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NBA DFS Picks: FREE 2/13 DFS Building Blocks: Lonzo Ball, Value Plays and MORE

Eric MacPherson



The NBA Slate Starter article breaks down the slate on Thursday April 29 featuring Lonzo Ball

Thursday, Feb. 13 has our last slate before we head into the All-Star Break. 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 Lonzo Ball, Daniel Theis and more.

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NBA DFS Picks: Prime Time Players

Lonzo Ball: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

DraftKings $7,000, FanDuel $6,600, Yahoo $29; Ownership Rating (preliminary run): DraftKings 32.4%, FanDuel 69.8% Yahoo 34.0%

This will be the fourth and final time that these two teams square off in the regular season. While the Thunder have won all three games so far, they have been close at 107-104, 109-104 and 115-104. Of course, this game should have Zion Williamson to make it unique. This is a solid matchup for Lonzo Ball as he can provided fantasy production in a variety of ways. Plus, with the defense likely focused on Jrue Holiday and Williamson, he should be able to find some scoring opportunities himself. With just four teams in action, I am not too worried about the status of Brandon Ingram. My guess is that he will get one more game off, using the All-Star Break as an extended break to heal up.

NBA DFS Picks: Good Value

Daniel Theis: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers

DraftKings $4,600, FanDuel $5,200, Yahoo $19; Ownership Rating (preliminary run): DraftKings 36.2%, FanDuel 46.8% Yahoo 37.0%

In a fun twist, this is a decent matchup for Daniel Theis (6-foot-8, 245 pounds), as he does not have to worry about a size or speed advantage going to Ivica Zuba (7-feet, 240) and Montrezl Harrell (6-foot-7, 240). Theis should flirt with a double-double in this matchup and he provides a solid floor with at least 20 fantasy points in 22 of his last 31 starts.

Yahoo Fantasy Discount Dandies

Nerlens Noel at NOP – $11

Ivica Zubac at BOS – $11

Landry Shamet at BOS – $11

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NBA DFS Picks: SuperDraft

Zion Williamson: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – 2.65x multiplier

Lonzo Ball: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – 2.35x multiplier

Jaylen Brown: Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers – 2.65x multiplier

Our standout SuperDraft recommendations for today is Zion Williamson at a 2.65 multiplier. For this short two-game slate, SuperDraft have relaxed the cap and made things very interesting with the multipliers. The only slight concern is that Williamson is participating in the Rising Stars Challenge tomorrow night, but that should not impact things too much. Lonzo Ball is in a nice situation as detailed above. Finally, we have Jaylen Brown who, like the rest of his teammates, is back to full health, but he is also getting a phenomenal multiplier considering his role.

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NBA DFS Picks: Risky Value

Danilo Gallinari: Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans

DraftKings $5,500, FanDuel $6,100, Yahoo $24; Ownership Rating (preliminary run): DraftKings 79.8%, FanDuel 50.2% Yahoo 70.0%

This is a two-game slate and risky does not mean that someone is a bad play. If Brandon Ingram is out, then we should see Danilo Gallinari easily as the most popular forward option on every DFS site. The price is favorable everywhere. This is a plus matchup with New Orleans playing at the second-fastest pace in the league over their last 15 games with a mediocre defensive efficiency.

The risk here is at his current level of popularity, what score would it take for Gallinari to destroy you if he was not on your roster?

Range No. of Games Average Percentage
40-45 DKPTs 5 42.1 11%
35-40 DKPTs 7 37.8 15%
30-35 DKPTs 11 31.9 24%
25-30 DKPTs 11 28.4 24%
20-25 DKPTs 10 22.4 22%
Below 20 2 16.6 4%
Total 46 30.4 100%

As we can see in the above chart, Gallinari has one heck of a floor but the raw point upside is certainly lacking this season. If you are looking for a spot to plant your flag tonight, this would definitely be the place.

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Final Thoughts

With only two games in action, game theory and ownership are going to be very important tonight.

Join Fast Eddie Fear and Sal Vetri on Live Before Lock shows on YouTube, Twitch and Periscope beginning at 7 p.m. EST tonight for all of the up-to-date information.

As always, you can reach out to me in premium Slack or on Twitter @EMacDFS if you have any NBA DFS questions about DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo or FantasyDraft.

Good Luck, NBA DFS Gamers! ~ EMac

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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