This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
Take note that we are looking at the main slate (four games) starting at 7:00 ET.
Damian Lillard – Portland (vs Brooklyn)
Lillard is a priority of mine on this four-game slate. C.J. McCollum will continue to miss time for the Blazers, and “Dame” has been on fire while averaging 56 FPPG over the past three without him. The salary has risen, but so has Lillard’s healthy usage rate. He makes for a strong all-around play through all formats on both FanDuel and DraftKings in a high-scoring, competitive home draw vs Brooklyn.
Delon Wright – Memphis (vs Oklahoma City)
Multi-position eligibility helps us out on DraftKings, but FanDuel is a different story. The expensive shooting guards are just okay for the price, so I’ll be looking towards mid-range value paired with a punt option (looking to drop the lowest score). Wright steps in as a reasonable bargain while keeping a 30-minute role with Avery Bradley sidelined. Playing up in pace against an Oklahoma City team that ranks second in possessions per game could give him more looks.
DeMarre Carroll – Brooklyn (at Portland)
Carroll checks in as a preferred bargain option on both FanDuel and DraftKings. He’s $4400 on DK and $4100 on FD despite logging 33+ minutes in two of his past three with a 27 FPPG mark in those contests. The matchup looks good as well, considering Portland ranks 29th in defensive efficiency to opposing small forwards. There’s some concern with a quirky Brooklyn rotation, but I’m guessing Carroll will continue to start (as he did last game) or play significant minutes moving forward. Nets’ Coach Kenny Atkinson mentioned how he liked Carroll’s shooting ability to help space the floor alongside star D’Angelo Russell. That would make Carroll a nice fantasy option with plenty of minutes to post a solid return.
Aaron Gordon – Orlando (vs Philadelphia)
Gordon was miserable with 13 fantasy points through 39 minutes on Friday vs Memphis, but I believe he can bounce-back tonight. Here’s why: 1) Gordon was playing confident basketball prior to Friday’s flop. He posted 37+ fantasy points in three straight prior to that. In other words, the last game could’ve been an outlier. 2) He’s seeing plenty of playing time. That includes 38+ minutes in two of his past three; Friday was boosted by overtime, but still. 3) His opponent, Philadelphia, ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to opposing power forwards. 4) The last time Gordon faced the Sixers, he posted a solid return of 37 fantasy points in 38 minutes. That’s a healthy expectation for tonight. 5) Nikola Vucevic will be locked into a tough battle with Joel Embiid. That could lead to more looks for Gordon.
Jusuf Nurkic – Portland (vs Brooklyn)
Nurkic has been very mediocre over the past week, but we all know he’s capable of 50-60 fantasy points on any given night. This seems like the spot for it to happen, facing a Brooklyn team that ranks bottom ten in defensive efficiency to centers as well as team rebound rate. After all, the Nets allowed JaVale McGee to record 33 points and 20 rebounds against them on Friday. Don’t be surprised if Nurkic dominates the paint tonight. I’ll be clicking him into my lineups without hesitation.