NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for February 4, 2018
For the 2/4 NBA DFS Super Bowl slate, we’ll take a look at the best picks for the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering rostering in our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used when crafting your strategy on the Draft Fantasy App.
Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.
Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
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PLAYERS RULED OUT
Kyrie Irving (quad)
Marcus Smart (hand)
Tyreke Evans (coach’s decision)
Lonzo Ball (knee)
Marcus Morris (hip)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin)
Malcolm Brogdon (quad)
Shane Larkin (knee)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Eric Bledsoe (ankle)
Brandon Ingram (groin)
Shabazz Napier (toe)
NBA DFS Slate Breakdown for February 4, 2018
Portland Blazers (+1.5) at Boston Celtics (Over/Under – 201)
The Celtics have been offering great values with several key players injured. Kyrie Irving, for one, ought to sit for a third straight game. That upgrades the matchup for Portland’s Damian Lillard ($8.8k, $8.1k) but lowers his GPP appeal a bit because an individual shootout seems less likely.
Terry Rozier ($7.0k, $7.5k) will look to maintain his torrid play after posting a triple-double in his first start and a career-high 31 points in his second start. That said, he faces a formidable defense tonight and is more of a cash play than a must-play at this price.
With Marcus Smart (hand), Shane Larkin (knee), and Marcus Morris (hip) out, the Celtics’ young tandem of Jaylen Brown ($5.9k, $5.8k) and Jayson Tatum ($6.5k, $6.4k) will log huge minutes. Those injuries also enhance the appeal of Al Horford ($7.9k, $7.8k) in a good matchup against Portland’s inconsistent center Jusuf Nurkic.
Other than Lillard, Evan Turner ($3.9k, $3.5k) offers some appeal as a punt play for the Blazers. Then, Al-Farouq Aminu ($4.7k, $4.5k) should see healthy run in an effort to match up with the athletic young Celtics.
Atlanta Hawks (+5.5) at New York Knicks (Over/Under – 212)
The Knicks bounced back from an embarrassing blowout loss to shorthanded Boston with a solid effort against the Bucks. Once again, Enes Kanter ($7.5k, $7.0k) provided a huge double-double with 17 points and 18 rebounds. He’s been a mainstay with double-digit points in nine consecutive appearances. Plus, his price tag is now on par with Kristaps Porzingis’ ($8.2k, $8.7k) on DK.
You should attack Atlanta’s weak front line with bigs. On the Hawks’ side of the ball, consider Taurean Prince ($5.3k, $4.8k) as the best per dollar option following his 31-point explosion against the Celtics on Friday.
Further down the line, Jarrett Jack ($4.6k, $4.6k) is a boom-bust value to consider for the Knicks. Then, there’s Tim Hardaway Jr. ($5.7k, $6.2k), who will get his shot at revenge against his former team in the Hawks. Hardaway Jr. dropped 22 points in a previous meeting with Atlanta this season and makes for an intriguing GPP play against a Hawks team that ranks 29th in opponent 3-point percentage (.381).
Milwaukee Bucks (-4.5) at Brooklyn Nets (Over/Under – 209)
With Malcolm Brogdon (quad) out indefinitely and Eric Bledsoe (ankle) hobbled, Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11.3, $11.5k) is playing even more point forward for Milwaukee. While he only produced two assists in a huge performance against the Knicks, Giannis filled the stat sheet and should produce more in that column against a Nets team that plays at the fifth-fastest pace in the NBA.
Khris Middleton ($7.1k, $7.4k) is also a great option given the shorthanded Bucks backcourt. And Sterling Brown ($3.7k, $4.1k) remains a viable punt play with a bit more potential than Matthew Dellavedova ($3.7k, $3.6k) for as long as Bledsoe remains limited. John Henson ($5.3k, $5.5k) is a decent cash play under interim HC Joe Prunty.
The Nets are also dealing with key injuries. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) has been ruled out of this contest, and D’Angelo Russell (knee) is still on a minutes restriction.
DeMarre Carroll ($5.5k, $5.6k) has become the most consistent performer for the Nets, aside from his dud against the Lakers on Friday. He’ll have to play big minutes as the best defensive option against Giannis and Middleton.
Spencer Dinwiddie ($6.6k, $7.2k) continues to perform as well. He’s soaking up more minutes and usage with Russell and Caris LeVert (groin) not fully healthy.
Memphis Grizzlies (+12) at Toronto Raptors (Over/Under – 208)
DeMar DeRozan ($8.5k, $8.5k) reasserted his role as the primary scorer for Toronto with 35 points in a win over Portland on Friday. He makes for a much better play than Kyle Lowry once again, as Toronto will look to keep rolling against an inexperienced Grizzlies team.
Use Jonas Valanciunas ($5.8k, $6.4k) if you believe in his ability to match up with Marc Gasol. He’s still a bit underpriced given his averages of 18.3 PPG and 10.2 RPG over his last six appearances.
While Marc Gasol ($8.6k, $8.3k) is carrying the load for Memphis, the best per-dollar options on the Grizzlies remain young athletes such as Wayne Selden Jr. ($4.3k, $3.8k) and Dillon Brooks ($4.4k, $4.3k). The most appealing tournament play of the bunch is former Kentucky star Andrew Harrison ($4.6k, $5.0k).
Los Angeles Lakers (TBD) at Oklahoma City Thunder (Over/Under – TBD)
This is a wonderful game to target given the huge lines the Thunder have given up in recent games. But it’s only available on the main slate for FanDuel contests.
Russell Westbrook ($12.0k, $12.3k) is obviously a great option regardless of the opponent, but he gives a little extra when facing the Lakers. He should dominate the backup guards with Lonzo Ball (knee) still out.
Paul George ($8.2k, $8.4k) also relishes the opportunity to face his hometown Lakers. He’s a boom-bust option to consider in tournament formats. The Thunder might run away with this game, so use their stars as correlation plays if you believe the Lakers will be able to compete on the strength of solid games from Julius Randle ($6.5k, $5.9k), Jordan Clarkson ($6.0k, $5.6k), and potentially Kyle Kuzma ($5.2k, 4.9k). Kuzma could benefit with Brandon Ingram (groin) banged up.
Finally, Josh Hart ($4.2k, $4.5k) offers some value with the Lakers shorthanded. Larry Nance Jr. ($4.7k, $5.3k) remains a low-upside cash play.
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