DraftKings & FanDuel NBA DFS Lineups & Picks for January 21, 2018

Written By Nate Weitzer on January 21, 2018

NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for January 21, 2018

For the 1/21 NBA DFS slate, we’ll take a look at the best picks for the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering rostering in our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used when crafting your strategy on the Draft Fantasy App and on WinView Games.

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 lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.

Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.


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Nikola Vucevic (hand)
Myles Turner (elbow)
Arron Afflalo (suspension)
Lonzo Ball (knee)
Kawhi Leonard (quad)
Reggie Jackson (ankle)

Brandon Ingram (ankle)
Kyrie Irving (shoulder)
Manu Ginobili (thigh)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles)

NBA DFS Slate Breakdown for January 21, 2018

Orlando Magic (+10.5) at Boston Celtics (Over/Under – 208)

The Magic visit Boston to face a Celtics team that will almost assuredly bounce back from a surprising loss to Philadelphia Thursday, which had a lot to do with Kyrie Irving (shoulder) not playing.

Kyrie Irving ($8.6k, $8.2k) is expected to return to action today and he immediately becomes a safe play with upside against a Magic team that gives up the most FPPG (50.7) to opposing PGs this season.

Jaylen Brown ($6.4k, $5.6k) has been productive in both meetings with Orlando this year and Jayson Tatum ($5.4k, $5.2k) remains a quality cash play regardless of the opponent.

Marcus Morris ($4.9k, $4.7k) can offer salary relief and he should be good to log a few extra minutes after getting two full days of rest.

Evan Fournier ($5.9k, $5.8k) is hot right now, but he’s really struggled to score in two meetings with Boston’s top-rated defense this season. Aaron Gordon ($7.7k, $7.6k) is a far superior play against a Celtics team that’s vulnerable down low and Bismack Biyombo ($6.0k, $7.2k) is worth a look on DK despite his disappointing line on Friday since Boston’s giving up the third-most FPPG (56.95) and second-most RPG (18.1) to opposing centers over the last month.

Elfrid Payton ($6.6k, $7.0k) is coming off a bounce-back effort against the Cavs horrendous defense, but should find the sledding much tougher in Boston. Consider Jonathon Simmons ($5.2k, $4.8k) as a relative value since he’s the type of gritty scorer that can produce against the Celtics staunch defense.


New York Knicks (TBD) at Los Angeles Lakers (Over/Under – TBD)

The injury-plagued Lakers will host an inconsistent Knicks team tonight and they offer plenty of value with Lonzo Ball (knee) out, while Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) are both questionable.

Jordan Clarkson ($5.8k, $4.8k) emerged as the Lakers leading scorer with a career-high 33 points on Friday to snap their losing streak and he’s a recommended play in any format against a Knicks team that gives up the ninth-most FPPG (47.04) and third-most APG (9.02) to opposing PGs this season.

If KCP is still out, Josh Hart ($4.8k, $4.2k) could provide salary relief and be a bit more productive tonight while seeing 30-plus minutes once again. If Ingram remains out, consider Kyle Kuzma ($6.2k, $5.9k) in tournaments and feel free to use Larry Nance Jr. ($4.8k, $4.9k) as a mid-tier cash play regardless.

Kristaps Porzingis ($8.7k, $9.6k) was surprisingly quiet against Utah Friday and that may have had something to do with the return of Rudy Gobert. Now he faces a Lakers frontcourt that’s porous defensively in a “show out” game after he claimed that the NBA players know he should be an All-Star starter this year. Give him some exposure in GPPs.

Enes Kanter ($6.4k, $6.4k) has been making the most of his limited playing time while exceeding value in consecutive games and he could reach that double-double bonus on DK against a Lakers team that leads the league in pace.

Tim Hardaway Jr. ($6.8k, $5.9k) knocked off any remaining rust in shooting 11-of-17 from the floor for 31 points against the Jazz Friday and he could have another efficient game if the Lakers better defensive guards are still out.


Brooklyn Nets (+6) at Detroit Pistons (Over/Under – 208.5)

The premier play in this matchup and of the entire Sunday slate is Andre Drummond ($10.0k, $10.5k), who is coming off another monster game (14 points, 21 rebounds, 8 assists) in a loss against the Wizards on Friday. Brooklyn is far more vulnerable down low as the league’s 25th-rated defense and the Nets are giving up the most FPPG (55.88) and second-most RPG (16.67) to opposing centers this season.

Ish Smith ($6.0k, $6.4k) remains a solid cash play with Reggie Jackson (ankle) out, yet the best value on the Pistons side might be Avery Bradley ($5.5k, $5.4k) since he doesn’t appear hampered by his groin injury but is priced like he’s restricted. If desperate for a punt play, Reggie Bullock ($4.3k, $3.7k) is worth a look with Stanley Johnson (hip) not yet back to full speed.

DeMarre Carroll ($5.7k, $6.0k) matched a career-high with 26 points against the Heat on Friday and he draws a much better matchup tonight against the Pistons. Spencer Dinwiddie ($6.3k, $6.0k) remains a decent cash play since D’Angelo Russell (knee) only managed 1 point over 14 minutes of run in his return.

The feisty Nets offer another relative value in Caris LeVert ($5.1k, $5.4k), a talented wing who came alive late to help Brooklyn upset Miami the other night. Allen Crabbe ($4.5k, $4.7k) is more of a boom-bust play as a streaky shooter, but he’s playing enough to post a solid floor with decent peripheral stats.


Indiana Pacers (+6) at San Antonio Spurs (Over/Under – 200.5)

Spurs games don’t often offer many great DFS plays because of their spread offense and excellent defense. Gregg Popovich is wont to rest players without much notice and seems to do so on Sunday’s more often than any other day, so keep an eye on the status of all players listed below.

LaMarcus Aldridge ($8.9k, $9.1k) is clearly the top play in a Spurs uniform with Kawhi Leonard (quad) out indefinitely and he’s primed for a good game as long as he doesn’t get rested. Indiana gives up the second-most FPPG (55.64) to opposing centers this season and will be without Myles Turner (elbow), so Pau Gasol ($6.7k, $5.7k) is another strong option in the mid-tier range although he’s more likely to play limited minutes or sit on a Sunday.

Kyle Anderson ($5.0k, $5.0k) flashed some upside in his last outing, but is still a risky play even though he’s starting with Leonard out. Look for Patty Mills ($4.3k, $4.2k) and Dejounte Murray ($4.2k, $4.0k) for value if Tony Parker gets some rest today.

Victor Oladipo ($8.8k, $9.2k) has been relatively quiet against the Spurs and even without Leonard available, he might be worth fading tonight.

The Pacers offer some solid mid-tier options in Domantas Sabonis ($6.3k, $6.0k) and Darren Collison ($5.7k, $5.5k), who is seeing more usage with Lance Stephenson under the weather, but it’s hard to trust anyone from the visiting team against a Spurs team that’s elite at home, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

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Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.

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