Basketball Picks Daily Fantasy Expert Advice

01/13/2018
Jerry Vanderwoude

Daily Fantasy NBA News and Injury Updates - 1/13/18

UPDATED FOR THE MAIN SLATE! - Curry is likely to go while we await word on Lowry and Leonard. We've got all of your latest news as well as today's top plays in our optimizer.

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What We Know

Stephen CurryStephen Curry is probable for the Warriors.
Steph has missed two straight games due to an ankle sprain, with last night's sitting being precautionary on the opening end of a Warriors back to back set. It is looking most likely he will take the court tonight in Toronto. If cleared, Steph will send Shaun Livingston back to the bench and cut into Livingston and Patrick McCaws production.

DeAndre JordanDeAndre Jordan is out for the Clippers.
Jordan left Thursday's game in Sacramento after just ten minutes with an ankle sprain, and coach Rivers confirmed he will sit out this afternoon's contest, once again with the Kings. Montrezl Harrell becomes an excellent play with Jordan unable to give it a go. C.J. Williams, who sprained his ankle a night earlier missing Thursday's game in Sacramento is also considered questionable for today's game.

Gary HarrisGary Harris missed last night's game for personal reasons, and is currently considered a game time decision for the Nuggets game in San Antonio
Harris is away from the team handling a family matter and was not able to play last night against the Grizzlies. He is only expected to miss a game or two, so he could be back in time for tonight's game. With Harris unavailable, Will Barton saw 40 minutes last night. The Spurs are tough on shooting guards, so this isn't a spot I will be targeting personally regardless of who Denver has available.

What We're Waiting to Know

Kyle LowryKyle Lowry is a game time decision for the Raptors.
Lowry like Curry above has missed two straight snd will look to make his return to the starting point guard spot in tonight's Golden State/Toronto tilt. We covered this situation rather extensively in the picks article. If Lowry remains out, Delon Wright is an excellent point of value and DeMar DeRozan sees significant upside. Should Lowry suit up, Wright is out of play, and DD becomes more of a cash game play.

Kawhi LeonardKawhi Leonard is questionable for the Spurs tonight along with Tony Parker and Danny Green.
Leonard stands to miss his fourth straight game tonight. If his shoulder continues to hold him back yet again, Kyle Anderson becomes a solid play in a great matchup against the Nuggets, while Davis Bertans would also see increased value. San Antonio may also be without Parker and Green whose respective ailments have held them out of several recent contests. We expect more word to come following shoot around.

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Every Lineup Guys

Draymond GreenDraymond Green FD - $7800 DK - $7600
Opponent - TOR
Proj Pts FD - 43.17 DK - 42.55
Draymond Green is showing up in the top FanDuel lineups on our optimizer, but don't let that fool you, he is an excellent play across the board and one I plan to have a ton of exposure to. This is a game you want to target, and we covered plays at nearly every position in the picks article where I noted Green presents an excellent way to gain exposure to the Golden State offense without spending a ridiculous amount of salary. This game has the highest projected total of the main slate by a mile. Sitting at 225, the next game is coming in ten points lower, and with a mere 4.5 point spread it should remain competitive meaning minutes security is not a concern. This is going to be a fun game between two of the fastest teams in the Association and Green brings safety and upside to a tough PF position.

Nikola JokicNikola Jokic FD - $9300 DK - $8200
Opponent - SA
Proj Pts FD - 44.08 DK - 46.02
Nikola Jokic is showing up in the systems top DraftKings lineups, and while he can be considered on FanDuel, I tend to agree, he's a guy you want to have a majority of your exposure to on DraftKings where he allows more salary flexibility. The final game of the night sees Jokic and the Nuggets traveling into San Antonio for a showdown with the Spurs who have been a bottom five defense the past five games against opposing centers allowing 43.3 FP on average over that stretch. This game doesn't offer the excitement of the Raptors/Warriors tilt. These are two of the leagues slower paced teams, combining for a 97.7 pace factor in a game with a projection just over 200 total points. Center is a pretty tough position on this limited slate however, and Joker projects for a safer floor than many of the value options we have available to us. On DraftKings where he's nearly $1K cheaper than on FanDuel, I'll be locking Joker into 100% of my cash lineups.

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