THE LAYUP – CORE PICKS 1.26.19 – 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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Ben Simmons | PHI | $9600 DraftKings | $10,100 FanDuel

The Sixers will be without Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler tonight so the amount of extra usage there will be to go around is absolutely monstrous. Usage is similar to matter, when it gets taken away from something, it still has to go somewhere else. The primary beneficiary of all that extra usage will be Ben Simmons. High total in Denver paired with his triple double upside makes him a cash game staple tonight on both sites and can certainly be used in tournaments as well.

DeMarcus Cousins | GSW | $6200 DraftKings | $6400 FanDuel

Boogie and the Warriors are playing in the game with the highest total on the board and the Warriors have by far the highest implied point total, shocker. Cousins has been seeing his minutes increase in each of his first three games in a Warriors uniform. So far this season he has been producing 1.45 FPPM so if he gets 25 or even more minutes tonight he should be able to repay his salary for cash games. Strong option now that we know the minutes will be there and his price is still very reasonable for his level of talent.

Darren Collison | IND | $5600 DraftKings | $6500 FanDuel

With Dipo out for the season we look to Darren Collison tonight in a slow pace matchup with the Grizzlies. Over the last five games the Grizzlies have only been able to hold starting point guards under 30 FP once. In Collisons last five he is averaging 33 FPPG along with a PPM production thats almost at 1.2. He should see more minutes here tonight sans Oladipo making him a strong option for cash or tournaments.

Mike Muscala | PHI | $4200 DraftKings | $3500 FanDuel

With Joel Embiid sidelined Mike Muscala is expected to get the start at center tonight for the Sixers against the Nuggets. As a starter this season Muscala is averaging right around 21 FP but in a sample size of just four games. He is underpriced particularly on FanDuel where he comes in at minimum salary but even at $4200 on DraftKings he is still a great cash option as we expect him to exceed 20 FP tonight. Great salary relief option allowing you to pay up for bigger names.

Other players to consider: Nikola Jokic (DEN), Jusuf Nurkic (POR), JaMychal Green (MEM), CJ McCollum (POR), JJ Redick (PHI), Seth Curry (POR) 

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.