DFS - Fantasy Basketball - NBA DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 11/1/18 - UPDATED
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NBA – Fantasy Basketball – DraftKings Lineup, Picks, & Advice – 11/1/18
We have a 6-game slate for Thursday, November 1st and let’s take a look at the games, key injuries, and our initial DraftKings lineup.
This is my Confirmed Lineup as of about an hour before tip-off. If it’s a real last-minute major update in which I don’t have time to update the website, I’ll post it on my Twitter (@BrettCU05) so make sure you hit that “follow” button!
Games/Lines (As of 5:12 PM)
7:00pm – Oklahoma City at Charlotte (Spread: CHA -1.5; O/U 230.5)
7:00pm – LA Clippers at Philadelphia (Spread: PHI -5.5; O/U 230)
7:00pm – Denver at Cleveland (Spread: DEN -4.5; O/U 217.5)
7:30pm – Sacramento at Atlanta (Spread: SAC -2; O/U 234)
8:00pm – Milwaukee vs. Boston (Spread: BOS -2.5; O/U 222)
10:30pm – New Orleans at Portland (Spread: POR -8; O/U 229)
Key Injuries/Inactive Players
Anthony Davis (Elbow) – Doubtful; De’Aaron Fox (Back) – Probable; Kevin Love (Toe) – Out; Elfrid Payton (Ankle) – GTD; Julius Randle (Foot) – GTD; Will Barton (Groin) – Out; John Collins (Ankle) – Out; Bogdan Bogdanovic (Knee) – Out; Isaiah Thomas (Hip) – Out; Jaylen Brown (Foot) – GTD; Donte DiVincenzo (Quadriceps) – GTD
PG – Russell Westbrook (OKC) - $10,700
SG – Avery Bradley (LAC) - $3,900
SF – DeAndre’ Bembry (ATL) - $4,000
PF – Marvin Bagley III (SAC) - $5,000
C – Joel Embiid (PHI) - $10,300
G – Buddy Hield (SAC) - $6,400
F - Montrezl Harrell (LAC) - $5,200
Utility – Dewayne Dedmon (ATL) - $4,500
I’m going in a bit riskier direction than my initial lineup from this morning, however, I think this one has some great potential for a big night if we can get value from a few of our lower priced players.
With the news that Anthony Davis is doubtful, I’m taking a chance and fading the NO/POR game as I’m just concerned Portland running the Pelicans out of the gym tonight. New Orleans are on the 2nd half of a back to back in which their starters played heavy minutes against the Golden State Warriors. Between the fact that they had to travel last night and it’s probably going to be hard to get the energy level up this matchup, I think Portland wins this one big and the high-priced players don’t get a full run on either side.
I’ve decided to pay up big for Russell Westbrook (PG) in his matchup against the Charlotte Hornets. Westbrook started to look like the Westbrook of old in Tuesday’s game against the Clippers as he posted 32 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block in 34 minutes. Westbrook’s knee looks like it’s not giving him any trouble and although he does have a high price tag, I think he would could see Westbrook’s first triple-double tonight.
I have a lot of value picks going tonight and it starts with Avery Bradley (SG). Bradley has improved on the offensive end as of late as he is averaging about 13 ppg over his last three contests and we know his minutes will be there as he even logged 30 minutes in the Clippers recent game agianst the Thunder. Bradley is more known for his defense and will most likely be falling J.J. Redick around when he is on the court, however, in what should be a high scoring game, if Bradley can get double-digit shot attempts, I think he’ll do enough across the board to be well worth his near bottom price of $3,900.
I wanted to get DeAndre’ Bembry (SF) in my lineups this morning and now he is. Bembry has become a major part of the Atlanta rotation and if you have been reading my articles prior to tonight, you know I love his ability to stuff a stat sheet. Bembry comes into this game averaging 8.3 ppg, 2.7 apg, 5.4 rpg, & 1.6 spg but has flashed some great upside as he did have a 11 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assist, 2 steals, & 1 block performance against Dallas earlier this season. We can’t expect Bembry to ever pull down that many rebounds again, however, in what should be a high scoring matchup in which he around 25 minutes, I like him at this price tonight.
I decided to switch out Nemanja Bjelica for Marvin Bagley III (PF). It was going to be tough to roster both as they basically play the same position and if you look at their point totals, basically when one has a big game, the other doesn’t. Bagley III is only seeing about 22 mpg as of late however, still had a solid 26.8 FanDuel point night in his last game against the Magic and as he has 40+ point upside as he already shown twice this season, I like him at $5,000.
With all the value, we were still able to get Joel Embiid (C) in our lineups who I think is going to have a big night agianst the Clippers. Embiid is averaging 27.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, & 2.1 bpg and I love pairing him with Westbrook tonight as I expect huge games from both of them.
Buddy Hield (G) is playing like the guy we used to watch at Oklahoma and with Bogdanovic still out for the Kings, Hield is taking major advantage with the extra minutes as he has played an average of 38 minutes in each of his last 4 games. Atlanta is ranked just 26th agianst the SG position and which could mean a big night for Hield who comes into this game averaging 18.9 ppg, 2.4 apg, & 6.1 rpg. Hield put up a double-double (25 points, 11 rebound) in his most recent outing against the Magic and I expect a similar performance with the Kings implied total set at 116.3 right now.
Montrezl Harrell (F) has clearly established himself as the best big man for the Clippers and comes into this game averaging 13.0 ppg (64.0% shooting), 5.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, & 1.9 bpg. I think Harrell gets plenty of action tonight as they are going to need to throw a big body in an attempt to slow down Joel Embiid. Harrell has always been a solid DFS contributor when he gets the minutes and we’ve seen his upside this season as against Houston, he went off for a 30 points, 6 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steal, & 2 block performance.
With my remaining salary I’ve decided to take a chance on Dewayne Dedmon (Utility). As you can see, we have been targeting the SAC/ATL for good reason as it has the highest O/U of the night. Dedmon has looked good since coming back from injury as the big man out of USC is averaging 7.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg & 2.0 bpg since returning. Dedmon put up a monster game agianst Chicago earlier this season (13 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks) and although his minutes we down a bit last game, I think it was more that the Hawks we on the 2nd half of a back to back and the game was out of hand late. I think Dedmon will soon take over the starting role for Atlanta, but I like him with the 2nd unit tonight as he should see less of Cauley-Stein.