DFS - Fantasy Basketball - NBA DraftKings Lineup, Picks & Advice - 11/3/18
NBA - Featured Slate (7:00 PM) - DraftKings Lineup - 11/3/18 - INITIAL THOUGHTS
NBA – Fantasy Basketball – DraftKings Lineup, Picks, & Advice – 11/3/18
We have a 7-game slate for Saturday, November 3rd and let’s take a look at the games, key injuries, and our initial DraftKings lineup.
This is just my initial lineup based on the information we have available in the morning. Injuries play a huge roll in our DFS lineup so please check back later! If it’s a real last-minute update, in which I don’t have the 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 12:30 PM)
7:00pm – Boston at Indiana (Spread: BOS -3; O/U 208)
7:00pm – Cleveland at Charlotte (Spread: CHA -9; O/U 222)
7:30pm – Miami at Atlanta (Spread: MIA -6; O/U 227)
8:00pm – Houston at Chicago (Spread: HOU -8.5; O/U 226)
8:30pm – New Orleans at San Antonio (Spread: SAS -3.5; O/U 229)
9:00pm – Utah at Denver (Spread: DEN -5; O/U 209.5)
10:00pm – LA Lakers at Portland (Spread: POR -3; O/U 235.5)
Key Injuries/Inactive Players
Anthony Davis (Elbow) – Probable; James Harden (Hamstring) – Probable; Kevin Love (Toe) – Out; Donovan Mitchell (Hamstring) – GTD; Julius Randle (Foot) – GTD; Elfrid Payton (Ankle) – Out; Kris Dunn (Knee) – Out; Will Barton (Groin) – Out; Bobby Portis (Knee) – Out; John Collins (Ankle) – Out; Goran Dragic (Toe) – Out; James Johnson (Abdomen) – Out; Jae Crowder (Ankle) – Out; Isaiah Thomas (Hip) – Out; Jaylen Brown (Foot) – Out; Dion Walters (Ankle) – Out; Dwyane Wade (Head) – GTD; Tony Parker (Elbow) – GTD; Tyler Johnson (GTD) - Illness
G – Damian Lillard (POR) - $9,900
SG – Tyler Johnson (MIA) - $4,100
SF – Rodney McGruder (MIA) - $6,400
PF – DeMar DeRozan (SA) - $8,300
C – Tristan Thompson (CLE) - $4,800
G – Malik Monk (CHA) - $4,400
F – Marcus Morris (BOS) - $5,600
Utility – JaVale McGee (LA) - $6,400
The top PG’s on the slate have some great matchups tonight and I’m going to go right to the top and roster Damian Lillard (PG) of the Portland Trailblazers in their matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. Lillard has started this season playing some of the basketball of his career as he is averaging 29.1 ppg, 6.0 apg, & 5.1 rpg and you know he is going to have no trouble putting up points against the defense of either Ball or Rondo tonight. This game has the highest O/U on the slate and as I expect it to be close, I think we can expect a big game for Lillard tonight.
I had to change to my initial lineup around as while writing this article, the news broke that Goran Dragic is going to be out tonight. I was originally going to pay up for a 2nd PG, however, the value with Tyler Johnson (SG) agianst the Hawks is too good to pass up. The Hawks rank just 27th vs. the PG position so the matchup is great, and Johnson has looked decent in his last two starts as is averaging 11.5 ppg, 3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.5 spg in 25.5 mpg.
I’m going to stay with the Heat as I think there is outstanding value with Rodney McGruder (SF) tonight agianst the Hawks. McGruder has been a nice surprise for the Heat this season as he is currently averaging 14.3 ppg, 3.7 apg, & 6.0 rpg in 34.1 mpg. McGruder has put up 30+ FanDuel points in 4 of his 8 games this season as the Hawks have really struggled agianst opposing backcourts, could have a big night as his usage should be a bit higher with Dragic out.
I’m a big fan of the Spurs main offensive weapons tonight as to go along with DeMar DeRozan, we’re going with LaMarcus Aldridge (SA). Aldridge hasn’t been dominate as of late, however, he is still having a solid season as he comes into this game averaging 20.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, & 1.3 bpg. Aldridge is shooting just 44.3% on the floor this season but is coming off a solid game in which he was 10 for 13 for 24 points in just 24 min against the Suns and if he can keep that hot hand going tonight, he should easily crush his value at low price tag of $8,100.
however, I don’t mind rolling the dice with Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson (C). Since Larry Drew has taken over head coaching duties, Thompson has seen about 28.5 mpg and has averaged a double-double (10.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 3.5 apg). Charlotte hasn’t been anything special against the Center position this season and as Thompson has 40+ FanDuel point upside if he can get 10-15 points, I think he’ll hit value tonight at this price point.
Malik Monk (G) is starting to show what made him the 11th overall draft pick of the 2017 Draft as the shooting guard out of Kentucky has posted back-to-back 20+ points games. On the season, Monk is averaging 13.1 ppg, 2.0 apg, & 1.8 rpg and has seen about 24 mpg. I like Monk’s matchup against Cleveland who hasn’t been great defeating the SG position and between he fact that Tony Parker might not go and that his has blowout potential, Monk could see some extra minutes tonight.
There is nothing exciting about a Marcus Morris (F) pick however, if you want a safe pick, there is hardly a better one in DFS right now. Morris is having a solid season for the Celtics as he comes into this game averaging 14.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, and 1.0 apg in 25.3 mpg. Morris is the main scoring option on the 2nd unit for the Celtics and certainly has no problem getting up shots as he has put up at least double-digit shot attempts in each of his last 4 games. Morris has averaged about 30 FanDuel points over his last 4 games and as he should be see 25-30 minutes tonight, I think he is a good option that will hit value.
I need to get one player for the LA Lakers in my lineup tonight and why not go with JaVale McGee (Utility). McGee is having a career season with the Lakers as he comes into this game averaging 15.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg & 3.3 bpg. McGee is coming off one of his best games as a NBA player as agianst Dallas, he posted a double-double with 16 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, & 2 steals and I think he can continue his great season tonight in what should be a high scoring game agianst Portland.
Check back later for updates!