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NBA DFS 8-4-20 FanDuel Picks

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Welcome back to my NBA DFS Diary. Today I share with you my NBA DFS 8-4-20 FanDuel Picks.

Last time we spoke, I shared with you that this was my first time playing NBA DFS on FanDuel and that I would be sharing with you my experience.

I share with you what I learned this weekend below.

Today we have a six-game slate that features Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Luka Doncic and Damian Lillard. But you don’t need me to tell you to put those guys in your lineups! I share a couple of my other favorite picks below.

I have been playing all weekend honing my skills, and becoming better with every contest. The Tuesday game offers us more games, and therefore more players to choose from. Here are four players that will definitely be part of my lineup. 

NBA DFS 8-4-20 FanDuel Picks

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What I Learned

I had some successes and learned some things in my first NBA DFS FanDuel experience on July 30th.

First some positives. Paul George (44 points) and Brandon Ingram (34 points) proved to be great picks. George went for 30 points five rebounds and three assists. Six of his 11 field goals were three-pointers. Throw in the three steals, and he lived up to his price tag.

Ingram had a bad shooting night only hitting seven of his 20 field goals and only two of his eight three-pointers, but he did make up for that by hitting seven of his eight free throws. He was also able to pick up eight rebounds, showing he has an all-around game.

Another player that I was happy to pick up was Reggie Jackson (19 points). With Patrick Beverley being limited in the game, Jackson really stepped up playing 34 minutes. He made the most of his time by dishing out four assists and pulling down six rebounds from the point guard position.

I also had some learns that I can apply to my next matchups. As I look at the top team in the contest one thing I notice is that he went with Kawhi Leonard (46 points) over LeBron James (40 points). The difference is only six points, but the fact that he was able to save almost $2,000 allowed him to spend up on a second Power Forward and a second Shooting Guard.

Danny Green could only muster up six shots, hitting two of them in 25 minutes of play. That would have been okay if he didn’t turn the ball over four times erasing more then half of his point total.

I had my biggest misstep at power forward. Marcus Morris didn’t have the game I was hoping for. In 18 minutes of play, his stat line was less than desirable with no points and just three rebounds. I was looking for Zion Williamson (12 points) to play a little more than 15 minutes, and judging by Williamson’s response after the game, so was he.

Six Game Slate

  • Rockets (-4.5) @ Blazers – 242.5 over/under
  • Mavericks (-6) @ Kings – 236.5
  • Suns @ Clippers (-9) – 230.5
  • Nets @ Bucks (-18.5) – 229
  • Magic (-1.5) @ Pacers – 225.5
  • Celtics (-3.5) @ Heat – 220

Nikola Vucevic, C, Magic @ Pacers ($7,800)

Vucevic has been the anchor for the Magic for the last eight seasons. On a team that is void of a superstar, the 2019 NBA All-Star has had another solid season posting almost 20 points 11 rebounds and almost four assists per game. In one that got ugly fast Vucevic was still able to put up 23 points 11 rebounds and two steals in just 23 minutes against the Sacramento Kings.

One of Vucevic advantages on the floor is that he can step out and hit the three-pointer, which was on full display in Sunday contest going two for three downtown. Vucevic had the fifth-highest point total for a center on FanDuel with over 46 points. He is going to be a big part of the Magic offense against the Pacers. 

Kris Middleton, SG, Bucks vs Nets  ($6,900)

The two-time All-Star running mate of Giannis Antetokounmpo is another great pick for any team. Middleton had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes against the Houston Rockets. Middleton is not shy about putting up shots going 10 for 18.

If Eric Bledsoe (COVID) continues to sit out or be limited in any way, I expect Middleton to shoulder more of the offensive load.

FanDuel projected him for 39 points at $6,900, but he was able to exceed that by five points giving him the fourth-highest point total for a Shooting Guard on Sunday night.

I believe it is going to be a high scoring game between the Bucks and Nets, and Middleton is going to be all over the floor.

Jayson Tatum, PF, Celtics @ Heat  ($8,100)

The young Power Forward for the Boston Celtics is showing that he is a real superstar in this league. Going 11 of 22 for 34 points and eight assists in almost 40 minutes show he can dominate the game. He is a very hard player to defend as he can drive the paint or step out and go five for eight from behind the arc.

Tatum had the highest point total for a Power Forward on Sunday with over 57 points. The next highest was Kristaps Porzingis with 56 points, and he was $1,400 more expensive. With Jimmy Butler likely matched up on Gordon Hayward, I see Tatum carrying most of the offensive workload. 

CJ McCollum, SG, Blazers vs Rockets  ($7,300)

Part of one of my favorite backcourts in the NBA, McCollum plays alongside Damian Lillard in Portland. His numbers weren’t great on Sunday against the Boston Celtics, scoring 17 points and adding eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. However, it shows he can fill a stat sheet.

McCollum averaged 23.7 points per game against the Rockets this year in three games.

 These are my NBA DFS 8-4-20 FanDuel Picks. I feel having these players on your team will help you cash tonight!


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