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Monday Slate Starter: NBA DFS Strategy for DraftKings & FanDuel Lineups Today | 11/8/21

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Awesemo's free NBA fantasy projections for DraftKings & FanDuel lineups today with expert Boom/Bust DFS optimizer picks tonight 11/28/21

The Slate Starter is a daily first look at to get your daily fantasy basketball lineup-building process started before lock tonight. Each day, we will go through some of the best NBA DFS picks, top stacks and optimal lineup construction for DraftKings and FanDuel. Be sure to check Awesemo’s NBA Starting Lineups page, as it will be updated throughout the day as the NBA injury reports are released and breaking news surfaces. Monday’s slate is loaded with star power, but certain players are popping as better values on specific sites. Let’s take a look at the best way to utilize some of these high-priced options.

NBA DFS Picks & Optimal Lineup Construction | Nov. 8

Kevin Durant, SF/PF, Brooklyn Nets

The Nets will be playing on the second leg of a back-to-back, so Durant and James Harden could both fly a bit under the radar. They also have a difficult matchup vs. the Bulls, who rank seventh in defensive efficiency and 19th in pace this season. That has made them one of the tougher fantasy matchups.

Still, Durant deserves some consideration at $9,900 on DraftKings. That is considerably cheaper than his price tag on FanDuel, and Durant has been as good as ever to start the year. He entered Sunday leading the league with an average of 28.3 points per game, and he has increased his usage rate by 1.1% compared to his mark from last season. He has also increased his rebound and assist rates, so it’s not surprising that he has averaged 1.48 DraftKings points per minute.

Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors

Curry is one of the preferred studs to target on FanDuel. Unlike Durant, he benefits from an elite matchup vs. the Hawks. They have regressed badly on the defensive end this season, ranking just 26th in defensive efficiency, and Curry has an elite individual matchup against Trae Young. Young is historically near the bottom of the point guard position in terms of Defensive Real Plus/Minus.

Curry also seems like a prime candidate for some shooting regression. His shooting percentages are down virtually across the board. His effective field goal percentage has dipped to just 53.5% after posting a mark of 60.5% last year. This seems like the perfect matchup for him to bounce back.


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Russell Westbrook, PG/SG, Los Angeles Lakers

Westbrook is coming off one of the worst games for any player all year. He shot just 1 for 13 from the field and racked up six turnovers, and the Lakers ultimately lost to the Blazers by 15 points.

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Still, Westbrook’s fantasy arrow is clearly pointing up. The Lakers are expected to be without LeBron James for at least the next week, so Westbrook is going to have to pick up the slack. There is also a chance that the team could be without Anthony Davis on Monday. He is currently listed as questionable, and he exited after just 7.2 minutes in their last game.

Westbrook’s per-minute production took a dive after that last performance, but he has still posted a 41.5% usage rate with James and Davis off the court. He will have massive ownership if Davis is ruled out, but he deserves it at just $9,400 on FanDuel.


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