DFS NBA Lineups for February 1, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com
Each day that there’s a good slate of DFS NBA 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.
We have twelve games on the main NBA slate for 2/1/17, and as you’d imagine, there are plenty of top tier plays to choose from this Wednesday. In total, eight players are priced at $9k or higher on DraftKings with Russell Westbrook topping everyone at $12,000. DraftKings has two $400,000 guaranteed tournaments, one at the $4 level and one at the $33 level. DK is also running a $33 buy-in qualifier to their NBA live final. At FanDuel, we’ve got a $3 buy-in, $350,000 guaranteed GPP as well as a $25 qualifier to their NBA live final. And finally, be aware of the ‘blowout factor’ as the Hornets, on the road, on the back half of a back to back, are currently 14-point underdogs to the Warriors.
As always, be sure and monitor any of the injury news that breaks throughout the day, as value plays and player upgrades can arise in a moments notice.
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Nikola Jokic (hip)
Enes Kanter (arm)
Joel Embiid (knee)
Kevin Love (back)
DeMar DeRozan (ankle)
Chris Paul (thumb)
Jeremy Lin (hamstring)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Emmanuel Mudiay (back)
Will Barton (back)
Derrick Rose (ankle)
Kristaps Porzingis (illness)
Stephen Curry (illness)
Avery Bradley (Achilles)
Deron Williams (toe)
Cody Zeller (quad)
NBA GAME SPREADS, TOTALS & START TIME FOR TODAY’S GAMES
Pacers -2 @ Magic (7:00p): 211.5
Timberwolves @ Cavs -7 (7:00p): 213
Raptors -1.5 @ Celtics (7:30p): n/a
Knicks -2.5 @ Nets (7:30p): 223
Hawks -1 @ Heat (7:30p): 203.5
Pelicans @ Pistons -6.5 (7:30p): 211.5
76ers @ Mavericks -6 (8:30p): 203
Grizzlies @ Nuggets -3.5 (9:00p): n/a
Bucks @ Jazz -8 (9:00p): 197
Clippers -3 @ Suns (9:00p): 220.5
Bulls @ Thunder -3.5 (9:30p): 207
Hornets @ Warriors -14 (10:30p): 223
Best NBA Picks for February 1, 2017
Russell Westbrook ($12k DraftKings, $12.6k FanDuel)
While he was unable to post a triple double against one of the three remaining teams in the NBA that have kept him from doing his thing, Westbrook could very well cross one of those three of his list tonight when his Thunder host the struggling Bulls. Chicago is in the midst of bitter in-fighting and a revolving door rotation at PG, which is part of the reason why the Bulls cough up the fourth-most FPPG (46.98), most APG (10.14) and fifth-most RPG (6.57) to opposing PGs over the last month. Westy is a little cheaper than usual on DK, where he’s very tempting because of that triple double bonus and he was only one rebound away from earning that designation when faced the Bulls earlier this season.
Andre Drummond ($7.9k DraftKings, $8.7k FanDuel)
To a certain degree, Drummond’s huge lines in recent games were due to his fantastic matchups, but you also have to give the big man some credit for succeeding in those spots. He just dropped 28 points and 22 boards on the undersized Celtics and continues to improve on his production each time he takes the floor over the last week. Tonight he draws another great matchup at home against a Pelicans team that gives up the second-most RPG (15.91) and an above average 47.18 FPPG to opposing centers this season. Anthony Davis looked lost while holding down the middle for New Orleans last night and his shaky health makes the Pelicans more vulnerable in the middle.
Kyle Lowry ($8.6k DraftKings, $8.7k FanDuel)
Lowry is an incredibly proud player and he’s going to take an individual matchup with Isaiah Thomas to heart. The Celtics PG is lighting the league on fire and he probably won’t be stopped by just one player, but he’s vulnerable on the defensive end and Lowry will look to match his production by burning him in like fashion. The absence of DeMar DeRozan (ankle) on the second half of this B2B set opens up more opportunities for Lowry after he went for 33 points and 10 dimes in a great performance last night. He’s now sporting a 32.7% Usage Rate with DDR off the floor this season and Boston has been generous enough to opposing PGs to feel comfortable about using Lowry on the road tonight.
Mid Tier DFS NBA Picks
Brandon Jennings ($5.2k DraftKings, $5.6k FanDuel)
Jennings certainly came through as a mid-tier play last night with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists against an improving Wizards team, so he’s certainly worth a look against the bottom-feeding Nets tonight. Brooklyn gives up the most FPPG (49.97), fourth-most PPG (24.71) and APG (9.2) to opposing PGs this season and coughs up the most PPG (114.6) overall while playing at the fastest pace in the NBA. Jennings is a street ball legend who loves to play in up-tempo games and he should only be growing more comfortable as he’ll likely make his third straight start for the Knicks with Derrick Rose (ankle) looking iffy at best for the second half of their B2B set.
Norman Powell ($5.5k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
Powell suffered a mild ankle injury last night but returned and logged 40 minutes while scoring 18 points in a narrow win over the Pelicans. Given the return, he should be fine on the second half of a B2B set. With DeMar DeRozan not expected to play, Powell should draw another start and he’s clearly encouraged to fire away when he starts, as he’s actually attempted more FGs over 12 starts than over his 36 appearances off the bench this year. Powell draws a plus matchup tonight against a Celtics team that he burned for 20 points and 5 steals over 36 minutes in a spot start for DeMarre Carroll back in December and he’s obviously a great value option on FanDuel.
Bargain Tier DFS NBA Picks
Dario Saric ($4.4k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
There are plenty of appealing options to consider with Joel Embiid slated to miss another game for the 76ers tonight, but Saric is probably the best true value play. He’s going play solid minutes as a swing forward and he demonstrated his versatility with 6 rebounds and 5 assists in addition to his 17 points on 8-of-11 FG shooting in a win over Sacramento on Monday. The young European is growing more and more confident with his shot at the NBA level and he draws a great matchup tonight against a Mavericks team that ranks dead last in 3PT defense and 27th in overall FG defense.
Channing Frye ($4k DraftKings, $4.2k FanDuel)
Even though he didn’t start and didn’t play over 20 minutes in a loss at Dallas, Frye certainly saw more usage and seemed to play harder with Kevin Love inactive. Love is not expected to return for tonight’s tilt against the Wolves and it’s possible that Frye will get a chance to start over Richard Jefferson since he matches up much better against Minnesota PF Gorgui Dieng. The sharpshooting PF is still a solid piece for the Cavs and he’s capable of knocking down good looks against a Wolves team that ranks 26th in opponents’ FG shooting (.469%) this season.
Rajon Rondo ($4.1k DraftKings, $5.2k FanDuel)
He’s more of a mid-tier play on FanDuel tonight but Rondo is a bargain in the sense that he’s a high-upside punt play who comes with plenty of risk. You never know what’s going to happen with the Bulls backcourt right now as they continue to fire shots on social media and receive DNP-CDs or increased playing time based on how HC Fred Hoiberg sees fit. Yet Rondo has somehow played his way back into the rotation with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists over 43 minutes in his last 2 appearances and if he plays around 25 minutes again tonight he’ll certainly pay off his salary on DK.
If, Then Player
If Kristaps Porzingis can’t suit up on the second half of the Knicks B2B set, Carmelo Anthony would stand to see a rise in usage while bigs such as Guillermo Hernangomez and Kyle O’Quinn would be worth looking at as value plays.
You also have to love Yogi Ferrell as a value play if Deron Williams remains out for Dallas, and Guillermo Hernangomez if Kristaps Porzingis is unable to go.