NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for November 13, 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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11/13/17 NBA DFS TOURNAMENTS
DraftKings Excellent 8’s: $8 buy-in, $500k guaranteed
DraftKings Triple Threat: $33 buy-in, $225k guaranteed
DraftKings Sharpshooter: $3 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
FanDuel Monster: $333 buy-in, $250k guaranteed
FanDuel Clutch Shot: $4 buy-in, $400k guaranteed
FanDuel Slam: $33 buy-in, $150k guaranteed
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Rudy Gobert (knee)
Ersan Ilyasova (knee)
Rajon Rondo (groin)
Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle)
Jerryd Bayless (wrist)
Larry Nance Jr. (thumb)
D.J. Augustin (hamstring)
Jonathan Isaac (ankle)
Tony Allen (knee)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Steph Curry (quad)
Elfrid Payton (hamstring)
Patrick Beverley (knee)
Danilo Gallinari (glute)
Gary Harris (shoulder)
Derrick Rose (ankle)
Best NBA DFS Picks for November 13, 2017
Lonzo Ball @ PHO ($7.3k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)
Lonzo Ball’s shooting struggles this year have been well documented. But there’s some legitimacy to his assertion that it’s “all in [his] head,” considering how much pressure has been put on him by his father’s loud mouth. Eventually, Ball should return to how he shot in college, and what better time to break out than against a pseudo-college team in the Suns. Ball produced his best line of the season with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists over 37 minutes when the Lakers faced the Suns on Oct. 20. Plus, that was with Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix’s lineup. Now, Phoenix is rotating rookie Mike James and the diminutive Tyler Ulis at the point, as the Suns are coughing up the most FPPG (52.56) to that position this year.
Tim Hardaway Jr. vs. CLE ($6.1k DraftKings, $6.0k FanDuel)
Tim Hardaway Jr.’s hot shooting streak came to an end on Saturday when he hit just 2-of-11 shots and missed all six of his attempts from downtown in a win over the Kings. That puts him in a prime bounce-back spot against a Cavs team that ranks 29th in opponent FG shooting. Cleveland is also giving up the highest 3PT percentage (.469) and most 3PTM per game (13.3) this season. Hardaway had his best game of the season with 34 points, eight assists, and 57 DK points in a win at Cleveland last month and would meet value tonight by producing even half those totals.
Lou Williams vs. PHI ($5.6k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
It’s tough to fade Lou Williams after his 35-point outburst on Friday night. He’s scored in double figures in eight straight games and is averaging 22 points per game over his last four appearances. Tonight, the former Sixers guard faces his old team with teammates Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) both questionable. When those players are off the floor “Sweet Lou” is averaging 1.05 FPs per minute and posting a 28.7 percent usage rate. He stands to remain productive against a Sixers team giving up the second-most FPPG (44.95) and most PPG (27.5) to opposing shooting guards this season.
Others to Consider: Devin Booker, Tyreke Evans, Will Barton, Austin Rivers, Donovan Mitchell, J.J. Redick, Shelvin Mack
Kristaps Porzingis vs. CLE ($9.6k DraftKings, $9.6k FanDuel)
Starting the best player on a team opposing the Cavs has been a foolproof strategy all year. There’s no reason to expect change on this front with one of the most unstoppable offensive players in the league welcoming Cleveland to MSG tonight. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging an absurd 32.4 points per game on 55.3 percent shooting, with a 37.3 percent usage rate and 22 blocks, over eight home games this season. Post-Melo, he is absolutely asserting that the Knicks are his team. Cleveland, which still ranks last in defensive rating, is giving up the ninth-most PPG (23.31) to opposing PFs this season and is shorthanded down low with Tristan Thompson (calf) out multiple weeks.
T.J. Warren vs. LAL ($6.2k DraftKings, $7.1k FanDuel)
This young man has been insanely productive for the Suns, peaking with 35 points on efficient 15-of-22 shooting in a win over Minnesota on Friday. Plus, his price tag is still relatively low on DK. If he can drop 35 against Jimmy Butler and a legitimate playoff team, he figures to do just fine against a Lakers squad that plays at the fourth-fastest pace in the NBA and has given up the second-most FPPG (42.73) over the last two seasons. T.J. Warren’s usage rate (26.2 percent) has skyrocketed this year, and his playing time has become much more secure under interim HC Jay Triano.
Jonathon Simmons @ GSW ($4.6k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
With Elfrid Payton (hamstring) still dealing with soreness and backup PG D.J. Augustin (hamstring) unlikely to play, the Magic may be forced to start uninspiring third-stringer Shelvin Mack or go with more positionless lineups at Oracle Arena. The Warriors can force teams to put as many athletes as possible on the floor at one time, and Jonathan Simmons matches up well against their so-called “death lineups.” He dropped 20 points and finished a +29 in a stunning route of the Dubs in last year’s season opener. We’re not implying the Magic (+14.5) will win tonight, just that Simmons will see extra opportunities as a playmaker given the state of Orlando’s point guard situation.
Others to Consider: LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, Julius Randle, Markieff Morris, Evan Turner, Luke Babbitt
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Marc Gasol @ MIL ($7.2k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)
Marc Gasol has been a great Cash play this year, and he has more upside than usual in a plus matchup at Milwaukee tonight. The Bucks are giving up the sixth-most PPG (24.27) to opposing centers and have continued to struggle defending the paint, ranking 21st overall in defensive rating this year. Gasol averaged 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.5 assists over two meetings with Milwaukee last season, but his usage rate has increased to 27.5 percent this year. He has also added wrinkles to his offensive game to give opposing defenders fits. The Bucks simply don’t have the personnel necessary to stop him, what with skinny John Henson and 20-year-old Thon Maker taking turns at center.
Jusuf Nurkic vs. DEN ($7.1k DraftKings, $8.4k FanDuel)
There’s a definite revenge narrative in play for Jusuf Nurkic every time he faces a Nuggets franchise that traded him away for modest returns and the player who blocked him from starting in Nikola Jokic. In his sole meeting with Denver last year, Nurkic went off for 33 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks. He should get plenty of run tonight given his obvious motivation in this spot and the fact that he’s the best candidate to guard Jokic. Of course, “The Joker” is on a tear for the Nuggets once again but has some defensive limitations that have played into Denver’s mediocre defensive rating (18th) and total rebounding rate (20th in the NBA) this year.
Others to Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid, Enes Kanter, Marcin Gortat, Dewayne Dedmon
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