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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.
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2/7/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Thursday Night Special: $15 entry, $425k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $100,000 to 1st!
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $130k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Shot: $9.99 entry, $375k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100,000 to 1st!
Slam: $55 entry, $125k guaranteed (FanDuel)
NBA DFS Top Plays for February 7, 2019
Best Guards for February 7, 2019
Kyrie Irving vs. LAL ($9.5k DraftKings, $10.4k FanDuel)
Amid all the trade rumors and outside criticism, Kyrie Irving could turn in a huge performance against his old teammate and one of the friendliest DFS matchups to be found. The Lakers are coughing up 114.7 PPG on the road and just laid down completely while giving up 136 points to low-scoring Indiana. The Celtics, meanwhile, are averaging 116.2 PPG while winning 10 of their last 11. Irving averages 25.3 PPG and shoots 54.6% from the field with a 125 offensive rating at TD Garden this season. The Lakers young players might lay down again, but there’s a greater chance they bounce back with better defensive efforts to force a close game. If they do, Irving should eat against a team that yields the most FPPG (43.92) to opposing PGs this season.
Kyle Lowry @ ATL ($7.1k DraftKings, $7.9k FanDuel)
Assuming the trade deadline has passed at the time you’re reading this article and Kyle Lowry was not traded, he would presumably be a bit peeved about being shopped around when Toronto is competing for a title this year. That narrative makes him a great GPP option, especially if Kawhi Leonard happens to rest in a winnable road game. Atlanta leads the league in pace and coughs up the most APG (27.5) and SPG (10.6) as a result. Lowry is rocking a career-high 36.8% assist rate this season and averages 1.5 steals per 36 minutes. He has he potential for 5.4x salary returns on with a ceiling of 51.5 DraftKings points per FantasyLabs.
Tyreke Evans vs. LAC ($4.3k DraftKings, $4.9k FanDuel)
After missing out on some initial opportunities to carry the offense with Victor Oladipo (quad) out for the year, Tyreke Evans appears healthy enough to give it a go. His sore back only held him to 26 minutes in Tuesday’s thrashing of the Lakers. He should be good for similar run tonight. That makes him an excellent value on DraftKings considering he owns a 28.2% usage rate when Dipo has been off the floor. The Clippers defense is mediocre on the wing, and who knows how the team will respond after the front office moved Tobias Harris for future draft picks? You can also consider rookie Aaron Holiday ($3.4k, $3.7k) as an extreme punt play. Finally, there’s Cory Joseph ($4.4k, $4.9k) as a boring Cash play as the Pacers search for their new offensive identity.
Other guards to consider: Damian Lillard, Lou Williams, Trae Young, Pat Beverley, Marcus Smart, D.J. Augustin Bryn Forbes
Best Forwards for February 7, 2019
LeBron James @ BOS ($10.4k DraftKings, $10.3k FanDuel)
An obvious pairing with Kyrie Irving tonight in GPP formats, LeBron James will have to carry the Lakers if they’re to have any chance of pulling off an upset in Boston. James was sharp offensively, but his teammates did not respond well in Indiana after their names were circulated in trade talks with New Orleans. We’re expecting a bigtime effort from LeBron at a venue where he’s had some of his biggest performances. James averaged 30.3 PPG, 10.8 RPG, and 8.2 APG over his last four trips to TD Garden. He’s been as efficient as ever with a 115 offensive rating and has seen a 3.5% increase in usage rate (to 36.4%) while averaging 1.53 FPs per minute when Lonzo Ball (ankle) is off the floor. Anyway, he’s glaringly cheap on FD and has a much higher per-dollar rating (77.25) on that site per FantasyLabs.
LaMarcus Aldridge @ POR ($7.8k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
The Spurs rested both LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan against Golden State last night in trademark fashion. Both stars should be back in the lineup tonight to face a hot Portland team that had won eight straight home games before falling to Miami on Tuesday. The Blazers face the sixth-most 2PTA (60.5) per game, and Aldridge is a mid-range master who is hitting 42 percent of his attempts from 15-20 feet this season. He’s had a few big games against his former team in the past and has continued rolling despite DeRozan’s return to the lineup on Feb 2. Both players should have increased responsibilities with Derrick White (foot) unavailable.
Jaren Jackson Jr. @ OKC ($6.0k DraftKings, $6.5k FanDuel)
Marc Gasol has been traded to Toronto and JaMychal Green was shipped to the Clippers right before the trade deadline. Jaren Jackson Jr. averages 1.10 FPs per minute (0.10 increase) when Gasol and Kyle Anderson (shoulder) are off the floor, and the latter is questionable to miss another game tonight. The rookie shined Tuesday with both out of the lineup, dropping 23 points in a stat-stuffing performance to exceed value by a wide margin. Steven Adams is a tough defender on traditional centers, but Jackson Jr. is a bit too quick for him and a bit too strong for Thunder PF Jerami Grant.
Other forwards to consider: Kawhi Leonard, Aaron Gordon, Thaddeus Young, Rudy Gay, Justin Holiday, Gordon Hayward, Terrence Ross
Best Centers for February 7, 2019
Karl-Anthony Towns @ ORL ($9.9k DraftKings, $11.1k FanDuel)
On FanDuel, we would recommend Nikola Vucevic at a huge price disparity ($9.6k) if you’re willing to pay up at center. But at a marginal difference on DK, Karl-Anthony Towns has the superior floor-ceiling combination in their H2H matchup. Vucevic is having a career year, but KAT has a marked advantage in athleticism. He went for 29 points and 15 rebounds while helping hold “Vooch” to 22 points and 7 boards in their first meeting this season. Towns also sees a monstrous increase in usage rate (5.5%) and averages 0.22 more FPs per minute (1.68) when Derrick Rose (ankle, out) and Jeff Teague (foot, doubtful) are off the floor.
Al Horford vs. LAL ($6.7k DraftKings, $7.5k FanDuel)
Whether or not you’re stacking this game and hoping for a duel between Irving and James, Al Horford is a quality option in any format at his DK price. The steady center posted another well-rounded line with 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists in an easy win at Cleveland Tuesday and should be able to stuff the stat sheet against a Lakers team that ranks fourth in pace. The Lakers cough up the second-most FPPG (49.57) and most RPG (16.12) to opposing centers this season. Horford averages 1.22 FPs per minute at home versus 0.99 FPs per minute on the road. Finally, he’s averaging 1.38 FPs per minute over his last six appearances overall.