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NBA DFS Plays: Thursday

Updated On: November 1, 2018, 3:36 pm ET

This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. 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.


Now let’s move on to the NBA DFS Plays for Thursday!





Damian Lillard – Portland (vs New Orleans)


Lillard and the Blazers finally return home after a tough four-game road trip. Getting a few days off and playing in the Moda Center could really help Dame’s fantasy output. A high-scoring matchup vs New Orleans (230 over/under) doesn’t exactly hurt either. Lillard started the season by producing 44+ fantasy points in five straight outings, then he slowed down towards the tail end of that aforementioned road trip. I’m expecting him to get back to his 44.7 FPPG average tonight.


Also Consider: Ben Simmons, Terry Rozier

Tournaments: Trae Young





Jordan Clarkson – Cleveland (vs Denver)


Clarkson is cheap on both sites, putting him in the value conversation for both cash games and tournaments. The matchup vs Denver is pretty good as well. Clarkson will continue to benefit from more usage with Kevin Love out, and his salary has yet to be fully adjusted for that change. He’s a solid value filler that will be making numerous appearances throughout my lineups this evening.


Also Consider: Buddy Hield (better on DK), Marcus Smart

Tournaments: Jrue Holiday





Nemanja Bjelica – Sacramento (at Atlanta)


I’m still on the Bjelica bandwagon, as he has now poured in 39+ fantasy points in four straight games. The minutes have stabilized at a range of 30-35 per game. As mentioned in several previous editions of this article, Bjelica has always been a fantastic (and efficient) fantasy producer. He’s finally seeing enough minutes to be significant in DFS on a consistent basis. Facing an Atlanta team that plays at the second-fastest pace while ranking 24th in rebound rate should help his cause tonight.


Also Consider: Nikola Mirotic, Robert Covington

Tournaments: Danilo Gallinari





Jayson Tatum – Boston (vs Milwaukee)


Tatum is a solid mid-range pick to focus on through all formats on both sites this evening. He sees plenty of playing time, and his usage/playing time could increase if Jaylen Brown (questionable) misses this game. That could send more minutes to Tatum as the Celtics try to patch together their frontcourt with Daniel Theis out indefinitely to boot. There’s not much opportunity cost at the power forward position tonight, so Tatum makes for a welcomed pick with plenty offing for him.


Also Consider: Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris

Tournaments: Larry Nance Jr.





Willie Cauley-Stein – Sacramento (at Atlanta)


I really like Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic tonight, but Cauley-Stein is much cheaper with an arguably better matchup as well. The Kings will face an Atlanta team that ranks below average vs opposing centers and 24th in rebound rate. As mentioned earlier, they are currently playing at the second-fastest pace in the league too. WCS has been a beast with 44+ fantasy points in two of his past three games despite having them come in tricky matchup against Washington and Miami. He could approach that range with less resistance from Atlanta this evening.


Also Consider: Al Horford, Joel Embiid

Tournaments: Steven Adams




Anthony Davis is doutbful to play tonight. This upgrades Nikola Mirotic, Jrue Holiday, and Julius Randle into strong cash game options on both sites. I'm comfortable using this combination together if it blends favorably into your lineups. 

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