Friday, Nov. 12 has an 11-game main slate with games tipping off all night, along with a plethora of pending injury news. ET. Let’s look at the player pool and discuss the top NBA DFS picks for DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo lineups. Do not forget to head over to the Awesemo NBA DFS home page for more great written daily fantasy basketball content.
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Yahoo Play of the Day — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Point Projections: Yahoo and FanDuel: 38.45 | DraftKings: 40.33
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Rostered Projections: Yahoo 19.8% | FanDuel 19.1% | DraftKings 5.9%
- DFS Salary: Yahoo $33 | FanDuel $7,900 | DraftKings $8,800
Tonight Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has an excellent matchup with De’Aaron Fox and the Kings. This year Sacramento is playing at the seventh-fastest pace and has the seventh-worst defensive efficiency, allowing 107.5 points per 100 possessions. Gilgeous-Alexander started off the season with a pair of duds, but he has surpassed 40 Yahoo points in seven of his last eight games. He is also averaging 18 field goal attempts per game and has played 36-plus minutes in all but one appearance during this stretch. While he has only made one foray beyond the 50-fantasy-point plateau, tonight is lining up to be a game environment where he could approach that milestone.
Nikola Jokic: Denver Nuggets vs. Atlanta Hawks
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Point Projections: Yahoo and FanDuel: 52.48 | DraftKings: 54.93
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Rostered Projections: Yahoo 3.8% | FanDuel 3.8% | DraftKings 8.3%
- DFS Salary: Yahoo $53 | FanDuel $11400 | DraftKings $11700
Tonight there are a host of centers coming in at a discount on Yahoo, including JaVale McGee, Tony Bradley and Dwight Powell at the Yahoo minimum salary of $10. Drew Eubanks is only $12, which is a bargain considering how admirably he has filled in for Jakob Poeltl. This should keep the popularity in check for Nikola Jokic, which is interesting considering he projects for the second-most fantasy points tonight, behind only Giannis Antetokounmpo. Jokic should be well rested after serving a one-game suspension for his kerfuffle with Markieff Morris earlier this week. On the season Jokic is approaching or exceeding career highs in most statistical categories. Additionally, he is also leading the Nuggets in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.
Adam Scherer is also in on Jokic in a big way tonight and wrote about it in his NBA DFS Deep Dive article and has a full breakdown of the entire daily fantasy basketball slate tonight.
Thaddeus Young: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Point Projections: Yahoo and FanDuel: 27.91 | DraftKings: 27.25
- Awesemo’s Preliminary Rostered Projections: Yahoo 23.8% | FanDuel 10.4% | DraftKings 3.6%
- DFS Salary: Yahoo $18 | FanDuel $5,600 | DraftKings $5,700
Four games ago, coincidentally against this same Mavericks squad, Thaddeus Young finally saw 20-plus minutes for the first time with the Spurs. In the four games since this uptick in rotational minutes, Young has averaged 24.4 minutes, 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.2 combined blocks/steals for 33.3 Yahoo points per game. This is an outstanding value, and with Young’s ability to collect blocks and steals at 3 fantasy points each, it is only a matter of time before he has a 40-fantasy-point performance.
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Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors
This is the second-to-last game of the night, so even if Draymond Green (thigh) and Damion Lee (hip) end up not playing, there will be ample replacement options. Taking a chance on them, particularly Green, is an intriguing way to differentiate lineups, as most gamers are going to take a sure thing from the earlier games. Also in the game, the Bulls just lost Nikola Vucevic to the health and safety protocol. Considering this is a positive test and NBA players are in constant close proximity to their teammates, be aware that someone else may end up with a positive test. This is finally winding down with Milwaukee – Philadelphia, so everyone knows the drill.
Final Thoughts on NBA DFS picks for the Friday, Nov. 12 Slate
Tonight is going to be a wild one, with one game in the first half hour, two in the second, four tipping off at 8 p.m. ET and then another four staggered over the ensuing 2 1/2 hours. Keep in mind that salaries and scoring formats differ across the various fantasy sites, and a slam-dunk play on Yahoo may be a below-average NBA DFS pick on DraftKings or FanDuel.
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