Welcome back to the fourth installment of my NBA DFS FanDuel Picks Journal (8-18-20).
We are in a place where we never thought we be in back in March - the NBA Playoffs!
We will miss some big DFS stars like Devin Booker who lead his Suns team to an undefeated record in the bubble, but sadly his team just missed the playoffs. Booker's 30 points, almost five rebounds and six assists per game during the NBA Restart was dominant. However, there are still some FanDuel surprises playing like T.J Warren who put us DFS players on notice in his opening game dropping 53 points against the Suns.
This is the big stage now where players are either going to shine (like Donovan Mitchell) or disappear faster than James Harden in the 2012 NBA Finals. Oh, did you guys not know he played in that series? Don’t feel bad cause he didn't either.
We know most big stars are going to do what they do and play big when they need to. Expect LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the Bubble MVP Damian Lillard to put up big-time numbers. We want to roster all these guys but we know that's not possible.
Here are some players with great prices I like in Tuesdays four-game slate on FanDuel.
NBA DFS 8-18-20 FanDuel Picks
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
CJ McCollum, SG, Portland Trail Blazers ($7,400)
CJ MCCOLLUM GETTING TO THE BAG ?pic.twitter.com/BFMecVt5rg
— Overtime (@overtime) August 15, 2020
McCollum is the Robin to Damian Lillard’s Batman. Dame Time would not be enough to pull off the rare first-round upset, and if the Trail Blazers have a chance against the Lakers in this series McCollum will have to play at his best. McCollum is the clear second option and the primary ball handler when Lillard is not on the floor. McCollum is a career 40% three-point shooter, so he is not afraid to let them fly from behind the arc.
FanDuel Outlook: McCollum is $4,100 cheaper than James Harden, and $400 cheaper than Jimmy Butler. He averaged over 36 points on FanDuel, with his highest point total being over 71points. McCollum is a bargain at Shooting Guard and is a sure-fire offensive weapon.
Brook Lopez, C, Milwaukee Bucks ($5,800)
If you are looking to spend up at other positions you might want to save at Center, and Lopez has been reasonably priced throughout the NBA restart. Let’s not forget this man was an Allstar and he is currently the third option on an excellent Bucks team. Lopez has been one of the best shot-blocker in the game since being drafted at almost two per game in his career. Unlike the first-round matchup out west, I don’t think this one is going to be as competitive. Look for Milwaukee to dominate the Magic, and Lopez is going to be a big part of that.
FanDuel Outlook: Lopez is $900 cheaper then Myles Turner. Turner is dealing with a sprained wrist and is not the same offensive player Lopez is. There are so expensive players playing tonight, Lopez price tag would allow you to grab one or two of them.
Chris Paul, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder ($7,200)
I know what you are saying, Paul is putting up some of the worst assist numbers in his career at just under seven. I agree with that! but he is most likely going to have James Harden on him, and his defensive strategy is no defensive strategy. If the Thunder are going to challenge the Rockets in this series, Paul is going to have to live up to his playoff stats of 21 points, five rebounds, and over eight assist a game. Paul is far from over the hill, and he is going to prove that Tuesday night.
FanDuel Outlook: With Russell Westbrook (quadriceps) already ruled out for the game against the Thunder on Tuesday, Paul is the next best Point Guard available. Paul is $2,900 cheaper then Damian Lillard, which is an excellent price for a 10 time Allstar. Without Westbrook in the game, he is going to have an easier time getting what he wants on the floor.
Kyle Kuzma, PF, Los Angeles Lakers ($6,300)
WHAT A SHOT BY KUZMA ? pic.twitter.com/l0KKnjfJOd
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 11, 2020
Kuzma is another cheap option you can draft in order to fill out your roster. Either coming off the bench or starting, Kuzma will see a healthy share of minutes. The Blazers is a high scoring team and the Lakers are going to have to match their offense to keep up. After LeBron James, and Anthony Davis, Kuzma is their next best scoring option with a career average of 16 points a game. This is going to be a competitive series and fun to watch.
FanDuel Outlook: If you were looking to play a Lakers Power Forward and don’t want to spend up on Anthony Davis, you can get Kuzma for $3,700 less. If you are saying to yourself that is still too much for a player that might be coming off the bench, just remind yourself he will be getting starter minutes. When he is on the floor with James and Davis they open him up to score, and when he is not on the floor with them he is the primary scorer.
These are my picks for the Tuesday slate. Happy drafting and enjoy the playoffs.