NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for November 3, 2017
For the NBA DFS slate tonight, and for the rest of the season, we’ll be writing up the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering for our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel.
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11/3/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings Excellent 8’s: $8 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
DraftKings Triple Threat: $33 buy-in, $225k guaranteed
DraftKings Alley Oop: $555 buy-in, $555k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $370 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $44 buy-in, $200k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Kawhi Leonard (quad)
Larry Nance Jr. (finger)
Greg Monroe (calf)
Chris Paul (knee)
Tristan Thompson (calf)
Zach LaVine (knee)
D.J. Augustin (hamstring)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Kristaps Porzingis (illness)
Myles Turner (concussion)
Elfrid Payton (hamstring)
J.J. Redick (back)
Best NBA DFS Picks for November 3, 2017
D’Angelo Russell @ LAL ($7.9k DraftKings, $7.5k FanDuel)
This is a revenge game for D’Angelo Russell after the alleged future centerpiece of the Lakers’ rebuild was discarded for a newer, flashier No. 2 overall pick in Lonzo Ball. Everyone’s been going at Ball with generally positive results, as the Lakers are allowing the ninth-most FPPG (49.46) to opposing PGs this season. Brooklyn is once again atop the league in pace, and the Lakers rank fourth. Russell is thriving as the top option for a young Nets team with a career-high 34.6 percent usage rate.
Bradley Beal vs. CLE ($7.4k DraftKings, $8.0k FanDuel)
You could say it’s unfortunate that Beal dropped 40 points in his last game to stop a brief scoring skid, or look on the bright side and hope he carries that momentum into a bigger game against Cleveland. The Cavs’ defense has been horrendous this year, especially against opposing backcourts. They’re giving up the seventh-most FPPG (44.28) to opposing SGs and second-most FPPG (52.84) to opposing PGs while ranking dead last in defensive rating. Beal really stepped up with 68 points on 51 percent shooting over two meetings with Cleveland last year and should run around aging Dwayne Wade and/or weak defender J.R. Smith this evening.
Kris Dunn @ ORL ($4.7k DraftKings, $5.3k FanDuel)
Kris Dunn followed up a solid season debut with a better showing in a close loss at Miami, so he’s a very reasonable value to consider in what should be a close tilt in Orlando tonight. The Magic are ranked third in pace and are coughing up the ninth-most PPG (23.5) to opposing PGs this season. With Zach LaVine (knee) and Nikola Mirotic (face) still out, Dunn’s been forced into a larger role. He’s responded thus far with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists over 51 minutes of play.
Others to Consider: Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Dennis Schroder, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mike James, Shelvin Mack
LeBron James @ WAS ($10.6k DraftKings, $10.6k FanDuel)
Cleveland’s horrible defense ensures LeBron James will continue to play hard. He makes for a great correlation play if you’re using Beal and/or John Wall tonight. The Cavs and Wizards had three epic showdowns last year in which James averaged 27.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 10 assists per game. He’s playing more at the point this season despite the return of Derrick Rose (ankle), posting a career-best 45.6 percent assist rate and a career-best 66.4 true shooting percentage. Cleveland’s sluggish start is certainly not on The King.
Domantas Sabonis @ PHI ($6.3k DraftKings, $5.6k FanDuel)
He’s playing so well that Domantas Sabonis is expected to continue getting starting minutes even after Myles Turner returns from a concussion. Turner remains doubtful tonight, and Sabonis is averaging 1.20 FPs per minute with him off the floor, while posting a stellar 32 percent defensive rebounding rate overall. Tonight, he faces a Sixers team playing at the fifth-fastest pace and giving up the eighth-most PPG (108.4) this year, leading to several close contests filled with DFS goodness.
T.J. Warren @ NY ($5.6k DraftKings, $6.2k FanDuel)
The lack of an adjustment to T.J. Warren’s price tag is quite alarming after he carried lineups to GPP success with 40 points and 10 boards on Wednesday to post a second consecutive double-double. The young Suns are turning a corner under Jay Triano, and the biggest risk is that they’re actually on the plus side of a blowout tonight if Knicks leader Kristaps Porzingis (illness) is limited or inactive. Regardless, Warren is in line to meet or exceed value against a mediocre defensive team. Phoenix is vulnerable on the wing and is giving up the ninth-most FPPG (42.91) to opposing SFs this season.
Others to Consider: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lauri Markkanen, Thaddeus Young, Julius Randle, Bojan Bogdanovic, Kyle Kuzma
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DeMarcus Cousins @ DAL ($11.5k DraftKings, $12.0k FanDuel)
We glossed over the truly high-priced guards tonight because DeMarcus Cousins seems to have a higher ceiling in a juicy matchup. He could continue to dominate the competition at his position. Cousins faces a Mavericks team that’s woefully under-manned down low with skinny Nerlens Noel and ancient Dirk Nowitzki sharing reps at center. That’s part of the reason Dallas allows the fifth-most FPPG (59.12) to opposing centers this season. Boogie averaged 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds over four meetings with Dallas last year, and while his usage rate is slightly down (33.1 percent) this season, his true shooting percentage (61.3) is by far the highest of his career.
Nikola Jokic vs. MIA ($8.6k DraftKings, $9.3k FanDuel)
For more than matchup reasons, Nikola Jokic is a great play tonight because he’s starting to heat up with consistent production and remains a bit under priced on DK. The versatile center should be able to use his quickness to burn hulking center Hassan Whiteside, who was only on the floor for 28 minutes in his return from a knee injury on Wednesday. The Joker is averaging 13.25 rebounds and 5.25 assists over his last four appearances and 20.3 points over his last six outings. The big man is just a couple of stats away from a potential triple-double. He had little trouble scoring against Whiteside with averages of 18 points and 12 rebounds per game while shooting 59.3 percent in two meetings with Miami last year.
Others to Consider: Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond, Clint Capela, Brook Lopez, John Henson