Not ready to wait until tomorrow morning for Awesemo’s NBA DFS rankings or projections? No worries, Damien Mathews has you covered his Pick 3! favorite NBA DFS Picks for DraftKings and FanDuel for Saturday, November 16th. We have an seven-game slate full of options to choose from. He’s got some hot takes on Damian Lillard, Giannis and more!
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NBA DFS PICK #1: Damian Lillard $10,000 FaDuel $8,700 DraftKings
Everything on this slate screams Houston Rockets vs Minnesota Timberwolves stacks. It’ll be a dandy to watch, but we have 14 more teams playing today so let’s find some key components to separate us from the rest of the field.
Damian Lillard is playing out of his mind to start the season, averaging 30.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and shooting 48% from the field while playing 38.4 minutes per game and jacking up 20-plus attempts per game. Dame is fifth in the NBA in total fantasy points scored this season on both DraftKings and FanDuel and is averaging 47.5 FPPG and 1.22 FPPM. Portland will make the trip to Texas to take on the San Antonio Spurs’ 22nd-ranked defense, which is allowing 114.2 points a game.
Both of these teams are ranked 12th and 14th respectively in pace and this game has a 226 over/under, so there should be plenty of scoring. On DraftKings, Lillard gives you some cash savings from other top-priced stars like James Harden, with almost as much upside. He’s a great value at his price point and will feature heavily in my lineups on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
NBA DFS PICK #2 Giannis Antetokounmpo $12,600 FanDuel $12,000 DraftKings
Normally, I don’t need to tell you to play Giannis, but I think DFSers will focus on getting as much exposure to the Houston-Minnesota game as possible, leaving it hard to spend up to Giannis at his price point. Giannis is averaging 30.5 points, 14 rebounds and six assists per game, while shooting 58% from the field. He has a 34.8 usage rate and a 38.4 player efficiency rating, while sitting top-ten in almost every statistical stat category you can name. Giannis is averaging 59 FPPG and 1.72 FPPM, and he could easily have the highest fantasy output on FanDuel or DraftKings any given night. This game has a 227 over/under and Indiana isn’t capable of limiting Giannis.
NBA DFS PICK #3 Goran Dragic $5,800 FanDuel $5,700 DraftKings
***Update: Dragic is questionable for tonight, so make sure to check lineups before lock.***
Goran Dragic make’s this list because of his play of recently and because he has the upside to appear in a winning GPP lineup. Dragic is averaging 16.1 points per game, 3.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, shooting 46 percent from the field and attempting 11 shots per game—all while coming off the bench. Lately, however, his minutes are up as he has played 33 per game over his last four. He is also shooting six threes per game—the highest rate of his career—so that tells me where the peripheral stats are coming from even though he’s not starting. He has a 17.4 player efficiency rating, a usage rate of 24.1 and is averaging a block and a steal per game. Dragic is a great way to differentiate yourself from the field while still giving yourself some upside on DraftKings and FanDuel.