Need a jump start on your lineups before 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 Tuesday, Jan. 14. We have a seven-game main slate with a myriad of options to choose from. Damien has some takes on Clint Capela and more!
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NBA DFS PICK No. 1: James Harden $11,700 FanDuel $13,000 DraftKings
James Harden will get to showcase his skills yet again with Russell Westbrook out for rest. He will be the focal point for the entire NBA DFS slate, so just lock Harden and start from there. In 526 minutes, Harden has a 47.6 usage percentage with Westbrook off the court, leading to 1.55 fantasy points per minute. It gets better; Houston will head to Memphis in a game that going to be high scoring because the teams rank second and third respectfully in pace. This is a smash spot for Harden, hopefully some value opens up on the slate by tomorrow.
*Honorable Mention: Cam Reddish $4,300 FanDuel $5,200 DraftKings
*Honorable Mention: Eric Bledsoe $6,200 FanDuel $6,500 DraftKings
NBA DFS PICK No. 2: Kelly Oubre $7,200 FanDuel $7,900 DraftKings
Kelly Oubre is averaging 1.02 fantasy points per minute thanks in part to a 22.0 usage percentage. He has found his rhythm playing alongside Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio in the desert. As such, Oubre has averaged 33-plus minutes, shooting at a very high clip (46.6) and grabbing a combined one steal and block. He gets an Atlanta Hawks team that’s atrocious on defense, but plays at the fourth-fastest pace, which is great for Oubre’s style of play in a game that should see lots of scoring.
*Honorable Mention: Devin Booker $8,700 FanDuel $8,200 DraftKings
*Honorable Mention: Giannis Antetokounmpo $11,300 FanDuel $12,200 DraftKings
NBA DFS PICK #3: Clint Capela $7,900 FanDuel $7,800 DraftKings
Clint Capela gets perhaps the biggest bump with Russell Westbrook off the court because of rebounds. In 311 minutes played without Westbrook, Capela’s rebounding chances increase from 19.9 to 24.1 per 100 possessions. Also, his offensive rebounding percentage jumps from 12.8 to 16.0 and defensive rebounding from 30.0 to 33.2. So it looks as though another 20-20 game is in play in this spot versus the paced-up Grizzlies who are allowing 116.1 points to opposing offenses. This game has a 238 over/under and for his price, Capela grades out as a must play.
*Honorable Mention: Damian Jones $3,500 FanDuel $3,000 DraftKings
*Honorable Mention: D’Angelo Russell $7,300 FanDuel $7,900 DraftKings