DraftKings European League Basketball Picks October 26
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We have our first unbalanced round of the season in the Euroleague. 10 of the 16 teams are in action on Thursday this week leaving the other six for Friday. We have the rare expanded player pool here. How can we make it work for us?
The money line was at 147.25 DraftKings points on Friday. I slipped in by half a point thanks to Shved and Wolters and despite missing on Pleiss and Dee Bost as value picks.
The winning entry was at 188.25 DraftKings points, a staggering 18.25 points ahead of second place. He used the same anchors as me with Shved and Wolters, but hit huge value with Walter Tavares and Jordan Mickey.
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 has struggled with his shot a little to open the season. I think I would lean towards Nando de Colo here. However, I don’t see any guard that is really worth paying up for on this slate. You can save a little and go Ray McCallum if you really need to stay in the upper tier because he is one of the more accomplished scorers in the Euro League.
The top play in the upper tier is probably Keith Langford for the same reason that McCallum is a nice target. Langford is a good shooter and can dump in points in a hurry. Ownership on Nate Wolters will be the highest on the slate, but I don’t see anything good coming from fading him against Olympiacos. Arturas Milaknis is a strong play as well.
Lukas Lekavicius saw a big increase in minutes in round 3. Athens needed his offense, and rode him to 16 points and 19.5 DraftKings points. I see him getting more minutes going forward, but of course, this is the EuroLeague. Nothing is guaranteed.
Marius Grigonis and Thomas Walkup are providing good production off the bench lately, and are worth considering as value plays. It’s a short slate, so value can be hard to come by.
Ante Tomic and Chris Singleton have both played well this year, and they are looking like they will dominate this Darufassaka frontcourt. Will Clyburn is always worth a look, but he hasn’t played more than half a game since round 1. Kyle Hines has been the main producer in the CSKA frontcourt.
Chris Evans has looked really good for Gran Canaria. Kevin Seraphin is part of that loaded Barcelona front, but he has still carved out a decent role up there. That said, if I’m going with the Barcelona front, I’m paying up for the elite pieces.
Michael Eric has been dominant for Darufassaka. Like Wolters, ownership will be high, but I think you need to have one or both of them to cash today. That’s just the way this is shaping up.
Stanton Kidd has been very efficient for Darussafaka so far, putting up at least 20 DraftKings points in every round so far. Nikita Kurbanov is worth a look too since he rewarded CSKA for playing him more with 23.5 DraftKings points last round.
People will continue to roll with Thanasis Antetokounmpo because of his older brother, but I will wait until some consistency comes with the raw talent. Konstantinos Mikoglu looks like a safer value play.
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