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DFS – Fantasy Basketball – NBA DraftKings Initial Lineup – 1/18/19
Let’s see who we got going tonight as we take a look at tonight’s 7-game NBA Slate that starts at 7:00 pm.
The NO/POR match-up has a solid over/under of 233 and we decided to pay up for Portland’s Damien Lillard & CJ McCollum while going with the Pelicans Nikola Mirotic.
Damien Lillard is having another monster season as the 6-year veteran out of Weber State comes into this game averaging 26.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.1 apg & 1.0 spg. Lillard has put down an average of 34.0 ppg over his last two games against the Kings & Cavs and has another favorable matchup tonight against the Pelicans that rank just 25th against opposing PG’s. Lillard put up a solid 26.0 point, 7 rebound, 6 assist game against the Pelicans earlier this season and I expect him to do even better at home tonight.
CJ McCollum is one of the better pure scorers in the league and comes into this favorable match-up against the Pelicans averaging 20.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, & 2.6 apg. McCollum has the potential to go off for a 40+ point performance on any given night and although he struggled against the Pelicans earlier this season, I think he could be in for a big night considering the Pelicans ran just 28th vs. opposing SG’s on the season.
Nikola Mirotic looks like he has shaken off the rust from his recent injury that forced him to miss 12 games recently as he put down a monster 46.75 DraftKings point performance (29 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl) against the Warriors on Wednesday. The most encouraging aspect of Mirotic’s performance was that he saw 28 minutes which means it looks like Alvin Gentry is comfortable letting him run for a full amount minutes going forward. Mirotic can put up points in a hurry for the Pelicans and as the Trailblazers rank just 25th vs. opposing SF’s, I think Mirotic is a steal at $5,900.
The GS/LAC game has an incredible over/under of 241.5 at the moment and because of that, I’m making sure we have some action in this game with Kevin Durant & Lou Williams.
Kevin Durant broke out of a recent mini-slump, in terms of DFS production, last Wednesday as he went off for an impressive 30 points, 15 rebound, 4 assist, 2 steals, 1 block performance against the Pelicans. Durant has crushed the Clippers this season as in his two games against them (one game w/o Curry available) he is averaging 34.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 7.5 apg, 2.5 bpg, & 1.0 spg. The Clippers rank 26th against opposing SF’s on the season and as the Warriors could put up a huge number tonight, I don’t mind stacking both Curry & Durant.
The Clippers will need a bunch of scoring tonight to stay with the Warriors which generally means, they need Williams to have a huge game. Williams is averaging 18.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.9 apg on the season and has been playing well as of late as he is averaging 21.8 ppg on 50.0% shooting from the field over his last 5 games. Williams is averaging 25.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 7.5 apg, & 1.0 spg in his two games against the Warriors this season and I expect him to continue those numbers tonight at home.
At the center position, we’re going with some value in Ante Zizic of the Cavs who should see a full run of playing time with Larry Nance Jr. & Tristin Thompson out of the lineup. Zizic has gone off for 31.5+ DraftKings point performances in 2 of his last 3 games and as the Cavs will need his size against the Jazz, he just has too much value to pass up on at this price.
Royce O’Neale burned out the other night in a poor game against the Pistons, however, O’Neale continues to have some outstanding value while the Utah Jazz are missing Rubio, Exum, & Neto. O’Neale is seeing an average of 31.6 mpg over his last 5 games and between he fact that he has 35+ DraftKings point upside and that he is going against a Cavaliers team that has been nothing but average against opposing SF’s this season, I like the value that O’Neale brings to this slate tonight.
Rounding out the team at the UTIL position, we’re going to go with some value in the Spurs Bryn Forbes. We never know how the Spurs are going to distribute their backcourt minutes between Forbes, White, & Mills, however, Forbes seems like a save play considering he has seen 32+ minutes in 4 of his last 5 games. Forbes is averaging 12.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, & 2.2 apg on the season but you have to like the match-up against the Timberwolves as they struggled against three-point shooting which is Forbes best offensive weapon (41.9% three-point shooter). Forbes put up a 22-point, 7 assist, 4 rebound, 1 block performance against the Timberwolves in mid-December and we’re hoping for another game like that tonight!
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