Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays on FanDuel and DraftKings. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned popular picks contributes to a viable GPP strategy.
Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
With that, let’s dive into tonight’s main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Jamal Murray – Denver (vs New Orleans)
There’s some blowout risk with Denver checking in as 12 point home favorites, but Murray’s upside is hard to ignore regardless of that. I’m thinking the Nuggets’ guard will be under-owned with most of the attention funneling to Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, and Stephen Curry at this position. Murray has been somewhat mediocre lately, creating a buy-low opportunity with a shortened asking price. There’s an opportunity for a breakout performance while facing a Pelicans team that ranks eighth in pace and 27th in defensive efficiency to point guards.
Dwyane Wade – Miami (vs Brooklyn)
Wade has been up and down lately, which could turn off many DFS enthusiasts. However, the veteran has flexed adequate upside with 35+ fantasy points in three of his last five, creating optimism for tournaments. Miami is dealing with plenty of injuries at the moment, as Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson, Goran Dragic, and Kelly Olynyk are all questionable (as of Saturday morning). Whiteside and Dragic are the key players to monitor here, as their absence would lead to more opportunities for D-Wade.
Kelly Oubre Jr. – Phoenix (vs LA Lakers)
Oubre was mentioned in this spot yesterday, and he ended up with a respectable 38 FP performance. I still believe he left quite a bit on the table while only shooing 8-22 from the field (1-8 on 3P), but it’s nice to see him getting that many looks. I would expect that to continue as long as T.J. Warren remains out. Oubre will get a chance to surpass last night’s 38 FP outing in another promising draw against a Lakers squad that ranks third in pace and 20th in defensive efficiency. There’s a ton of competition at small forward in DFS tonight, so Oubre could be underrated despite the confident draw.
Jerami Grant – Oklahoma City (at San Antonio)
Paul George will miss his second straight game tonight, which leaves the door open for Grant to post a big stat-line. Grant was good but not great on Thursday with PG out, racking up 33 fantasy points in 37 minutes vs Philadelphia. I’m going to consider that his baseline with genuine upside for 40-45 FP if he takes full advantage of the expanded opportunity. The matchup looks encouraging as well, facing a San Antonio team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Mason Plumlee – Denver (vs New Orleans)
Plumlee is a cheap DFS streamer who has several routes to outpace his salary tonight. The matchup is enticing while playing up in pace against a New Orleans team that ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to frontcourts and 21st in rebound rate. It’s also worth mentioning that the Pelicans rank 23rd in defensive efficiency to opposing bench players. Plumlee came off the bench to hit 35 fantasy points in only 21 minutes despite a tricky matchup vs Utah on Thursday. There’s a chance he’ll catch some strong efficiency while potentially seeing more minutes if tonight’s game gets out of hand.
Cheick Diallo – New Orleans (at Denver)
You could realistically look towards Diallo through all formats tonight, not just tournaments. Anthony Davis has been ruled out, and Diallo has posted 32 and 36 fantasy points respectively over the past two games without him. As mentioned earlier, there’s some blowout risk in this game, and New Orleans is also playing the second part of a back-to-back set. Add it all together, and Diallo could see extended playing time to go along with his elite efficiency.