DraftKings Lineups & Picks for January 13, 2017

Posted By Nate Weitzer on January 13, 2017
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DFS NBA Lineups for January 13, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com

DFS NBA is fast-paced, high-scoring, and the right work and research, an incredibly fun variant of daily fantasy that can be quite profitable.

Each day that there’s a good slate of games, we’ll give you the game totals, spreads, and pertinent injury news for NBA daily fantasy, as well as some players that we’re considering for our lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. Be sure and monitor any of the injury news that comes out throughout the day, as value plays can arise in a moments notice.

PLAYERS RULED OUT

Avery Bradley (Achilles)
Jeremy Lin (hamstring)
Jeremy Lamb (foot)
Jon Leuer (knee)
Josh Richardson (foot)
Clint Capela (leg)

INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR

Zach LaVine (hip)
Eric Gordon (toe)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder)
Isaiah Whitehead (knee)
Amir Johnson (ankle)
Patrick Patterson (knee)

NBA GAME SPREADS, TOTALS & START TIME FOR TODAY’S GAMES

Hornets -5 @ 76ers (7:00p): 211.5
Nets @ Raptors -16 (7:30p): 222.5
Celtics @ Hawks -2.5 (8:00p): 213.5
Grizzlies @ Rockets -7.5 (8:00p): 216
Heat @ Bucks -7 (8:00p): 204.5
Thunder -2 @ Timberwolves (8:00p): 208
Magic @ Blazers -7 (10:00p): 213
Pistons @ Jazz -10 (10:30p): 191.5
Cavs -6.5 @ Kings (10:30p): 211

Best NBA Picks for January 13, 2017

James Harden ($11.4k DraftKings, $11.6k FanDuel)
He’s cheaper than he’s been on DK in several weeks and the fact that Harden faces Memphis at home tonight does little to dissuade me from using him as a staple for cash game lineups. The Beard is on fire with averages of 31.3 PPG and 11.4 APG over his last 7 appearances and is posting a 34.9% Usage Rate while averaging 1.45 FPs per minute when Eric Gordon is off the floor this season. Gordon didn’t even travel for the Rockets last game and he’s unlikely to return from a toe injury tonight, while Harden has already torched the Grizzlies supposedly stout defense for 16 points and 17 assists in a meeting earlier this season.

LeBron James ($9.7k DraftKings, $9.9k FanDuel)
The Cavaliers took more or less of a scheduled loss in Portland the other night due to the extreme circumstances created by a blizzard on the second half of their B2B set. They appear to be a team on the ropes right now, but that’s when LeBron’s leadership surfaces, and he certainly wasn’t at fault for their blowout loss on Wednesday with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists over 31 minutes in that contest. Tonight he should exceed that production in a matchup against the Kings 23rd-ranked defense that he averaged 23.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG and 8 APG against over 2 meetings last season. LeBron is a fantastic player on the road and he’s frankly underpriced on both main DFS sites ahead of a great matchup.

Hassan Whiteside ($8.4k DraftKings, $8.6k FanDuel)
Coming off a monstrous 20-20 game against the league-leading Warriors, Mr. Whiteside is in great position to exceed value against a poor Bucks interior defense. Milwaukee might appear to have good DvP numbers against opposing centers, but they struggle against game-changing talents such as Whiteside, who posted 12 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks over just 29 minutes in a meeting with the Bucks earlier this year. He’s coming alive for the Heat and seems well rested after missing a couple of games with an eye injury, so he may very well wind up as the top center play tonight with DeMarcus Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns drawing tough matchups.

Mid Tier NBA DFS Picks

Reggie Jackson ($6.4k DraftKings, $6.5k FanDuel)
Last night, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went down early with a shoulder injury and Jackson stepped up to keep pace with the high-powered Warriors offense. He’ll be forced to take on a heavy load on the road once again with KCP unlikely to suit up tonight and he faces a Jazz defense that is solid overall, but somewhat vulnerable to athletic point guards. Isaiah Thomas and Kyle Lowry are the most recent floor generals to post huge lines against Utah and Jackson is certainly capable of putting up a big double double with his 28.2% Usage Rate and 32.4% Assist Rate on the season.

Enes Kanter ($5.6k DraftKings, $5.9k FanDuel)
While Steven Adams starts and does most of the dirty work for the Thunder down low, Kanter is the big man reaping the benefits in the box score. Opposing defenses are selling out to try and stop Russell Westbrook and that’s left the offensive glass vulnerable to Kanter, who is averaging 15.3 PPG and 9.3 RPG over his last 6 appearances. Tonight he faces a Wolves team that ranks 27th in opponents FG shooting (.469%) and coughs up the fourth-most PPG (22.96) to opposing centers this season so Kanter is in a position to succeed tonight in a potential shootout.

Al-Farouq Aminu ($5.3k DraftKings, $5.8k FanDuel)
The Blazers play a very fantasy friendly style right now and that’s led to positive production from their host of wing players. Aminu just exceeded value in his fourth consecutive appearance despite shooting 0-for-5 from downtown, as he piled up 11 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists while playing 31 minutes in a blowout win over the Cavs on Wednesday. Now he’ll face an Orlando squad that is ranked 25th in total rebounding and struggles to matchup with quicker forwards with Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic spending extensive time at the 4 this year. Give Aminu a look as a reliable cash game play with potential if he can get his shot to fall.

Bargain Tier NBA DFS Picks

Evan Turner ($4.3k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
He might be the most appealing option on the wing for the Blazers, yet Turner is cheaper than both Aminu and Maurice Harkless tonight. The point forward just handed out a team-high 11 assists in a win over the Cavs and grabbed 8 rebounds, so he would’ve had a legitimate shot at a triple double if the game stayed close and he was able to knock down a couple of shots. In any case, ET met or exceeded value in his ninth consecutive appearance and he draws a plus matchup tonight against a Magic team that is giving up the seventh-most RPG (9.08) to opposing SFs and sixth-most FPPG (46.06) to opposing PGs over the last month.

Michael Beasley ($4k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
His massive game in a stunning win over the Spurs on Wednesday was due in part to the early departure of Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness), but Beasley is still likely to see a significant role for the Bucks with The Greek Freak getting healthier ahead of a much easier matchup tonight. The Heat have become more vulnerable on the wing with Justise Winslow (shoulder) done for the year and Beasley will have revenge on his mind against his former team. He’s still not a safe play for cash game formats, but the pure scorer has the potential to provide 6x returns on his price tag once again.

Sean Kilpatrick (4.4k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
Here’s another value play that comes with some risk but could also provide a significant reward, as Kilpatrick should see plenty of minutes at PG with Isaiah Whitehead and Jeremy Lin both looking doubtful for the Nets tonight. Kilpatrick is clearly the most talented guard in Brooklyn and he flashed some of that potential with 18 points and 29.75 DK points (25.9 FD points) over 27 minutes last night. Tonight he’ll face a Raptors team that has surprisingly enough allowed the fourth-most FPPG (40.9) to opposing SGs over the last month and he could carry Brooklyn whether the Nets are blown out or keep this game close on the second half of a B2B set.

If, Then Player

If Zach LaVine (hip) misses another game tonight for the Wolves, feel free to use Shabazz Muhammad as a value play, and stack Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns in all formats with Minnesota hosting the Thunder.

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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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