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NBA DFS Picks and Fantasy Basketball Building Blocks for Today

Eric MacPherson

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Sunday, November 13 wraps up the weekend with a six-game featured slate starting at 6 p.m. ET on both DraftKings and FanDuel. Let’s look at the player pool to discuss the top NBA DFS picks today for DraftKings and FanDuel lineups. As always, you can head over to the Stokastic NBA DFS & Fantasy Basketball home page for all the fantasy basketball content you need for any given slate. Now we shall dive into our NBA DFS Building Blocks.

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NBA DFS Building Blocks Today: Sunday, November 13

Core Play of the Day — Kevin Durant: Brooklyn Nets-Los Angeles Lakers

  • Stokastic’s Preliminary Point Projections: DraftKings: 54.34 | FanDuel: 53.46
  • Stokastic’s Preliminary Rostered Projections: DraftKings: 18.3% | FanDuel: 22.9%
  • DFS Salary: DraftKings: $11,000 | FanDuel: $11,400

Kyrie Irving (suspension) remains out, and there is a plethora of pending injury news with various superstars, including LeBron James (groin), Anthony Davis (it is a day ending in “y”), Joel Embiid (ankle), Donovan Mitchell (ankle) and Jarrett Allen (ankle) ranging from game-time decision to doubtful. Plus, we already know that Bradley Beal (health and safety) is out and Ja Morant (ankle) and Desmond Bane (toe) are doubtful and likely to take the night off against Washington.

That means Kevin Durant is a strong option, as he qualifies at both forward positions on DraftKings and FanDuel. Ben Simmons has been coming off the bench for the last three games, and he has played more than 16 minutes once. After a slow 1-5 start to the season, Durant has put the team on his back and carried the Nets to a 5-2 record over the last seven games and back into Play-In Tournament consideration. In this stretch, the 34-year-old is averaging 36.5 minutes and 19.1 field goal attempts with a 53.7% conversion rate. This has resulted in 29.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.7 combined blocks and steals.

The Lakers are a mess on defense and are playing at the third-fastest pace in the league, with 104.6 possessions per 48 minutes. This should help boost Brooklyn, who has a more deliberate style of offense with Irving on the shelf.

Stephen Curry: Golden State Warriors-Sacramento Kings

  • Stokastic’s Preliminary Point Projections: DraftKings: 52.61 | FanDuel: 49.46
  • Stokastic’s Preliminary Rostered Projections: DraftKings: 25.3% | FanDuel: 22.7%
  • DFS Salary: DraftKings: $10,200 | FanDuel: $10,400

It will be interesting to see how many gamers roll with Stephen Curry tonight, as most lineups will be preloaded with Tyus Jones and potentially Donovan Mitchell. Per tradition, Sacramento continues to play at a top-10 pace with a dismal defense that is allowing 113.2 points per 100 possessions, which is the fourth-worst defensive efficiency rating in the league.

Despite being a frequent mention in this article series, Curry has not yet picked up as much steam as expected, considering he is posting the best fantasy production of his last seven seasons. The 34-year-old is filling the box score, not just with 33.3 points per game, but also with 6.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists. This is a matchup that is well suited to his skillset, and even if Davion Mitchell is able to slow him down even slightly, Curry still has plenty of teammates capable of scoring on his perfect passes.

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Additional NBA DFS Picks Today – Sports Wagering Opportunities

Steven Adams has a 9.5 over/under rebound prop for his matchup against the Wizards. The Stokastic NBA player projections have him for 11.8 rebounds, which works out to a 74%-win rate. Keep in mind that Morant, Bane and Jackson are doubtful tonight and while it looks like their coach is getting them rest, this is an island game with the Grizzlies last having played on Friday and next taking the court on Tuesday in New Orleans.

This season, Adams leads the team with 11.5 rebounds per game and he has had at least nine in 11 of 12 outings on the season. Over his season and change with Memphis, the Kiwi has a stellar 13.9 rebounds per-36 minutes rate, while averaging just shy of 27 minutes in these 88 appearances. Washington is a decent rebounding team, but with the Grizzlies running a little thin tonight, we should see Adams crest over double-digits once again.

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Memphis Grizzlies-Washington Wizards

It looks like we will want to load up on the Grizzlies tonight, as they are slated to have several understudies move into big roles with Morant, Bane and Jackson all likely to be out. Tyus Jones leads the way as one of the better backup point guards in the league who has ample experience as the lead facilitator. John Konchar and Dillon Brooks will be able to launch all the field goal attempts they desire in what should be an offensive free for all from the Memphis side.

Steven Adams will likely see his standard minutes, but he should be in the mix for a double-double with Santi Aldama sliding into the backup role both at center and power forward behind Brandon Clarke. This trio is solidly in play, with each having a chance to flirt with the 30-fantasy-point plateau. It makes sense to have only one or two of this group since we will be loaded up with at least two of the players in the first paragraph, if not all three, in most lineups tonight.

While there is no need to force any Wizards into lineups, Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma should each continue to see additional scoring opportunities with Bradley Beal still in the health and safety protocol. After that it has been a mix-and-match approach from second-year head coach Wes Unseld Jr., with none of the other players consistently producing, though over the last week Rui Hachimura, Corey Kispert, Monte Morris, Deni Avdija and Will Barton have all had at least one good game and one disappearing act.

Cleveland Cavaliers-Minnesota Timberwolves

The Cavaliers are hosting the Timberwolves tonight, which brings us a matchup between longtime teammates Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Mitchell is questionable with an ankle issue, but we know he is going to do everything he can to play this game. Mitchell is leading the league with 39.1 minutes per game, and it should be no surprise that he is rolling out career highs across the board. This includes 21.8 field goal attempts with a 51.3% success rate, along with 31.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.0 combined blocks and steals, culminating in nearly 50 fantasy points per game.

Jarrett Allen (ankle) is a game-time decision, and if he is out, then Evan Mobley, Kevin Love and Caris LeVert will see a boost in minutes and offensive opportunities. If Mitchell does miss, that opens things up for Darius Garland, who moves from a solid to an elite tournament option. If everyone plays, then the starting five and Love are in the mix as viable tournament plays.

Everyone is healthy for the Timberwolves, so absent of any unexpected news, they are all appropriately priced and can employed based on positional need and salary cap constraints dictate.

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Final Thoughts on NBA DFS Picks Today

Sundays always seem to bring late-breaking NBA news, so do not be distracted by Sunday Night Football and lose track of your NBA lineups. One way to handle this without extra stress is to turn on notifications for the Stokastic NBA Twitter handle and let them do the heavy lifting. Plus, if you are a premium member, be sure to check out the Stokastic Discord for all up-to-the-minute analyses.

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Eric "EMac" MacPherson won the 2007 Fantasy Baseball grand prize (trip for two to the MLB All-Star game) in the Roto format on ESPN. He won again in 2008, this time in the H2H format. As one of the early adopters of daily fantasy sports, EMac has been providing content for baseball and basketball as well as both professional and college football since 2012 for a variety of websites including DraftKings Playbook, FanVice, RotoWorld, Daily Fantasy Bootcamp, and RotoGrinders. He is well into his third decade of fantasy sports and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Follow him on Twitter @EMacDFS or contact EMac by emailing [email protected].

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