NBA DFS

The NBA DFS season rolls on Wednesday, 11/7/18, and we’ve got our best picks for your DraftKings and FanDuel lineups for tonight

With a 10-game slate, there is a $200k purse ($50k to 1st) available on DraftKings for an entry fee of $44. If you’re looking for a lower stakes contest, enter the “Excellent 8’s” for $8 with a shot at a share of $500k in guaranteed money. Also, FanDuel is offering a $333k purse for a $9.99 entry fee.

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. Value plays on the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice so always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.

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NBA DFS Top Plays for November 7, 2018

Best DFS Guards for November 7, 2018

Kyle Lowry at SAC ($8.9k DraftKings, $8.8k FanDuel)

Lowry has been rejuvenated with the arrival of Kawhi Leonard and the corresponding exit of former backcourt mate DeMar DeRozan. The veteran point guard has upped his scoring average from last season’s 16.2 to 17.9, and he’s dishing out a career-best 11.5 assists. Moreover, he could once again be without Leonard on Wednesday, who is questionable with the ankle/foot injury that already cost him Monday’s game versus the Jazz. If so, Lowry will be in an even better position than he already normally would be against the Kings, a team that’s allowed the fourth-most DK (49.0) and third-most FD (48.5) points per game to point guards. They’ve also yielded bottom-10 figures in points (23.8), rebounds (9.7), assists (5.1), blocks (1.3), and made three-pointers (2.5) per contest to point guards. That all gives Lowry an abundance of paths to fantasy success.

Tim Hardaway Jr. vs. ATL ($7.8k DraftKings, $7.5k FanDuel)

Hardaway should be ready to go for a matchup versus his old Hawks squad Wednesday. Atlanta’s 2013 first-round pick is averaging a career-best 23.3 points on a career-high 18.7 shot attempts per game with New York. Plus, he sports a team-high 29.5 percent usage rate. The Hawks make for an ideal matchup, considering they’ve allowed the second-most DK points (48.1) and third-most FD points (45.1) per game to two-guards. They’ve also allowed the second-most made threes per game (3.7) to that position, which bodes particularly well for Hardaway’s fantasy outlook. He’s taking a robust 8.7 three-point attempts per game and draining them at a career-best 40.2 percent clip.

Derrick Rose at LAL ($5.6k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)

Jeff Teague has already been ruled out for Wednesday’s contest with his knee injury, putting Rose squarely in play against the fast-paced, defensively challenged Lakers. Los Angeles has allowed 44.2 DK and 43.5 FD points per game to point guards while Rose has scored over 20 fantasy points on both sites in all but the Wolves’ opener. Included in that sample is one game over 40 and another over 60, the latter his career-high 50-point effort. The Lakers are currently playing at the third-fastest pace in the NBA (109.9 possessions per game), including 110.6 per game at home. Given his bargain price on both sites and the likelihood of a high-scoring affair, Rose presents as one of the best values on the slate.

Other guards to consider: Ben Simmons, DeMar DeRozan, Victor Oladipo, Jrue Holiday, Zach LaVine, Dennis Schroder

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Best DFS Forwards for November 7, 2018

Blake Griffin at ORL ($9.9k DraftKings, $9.6k FanDuel)

Griffin will be licking his chops for a crack at a Magic squad that’s allowed 46.4 DK and 43.6 FD points per game to power forwards, along with the sixth-most rebounds (13.2) and 10th-most made threes (2.2) to the position per contest. Griffin is grabbing his most rebounds (11.3) since his rookie 2010-11 season. He’s also draining a career-best 42.6 percent of his career-high 6.0 three-point attempts per contest. The All-Star forward has also been as steady as they come, scoring over 40 fantasy points on either site in all but one game this season. With a team-high 30.3 usage rate in tow, Griffin is one of the slate’s true locks if you’re paying up at power forward.

Josh Richardson vs. SA ($7.7k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)

In Kawhi Leonard’s San Antonio heyday, rostering a small forward against the Spurs was usually akin to flushing money away. That’s far from the case these days as the Spurs rank in the bottom 10 in multiple categories versus threes. That includes fantasy points (45.8 per game on DK, 44.7 per game on FD), points (23.2), rebounds (9.5), and assists (4.8) allowed per game to the position. Richardson is a player with the talent level to exploit those weaknesses. He’s averaging a career-best 21.4 points on a career-high 17.2 shot attempts per game. The fourth-year wing is also sporting a solid 23.9 percent usage rate that could well see a boost if Hassan Whiteside does miss the game with a knee injury. In one game without Whiteside this season, Richardson exploded for 54.0 DK and 53.6 FD points.

Domantas Sabonis vs. PHI ($6.1k DraftKings, $6.1k FanDuel)

I consider Sabonis one of the best values at any position on the slate based on both recent production and matchup. The third-year big is averaging 30.6 DK and 29.8 FD points per contest and will be facing a Sixers squad that’s been the most vulnerable to power forwards across the board. Philadelphia is surrendering the most DK (60.2) and FD (58.8) points to the position. That’s along with the most points (27.8) and rebounds (15.0) per game to fours. Sabonis is averaging career highs in both categories (13.9 and 8.7, respectively), lining up perfectly for what should be a strong return on a still-reasonable price.

Other forwards to consider: LeBron James, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, LaMarcus Aldridge, Aaron Gordon, Nikola Mirotic

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Best DFS Centers for November 7, 2018

Andre Drummond at ORL ($9k DraftKings, $9.6k FanDuel)

Drummond is once again rattling off double-doubles with regularity. His most recent was a 25-point, 24-rebound explosion in an overtime loss to the Heat on Monday night. He’s averaging 44.8 DK and 43.4 FD points per game and will face a Magic team that just allowed a 19-point, 16-rebound double-double to Tristan Thompson, a player of considerably lesser caliber than Drummond. The dominant big man should be able to exploit Orlando’s averages of 55.1 DK and 53.9 FD points allowed per game, numbers partly comprised of 16.01 rebounds yielded per contest. Moreover, Orlando’s second-worst field-goal percentage (42.6) coupled with Detroit’s third-worst 42.7 percent figure should afford Drummond an abundance of opportunity on the boards.

Julius Randle vs. CHI ($6.5k DraftKings, $7.2k FanDuel)

Randle has found his niche on the Pelicans second unit. He’s averaging 33.0 DK and 32.4 FD points per game across 24.2 minutes per contest. New Orleans’ brisk 110.7 possessions per game at home certainly work in his favor, as does the matchup Wednesday. The Bulls check in allowing the sixth-most DK (60.4) and fifth-most FD (60.6) points per game to centers. Those figures are partly comprised of the fourth-most rebounds (17.4) and third-most blocks (3.6) allowed per game to the position. Randle should see his usual allotment of minutes in the mid-20s. This gives him ample opportunity to deliver on what remains a reasonable cost for a player of his caliber.

Jonas Valanciunas at SAC ($5k DraftKings, $6k FanDuel)

Valanciunas continues producing, but he’s seen his price mostly hold steady. The veteran big man is especially priced to move on DK, where he’s averaging 27.6 fantasy points per game. Plus, he is always a threat for a double-double bonus. The Kings have allowed 59.6 DK and 59.1 FD points per game to fives, including the third-most rebounds (18.3) per contest. That puts Valanciunas in prime position for success, considering his work on the boards. The Kings also bring a nice boost in pace for the Raptors (110.1 possessions per game, second most in NBA). What’s more, they’re allowing the third-most points in the paint (54.6) per contest. Valanciunas is scoring 62.7 percent of his points in that area of the floor.

Other centers to consider: Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic, Rudy Gobert, DeAndre Jordan

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