The NBA has 10 games on Sunday but five are early, leaving five games for the main DFS fantasy basketball contests. Get your team in the game with FanSided’s DraftKings daily picks.
The main DraftKings game slate starts at 6:00 p.m. ET, but there are five games earlier in the day. At 1:00 p.m., the Nets are at the Hawks and the Suns are at the Hornets. Then, there are three more games at 3:30: the Bulls at the Bucks, the Thunder at the Rockets and the Kings at the Clippers. The early games have their own game slate on DraftKings, but this slate is smaller with lesser prizes, so this article will focus on the main slate.
The first two games in the main slate tip at 6:00 p.m. ET, with the Heat at the Celtics and the 76ers at the Pacers. Two more games start at 8:00 p.m., the Grizzlies at the Warriors and the Pelicans at the Nuggets. Finally, the last game of the night is the Trail Blazers at the Lakers.
Storylines for Sunday night: The Grizzlies have been an elite defense all season, but have struggled a bit lately against perimeter players just in time for a trip into Oakland to see Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Three DFS superstars go heads up in Denver, as Nikola Jokic tries his hand against Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The 76ers are often DFS kingmakers for opponents, so their game against the Pacers could be very fantasy friendly. And if it isn’t a blowout, the Trail Blazers vs the Lakers could be the most fantasy-friendly game of the night. So many questions, and their answers will determine how the Sunday “main” schedule plays out.
My favorite plays of the day can be found on the following slides in FanSided’s DraftKings daily picks. Each day in order to offer a variety of price points at each position, you can find two slides for each position–one for high-salary options and one for high-value options. Each pick is ranked on a scale of 1-5 stars to indicate the confidence in the pick. The final slide of this post has more detail on what each level means, but in short, more stars means more confidence in the selection on a points-per-dollar basis.
Important note, every day the goal of this post is not to give you a copy-and-paste lineup. Instead, each selection is given while highlighting the factors you need to consider when building a customized lineup for yourself. If you want to see an example lineup, you can find it on the final slide of the post, but I suggest you adjust your lineup to fit your personal taste.
To keep up with all of FanSided’s DFS NBA coverage head over to the fantasy basketball hub where each day you can find a post like this tailored for DraftKings as well as one specifically designed for usage on FanDuel. In this post, all salary and “fantasy points” references are to DraftKings scoring system and salaries. If you have any additional questions or thoughts or are looking for updates as we approach tipoff, follow @FanSidedFantasy on Twitter or you can follow my account @ProfessorDrz or find me on my home turf of The Hoops Lab.
Let’s take a look at your best options for both studs and value players at each position.