudy Gay @ ORL ($5.0k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
There’s been a bit of a feeling-out process between Gay and his new teammates; it’s not at all easy to integrate into the Spurs’ complex and efficient system. Yet he’s talented enough to produce in any system and had his best game to date with 22 points, three rebounds, four assists, and two steals in a blowout win at Miami on Wednesday. Orlando has been a favorable matchup with the fourth-fastest pace, allowing 112.2 points per game to the opposition. Aldridge’s hot start, combined with Leonard’s absence, could naturally lead to more open shots for Gay.
Others to Consider: Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Carmelo Anthony, DeMarre Carroll, Kent Bazemore, Julius Randle, Kelly Oubre Jr.
Dwight Howard vs. HOU ($7.1k DraftKings, $7.9k FanDuel)
Seemingly out for revenge against the entire world after a couple of relatively ineffective seasons, Dwight Howard is out for literal revenge tonight against the Rockets. Dwight and former teammate James Harden simply did not gel in Houston. It’s still early, but Howard is on pace for a career-best 17.8 rebounds per game and will be forced into heavy minutes while Cody Zeller (knee) is on the shelf. He seriously ramped up his production with averages of 22 points and 19 boards per game during two meetings with Houston last year. He will try to take it to young Clint Capela once again.
Jakob Poeltl @ LAL ($5.3k DraftKings, $5.4k FanDuel)
With both Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) and Lucas Nogueira (ankle) out, Jakob Poeltl thrived in a start against the defending champion Warriors. Neither player seems likely to return two nights later, and all it would take is “JoVal” remaining inactive to preserve Poeltl’s value. Toronto clearly has high hopes for the young man they took ninth overall in last year’s draft, and Poeltl has rewarded them thus far with averages of 15.7 points, 14.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per 36 minutes in his second season. The Lakers are coughing up the second-most rebounds per game (20.5) to opposing centers while playing at a blinding pace this year. Poeltl is actually fifth in the NBA with a 22.8 percent total rebounding rate.
Others to Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Enes Kanter, Kyle O’Quinn