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NBA DFS Picks: FREE 2/7 DFS Building Blocks: James Harden, Value Plays and MORE

Eric MacPherson

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NBA DraftKings Picks for daily fantasy basketball lineups for the New Year's Eve slate 12/31 James Harden

Friday, Feb. 7 leaves us with the post-trade deadline ripples throughout many of the teams in action. Before you lock in your NBA DFS lineups and NBA DFS picks on DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo and FantasyDraft, make sure to check out check out Awesemo’s NBA DFS rankings and projections. Let’s dig into some NBA DFS Picks, including James Harden, Jayson Tatum and more.

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NBA DFS Picks: Prime Time Players

James Harden: Houston Rockets at Phoenix Suns

DraftKings $12,100, FanDuel $11,800, Yahoo $56 Ownership Rating (preliminary run): DraftKings 14.4%, FanDuel 28.5% Yahoo Fantasy 19.0%

Last night, Houston knocked off the Lakers in Los Angeles 121-111 with James Harden scoring just 14 points in 35 minutes. The heavy lifting was done by Russell Westbrook who dropped 41 in 37 minutes. This is a back-to-back so Westbrook has already been ruled out. Harden will almost assuredly be taking more than 10 field goal attempts tonight in Phoenix.

Just a reminder that when Westbrook is off the court, Harden sees his usage rate increase from 31.2% to 43.1% and his assist rate from 30.3% to 44.9%. There is plenty of available value tonight so having Harden as our first building block is doable.

NBA DFS Picks: Good Value

Jayson Tatum: Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks

DraftKings $8,100, FanDuel $8,300, Yahoo $39 Ownership Rating (preliminary run): DraftKings 19.4%, FanDuel TBA% Yahoo Fantasy TBA%

We have received word that Jaylen Brown (ankle) and Gordon Hayward (foot) will be joining Daniel Theis (ankle) on the sideline tonight. Additionally, Kemba Walker is going to be limited to no more than 30 minutes after missing the last three games with a knee injury.

Clint Capela will not be making his debut for the Hawks who are in the bottom five with a 114.1 defensive efficiency rating over their last 15 games. They are also playing at the second-fastest pace and are only an average rebounding team. It would not be a shock to see both Jayson Tatum and Enes Kanter with 20/10 performances.

Yahoo Fantasy Discount Dandies

Christian Wood at OKC – $15

Grant Williams at PHX – $11

De’Anthony Melton at PHI – $11

Thon Maker at OKC – $10

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NBA DFS Picks: SuperDraft

Reggie Jackson: Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma City Thunder – 1.75x multiplier

Christian Wood: Detroit Pistons at Oklahoma City Thunder – 1.70x multiplier

Devin Booker: Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets – 1.25x multiplier

Deandre Ayton: Phoenix Suns vs. Houston Rockets – 1.35x multiplier

Our standout SuperDraft recommendation for today is a pair of Pistons. With Andre Drummond now with the Cavaliers and Derrick Rose out with an injury, both Reggie Jackson and Christian Wood jump out with their gaudy multipliers. Our second recommendation is another pair of teammates in Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Keep in mind that defense doesn’t matter and the Suns-Rockets game should have a plethora of scoring and rebounding opportunities.

If you haven’t signed up for SuperDraft DFS, click this link and use the promo code Awesemo when making your first deposit of at least $100 and you will be eligible for $20 of free play. That will be provided in SuperDraft Cash which can be used to enter any paid contest immediately.

Final Thoughts

There are still over a dozen key players listed as questionable tonight. Things will continue to sort out with the trades and injury statuses as we head towards tip-off.

Of course, we will have the Deeper Dive/Live Before Lock shows on Twitch and Periscope beginning at 5:00 p.m. EST tonight for all of the up-to-date information.

As always, you can reach out to me in Awesemo.com 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


If you haven’t signed up for SuperDraft DFS, click this link and use the promo code Awesemo when making your first deposit of at least $100 and you will be eligible for $20 of free play. This will be provided in SuperDraft Cash which can be used to enter any paid contest immediately.

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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