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NBA DFS 10/18 News and Notes for FanDuel and DraftKings

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**3-Game Slate

**Lock is 7 pm CT

**Dwight Howard a GTD for WAS (if out, Mahimni would start, also a benefit to Whiteside)


Players Out (as of 2 pm CT)

Dion Waiters, MIA — Doesn’t change much now

Kris Dunn, CHI — Bump to LaVine, Payne will start

Denzel Valentine, CHI — Bump to Holiday

James Johnson, MIA — Bump to Jones Jr. and Adebayo


Players Doubtful (as of 2 pm CT)

Wayne Ellington, MIA — *Upgrade to Q* — More Minutes for McGruder and Richardson

Justise Winslow, MIA — More minutes for McGruder and Richardson

Mike Muscala, PHI — Bump to McConnell (small ball) and Amir Johnson


Vegas Lines

LALvsPOR — 223.5 — 3-point spread

CHIvsPHI — 220 — 12-point spread

MIAvsWAS — 213.5 — 5.5-point spread


Highest Pace of Play

Lakers — 102.6

76ers — 102.2


Slowest Pace of Play

Heat — 97.8


Pace-Up Games

Blazers — +3.0

Bulls — +2.6


Pace-Down Games

Wizards — -1.8

Lakers — -0.8

Heat — -0.7


Value Players with High Projected Minutes

Cameron Payne, CHI

Dario Saric, PHI

Wendell Carter, CHI

Robert Covington, PHI

Al-Farouq Aminu

JJ Redick/Markelle Fultz, PHI

Derrick Jones, MIA

Tyler Johnson, MIA

Rodney McGruder, MIA


Minimum (or close) FD Punts

PG TJ McConnell, PHI — $3.6k

PG Tyler Johnson, MIA — $3.8k

PG Cameron Payne, CHI — $4k

SG Rodney McGruder, MIA

SF Derrick Jones, MIA

SF Jeff Green, WAS — $3.6k

PF Amir Johnson, PHI — $3.6k

C Ian Mahinmi, WAS (if Howard out)


Miami Heat Notes

  • Obviously, lots of injuries
  • Playing a B2B
  • Same players doubtful who missed last night (J Johnson, Winslow, Ellington)
  • Jones Jr. got the start
    • Technically started at the 4 with Richardson and McGruder in the lineup
    • Played just 17 min. Due to foul trouble
    • Minimum on FD
    • Middle of the road matchup at SF, would be tougher at PF against Morris
  • Wade played 26 minutes — likely to go down on B2B and Jones not in foul trouble
  • McGruder started and saw 32 minutes — would see the same with Ellington and Winslow out
  • Richardson played team-high 38 minutes, attempted 10 threes (hit 2)
    • FD price increase by $600
    • DK price decrease by $100
    • More of the same from him tonight
  • Whiteside will be a popular play tonight, and rightfully so
    • Better play if Howard is out
    • Pivot to Bam is interesting for GPPs, especially if J Johnson is out, as expected. Price on FD is much better than DK (4.3 vs 4.9)


Blazers Notes

  • Harkless to have a 20-min cap if active — avoid
  • High-pace matchup and narrow spread makes Lillard and McCollum very interesting. Lillard time vs. LeBron could be a real thing in the 4th
  • Nurkic is a great GPP play on both sites, but especially on DK. Matchup and pace are huge benefits, but foul discipline scares me, especially against LeBron (who gets every foul)
    • If he does get in trouble, Zach Collins would benefit. $3.8 on FD and $3.6 on DK, it’s interesting if it plays out perfectly to your favor
  • Evan Turner’s role is sort of a mystery. If Harkless is out, it sound like Turner may not even start. It could be Layman who gets the nod. My guess is the Blazers want Turner to help facilitate the second unit


76ers Notes

  • We’ve seen this team in action, which naturally means many will play these players, especially in cash game. There’s a comfort factor
  • If Muscala is out, bump to McConnell (small ball) and Amir Johnson
  • Philly expected to have a fast-paced easy win, which is also a benefit to McConnell
  • If things get out of hand, 76ers could leave Fultz in to get him more action and to raise his confidence
  • Covington’s price difference is crazy: FD $6700, DK $4700. Avoid on FD.
  • Saric had a brutal first game, which could scare people off. With a reduced salary on FD and still having a 20% usage rate, it’d smart to have some exposure to Saric tonight in a plus matchup against Portis
  • Embiid may destroy the rookie Carter, but with such a high difference in price on FD from the other centers, his ownership may stay lower tonight, for a 3-game slate at least
  • Simmons is a monster and $1500 cheaper on DK, so expect his ownership to be high over there.


Bulls Notes

  • Kris Dunn ruled out (personal)
  • With Dunn off the floor, LaVine leads with a 33.3% usage
  • When LaVine and Payne are on the floor together (without Dunn), LaVine has a 29.8% usage, while Payne has 20.4%, still good.
  • Over all last season, Portis had a 27% usage rate. On the court with LaVine, he still had a 24.5% usage. Starting tonight, he won’t be shy.
  • Valentine is out as well. Holiday will see a bump and a good share of the minutes, while Parker will come off the bench and spark the second unit.
  • Rookie Wendell Carter is starting over Lopez. Look for mid-20’s in minutes, with a chance to stay on the floor if it gets out of hand. Though, feels like only a tournament play. Interesting pivot from Portis, who will have ownership.


Wizards Notes

  • Wall and Beal dominate usage when on the floor together, with 30.4% and 26.3% respectively.
  • Everyone else floats in the teens.
  • Dwight Howard is a GTD. If out, Mahinmi expects to start.
  • Morris is in a weird spot on this slate, where it feels like he’ll be forgotten about. With his price, he could be solid. Morris will likely be matched up with either Jones Jr. or Olynyk, whoever starts. Whichever, Morris should be able to bully them down low, which is useful given the expected pace of this game.


Lakers Notes

  • What’s the PG split going to be?
  • What’s the SG split going to be?
  • Does LeBron come out with a triple-dubs, trying to get people talking about the greatest Laker debut ever?
  • Does Ingram look like preseason Ingram, or does he become shy again?
  • Will McGee get a full workload of minutes?
  • What’s Kuzma’s workload like, and at what positions?
  • Do Stephenson and Beasley see more than 5-6 minutes?
  • Yeah…lots of questions. Good luck at guessing this team tonight, but we may find out a lot. Hopefully there’s some legitimate plays going forward instead of everyone eating into each other and varying their workload by the night.



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