DFS - Fantasy Basketball - NBA FanDuel Lineup, Picks & Advice - 11/1/18 - UPDATED
NBA - Main Slate (7:00 PM) - FanDuel Lineup - 11/1/18 - UPDATED
NBA – Fantasy Basketball – Fanduel 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 FanDuel 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) - $12,000
PG – Kemba Walker (CHA) - $9,200
SG – Avery Bradley (LAC) - $3,600
SG – Frank Mason (SAC) - $3,800
SF – Sam Dekker (CLE) - $4,500
SF – DeAndre’ Bembry (ATL) - $4,900
PF – Marvin Bagley (SAC) - $5,500
PF – Montrezl Harrell (LAC) - $5,600
C – Joel Embiid (PHI) - $10,900
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.
In replacement, I’ve decided to pay up big in the OKC/CHA matchup as the total have been raising throughout the day. I’m going to roster both Russell Westbrook (PG) & Kemba Walker (PG) as I can see an epic back and forth offensive duel against the two. 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. Kemba Walker didn’t have his best game against the Heat on Tuesday, but this is still the same guy that has had a usage rate around 35% this season and on any given night, can put up a ton of shots (31 shots vs. PHI last Sat.). As I said, I just see this as being a close game with both these players seeing a ton of minutes which should bring back great value even with the high price tag.
Here comes the value…….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 $3,600.
Frank Mason (SG) is my most likely candidate to be my “low scoring” player of the night, but I’m willing to take a chance on him now that Fox has been listed as a GTD with a back injury. Fox is probable for the matchup, but we saw him leave games early a bunch last season and as backs can be tricky, Mason could have great upside if Fox can’t go or has to leave early. Even if Fox doesn’t go, Mason is not the worse “punt” play as he has seen about 20 minutes in each of his last two games and has averaged 19.3 FanDuel points per game. This is going to be one of the highest scoring games on the slate so even though it’s a risk, I think it certainly can pay off if things fall our way.
I’m staying with Sam Dekker (SF) as his price is still very reasonable and he went off last game for a solid 12 point, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, & 3 steals performance in 28 minutes. Although this has a low O/U, I think Dekker sees another 25-30 minutes and as Denver ranks just 28th against the SF position, has great value.
As I also mentioned this morning, I wanted to get DeAndre’ Bembry (SF) 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.
As I’m spending up elsewhere, I decided to keep Marvin Bagley III (PF) over Nemanja Bjelica. 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 $5,500.
Montrezl Harrell (PF) 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 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 pairing him with both Westbrook & Kemba, make me feel we could have a big night.