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In this column, I’ll highlight five NBA DFS 3/5 difference-making playsin GPPs, from studs with a huge upside to value plays who could hit 8x-10x.

These are risky plays who won’t always make the most sense forcash game builds, so buyer beware!

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NBA DFS 3/5 — PG

Jamal Murray, DEN (@ CHA) – DK $6,800

Murray doesn’t have the best matchup on paper, but he’s got50-point upside at a price point where he’s affordable, so I’ll be building abunch of lineups with him as my PG. You can pivot to Shake Milton if you’refading the DEN-CHA game, and if you’re going to stack the LAC-HOU game, you canpunt PG with Patrick Beverley, who’s been struggling lately with theaftereffects of a groin injury that forced him to miss a handful of games inFebruary.  They’ll need him against the elitebackcourt of the Rockets on Thursday night. There’s plenty of question markssurrounding the PG position today, but Murray has a decent floor and Beverley shouldsee about 20-25 minutes (or more) tonight, and he’s dirt cheap on DK.

Pivot/Punt: Shake Milton/PatrickBeverley

NBA DFS 3/5 — SG

James Harden, HOU (vs. LAC) – DK $10,700

Harden ismatchup-proof and offers the highest ceiling of any player in the slate, so I’mlocking him in tonight. It’s been a while since he’s had an elite scoring nightand this is the highest game total of the night, so I can’t find a reason to fadehim. Lou Williams (PG/SG/G/UTIL) makes for a fine stacking option and could beforced into bigger minutes than his usual 25 or so.

Stack: Lou Williams

NBA DFS 3/5 — SF

Kawhi Leonard, LAC (@ HOU) – DK $9,300

I’ll have some shares of Paul George and Tobias Harris as well, but Kawhi should play four quarters tonight and log heavy minutes in this Western Conference battle. He’ll probably draw Robert Covington’s defense, but he really doesn’t need to score 30+ to post an elite fantasy total, as he’ll pick up plenty of rebounds/steals/assists and both teams can play small until the cows come home. The Raptors have a slew of injuries, but Norman Powell makes for a viable punt if he’s in the starting five and getting 35-40 minutes against a hapless Warriors squad.

Pivots: Paul George or Tobias Harris/Norman Powell

NBA DFS 3/5 — PF

Mike Scott, PHI (@ SAC) – DK $3,800

Scott has 8x to 10x upside whenhe sees 30+ minutes, so if he’s starting tonight against the Kings he’s worthdeploying as a high-ceiling punt. The Philly frontcourt is beyond depleted andwe’ve seen the big guy come up big in the past when given the opportunity. Oneof the Philly bigs (be it Al Horford or SF/PF Glenn Robinson) is going to havea huge game tonight, and Scott carries a lower risk than normal if he’s astarter. Daniel House is never any fun to play in DFS, but he’s a pivot option atthis price point.

Pivots: Al Horford or GlennRobinson/Daniel House

NBA DFS 3/5 — C

Nikola Jokic, DEN (@ CHA) – DK $9,500

He might be tough to fit with some of the other studs in this list, but if you’ve got room, Jokic is the only center offering a 60-point upside. Even if he plays just 25-30 minutes, he’s got a 50-point upside in this matchup. In GPPs, there’s a path or rostering Harden, Kawhi, and Jokic if you can find a few darlings in the $3-4K range, and there’s plenty of candidates. If you’d rather not spend up and you’ve got the stones, you can play P.J. Washington in a tough matchup.

Pivot: P.J. Washington

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In this column, I’ll highlight five NBA DFS 2/13 difference-makingplays in GPPs, from studs with a huge upside to value plays who could hit8x-10x.

These are risky plays who won’t always make the most sense forcash game builds, so buyer beware! There are just two NBA games tonight, whichmeans we could focus on some of these plays for showdowns or for the main slateon DK. It’s not a night to heavily invest, because the big bankrolls will haveall the angles covered – so I recommend single-entry tournaments and low-stakes20-max games.

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NBA DFS 2/13 — PG

Chris Paul, OKC (@ NO) – DK $7,100

Paul has been playing well lately, and he’s been doing a lot of scoringfor the Thunder. He’ll be a chalk play tonight at PG, but we can differentiateelsewhere. We’ll have to keep an eye out for Boston backcourt injuries tonightto find some value, but Marcus Smart sticks out as a solid play against theClippers, and Lonzo Ball is fine to stack in a game with  225 total.

Pivot/Stack: Marcus Smart/Lonzo Ball

NBA DFS 2/13 — SG

J.J. Redick, NO (vs. OKC) – DK $4,400

He’s a great shooter with a quick release and he’s all over the floor. He’s probably been getting a little more than his normal run/usage with Brandon Ingram out, but I always like playing Redick in GPPs when he’s this cheap – there’s just a lot of stuff he can do. If you’re spending up and Ingram remains out, Jrue Holiday is a solid stud to roster, and Dennis Schroeder coming off the bench for OKC can score 25-30 real-life points in about that many minutes.

Pivot/Stack: Jrue Holiday/Dennis Schroeder

NBA DFS 2/13 — SF

Paul George, LAC (@ BOS) – DK $7,900

The price is under $8K and he saw 35 minutes in the last game. It’s a tough matchup on paper. Ingram is a fine play if he’s cleared for action, and while Jayson Tatum really struggled with his shot last game (5-for-15 from the field, 0-7 from 3PT range), he could be in for some high usage if Jaylen Brown (probable, ankle) sits or is limited because of his injury. George hasn’t posted any huge scoring game lately, but he’s been rebounding more and I think he’s in a decent spot unless he draws Marcus Smart defense. I’ll be using plenty of Kawhi Leonard as well, but he’s an obvious play here and we could differentiate ourselves if we fade him a few entries for low-stakes, multi-entry GPPs.

Pivots: Kawhi Leonard or Brandon Ingram/Jayson Tatum

NBA DFS 2/13 — PF

Zion Williamson, NO (vs. OKC) – DK $7,800

Zion had a breakthrough game, eclipsing 50 DK points for the first time on Tuesday night. If Ingram sits again, he’s worth another look. Combo guards and versatile bigs fare best against the Thunder, so this husky fellow is in a smash spot vs. the wispy PFs from OKC. Is there a chance they use Nerlens Noel at the 4 to try and stop Zion? It’s possible. If so, maybe we can spend down to Marcus Morris, who’s seeing plenty of run for the Clippers. Danilo Gallinari is still way too cheap and works for OKC-NO game stacks, especially considering how bad the Pels have defended versatile forwards like “Il Gallo.”

Value Pivot/Stack: Marcus Morris/Danilo Gallinari

NBA DFS 2/13 — C

Steven Adams, OKC (@ NO) – DK $5,300

Adams provides a 45-point DK upside at a reasonable price, and the matchup isn’t a bad one. Center is remarkably weak in this slate, with Zion being the only C-eligible player that’s more expensive than Adams. Don’t overthink this one. Plugin Adams at C and find some of the quirky plays in other spots. Both Montrez Harrell (limited minutes and upside lately) and Derrick Favors (same) make some sense as well – they just don’t have GPP-winning upside tonight like the guards and forwards do.

Pivot/Stack: Montrez Harrell/Derrick Favors


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In this column, I’ll highlight five NBA DFS 2/3 difference-making playsin GPPs, from studs with a huge upside to value plays who could hit 8x-10x.

These are risky plays who won’t always make the most sense forcash game builds, so buyer beware!

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NBA DFS 2/3 — PG

Ja Morant, MEM (vs. DET) – DK $6,800

The price on Morant is quite inviting, and while we could elevate ownership tonight, I just really like this spot for GPPs. It’s two pace-up teams in the second-highest total of the slate, and Morant has a legitimate 8x upside. Stack possibilities abound, starting with the Detroit guards – Reggie Jackson and Bruce Brown. I like a multi-entry large-field GPP pivot to Terry Rozier at low ownership against Orlando, given folks normally stay away from them and the fact that combo guards like Rozier (PG/SG/G/UTIL eligible) are the most successful player type against the Magic.

Pivot/Stack: Terry Rozier/Reggie Jackson-Bruce Brown

NBA DFS 2/3 — SG

Devin Booker, PHO (@ BKN) – DK $8,600

I’m a big fan of both Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie here, but I’m spending the extra bit on Booker in most of my lineups. Booker hasn’t broken the 40-point barrier since Jan. 5 against Memphis, and I think he wants to get in on some of the recent high-scoring action. The good matchup, plenty of upsides, and really exactly what I’m looking for in GPPs. We’re probably going to want some GSW guards – Alec Burks seeming like the most exciting – if DeAngelo Russell sits tonight against the Wizards.

Pivot/Stack: Alec Burks/Spencer Dinwiddie

NBA DFS 2/3 — SF

Bradley Beal, WAS (vs. GSW) – DK $10,100

Keeping still very much in the swing of things with the guards, we can roster Beal in GPPs despite the ridiculous price because we know he’s got 50 real-life points in him in this matchup (Warriors yield more threes at a better percentage than just about anybody) and 70+ DK point upside. With no Luka Doncic, Beal and Kawhi Leonard offer the most upside at on the slate and both are SF-eligible. Kawhi might be a really good pivot if you want to get frisky with the narrative (vs. SA), but I’m not sold with Paul George back, minutes restriction or no minutes restriction. I also like Glenn Robinson in the matchup against the Wizards, especially if Russell sits.

Pivot/Value Stack: Kawhi Leonard/Glenn Robinson

NBA DFS 2/3 — PF

Thomas Bryant, WAS (vs. GSW) – DK $5,800

If we’re stacking the Wizardsand need a big, we can look at Thomas Bryant, especially if Bertans sits.Bryant has averaged 37 DK points over his last three games and I think there’s50+ upside in this matchup. Versatile, talented bigs like Bryant can beenormous slatebreakers, and this just seems like a huge spot for him based onthe trending minutes, upside and opportunity to shine against a feebleopponent. HG3 is another value monster tonight, so work him in if you can.

 Pivot/Stack: Harry Giles III/EricPaschall

 NBA DFS 2/3 — C

DeAndre Ayton, PHO (@ BKN) – DK $7,700

Stacking Booker and Ayton is an option if you want to grab some value Nets, but I like Ayton even as a one-off GPP play here. 20+ points and 15-20 rebounds are probably what we’re looking at here, and his upside is even higher. He’s going to be tough to fit if you’re playing $10K+ guys like Beal and Kawhi and maintaining exposure to the other high-projections games on the slate, but I’m fairly certain that Ayton is going to be over $8K with no sign of being this price again for a while. WCS is a solid GPP value option if you can’t spend up at the center.

Pivot/Stack: Willie Cauley-Stein/JarrettAllen


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A look back at some of the best performances from the Wednesday slate plus their outlooks for the remainder of the season. Some nights, all you need to do is build a bankroll for your next point of attack. All that and more on the 12/25 DFS and Betting review and look ahead.

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12/25 Win Daily DFS: Kawhi Leonard

Here is a little shot of our NBA DraftKings Projection Model, that is updated daily by Gus Medina. The highlighted number is his value and that is a huge number compared to most of the slate. Kawhi Leonard had a solid game in the battle of LA with 35 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and a steal while picking up the victory. Do you want to learn the tactics that make you win major, life-altering money? That is to become a Premium member and pay attention to what the DFS experts are doing. The ability to ask questions on how and why they build their lineups is valuable beyond a price point. Become a member today and start winning!

12/25 Win Daily Winner: Jaylen Brown

This was part of the NBA DraftKings Picks article written by Danny Veino. Brown had a huge game in the earliest matchup on the slate on the road in Toronto. Going up against the Raptors, he went for 30 points, six rebounds and four assists. He became the youngest player to score at least 30 points on Christmas day. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well to see all of our live streams that could be the difference between walking out a winner or loser.

12/25 Win Daily Winner: Capper Steve

Here is a snippet from the Sports Betting Picks written by Capper Steve. He went a perfect 5-0 with his picks and if you followed all his action, you would have won 11.5 units to your bankroll. Beats some coal in your stocking by far! Do you want to know how to become an expert-level DFS player? You should become a Premium member for all the up-to-the-minute updates from our DFS experts. Also, the ability to chat with other users and the experts whenever you like on our private Discord server is priceless in itself. You also get access to many great money-making articles like this one. What are you even waiting for at this point?

12/25 Winner: Damion Lee

Here is a little preview of our NBA DFS: Ghost’s Ghouls articles written by Nicholas Di Tommaso. With one of the most interesting matchups, Lee dominated the Houston Rockets. He went for 22 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, three steals. Make sure to check out Win Daily on SiriusXM, our podcasts and the live streams on our YouTube channel so you can always be informed with the most important DFS news. Also, becoming a Premium member doesn’t hurt either with access to the entire Win Daily Family whenever you want.

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We’re back at it with another Thursday slate and we have a four-game schedule ahead of us. What we’re going to do is focus on three of those fixtures and fade the OKC-SAN matchup. That game features two defensive-minded clubs and it should make for a low-scoring game. I’m not saying that we should fade every player in that game, but I am saying it’s tough to recommend any of these guys as elite fantasy options. With that in mind, let’s get to my favorite plays on the board for our 11/7 NBA DFS Positional Breakdown!

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11/7 NBA DFS Point Guards 

Kemba Walker, BOS at CHA 

DK ($9,300)   FD ($9,500) 

Revenge games are always something that I key in on for the NBA because this is the one sport when motivation can lead to fantasy success. That’s just what we have here with Walker, as this marks his first game in Charlotte since the offseason move to the Celtics. He was actually drafted by the Bobcats in 2011 and that shows just how important he was to this franchise. That should put Walker in line for a big game, as he’ll surely want to give the Charlotte fans something to remember him by. That would be enough incentive to use him but Walker is absolutely rolling right now. In fact, Walker has at least 47 DK points in four-straight games while averaging 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in that span. That doesn’t even take into consideration that Charlotte ranks 27th in defensive efficiency.  

Ricky Rubio, PHX vs. MIA 

DK ($6,700)   FD ($7,000) 

Rubio has quietly turned this Suns team into a playoff contender. So far this season, the Suns point guard is averaging 12.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. That equates to 37 DK points per outing, as he’s actually scored at least 31 fantasy points in all seven games played this season. That sort of floor is all you can ask for on a four-game slate, particularly considering that he faces a Miami team who sits ninth in total pace.  

11/7 NBA DFS Shooting Guards 

Jimmy Butler, MIA at PHX 

DK ($7,200)   FD ($9,300) 

This game is going to be a target for me. The reason for that is because we get two up-tempo teams and a 1.5-point spread. That should cater to a bunch of fantasy points for everyone, especially Butler. While he hasn’t been scoring many raw points and has been struggling with his shot, Butler is still averaging 42 DK points per game. That means he’ll only get better once his shot starts dropping and that’ll inevitably happen for the All-Star guard. While the Suns defense has been better this season, ranking 29th in defensive efficiency last season indicates that they can be exploited by a stud like Butler.  

Jaylen Brown, BOS at CHA 

DK ($5,700)   FD ($6,300) 

While Brown has missed the last three games because of an illness, he’s actually in the midst of a breakout season. In fact, Brown is averaging 17.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game en route to 32 points DraftKings points per game. Those are huge numbers from a guy in the $6,000-range and it’s hard to overlook his 47-point gem from last week. What we like here is that he gets to face Charlotte, with the Hornets ranked 27th in total defense.  

11/7 NBA DFS Small Forwards 

Kawhi Leonard, LAC vs. POR 

DK ($9,600)   FD ($10,800) 

With Leonard resting on Wednesday, he should be fully ready to go here. That’s big news for one of the best fantasy producers in the NBA, with Leonard averaging 54 DK points per game. Those elite fantasy numbers are no surprise when you see his usage, with Leonard posting a 39 percent usage rate while averaging nearly 23 shots per game. What males that scary for Portland is the fact that they have no one to cover Leonard, with their wings consisting of players like Rodney Hood and Mario Hezonja. That will allow the Claw to feast and he’s going to be tough to fade with all of that in his favor in such a short slate. 

Rodney Hood, POR at LAC 

DK ($3,800)   FD ($4,400) 

Hood has been playing at a $5,000-level all season long and it’s hard to understand why he remains so cheap. For the year, Hood is averaging 22.5 DK points per game. That’s solid in itself but I’d argue that it should be even higher when looking at his usage. Not only is Hood playing a career-high 32.3 minutes per game, he’s also taking about 10 shots per outing as well. A sharpshooter like this taking that many shots is bound for a big game, especially when he’s playing this much.  

11/7 NBA DFS Power Forwards 

Bam Adebayo, MIA at PHX 

DK ($7,000)   FD ($8,400) 

Adebayo is one of my favorite players in the NBA and it’s thrilling to see him unleashed. After battling Hassan Whiteside for minutes last season. Adebayo is now the primary big man, averaging 37 DK points across 30.3 minutes per game. That equates to 1.23 DK points per minute, which is brilliant in what should be an up-tempo matchup. The icing on the cake here is this matchup though, with the Suns owning a 30th OPRK against Adebayo according to DraftKings.  

Dario Saric, PHX vs. MIA 

DK ($4,600)   FD ($5,100) 

With DeAndre Ayton suspended, Saric has found himself in quite the role. Over his last five games, Saric is averaging 25.6 DK points per game across 27 minutes of action. That’s the guy that we saw in Philly and getting minutes is really all we can hope for with a talented player like this. Those 27 minutes should be the floor in a matchup like this, with Miami sending out players like Kelly Olynyk and Meyers Leonard, who mimic what Saric does. That should guarantee Saric 30 minutes and that’s awesome with Miami playing at such a fast pace while allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing PFs.  

11/7 NBA DFS Center 

Aron Baynes, PHX vs. MIA 

DK ($5,800)   FD ($6,800) 

If you think Saric has been benefiting from Ayton’s absence, wait until you see these numbers. Since starting on October 25, Baynes is averaging 16.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He’s been even better recently, averaging 43 DK points per game over his last three fixtures. That’s absurd production from a player in this price range and he’s been doing that damage despite playing fewer than 30 minutes a game.  

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Butler, Booker and Adebayo Over 124.5 Combined Fantasy Points

Seeing as how this is our favorite game of the night, we love these top three guys combining for this total.

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While it’s a short three-game slate, we have some fascinating fixtures ahead of us. In fact, all three games have a spread within a six-point margin with all three totals in the 220-range. That should lead to a gluttony of fantasy points and that’s always fun for us. There are some injury situations to monitor too and that will obviously be a huge focus in this article. With that in mind, let’s get into our 10/31 NBA DFS Plays! 

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10/31 NBA DFS Point Guards 

Jamal Murray, DEN at NO 

DK ($6,600)   FD ($7,100) 

This price is just too cheap for someone of Murray’s ability. So far this season, the Denver point guard is averaging 32.5 DK points per game. What I like is the fact that he’s averaging 34.4 minutes played and 15 shots per game, which is monster usage from a player in this price range. Someone this talented with a usage rate like that is a godsend against the Pelicans, with New Orleans allowing the most fantasy points in the league to opposing point guards.  

Lonzo Ball, NO vs. DEN 

DK ($6,900)   FD ($7,400) 

The Pelicans are dealing with a ton of injuries yet again and it’s leading to Lonzo handling the ball a ton. Having Zion Williamson, Derrick Favors and Jrue Holiday all on the sidelines has opened up the door for a ton of stats and that’s what Ball loves. In fact, the UCLA product is averaging 15 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 2.3 steals over his last three games. That’s really all you can ask for and it’s scary to think that he could play upwards to 40 minutes with all of these other players out. Denver has been struggling with PGs this season too, owning a 24th OPRK against that position this season.  

10/31 NBA DFS Shooting Guards 

DeAndre’ Bembry, ATL vs. MIA 

DK ($4,700)   FD ($4,700) 

With Trae Young missing this game, we project Bembry to enter the lineup as the starting point guard. That’s about 50 DK points, 20 shots and a 37 percent usage rate out of the lineup. That means there’s plenty for Bembry to pick-up and a stat-stuffer like this is a perfect punt play in DFS with the potential to play 30-plus minutes. In 15 games where Bembry played at least 29 minutes last season, he actually averaged close to 35 DK points per game. That would equate to 8X value at this price tag and that alone makes him one of the best value plays of the day.  

Bryn Forbes, SAN at LAC 

DK ($4,100)   FD ($4,400) 

Forbes just continues to be disrespected by these DFS sites and it doesn’t make sense. He’s done nothing but produce dating back to last season and he should be above $5,000 on both sites. In fact, Forbes is averaging 26.3 DK points per game this season, which would equate to a player between $5,000 and $5,500. What I like is the fact that he’s taking 12.3 shots per game while playing over 31 minutes per outing. That role is undeniable from such a cheap player and we really can’t fade him at a price like this.  

10/31 NBA DFS Small Forwards 

Kawhi Leonard, LAC vs. SAN 

DK ($9,500)   FD ($10,300) 

Leonard sat out Wednesday’s game so he could be ready for this one. While a guy like Kawhi doesn’t need any extra motivation, facing the Spurs will surely light a spark under those beautiful cornrows. The reason for that is because this is the coach and organization who didn’t listen to him regarding his injury and eventually traded him. A player this good playing with extra fire has to be scary for the Spurs, with Leonard averaging 52 DK points per game across just 28.4 minutes a game this season. Most importantly, he has a 37 percent usage rate which is one of the highest totals in the NBA. 

Cam Reddish, ATL vs. MIA 

DK ($4,600)   FD ($4,400) 

With Young out of the lineup, Reddish should take on a ton of ball-handling duties. That was the case in the game where Young rolled his ankle, with Reddish collecting 22 DK points in that loss to the Heat. He also attempted 10 shots in that game and posted a 26 percent usage rate, indicating that he’s their number-two option behind John Collins. An increased role from a talented rookie is big news and it’s awesome that we get to take advantage of this in the $4,500-range. 

10/31 NBA DFS Power Forwards 

Paul Millsap, DEN at NO 

DK ($5,300)   FD ($5,700) 

Millsap has been an underrated player throughout his career and I’ll continue to fire him up as long as he’s below $6,000. We’re talking about a player who averages over 30 DK points per game for his career and the Nuggets last game shows that they trust him. Not only did he take 17 shots, he also played 31 minutes. Anyone who has that sort of potential at this price is definitely in consideration and we haven’t even discussed this matchup. Not only do the Pelicans allow the most fantasy points to opposing power forwards, they’re also thin at the PF position with Favors and Williamson sidelined.  

Kenrich Williams, NO vs. DEN 

DK ($3,800)   FD ($4,600) 

The last sentence of the Millsap write-up led me to love this pick. This team is extremely shallow in their frontcourt and that should force Williams into big minutes. That was the case on Tuesday, with Kenrich accruing 36 DK points in 26 minutes of action. This is a dude who provides value when given the minutes too, averaging about a fantasy points-per minute for his career. If that’s the case, we’re looking at about 30 DK points in 30 minutes of action here, which would equate to 8X value.  

10/31 NBA DFS Centers 

Nikola Jokic, DEN at NO 

DK ($10,000)   FD ($10,400) 

In such a short slate, let’s go with the best option on the board. We have provided numerous value plays throughout this article and that’ll make it so much easier to get Jokic into your build. That’s going to be critical when looking at his floor, with Jokic averaging 46.5 DK points per game. That total is actually below expectations, with Jokic dealing with foul trouble numerous times while playing just 31 minutes per game. We expect Jokic to play closer to 35 minutes from here on out and that’s big news against a Pelicans team who plays at one of the fastest paces in the league while ranking 28th in defensive efficiency. Don’t be surprised to see the big man record his third triple-double of the season. 

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John Collins Over 20.5 Points

While Collins didn’t find his way into the article, I wanted to save him for this. With Trae Young out, Collins should be guaranteed to lead the team in shots taken and usage. That’s big news for a guy who just dropped 30 points against this Miami team on Tuesday.

Jokic, Murray and Ingram Over 139.5 Fantasy Points

All three of these guys should be in for big games in what should be one of the fastest-paced fixtures of the night. Look for Jokic to provide nearly half of this total.

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This marks my first NBA DFS article of the season for Win Daily and I’m ecstatic to get to work for you guys. I’ll be covering Thursdays from here on and these happen to be the premier games of the week. With that said, these do tend to be smaller slates because they are the nationally televised fixtures. That means we’ll do our best to offer up the elite guys and mix in some great value plays. So, let’s get into our 10/24 NBA DFS picks! 

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10/24 NBA DFS Point Guards 

Stephen Curry (GS) 

I personally have Curry as my favorite to land MVP honors this season and it could be a special year for a special player. We’re all familiar with what he can do but the bump in usage is the thing that really intrigues me. This will be the first time that he’s played without Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, which is about a 50 percent usage rate and 35 shots out of the lineup. A lot of that should go to Curry, as he could be looking at career-highs in shots taken and usage rate. That’s a scary thought considering he’s one of the greatest shooters in NBA history and 40-point, six-rebound and a six-assist gem in the preseason is a good indicator of things to come.  

Patrick Beverley (LAC) 

Beverley is not necessarily a guy who’s going to score a lot of raw points but he’ll always provide fantasy value through other statistics. That was evident in the opener when he provided 10 rebounds and six assists. That’s what we expect to see from Beverley all season long, especially with Paul George off the floor. This Golden State matchup is beautiful, as they’re expected to be one of the worst defenses in basketball with Curry and D’Angelo Russell filling their backcourt. Facing Curry will guarantee Beverley 30-35 minutes too and that only adds to his value at this dirt-cheap price.  

10/24 NBA DFS Shooting Guards 

James Harden (HOU) 

Not a whole lot needs to be said about Harden. This dude was the league leader in usage rate and fantasy points scored last season. He actually rarely finished below 50 fantasy points on both DraftKings and FanDuel and there are simply not many players who can match what he does. Averaging 61.5 DK points per game is simply absurd and it makes him impossible to fade in a short three-game slate like this. Don’t worry about Russell Westbrook taking touches away either, it’s still Hardens show.  

Derrick Rose (DET) 

Rose showed flashes of brilliance last season and the opener is definitely a great sign for the future. While he did come off the bench, Rose played 26 minutes in that opener, providing 18 points, two rebounds and nine assists. Those sorts of lines could become commonplace for Rose, as Reggie Jackson has been a major disappointment as the starter throughout his Detroit tenure. The thing that really makes him attractive is this matchup though, with Atlanta playing at the fastest pace in the NBA last season while ranking last in total defense. That’s awesome for such a talented player, particularly one priced so cheaply.  

10/24 NBA DFS Small Forwards 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)/ Kawhi Leonard (LAC) 

We’re going to keep these small forwards chalky and give you some cheap power forwards. The reason for that is because it’s going to be tough to fade these guys in such a small slate. Let’s begin with Giannis, as he truly developed into one of the best players in the NBA last season. That was evident by the fact that he averaged 57 DK points per game, second to James Harden. His ball-handling might go up more this season with Malcolm Brogdon moving to Indiana and that only makes him more valuable.

As for Kawhi, this dude is special. The Finals run last season was truly miraculous and it was all at the hands of The Claw. What makes him enticing these first few weeks is the fact that he’s going to run this offense. With Paul George sidelined and very little on this roster, Leonard could be looking at a career year. He stated that in the opener, collecting 30 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals while posting an absurd 40.8 percent usage rate. It’s going to be impossible to get Harden, Curry, Giannis and Leonard into your lineup but try to get at least two or maybe even three in there. 

10/24 NBA DFS Power Forwards 

Markieff Morris (DET) 

Since we got in a bunch of studs early on, let’s get you some value plays. The power forward position is really ugly on this slate, so it’s savvy to go cheap. Morris is a great option, simply because he is such a nice value. Many people might not even realize that he’s playing in Detroit but he’s actually found himself as a starter with Blake Griffin sidelined. That’s huge for Morris’ value and he’s proven to be a solid fantasy option in the past. While the eight points, four rebounds and two assists in the first game looks like nothing special, the fact that he took 11 shots is extremely encouraging. If we can get 25 minutes and double-digit shots out of someone this cheap in a matchup like this, we can’t pass it up.  

Kevon Looney (GS) 

Looney sat out the entirety of the preseason with a hamstring issue but reports indicate that he’s fully ready to start here. He’s going to be needed too, as this is one of the weakest frontcourts in basketball. Losing Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in the offseason hurt this frontline but an injury to Willie Cauley-Stein absolutely crippled them. That’s why Looney could be in for a breakout season, as he’s a great bet to provide a fantasy point per minute. We’re certainly not worried about this matchup either, squaring off against Ivica Zubac and an undersized Montrezl Harrell.  

10/24 NBA DFS Centers 

Andre Drummond (DET) 

If you don’t already know, this dude is a monster. Drummond led the league in rebounding by a wide margin last season and is already up to his old tricks so far this year. In the opener against a stout Indiana defense, Drummond collected 32 points, 23 rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks in the first elite fantasy game of the season. Lines like that are truly special and it’s no surprise when you consider that Griffin is out too. Facing the Hawks is the icing on the cake though, with Atlanta playing at the fastest pace while allowing the most fantasy points in the league to opposing centers last season. They actually lost DeWayne Dedmon in the offseason and Drummond should feast on Alex Len.  

Alex Len (ATL) 

We talked some crap about Len in the Drummond write-up but Drummond’s presence should guarantee Len at least 25 minutes of action. That was probably going to be the case anyway though, with Atlanta giving him the starting center job and ridding themselves of any depth at that position. That’s trust at its finest and it could make Len a candidate for a career year. This is a guy who can produce when given the minutes too, averaging 19.9 points per 36-minutes played last season and 11.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks for his career per-36 minutes played. He likely won’t play 36 minutes but that shows the sort of potential he can provide.  

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Andre Drummond Over 13.5 Rebounds

This sounds like a lot but Drummond is a candidate to grab 20 rebounds. Not only does Atlanta play at a blistering pace, Drummond should also feast on the boards with Blake Griffin injured.

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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


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


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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