DFS NBA Lineups for February 26, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com
On days that there’s a nice slate of DFS NBA games, we’ll give you the game totals, point 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.
We’ll look at both DFS NBA slates for 2/26/17. In the early slate, on The Greek Freak tops the $10k mark, while Russell Westbrook and Boogie Cousins are the only five-figure players on the six-game main slate.
Your DFS NBA GPP rundown shows DraftKings has their Four Point Play featuring a $4 buy-in and $300,000 guaranteed. You’ll also find the Sunday Fifty, a tournament with a $50 buy-in and $325,000 guaranteed. At FanDuel, you can play the Shot for $3 for a chance at the $25,000 first prize. They also have a $1500 qualifier into their live final.
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
Evan Turner (hand)
Willie Reed (ankle)
Gerald Green (heel)
Omer Asik (illness)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Kyle Lowry (wrist)
Cody Zeller (quad)
Avery Bradley (Achilles)
Kenneth Faried (back)
Victor Oladipo (back)
Al-Farouq Aminu (knee)
NBA GAME SPREADS, TOTALS & START TIME FOR TODAY’S GAMES
Spurs -11 @ Lakers (3:30p): 212
Suns @ Bucks -6.5 (3:30p): 224
Grizzlies @ Nuggets -1.5 (5:00p): 215.5
Jazz @ Wizards -2.5 (5:00p): 206.5
Blazers @ Raptors -4.5 (6:00p): 212.5
Celtics -1 @ Pistons (6:00p): 214.5
Pelicans @ Thunder -6 (7:00p): 213
Hornets @ Clippers -9.5 (9:30p): 212
Early Slate DFS NBA Plays for February 26, 2017
Eric Bledsoe ($8.2k DraftKings, $9k FanDuel)
Of course you’d love to pay up for Giannis Antetokounmpo in a fantastic matchup, but on such a short slate it might be too difficult to afford him. Bledsoe is significantly cheaper and comes with nearly as much upside as the main offensive option for the Suns and he’s looking at even more usage with P.J. Tucker gone and Phoenix committing to the youth on its roster. EB was sporting a 25.8% Usage Rate and averaging a team-high 1.05 FPs per minute with Tucker off the floor this season and he comes at a discount because of a perceived tough matchup, but he’s fully capable of scoring against the Bucks mediocre defense this afternoon.
Pau Gasol ($5.7k DraftKings, $6.3k FanDuel)
Gasol’s game is so smooth and controlled that he apparently doesn’t need much time at all to get back into the swing of things. He returned with a double double (17 points and 11 rebounds) while playing just 27 minutes in a win over the Clippers and should have a similarly productive game against the far inferior franchise that calls the Staples Center home. The Lakers are giving up the second-most FPPG (60.21) to opposing centers over the last month and Gasol has burned his former team for 38 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists over 2 meetings so far this season.
Jordan Clarkson ($5.2k DraftKings, $5k FanDuel)
With Lou Williams gone, Clarkson stepped right back into a key rotational role and produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists over 29 minutes at OKC on Friday. He draws a tougher matchup today against the Spurs but he’s the type of slashing guard that can make an impact in the open court and avoid the trappings of facing that type of elite halfcourt defense. With the ability to pile up peripheral stats and score in a variety of ways, he’s a mid-tier option worth targeting in what could be a surprisingly close game at Staples Center.
Ivica Zubac ($3.7k DraftKings, $3.8k FanDuel)
Whether this game stays close or not, Zubac should continue to see more run as the darling of new Lakers ownership. Magic Johnson publicly stated his support for Zubac getting more minutes and that’s a reasonable position considering the rookie is averaging 15.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes this year and vastly outplaying incumbent center Timofey Mozgov. While the Spurs are a tough matchup for opposing bigs, Zubac just went for 11 points, 6 boards and 3 blocks in a similar test at the Thunder and appears more likely than not to exceed value at this modest price tag.
Late Slate DFS NBA Plays
Anthony Davis ($9.5k DraftKings, $9.9k FanDuel)
He’s a full $1,000 cheaper than his superstar teammate on DraftKings and The Brow is apparently much more comfortable taking the lead as the cornerstone of the Pelicans franchise. He scored 39 points on 34 FGA in a loss at Dallas last night and one could infer that Cousins (3-of-9 from the field) is willing to defer to Davis until he gets up to speed with his new team. The Brow is certainly capable of carrying New Orleans in a tough matchup at OKC and he would draw a much more favorable individual matchup than Boogie, who will have to try and score on rock solid center Steven Adams this evening.
DeMar DeRozan ($8.8k DraftKings, $8.6k FanDuel)
While Kyle Lowry (wrist) is listed as questionable, he seems closer to doubtful since he’s been listed as out indefinitely by the club. With Lowry off the floor this season, DDR is sporting a ridiculous 43.4% Usage Rate, while averaging 0.99 points and 1.35 FPs per minute. He just went for a career-high 43 points against Boston on Friday and draws a much, much better matchup tonight against Portland’s 27th-ranked defense. The Blazers give up the fifth-most PPG (110) in the NBA and starting SG C.J. McCollum is far more likely to trade buckets with DeRozan than seriously try to stop the Raptors star.
Jusuf Nurkic ($5.6k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
He sees a huge pay bump after breaking out with a full line (12 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks) in his first game out of the ASB, but Nurkic is still a very strong mid-tier play. The Blazers went after this guy for a reason and they’re going to give him heavy run because of their aforementioned struggles on the defensive end. Tonight Nurk will face off with a Raptors squad that’s giving up the eighth-most DK PPG to opposing centers and he should bring some much needed toughness to Portland’s front line in this tough road game.
Ish Smith ($4.5k DraftKings, $4.5k FanDuel)
Surprisingly enough, Reggie Jackson was not traded ahead of Thursday’s deadline, but his role continued to shift, as he played just 20 minutes while Smith took the reins of the offense and handed out 16 assists over 33 minutes of playing time. Ish appears to be the main PG for Detroit going forward and he should be able to operate very freely this evening against a Celtics team that gives up the tenth-most FPPG (44.03) and ninth-most PPG (23.25) to opposing PGs this season.
If, Then Player
If Kyle Lowry is indeed ruled out, Cory Joseph will make for a very appealing value play while P.J. Tucker could continue to see a boost as a key player for Toronto.