DraftKings European League Basketball Picks October 11
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Eight of the 16 teams are in action on opening night (day here in the states) in the EuroLeague slate.
Gone from the EuroLeague are Brose Bamberg, Belgrade, Unicaja, and Valencia. In are Podgorica, Darussafaka Istanbul, Gran Canaria, and Munich. That definitely changes things up a bit! Pogorica is back in for the first time since 2003. Gran Canaria is in for the first time ever!
The cash line in the EuroLeague is usually right around 150 DraftKings points. The rotations can be frustrating sometimes as more players see the court than in your average NBA game. The games themselves are also shorter, playing four ten minute quarters as opposed to 12 minutes in the NBA. The court is smaller, the lane is bigger, and the three point line is closer, but the action is still what you would expect from world class basketball!
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Nick Calathes made the all League team last season, leading the Euro League in assists and steals. Maccabi Tel Aviv was the worst team in the league last year as far as allowing fantasy points to guards. However, Calathes isn’t that dangerous of a shooter, so he gets most of his points creating for others. That makes his floor pretty high. However, in the top tier, I think I want Nando deColo more. He destroyed Barcelona last year, picking up 91 DraftKings points in the two games against them. Kevin Pangos did well against CSKA, but not nearly up to the numbers of deColo.
The Real Madrid backcourt looks different than it did last year with Doncic gone. However, Sergio Llull is back to full strength, and it looks like Facundo Campazzo is in line to start this year. For now I would go with Llull, but Campazzo is someone we may target once we figure out the Madrid rotations.
The Efes backcourt is also brand new. Former Celtic Shane Larkin is on board and they added Rodrigue Beaubois from Vitoria Gasteiz. I think I mostly want to avoid this situation initially, but Larkin looks pretty enticing in this position.
Petteri Koponen looks good as a starter for Munich, especially against Efes in the opener. Keith Langford is one of the best scorers in the league and now he is teamed up with the league’s assists leader. Langford is very reasonably priced. I also like Vasilije Micic, I just wish I knew how much he would play.
It’s hard to raid the bargain tier until we see how rotations are going to shake out, but I do like Maodo Lo in the Munich backcourt. He is one of the few that is a veteran of this team, which should help him early on. Nihad Dedovic and Robin Amaize are going to cut into the time. Keep an eye on this situation leading to tipoff. One of them has to start alongside Koponen.
Will Clyburn led CSKA in minutes last year, and would seem poised to again. Guys who get that much run in the Euro League are fairly rare, so Clyburn is usually worth the higher price. I also like Gustavo Ayon against Darussafaka, last year’s EuroCup champion.
Do you remember Derrick Williams? As a Timberwolves fan, I do. Williams was the second overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. While mostly a bust in the NBA, Williams was a beast in China in 2017, and could be huge for Munich in their return to the EuroLeague.
There are all kinds of middle tier options up front. Bryant Dunston against Williams and Munich looks like a fun matchup. Othello Hunter is one of the best rebounders in the league. Former NBA players Kevin Seraphin and Tibor Pleiss are strong options as usual.
Ioannis Papapetrou finished last season strong, and should produce alongside James Gist for Athens. Nemanja Dangubic played well when healthy in the EuroLeague last year. There is potential here, but the Munich frontcourt looks pretty stacked. The guaranteed playing time of Kyle Hines or the upside of Giorgios Papagiannis look better for bargain hunters.
I’m intrigued by Johnny O’Bryant, especially in Tel Aviv, who needs help up front. However, he is a sizeable risk since we really don’t know how much he will play. Felipe Reyes is listed as a starter for Real Madrid. He could be a steal at $4,700.
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