by Will Overton
It’s here everybody! It is opening night in the NBA and I cannot wait. The NBA may be getting a little bit overshadowed by the World Series, but this would be a good night to have your channel changing finger ready to roll because you don’t want to miss these NBA games.
With the NBA back in action that means that NBA DFS is back in action tonight too and so it’s time to either start winning or losing some money on a nightly basis, what could be better.
We will do what we can to help you out in the process and get you on the winning side of things. I am going to give you my top three plays of the night and then throw in some bonus notes for you as well as part of our four point play breakdown. Let’s get to breaking down this slate:
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks: There are only three games on the slate tonight, but there is a lot of star potential in these three games. With all the stars playing you may be a little unsure of where to go at the top, but I am going with LeBron James personally. This just feels like a LeBron game where you know he’d love to steal the spotlight from the new look Warriors with a huge game. Not only that, but he seems to be on a mission to win another MVP and that road starts tonight. I like a Cavs stack tonight in cash games and LeBron is the key to that for me with Kyrie Irving also making his way on to most of my teams too.
C.J. McCollum – Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz: Last season C.J. McCollum was a DFS Superstar, regularly underpriced night to night and regularly exceeding his price with his production. I think we’re back to the same kind of pattern this year with McCollum at $6,400 on Draft Kings which is pretty nice given how shallow the shooting guard position is. Obviously Damian Lillard makes for a nice play as well, buy with McCollum being a few thousand dollars cheaper at a weaker position I’ll take McCollum.
George Hill – Utah Jazz @ Portland Trail Blazers: If you want LeBron and Kyrie like I do you need to save some money somewhere and George Hill is a good place to do that. Hill checks in on Draft Kings at just a little over five thousand and I think he exceeds that production wise. Hill is coming off a down year in Indiana, but a change of scenery should help him, as will the fact that he isn’t playing with Monta Ellis this year. I think Hill gets off a particularly hot start to the season with Gordon Hayward out and lots of points up for grabs. The Blazers backcourt is awesome, but they were susceptible to allowing some big games last season and we’ll see if Hill can’t take advantage tonight.
Bonus Notes for the Night
- We know all about how good the Blazers backcourt is, but if you want some cheap value tonight the Blazers frontcourt might be the better option. I actually like Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu tonight as sleepers. Harkless is coming off a nice preseason and checks in at $3,700 tonight which is nice value for a guy likely to log 25 – 30 minutes.
- We talked about how much top level talent is on the slate tonight despite just three games, but one high level guy, Kawhi Leonard is priced far less than the others. Leonard is $1,600 cheaper then Kevin Durant on Draft Kings, and that just seems off to me. Leonard may not have as high of a ceiling as Durant, but his floor for the night is just as good or better and I actually love pairing Leonard with LeBron in cash games.
- I’m mostly out on the New York Knicks for tonight, but Courtney Lee is one guy I am entertaining as an option given his sub $4,000 price tag. Lee is one of those guys who doesn’t do one thing overly well, but does a little bit of everything including steals, three, boards and some points. Lee should stuff the stat sheet enough to put up a respectable point total for his price while allowing you to afford some bigger names with him.