THE LAYUP – CORE PICKS 1.24.19 – NBA DFS

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Hello Playmakers! We have a 4 game NBA DFS Main Slate on tap tonight. Here are some core plays that you can implement in either cash games or tournaments. Unless otherwise specified, the plays work on either DraftKings or FanDuel.

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Devin Booker | PHO | $7500 DraftKings | $8300 FanDuel 

After getting ejected early in the second half last game Devin Booker and the Suns will host the Trailblazers. In Bookers last three meetings with Portland he is averaging 53 FPPG. He will be taking even more shots without Warren in the lineup. In 119 minutes with Ayton and Warren off the floor Booker sees his usage rise to almost 32% which is not a huge boost from where he normally is but a boost nonetheless. With the price drop he received on DraftKings paired with his floor he becomes very appealing over there especially for cash games but even over on FanDuel with the price bump he remains a strong option in all formats.

Jahlil Okafor | NOP | $4900 DraftKings | $5500 FanDuel 

It is 2019 and we are talking about Jahlil Okafor as not just a viable play in DFS but a core cash play, what a time to be alive. He is coming off a game with 6 blocks last night against the Pistons where he put up 40+ FP. Although its unlikely he is going to get 6 blocks again tonight this is still a nice spot for him. He has been about a 1.1 FPPM producer over his last 5 games but has seen 30+ minutes in both games as a starter. If he is producing even close to 1.1 FPPM and seeing upwards of 35 minutes a night he should be able to hit value easily. Only concern here would be a blowout given the high spread but the Pelicans dont exactly have many other options for center right now either.

Dragan Bender | PHO | $4600 DraftKings | $4600 FanDuel

Going back to the well on the Dragan after another solid outing as the Suns starting center. The Trailblazers haven’t been great against centers giving up 30+ FP to starters in 4 of their last 5 games. Bender is one of the Suns guys that is also pretty well blowout proof given the fact that the Suns really dont have any other option other than Quincy Acy who is more of a power forward. With the minutes he is guaranteed paired with the matchup he gets Bender is a great play in all formats across both sites tonight.

Karl-Anthony Towns | MIN | $10,200 DraftKings | $11,400 FanDuel

Coming off another strong outing against the Suns Karl-Anthony Towns gets a strong matchup tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers who sit 25th in DvP against C’s. In his last four meetings with the Lakers Towns is averaging 53 FPPG which is roughly what he needs to hit value tonight. We could definitely see another 60+ from Towns here if he continues his form. Even on a four game slate the center spot is absolutely loaded tonight but Towns is the best option on the board if you have to choose one over on FanDuel he is your guy. On DraftKings everyone should be playing two or more centers tonight.  

Other players to consider: Kevin Durant (GSW), Derrick Rose (MIN), Josh Jackson (PHO), Darius Miller (NOP), DeMarcus Cousins (GSW)

John Huish is the Head NBA analyst for DailyPlayAction. He plays both Draftkings and Fanduel. His picks are subject to change without notice. DailyPlayAction and John Huish are not responsible for losses accrued.