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NBA DFS Building Blocks for DraftKings and FanDuel with Luka Doncic+ More! Saturday, 2/22/20

Eric MacPherson



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Saturday, Feb. 21 has a compact six-game slate to whet our NBA appetite. Before you lock in your NBA DFS lineups and NBA DFS picks on DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo and FantasyDraft, make sure to check out Awesemo’s NBA DFS rankings and projections. Let’s dig into some NBA DFS Picks, including Luka Doncic, Tomas Satoransky and more.

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Prime Time Players

Luka Doncic: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks

DraftKings $10,200, FanDuel $10,000, Yahoo $56; Ownership Rating (preliminary run): DraftKings 38.9%, FanDuel 36.7% Yahoo 10.0%

This is a back-to-back for Dallas who easily handled the Magic in Orlando 122-106 last night.  Both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis played 34 minutes last night. The last time Porzingis played in a back-to-back was January 27-28 when he tallied 26.5 minutes in OKC and followed that up with 20.3 at home against Phoenix. Even if he does play, it is hard to see more than 25ish minutes.

Looking at Doncic’s salary we can see that Yahoo has him right with Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden. DraftKings and FanDuel both have him a full $1,000 or more less than that duo. This makes it very easy to start off our rosters with the second year man from Slovenia.

Of course it also helps that Doncic is sixth in the league with 29.0 points per game, third with 8.6 assists and sixth with 9.0 three-point attempts per contest. Atlanta is playing at the third fastest pace over their last 15 games with 104.4 possessions per 48 minutes and the worst defensive efficiency during this stretch allowing 117.8 points per 100 possessions.

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Tomas Satoransky: Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns

DraftKings $4,900, FanDuel $5,400, Yahoo $17; Ownership Rating (preliminary run): DraftKings 20.7%, FanDuel 7.1% Yahoo 21.2%

The Chicago Bulls could be shorthanded once again tonight. Kris Dunn, Otto Porter Jr, Lauri Markkanen and Denzel Valentine are out. Wendell Carter Jr is doubtful, but he has not played in six weeks. Luke Kornet suffered a sprained ankle on Thursday and is currently listed as doubtful. Oh and how could I overlook Chandler Hutchison who is out indefinitely with a shoulder injury.

On Thursday it was Ryan Arcidiacono drawing the start and playing 28.5 minutes with Coby White and Shaq Harrison coming off the bench with 30.2 and 18.3 minutes respectively. Coby White is intriguing, however most of his fantasy production is tied to his scoring which has been inconsistent. Harrison and Arcidiacono are very hit-or-miss and hard to trust.

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That leaves me feeling pretty good about Tomas Satoransky. The former Wizard has a nice all around game and the main knock in him is that he just does not take enough shots. We know that Zach LaVine is going to do the heavy lifting, but out of necessity Satoransky will have the opportunity for double digit field goal attempts.

In his last nine games, Satoransky is averaging 30.3 minutes with nearly a fantasy point per minute. Over their last 15 games, the Suns have been a middle-of-the-pack squad from both a pace and defensive efficiency perspective.

Yahoo Fantasy Discount Dandies

Cam Reddish ATL vs. DAL – $11

Maxi Kleber DAL at ATL – $11

Cody Martin CHA vs. BKN – $10

NBA DFS Picks: SuperDraft

Zach LaVine: Chicago Bulls vs. Phoenix Suns – 1.30x multiplier

Devin Booker: Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls – 1.25x multiplier

Bam Adebayo: Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers – 1.25x multiplier

Our standout SuperDraft recommendations for today include a pair of guards squaring off in the Windy City. Over his last 29 games, Zach LaVine is averaging 21.3 field goal attempts and he has had less than 18 just three times in this period. He is also averaging 1.24 fantasy points per minute and 36.5 minutes per game. Devine Booker is basically a mirror image from a fantasy perspective with 18.9 field goal attempts per game over his last 26 and 1.24 fantasy points per minute. While neither is likely to get a double-double bonus, keep in mind that SuperDraft does award an extra 0.5 bonus for made three-point shots.

Our steady option is Bam Adebayo who will be battling with Andre Drummond and the Cavaliers. Adebayo is 32 double-doubles in his 55 games and he is 10th in the league with 10.6 rebounds per game and he is one of seven players averaging at least one steal and one block. Double-doubles receive a 1.5 point bonus and steals and blocks are worth 3.0 points. Bam also has three triple-doubles this season which just demonstrates his versatility.

Final Thoughts

Tonight’s schedule is a fun one with games tipping off every 30 minutes between 7pm and 9pm ET. Be sure to tune into Live Before Lock at 6pm to see what Fast Eddie Fear has to say about the matchups.

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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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