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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.
The Full Roster contests on FanDuel (FD) include a new scoring system in which the lowest score of the nine selected players is dropped, allowing users to take more risks with a punt play or two. Then, DraftKings (DK) has brought back its late swap for NBA contests.
2/6/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Shootaround: $12 entry, $450k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $100K to 1st!
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $100k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $10K to 1st!
Wed. Shot: $9.99 entry, $375k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100K to 1st!
Wed. Slam: $77 entry, $150k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $30K to 1st!
NBA DFS Best Picks & Plays for February 6, 2019
Best DFS Guards for February 6, 2019
Luka Doncic vs. CHA ($9.5k DraftKings, $9.7k FanDuel)
Doncic has quickly become one of the safest cash or tournament plays in all of NBA DFS. Now that he’s manning the point with the arrival of Tim Hardaway, Jr. via trade, his opportunities should only increase. He’s been essentially matchup-proof as well, and his Wednesday opponent doesn’t present an insurmountable challenge by any stretch. The Hornets come into Wednesday’s game allowing 46.2 DK and 45.4 FD points per game to point guards, along with a robust 36.7 percent success rate from three-point range on the road. Doncic is taking 6.8 three-point attempts per contest and has put up no less than eight tries from behind the arc in five consecutive games. Doncic has also been a markedly better shooter at home, draining 46.5 percent of his attempts at American Airlines Center compared to 40.8 percent on the road.
Chris Paul at SAC ($7.1k DraftKings, $7.6k FanDuel)
Paul is still being managed carefully, but he should be in the starting lineup again Wednesday with a day of rest following his impressive performance versus the Suns on Monday night. The perennial All-Star racked up 38.25 DK and 39 FD points across just 33 minutes against Phoenix. The matchup is about as enticing Wednesday, and the pace should be even faster. The Kings are allowing bottom-10 figures to PGs in DK points (49.8), FD points (48.6), points (24.2), rebounds (6.5), assists (8.6), made threes (2.9), and steals (2.0). That leaves Paul no shortage of paths to another strong return against a team he already lit up for 43.5 DK/37.3 FD points over 33 minutes in one prior meeting this season. Sacramento is also playing at the third-highest pace in the NBA (106.7 possessions per game), furthering Paul’s already strong case.
Malik Beasley at BKN ($5.7k DraftKings, $5.1k FanDuel)
Beasley projects for another start at shooting guard with Gary Harris (groin) already ruled out Wednesday. The second-year guard has been thriving with extended minutes recently, scoring 30 DK points or more in three of his last five, and 29.75 in another contest during that span. The Nets haven’t exactly been the easiest of matchups for two-guards this season, but Beasley’s prices remain very reasonable relative to recent production, particularly on FD. Then, there’s also the matter of Beasley’s red-hot hand lately, one that saw him rattle off six straight games with 50.0 percent or better shooting before falling just short of the mark with a 6-for-13 performance versus the Pistons on Monday.
Other guards to consider: Jrue Holiday, Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, D’Angelo Russell, DeMar DeRozan, Eric Bledsoe, Kris Dunn, Klay Thompson, Monte Morris, Ricky Rubio, Malcolm Brogdon, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Frank Jackson, Patty Mills
Best DFS Forwards for February 6, 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. WAS ($11.4k DraftKings, $11.9k FanDuel)
“The Greek Freak” was the top forward when these two teams met last Saturday. Nothing has changed four days later, and Antetokounmpo looks even more appealing on his home floor. Giannis is shooting an impressive 58.6 percent at Fiserv Forum and averaging nearly 60 FPs per contest on both sites there. Then, the Wizards have yielded the second-most DK (50.2) and seventh-most FD (47.8) points per game to power forwards. Additionally, Washington is yielding bottom-10 figures in points (23.4), rebounds (12.3), and assists (3.9) per game to PFs, rendering them vulnerable to all aspects of Antetokounmpo’s game. Washington also continues ranked in the bottom half of the league in points in the paint allowed per game (49.8) and second-to-last in offensive efficiency rating (63.1) yielded in that area of the floor. In turn, Antetokounmpo is averaging a hefty 17.3 points in the paint per contest.
Lauri Markkanen vs. NO ($6.9k DraftKings, $7.8k FanDuel)
Markkanen is shooting a solid 45.7 percent on his home floor of United Center, including 42.2 percent from three-point range. He’s also scored over 40 FPs on both sites in three of his last four games, excellent returns on his current prices. The Pelicans come in allowing the most points (23.5) and second-most made threes (2.4) per game to fours, along with the seventh-highest shooting percentage (49.9) to the position. New Orleans is also tied with several teams for the seventh-highest road three-point success rate allowed (36.9 percent), and they sport the NBA’s lowest defensive efficiency rating (-16.0) in the paint. Then, Chicago’s fourth-lowest home shooting percentage (44.4) could certainly afford Markkanen extra opportunities on the offensive glass.
Kenrich Williams at CHI ($5k DraftKings, $5.4k FanDuel)
E’Twaun Moore is already ruled out for Wednesday’s game with a quadriceps injury, which leaves Williams slated for another start at small forward. The rookie has scored 27.0 to 41.0 DK points/25.1 to 39.1 FD points in his last four games with extended minutes. Williams has been especially steady on the boards over that stretch. He has three eight-rebound tallies and another with 16. The Bulls’ aforementioned shooting struggles should afford Williams plenty of chances on the defensive glass, while the third-highest three-point shooting percentage (36.4) they yield at home could be exploitable as well. Williams is shooting 35.7 percent from distance and improved in that area in each of his three college seasons at TCU, topping out at 39.5 percent last year.
Other forwards to consider: Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Buddy Hield, Khris Middleton, Draymond Green, Bobby Portis, Rudy Gay, Otto Porter, Jr., Trevor Ariza, Marvin Bagley III, Harrison Barnes, Josh Jackson
Best DFS Centers for February 6, 2019
Nikola Jokic at BKN ($10.6k DraftKings, $10.8k FanDuel)
Jokic draws the most enticing of matchups Wednesday, making him even more appealing than usual. “The Joker” sports a massive 34.0 percent usage rate and is averaging 1.63 DK/1.62 FD points per minute without Jamal Murray (ankle) and Gary Harris (groin) on the floor. He also eviscerated the Nets for over 70 FPs on both sites in one prior meeting this season. What’s more, the Nets are allowing the third-most DK (61.9) and FD (61.5) points per game to centers, along with bottom-10 figures in points (25.7), rebounds (17.4), assists (4.0), made threes (1.0), and blocks (2.7) to the position. Each of the many areas just alluded to are ones that the ultra-versatile Jokic is capable of exploiting, making his five-figure price justifiable.
Rudy Gobert vs. PHO ($8.5k DraftKings, $8.9k FanDuel)
“The Stifle Tower” boasts a 30-fantasy-point floor on either site and is averaging over 40 for the season on both. The Suns make for about as appealing matchup for centers as the aforementioned Nets. Phoenix is allowing the second-most DK (62.1) and FD (61.8) points per game to fives, along with the second-highest offensive efficiency rating (36.7) to the position. Then, the Suns allow the sixth-highest offensive efficiency rating in the paint (60.5), while Gobert is scoring 74.3 percent of his points (11.2 per game) in that area of the floor this season. With the potential for a double-double bonus and multiple blocks and steals any time he takes the floor, Gobert makes for a safe option in either cash games or GPPs.
Dwight Powell vs. CHA ($4.5k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
Powell is likely to draw another start at center as the Mavs move on from the departed DeAndre Jordan. Powell has logged 24 minutes in each of the first two games following Jordan’s trade to the Knicks. He scored over 20 FPs on each site in one of those games, and the potential will be there for similar production any time he sees a starter’s allotment of minutes moving forward. The Hornets make for an appealing matchup, considering they’ve allowed 56.7 DK and 56.9 FD points per game to centers. Charlotte is also allowing the fifth-highest offensive efficiency rating to both centers (34.8) and in the paint (60.6). Meanwhile, Powell is scoring 65.5 percent of his points in the paint, while the Hornets’ fourth-lowest road shooting percentage (43.9) could also give him a fair share of opportunities on the defensive glass.
Other centers to consider: Jahlil Okafor, Demarcus Cousins, Deandre Ayton, Brook Lopez, Willie Cauley-Stein, Mason Plumlee, Cody Zeller, Ed Davis, Kevon Looney, Cheick Diallo