DraftKings NBA DFS Picks for Opening Night: Showdown advice for Lakers vs. Clippers, Raptors vs. Pelicans

NBA opening evening is dampered barely by the absence of Zion Williamson, however we will nonetheless have all kinds of NBA DFS enjoyable: LeBron James and Anthony Davis vs. Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers in Staples Center. The early sport will get the new-look Pelicans even with out Zion: Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram ought to present a younthful tinge to the New Orleans lineup. There are loads of DraftKings alternatives: You can play a money sport or GPP for the two-game slate, or you may put collectively a Showdown lineup for the person video games. We’ve bought all of them proper right here for the each day fantasy basketball picks, values, sleepers and advice you want.

When it involves the two-game slate, we might keep away from money video games. You’ve bought to take a shot at some differentiation and profitable a GPP match. There simply aren’t sufficient gamers to select from to really feel overly assured in a money lineup. The Showdown lineups are each fairly simple. We keep away from the perfect of the perfect in our captain’s slot in each in an effort to load up extra of the FLEX spots with studs.

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DraftKings NBA DFS Picks for Tuesday, Oct. 22 

PG Lonzo Ball, Pelicans @ Raptors ($5,400). Lonzo supplies a great floor-ceiling combination. We know he’ll get his assists, rebounds and defensive stats. If his improved jumper can result in a good scoring day, we may very well be trying on the bonus DK factors for a double-double or perhaps a triple-double.

SG Landry Shamet, Clippers vs. Lakers ($4,200). Shamet is our solely Clippers’ illustration, which might backfire however perhaps differentiates us from the group. With Paul George out, Shamet is likely to be crucial three-point shooter the Clippers can use on Tuesday, so he ought to get an opportunity to mild it up from deep.

SF OG Anunoby, Raptors vs. Pelicans ($3,900). Anunoby has turned heads within the preseason and will step proper into Kawhi Leonard’s spot in Toronto’s lineup. He will not be requested to attain as a lot, however with an increasing offensive sport, he’ll shock folks in 2019-20. This is approach too low-cost. I would’ve performed Anunoby at $5,500.

PF Brandon Ingram, Pelicans @ Raptors ($5,800). If a operating Pelicans crew will get issues going with Lonzo on the helm, Ingram may very well be a beneficiary as he joins him on the Pelicans this season. It’s our greatest New Orleans secondary participant to play on this lineup building.

C Pascal Siakam, Raptors vs. Pelicans ($7,600). Siakam must be the person this season for Toronto with no Kawhi, and we’ll take the possibilities that he’ll have his expanded position found out straight away after he was a star in final season’s playoffs.

G LeBron James, Lakers @ Clippers ($9,900). Yup, we’re stacking LeBron and AD. Why not? It’s opening evening, they’re each as wholesome as they’re going to be all season, and if it is value something, their chemistry was on level within the preseason.

F Nicolo Melli, Pelicans @ Raptors ($3,000). With Zion out, the European import Melli is prone to play probably the most energy ahead minutes for the Pelicans on opening evening. He’s clearly a relative unknown, however with good minutes in a high-paced offense at this value, we’ll go along with it.

UTIL Anthony Davis, Lakers @ Clippers ($10,200). Kawhi goes to play an necessary defensive position on considered one of these Lakers’ studs — extra seemingly LeBron — leaving Davis to dominate within the scoring column. Both give an awesome probability of reaching among the DK bonus level thresholds. 

DraftKings Showdown NBA DFS Picks: Raptors vs. Pelicans

CAPTAIN (1.5x factors, 1.5x value): Lonzo Ball, Pelicans ($10,500). As I wrote above, Lonzo has an awesome floor-ceiling mixture, and if we will get a double-double bonus with the captain multiplier, that’ll be a great begin.

FLEX: Jrue Holiday, Pelicans ($10,400). Holiday supplies an analogous floor-ceiling mixture as Lonzo, simply with higher scoring.

FLEX: Pascal Siakam, Raptors ($9,800). The Raptors’ greatest participant might be extremely owned, and rightfully so. It’s not value fading him.

FLEX: Kyle Lowry, Raptors ($8,800). Lowry might be pressured to be a distributor in opposition to New Orleans’ robust defensive backcourt, however that is nice. He’ll need to attempt to rating, too – it will not be environment friendly, however the numbers ought to work out properly.

FLEX: Derrick Favors, Pelicans ($7,600). Favors is likely to be revitalized with the youth round him in a fast-paced New Orleans offense. His minutes is likely to be up with Zion out, too.

FLEX: Nicolo Melli, Pelicans ($2,800). Melli’s value is just too low-cost for the minutes I count on him to see, as I wrote above.

DraftKings Showdown NBA DFS Lineup: Lakers vs. Clippers

CAPTAIN (1.5x factors, 1.5x value): Dwight Howard, Lakers ($6,900). We’re taking a guess right here on an affordable double-double from Howard. It is likely to be 12 and 10, however that’ll get us the DK bonus factors and permit us to star stack the remainder of this lineup.

FLEX: Anthony Davis, Lakers ($10,800). His Lakers’ debut within the Staples Center ought to be enjoyable.

FLEX: LeBron James, Lakers ($10,200). LeBron is at all times an odds-on favourite to pile up factors, rebounds and assists, get a DK bonus for a double-double and carry a fantasy lineup. Potentially being guarded by Kawhi will not sluggish that sufficient to fade him.

FLEX: Kawhi Leonard, Clippers ($9,800). Especially with no Paul George, there might be rather a lot of photographs for Kawhi.

FLEX: Lou Williams, Clippers ($7,800). No George additionally means Sweet Lou must be a critical bucket getter off the bench.

FLEX: Landry Shamet, Clippers ($4,200). Shamet has to fill George’s three-point shooter position, and he’ll do it properly. He shot 42 p.c from distance in 2018-19.

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