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10/22 NBA DFS Showdown Game Breakdowns. Podcast & Prop Picks

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Welcome to Opening Night of the 2019-20 NBA Season. The 10/22 NBA DFS will break down the two games on the schedule along with a prop bet or two from Monkey Knife Fight.

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But wait, there’s more! Catch my co-host (Javi Prellezo) and I talking about the start of the NBA season. Not only do we break down both of Tuesday’s games, but we also make our picks for the NBA Finals.

New Orleans Pelicans at Toronto Raptors

O/U: 231.5 (Raptors -7)

NBA DFS: New Orleans Pelicans

The trade of Anthony Davis to the Lakers brought starters PG Lonzo Ball and SF/PF Brandon Ingram, while a deal with the Jazz brought in PF/C Derrick Favors. The Pels signed SG/SF J.J. Redick to go along with PG/SG Jrue Holiday, the only holdover from the 2018-19 lineup. Oh, yeah: Zion Williamson. Not to worry about him, as the first overall pick of this June’s draft will miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his torn right lateral meniscus.

NBA DFS: Toronto Raptors

Once SF Kawhi Leonard made the decision for a warm reception in L.A., the World Champions began to retool. C Marc Gasol picked up his player option, while young wings Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson were signed to add depth. PG Kyle Lowry inked a two-year extension, but the future of the franchise was clearly decided last week when PF/C Pascal Siakam signed a four-year, $130 extension, clearly making him the focal point of the team. Veteran PF/C Serge Ibaka is more of a role player at this stage. Siakam isn’t the only youngster the Raptors are counting on, as PG/SG Fred VanVleet and SF/PF OG Anunoby are expected to take bigger roles.

NBA DFS: DraftKings Approach

NBA DFS Captain:

Preferred (in order of preference): Fred VanVleet ($8,700), Pascal Siakam ($14,700), Kyle Lowry ($13,200), Jrue Holiday ($15,600).

NBA DFS Utility:

(Whoever you do not use in Captain is also great in utility): Derrick Favors ($11,400)Brandon Ingram ($12,300), Marc Gasol ($10,800), JJ Redick ($9.300), Lonzo Ball ($10,500), Norman Powell ($6,900), Serge Ibaka ($10,200) Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($4,800).

NBA DFS: FanDuel Approach

NBA DFS MVP:

Pascal Siakam (cash) ($8,000), Jrue Holiday ($8,700), Fred VanVleet ($5,600), Kyle Lowry ($7,600)

Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers

O/U: 226 (Lakers -2.5)

NBA DFS: Los Angeles Lakers

Eventually, this will be PF Anthony Davis’ team, but SF/soon to be listed as PG LeBron James remains the Alpha Dog on this roster. Speaking of dogs, the rest of the Lakers lineup has plenty of woof-woof. Defensive-minded Avery Bradley is at the two while long-range sniper Danny Green floats between SG/SF. C JaVale McGee completes the lineup but will likely cede critical minutes Dwight Howard, who can still offer rebounds and scoring despite no longer being the shot-blocking presence he once was. The bench gets very, very thin after PG Rajon Rondo.

NBA DFS: Los Angeles Clippers

Predicted to end the Warriors’ iron grip on the Western Conference, the Clippers will be short-handed until SF Paul George debuts in mid-to-late November. For now, SF Kawhi Leonard will stuff stat sheets with his all-around game. There’s considerable firepower off the bench, with 6th Man of the Year SG Lou Williams teaming up with high-volume C Montrezl Harrell and versatile SF Maurice Harkless. PG Patrick Beverley is a defensive bulldog. Promising PG/SG Landry Shamet can score in spurts. C Ivica Zubac has shown flashes of being an underrated presence, and PF JaMychal Green brings energy and the ability to clean the glass.

NBA DFS: DraftKings Approach

NBA DFS Captain:

Preferred (in order of preference): LeBron James ($15,300), Anthony Davis ($16,200), Kawhi Leonard ($13,200), Lou Williams ($11,700).

NBA DFS Utility:

(Whoever you do not use in Captain is also great in utility): Montrezl Harrell ($10,200)Danny Green ($9,300), Patrick Beverley ($8,300), Landry Shamet ($6.300), Ivica Zubac ($7,200), JaVale McGee ($7,500), Dwight Howard ($6,900) Rajon Rondo ($8,700).

NBA DFS: FanDuel Approach

NBA DFS MVP:

LeBron James (cash) ($15,500), Anthony Davis ($17,000), Kawhi Leonard ($14,500), Lou Williams ($11,000)

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Kawhi Leonard over 26,5 points — Leonard scored 26.6 points per game last season, a career best and the third time in the last four seasons he has scored at least 20 points per game.

LeBron James under 27.5 points — The career 27.2 points per game scorer was a tad better in 2018-19, averaging 27.4 points per night despite playing a career-low 55 games.

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Brandon C. Williams has covered Fantasy Sports since 2013 when he was selected as a finalist for the FSWA Newcomer of the Year. He is an award-winning writer/editor who has been in sports media for 30 years, having worked with likes of the Houston Chronicle, Fox Sports Net, CBSSports.com, Rivals.com and RotoExperts.com. Brandon is a Fantasy Content writer for the Canadian Football League and will begin his second season as a Fantasy Football Columnist for the Associated Press.

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