The Expert’s Guide to Saturday’s NBA Action: Top Picks and Predictions

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Hold on to your hats, basketball fans, it's game day! Nine matchups are set to bring the heat, starting with the 76ers vs. Nets at 07:00 PM EST in the Barclays Center. The Spurs and Hawks are geared up for a scoring outburst, but the Heat and Magic might just surprise us with a low-scoring showdown. If you're playing DFS, it's time to step up your game. Check out our in-depth player analysis and fearless predictions to give yourself the edge. Let's do this!

Top Stars On The Main Slate

Trae Young ($9500/DK) had a sick game in his last outing, dropping 36 points, dishing out 12 assists, and pulling down 7 rebounds while shooting 5-10 from the field in 38 minutes against the Suns. Today he faces the Spurs ranked #25 in the league against the PG, allowing 51.6dfs per game or +3.7 more vs average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 52.2DK and 49.9FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.5.

Nikola Jokic ($11600/DK) had a ho-hum game in his last outing, puttin up 29 points, 6 assists, and 12 rebounds while shooting 7-14 from the field in 38 minutes against the Magic. Today he faces the Hornets ranked #13 in the league against the C, allowing 53.5dfs per game or -0.7 less vs average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 58.2DK and 57.5FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.0.

Bam Adebayo ($9300/DK) was so-so in his last game, puttin up 20 points, 3 assists, and 9 rebounds while shooting 7-11 from the field in 34 minutes against the Rockets. Today he faces the Magic ranked #23 in the league against the C, allowing 48.2dfs per game or +1.6 more vs average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 46.8DK and 47.3FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.0.

Standout Mid-Value Players

De'Andre Hunter ($5000/DK) was a complete bust in his last game, scoring only 9 points, 2 assists, and 6 rebounds while shooting 3-7 from the field in 36 minutes against the Suns. Today he faces the Spurs ranked #26 in the league against the SF, allowing an average of 45.1 per game which is +3.8 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 20.4DK and 19.4FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.1.

Andrew Wiggins ($6300/DK) had a sick game in his last outing, dropping 18 points, dishing out 4 assists, and pulling down 10 rebounds while shooting 5-11 from the field in 37 minutes against the Trail Blazers. Today he faces the Lakers ranked #25 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 46.1 per game which is +2.0 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 28.6DK and 29.0FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.5.

Caleb Martin ($4800/DK) was so-so in his last game, puttin up 6 points, 1 assists, and 9 rebounds while shooting 0-3 from the field in 20 minutes against the Rockets. Today he faces the Magic ranked #7 in the league against the SF, allowing an average of 38.8 per game which is -2.4 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 30.4DK and 30.4FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 6.3.

Keldon Johnson ($6800/DK) was meh in his last game, puttin up 22 points, 3 assists, and 7 rebounds while shooting 7-11 from the field in 36 minutes against the Raptors. Today he faces the Hawks ranked #16 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 44.3 per game which is +0.2 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 30.0DK and 29.1FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 4.4.

Bradley Beal ($7400/DK) was on fire in his last game, dropping 17 points, dishing out 10 assists, and pulling down 4 rebounds while shooting 6-10 from the field in 33 minutes against the Hornets. Today he faces the Pacers ranked #26 in the league against the SG, allowing an average of 47.0 per game which is +2.9 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 43.2DK and 42.6FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 5.8.

Cheap Value Players

Mark Williams ($3500/DK) was a one-man wrecking crew in his last outing, dropping 11 points, dishing out 2 assists, and pulling down 12 rebounds while shooting 4-7 from the field in 31 minutes against the Celtics. Today he faces the Nuggets ranked #5 in the league against the PF, allowing an average of 43.7 per game -2.8 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 23.2DK and 24.3FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 6.6.

Zach Collins ($4100/DK) had a monster game in his last outing, dropping 29 points, dishing out 3 assists, and pulling down 11 rebounds while shooting 10-13 from the field in 35 minutes against the Pistons. Today he faces the Hawks ranked #13 in the league against the PF, allowing an average of 45.2 per game -1.3 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 25.8DK and 25.0FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 6.3.

Collin Sexton ($4000/DK) went ham in his last game, dropping 22 points, dishing out 6 assists, and pulling down 5 rebounds while shooting 8-11 from the field in 37 minutes against the Raptors. Today he faces the Knicks ranked #12 in the league against the PG, allowing an average of 46.9 per game -1.0 less compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 30.7DK and 30.3FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 7.7.

Devonte' Graham ($3100/DK) had a crazy-good performance in his last outing, dropping 31 points, dishing out 3 assists, and pulling down 3 rebounds while shooting 3-6 from the field in 37 minutes against the Pistons. Today he faces the Hawks ranked #19 in the league against the PG, allowing an average of 48.7 per game +0.8 more compared to the league average. Over the last 3 games he is averaging 21.1DK and 20.2FD which puts him at a 3 game rolling value of 6.8.

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Today's NBA Matchups

Philadelphia 76ers -1.5 vs Brooklyn Nets +1.5
The stage is set for a thrilling matchup as the 76ers brings their 35-19 record to Brooklyn to take on the impressive Nets and their 33-22 record. 76ers are strong on the defensive end, while they have an above-average offensive attack. Nets need to improve on the defensive end, while they are struggling with a #18 ranked offense.

Nets hit the over 10 out of the last 15 games
76ers hit the over 11 out of the last 15 games

Denver Nuggets -8.5 vs Charlotte Hornets +8.5
Get ready for an action-packed game as the Nuggets with a 38-18 record travels to Charlotte to face the underwhelming Hornets who hold a 15-42 record. Nuggets are known for their lockdown defense, while they are known for their explosive #4 ranked offense. Hornets need to improve on the defensive end, while they have an above-average offensive attack. The Nuggets rank #4 in the league at generating fantasy points (241.6/gm) while the Hornets rank #27 in the league at defending against them at (243.9/gm).

Hornets hit the over 7 out of the last 15 games
Nuggets hit the over 5 out of the last 15 games

Miami Heat 0.0 vs Orlando Magic 0.0
The Heat and their 31-25 record head to Orlando for a challenging match against the inconsistent Magic who hold a 23-33 record. Heat boast a dominant #2 defense, while they are struggling with a #29 ranked offense. Magic are known for their average defense, while they have room for improvement on the offensive end with a #23 ranked team.

Magic hit the over 10 out of the last 15 games
Heat hit the over 6 out of the last 15 games

Indiana Pacers +6.0 vs Washington Wizards -6.0
Pacers, middle of the road with a 25-32 record, march into Washington to take on the average Wizards with a 25-29 squad. Pacers need to improve on the defensive end, while they field a bottom-tier offense. Wizards need to improve on the defensive end, while they are known for their decent offense.

Wizards hit the over 7 out of the last 15 games
Pacers hit the over 5 out of the last 15 games

San Antonio Spurs +14.0 vs Atlanta Hawks -14.0
The competition heats up as the Spurs with a 14-42 record head to Atlanta to challenge the average Hawks who hold a 28-28 record. Spurs are the absolute worse defense in the league, while they are struggling with a #21 ranked offense. Hawks are struggling as a #23 ranked defense, while they have a top-10 offense. The Spurs get up a ton of shots ranking #1 in the league with 93.8 per game which is 6.3% above the NBA avg. The Hawks rank #6 at putting points on the board with 119.0/gm, 2.9% above the average, while the Spurs rank #30 at defending them allowing an average of 126.7 pts per game.

Hawks hit the over 4 out of the last 15 games
Spurs hit the over 8 out of the last 15 games

Utah Jazz +5.5 vs New York Knicks -5.5
The battle lines are drawn as the Jazz with a 28-29 record square off against the fair Knicks and their 30-27 record in New York. Jazz need to improve on the defensive end, while they field a dangerous offense. Knicks are strong on the defensive end, while they are known for their lackluster #28 ranked offense.

Knicks hit the over 7 out of the last 15 games
Jazz hit the over 10 out of the last 15 games

Chicago Bulls +5.0 vs Cleveland Cavaliers -5.0
The Bulls and their 26-29 record head to Cleveland for a challenging match against the competent Cavaliers who hold a 36-22 record. Bulls possess a top-10 defense, while they are struggling with a #20 ranked offense. Cavaliers boast the best defense in the league, while they are struggling with a #16 ranked offense.

Cavaliers hit the over 6 out of the last 15 games
Bulls hit the over 8 out of the last 15 games

Los Angeles Lakers +2.0 vs Golden State Warriors -2.0
Get ready for an action-packed game as the Lakers with a 25-31 record travels to Golden State to face the inconsistent Warriors who hold a 28-27 record. Lakers need to improve on the defensive end, while they have an above-average offensive attack. Warriors field a bottom-tier #24 defense, while they are the most potent offense in the league. The Warriors put up a bunch of points ranking #2 in the league at scoring with 122.8 points per game which is 6.2% above the NBA avg. The Warriors rank #1 in the league at generating fantasy points (250.5/gm) while the Lakers rank #25 in the league at defending against them (240.4/gm). We have an imbalance at the boards as the Warriors rank #5 at grabbing a rebound while the Lakers struggle ranking #28 in the league at grabbing them. The Warriors rank #2 at putting points on the board with 122.8/gm, 6.2% above the average, while the Lakers rank #26 at defending them allowing an average of 120.2 pts per game. The Lakers rank #4 at putting points on the board with 119.2/gm, 3.1% above the average, while the Warriors rank #27 at defending them allowing an average of 121.3 pts per game.

Warriors hit the over 10 out of the last 15 games
Lakers hit the over 7 out of the last 15 games

Dallas Mavericks +1.5 vs Sacramento Kings -1.5
Expect a highly competitive game as the Mavericks with a 31-26 record battle the competent Kings who hold a 31-24 record in Sacramento. Mavericks are known for their average defense, while they are the absolute worse offense in the league. Kings field a respectable defense, while they are proficient on the offensive end. The Mavericks rank #30 in the league at rebounding with 38.8 per game which is -11.0% below the NBA avg.

Kings hit the over 7 out of the last 15 games
Mavericks hit the over 5 out of the last 15 games

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