5 Great Plays on DraftKings NBA

There are 12 games tonight in the NBA, and the research can be endless if you don’t have the right resources. Over the past few weeks, we’ve added several new NBA tools to help you find the best plays and construct the most efficient lineups. One of my favorites is the FanDuel vs DraftKings salary tool, which compares the salaries of players on both sites, taking into account the differences in the scoring systems. It’s a great way of finding value on DraftKings and is also a great way of checking if a player is overpriced. I make use of this tool and many of our other tools throughout the article.

Feel free to visit our forum as well for strategy discussion for tonight’s slate of games, or to ask any questions about our tools or this article.


Now, onto the plays:


Nikola Vucevic ($8,100) – Vucevic is going against a Jordan Hill-less Lakers team that gives up the 2nd most offensive fantasy points per game in the league, especially struggling against Centers. Without Hill, Vucevic’s size should give the Laker’s fits and I absolutely love his price, which is $800 less than his price on FanDuel. I also think he benefits from Tobias Harris’ remergence in the starting lineup at PF, since the Lakers focus on Harris’ offense should open up some great rebounding opportunities for Vuc. In the end, I could have just simply stated, “Vucevic is going against the Lakers.” But I just wanted to outline that there’s a lot more going for him than just that.


Marcus Smart ($4,600) – 2 games ago, Smart was named the starter for Boston and coach Brad Stevens clearly loves him, giving him an average of 39 minutes a game in those starts. There simply hasn’t been enough time for his price to adjust to a talented player getting this many minutes. And Smart has one of the best matchups in the world tonight at home vs the 76ers. Smart is a unique PG that will get his fair share of rebounds and steals which bodes well against a careless 76ers team that gives up by far the most defensive fantasy points per game in the NBA. Smart, to me, is clearly one of the best values of the night.


Steph Curry ($10,400) – I was chatting with a friend in Las Vegas the other night and he told me he placed a live bet on the Warriors when they were down 17 to the Mavs in their last game. His odds? +140. Essentially, the Warriors were down 17 to a good team in the 2nd quarter, and the sportsbook thought they were barely an underdog. Of course, the Warriors came back to handily win the game, and Curry scored 51 in the process. Averaging 1.11 fantasy points per minute this year, Curry is one of the most potent fantasy options in the league, but has only averaged 33 mpg this year because of the sheer number of blowouts the Golden State has enjoyed throughout this season. But against the championship contending Hawks tonight on the road, the Warriors are just 2 point favorites in what certainly should be a close game. I expect Curry to play big minutes and Jeff Teague isn’t a good enough defender for anyone to worry about Curry’s production.


Andre Drummond ($7,800) – Like Vucevic, Drummond both has a juicy price ($476 True DIFF from FanDuel) and a juicy matchup. But the latter may be an understatement. Denver has been absolutely horrible recently, giving no effort for the likely-to-be fired Brian Shaw and getting blown out game after game. They are already historically bad against Centers (bottom 3 in DFPPG allowed) and Drummond should have an easy time getting offensive boards and put backs against the Nuggets who have no size and nothing going for them. Drummond seems like a lock for a double-double.


Brandan Wright ($3,000) – Need a min salary guy to fit in all these high salary players? Look no further than Wright. Alex Len has been ruled out of tonights game, and while it’s unclear whether Wright will get the start over Miles Plumlee, his minutes can be conservatively bumped up to about 20-25. This is plenty for Wright, who’s averaged almost 1 fantasy point per minute this season and is playing in the 2nd friendliest offense in the NBA. The Jazz have been strong against Centers this season, but my biggest concern for Wright is minutes and the Jazz, who like to play Rudy Gobert off the bench big minutes, are unlikely to play small which means the Suns will have to play either Plumlee or Wright for most of the game.


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Max J Steinberg Max Steinberg is a professional poker player and a top Daily Fantasy player who uses his creativity and mathematical abilities he cultivated as a poker player to win money on both DraftKings and FanDuel. He already has several big tournament scores to his name including the Victiv Bowl and countless MLB Monster wins. Follow him on twitter @maxjsteinberg.

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