DFS NBA Lineups for February 6, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com
Each day that there’s a nice slate of DFS NBA games, we’ll give you the game totals, spreads, and pertinent injury news to follow for NBA daily fantasy, as well as some players that we’re considering for our lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel.
The Super Bowl is behind us, but we have a huge eleven-game main NBA slate for 2/6/17 with Russell Westbrook leading the way, coming in $1800 more expensive than any other player in action tonight. It will be an interesting night as far as lineup construction is concerned. There’s a good amount of interesting plays in the middle tier of pricing, so we might be looking at a slate where we fall in love with a balanced lineup approach. Of note, ten home teams are favorites tonight with the Spurs being the lone road favorite as they travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.
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
Danilo Gallinari (groin)
Pau Gasol (finger)
Chris Paul (thumb)
Joel Embiid (knee)
Garrett Temple (hamstring)
Enes Kanter (arm)
Zach LaVine (knee)
Joakim Noah (hamstring)
Rodney Hood (knee)
Andrew Bogut (hamstring)
Thaddeus Young (wrist)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Jimmy Butler (heel)
Derrick Rose (ankle)
DeMar DeRozan (ankle)
Deron Williams (toe)
Robert Covington (hand)
Jahlil Okafor (knee)
T.J. McConnell (wrist)
Emmanuel Mudiay (back)
Josh Richardson (foot)
NBA GAME SPREADS, TOTALS & START TIME FOR TODAY’S GAMES
Lakers @ Knicks -5.5 (7:00p): 220
Cavs @ Wizards -1 (7:00p): 220
Thunder @ Pacers -4.5 (7:00p): 211
Clippers @ Raptors -5.5 (7:30p): 214
Jazz @ Hawks -1 (7:30p): 197.5
76ers @ Pistons -9.5 (7:30p): 213
Suns @ Pelicans -5 (8:00p): 221
Heat @ Timberwolves -1 (8:00p): 206
Mavericks @ Nuggets -2.5 (9:00p): 215.5
Spurs -2.5 @ Grizzlies (9:30p): 202.5
Bulls @ Kings -2 (10:30p): 205.5
Best NBA Picks for February 6, 2017
John Wall ($10.5k DraftKings, $10.6k FanDuel)
The red-hot Wizards host the streaking Cavs tonight in a game that you’re going to want to target by considering the best players on both teams. Wall’s matchup is particularly appealing against a Cleveland team that’s fallen apart defensively and is giving up the sixth-most FPPG (44.63) and PPG (24.26) to opposing PGs this season. The Wizards pass-first PG is most likely to fall short of value in blowout wins where he doesn’t have to do much offensively, but the Cavs (+1) are expected to give Washington a hell of a fight tonight and Wall’s been great at home as per usual with averages of 24.6 PPG on 47.6% FG shooting this season.
LeBron James ($10.4k DraftKings, $11.2k FanDuel)
Of course, any close game for the Cavs directly correlates to LeBron’s production and he’s definitely worth targeting in a contest with just a one point spread. Cleveland should get Kyrie Irving (quad) back for this game, but he could be a bit hobbled and might struggle in a tough matchup against Wall and a Wizards team that’s solid in terms of DvP against opposing PGs. LeBron should able to dominate skinny young Otto Porter at the 3 and he managed to produce 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists the last time the Cavs faced the Wizards. With both Irving and Love battling injuries, it will fall on the King’s shoulders to keep Cleveland’s momentum going with another win.
Andre Drummond ($8.3k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
He’s certainly not the safest play on this massive slate, but Drummond has as much upside as any big man on the board at a significantly cheaper price tag. The Sixers are completely helpless to stop true centers when Joel Embiid (knee) is out and the big man is not expected to play tonight. With skinny backup Nerlens Noel (illness) hobbled and poor defender Jahlik Okafor (knee) out on Saturday, this team gave up a double double to Miami’s Hassan Whiteside in the first quarter alone, coughing up a massive 30-point, 20-rebound performance to the Heat center over just 27 minutes. Drummond possesses a similar skill set as the league’s leader in defensive rebounding rate (36%) and he dominated the Sixers in the past before Embiid turned that franchise around.
Mid Tier DFS NBA Picks
Kristaps Porzingis ($6.7k DraftKings, $6.6k FanDuel)
If the Zinger can’t exceed value and prove to be a great GPP play tonight, I’ll have to ignore him over the next several weeks. While he’s been hobbled with mild back and Achilles injuries, Porzingis is still capable of playing a normal slate of minutes if he can just stay out of foul trouble. Tonight represents the perfect opportunity for The Unicorn with Lakers PF Julius Randle (illness) barely able to stay out on the court in his own right, so he shouldn’t be asked to guard backups Tarik Black or Larry Nance Jr. as aggressively. The Lakers allow the most FPPG (46.18) to opposing PFs this season and the only other time Porzingis faced this team he went OFF for 26 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks in a huge performance earlier this season. His teammate Willy Hernangomez also makes for an appealing option in all formats with Joakim Noah already ruled out.
Yogi Ferrell ($6k DraftKings, $5.6k FanDuel)
While he’s now appropriately priced as a mid-tier option, Yogi is still a very good cash game play in tonight’s matchup. The engine behind the Mavericks offense during their four-game winning streak flashed his scoring prowess by shooting 9-of-11 from downtown on Friday on his way to a career-high 32 points in Portland. Now he draws another juicy matchup against a Nuggets squad that coughs up the second-most FPPG (48.47) and most PPG (25.16) to opposing PGs this season. His playing time looks to be secure with Deron Williams (toe) iffy to return on Monday. The rookie has played at least 38 minutes in three straight appearances with D-Will out, but should Williams return tonight, it would be extremely risky to roll with Yogi at his elevated price.
Bargain Tier DFS NBA Picks
Matt Barnes ($4.9k DraftKings, $3.8k FanDuel)
Here’s a great value play on FanDuel and a reasonable mid-tier option in any format on DK. Barnes is playing big minutes once again with Garrett Temple (hamstring) out over the next weeks and he was integral in Sacramento’s win over the Warriors on Saturday with a 14-point, 11-rebound double double. He’s exceeded value in four straight appearances while logging 34.9 MPG over his last three games and could face a Bulls team tonight without elite SF Jimmy Butler (heel), which would open things up for the Kings offense and decrease Barnes’ workload defensively.
Shabazz Muhammad ($4.3k DraftKings, $4.7k FanDuel)
The most obvious replacement for the Wolves offense with Zach LaVine (knee) done for the year, Muhammad drew a brutal matchup on Saturday against the Grizzlies elite defense. The sledding only gets slightly easier against Miami this evening, but at least he’ll be at home against a Heat team that is giving up an above average 39.37 FPPG to opposing SFs over the last month. With Justise Winslow (shoulder) done for the year, Miami’s become a bit more vulnerable on the wing and Muhammad has been solid lately with double-digit scoring in seven of his last eight appearances.
C.J. Miles ($4.2k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
The Pacers will likely start Lavoy Allen ($3.7k, $3.5k) for the injured Thaddeus Young (shoulder) tonight, but you can’t really expect Allen to flash as much upside in a tough matchup against the Thunder’s tough front line. Miles seems to be a better tournament option as a gunner for the Pacers, who logged 14 minutes at the 4 with Young out and could match up with a shorthanded Thunder team that’s been forced to rotate Domantas Sabonis and Jerami Grant at PF with Enes Kanter out indefinitely. Miles is over his own injury and he’s exceeded value in three straight appearances while attempting at least five three-pointers in those contests, so he could get hot in a potentially high-scoring affair at home.
If, Then Player
If Derrick Rose (ankle) remains out, Brandon Jennings will be an appealing tournament option yet again.
If Joel Embiid sits again, Jahlil Okafor is priced at just $4500 on DraftKings in a game with a 213 total. It would be hard to imagine him missing 5x return should he get 25-27 minutes.