NBA DFS 8-18-20 DraftKings Value Picks

by Travis Argo
NBA DFS 8-18-20 DraftKings Value Picks

Welcome to the NBA DFS 8-18-20 DraftKings Value Picks.

We’ve got a four-game main slate with some matchups that should be consistent back-and-fourths and one blow out (obvious cough noise: Bucks and Magic). There are some intriguing pairings in today’s games.

The cheapest option is the Heats’ Bam Adebayo ($7,400) and Duncan Robinson ($4,300). Adebayo is one of NBA’s most athletic centers who has quickly become a stud, and Robinson destroyed the Pacers from three-point range in their previous matchup (the game that mattered not last Friday’s bench game).

The intermediate option is the Thunders’ Chris Paul ($6,100) and Danilo Gallinari ($7,700). You get to root for two terrific scorers and watch possibly the best series in the first round.

The expensive option is the Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard ($11,400) and Gary Trent Jr. ($5,200). Lillard is money, and Trent has been a solid contributor off the bench. All their recent success means they will be in a ton of peoples’ lineups. This pairing might be best for head-to-heads or 50-50s games.

NBA DFS 8-18-20 DraftKings Value Picks

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Four Game Slate

  • Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
  • Orlando Magic vs. Milwaukee Bucks
  • Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets
  • Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers


Kelly Olynyk, Miami Heat - $4,600

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Olynyk started hot at the beginning of the seeding games, four straight games with double-digit points, but failed to score double-digit points in the last four games.

Do not worry, Olynyk will be positioned to have a reliable performance against the Pacers.

Derrick Jones Jr. will likely be out with a neck injury, which will give Olynyk more playing time. Those extra minutes will allow Olynk to clobber Myles Turner in the post.

When guarded by Turner, Olynyk averages 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and shoots 40.7 percent from the field. He should have double-digit rebounds if Tuner continues to pretend to be a three-pointer shooter.

Power Forward

Danilo Gallinari, Oklahoma City Thunder - $6,100

Gallinari has an exciting matchup against the Houston Rockets. They have allowed 23.3 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game to forwards this season.

Not only does Gallinari have an excellent team matchup, but he will have a tremendous one-on-one matchup against Robert Covington.

In games when guarded by Covington, Gallinari has averaged 21.3 points, 5.1 three-point attempts, 2.9 rebounds, and has 42.6 field goal percentage.

Small Forward

Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers - $6,400

The Lakers will need all shooters on the court if Damian Lillard continues his outrageous scoring production. Kuzman has had considerable success against the two guys projected to guard him, Carmelo Anthony and Gary Trent Jr.

Against Carmelo Anthony, Kuzman averages 12.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 5.3 three-pointers attempts.

Against Gary Trent Jr., He averages 20.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and six three-pointers attempts.

Shooting Guard

Terrance Ross, Orlando Magic - $4,500

If the Magic have any chance of taking one game away from the Bucks, they will need Ross to provide reliable scoring from the bench, which shouldn’t be hard for him since he is the Magic’s third-leading scorer.

Since Ross usually comes off the bench, he most likely will be guarded by Khris Middleton or Pat Connaughton.

Against Middleton, Ross averages 11.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

Against Connaughton, he averages 12.6 points, three rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

Point Guard

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Austin Rivers, Houston Rockets - $5,300

Russell Westbrook is out with a strained quad, which makes Rivers the starting point guard for the Rockets.

Rivers does have a tough matchup against Chris Paul, but someone other than James Harden has to shoot the ball if the Rockets have any chance of winning the Thunders’ defense (allow 108.4 points to opponents).

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