NBA DFS Preview Friday 7 January

NBA DFS Preview Friday 7 January

Friday’s four-game $30,000 NBA Draftstars slate brings together match-ups between the New York Knicks-Boston Celtics, the New Orleans Pelicans-Golden State Warriors, the Memphis Grizzlies-Detroit Pistons and the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers.

LAST GAME LEARNINGS

Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (SF|PF $15,150) has aroused a lot of interest all season and his recent run of scores (51.3, 50.8 and 55.5 DS points) won plenty of ownership but he only managed 19.3 DS points in Thursday’s heavy loss to the Charlotte Hornets, playing 27 minutes for 11 points, three rebounds and one assist. That’s cooled the enthusiasm on Bey.

Pistons guard Hamadou Diallo (SG|SF $13,670) falls in a similar category, particularly after DS scores of 61.3 and 71.5 followed up by 31.3 and 16.3 which has seen interest in him decrease.

Desmond Bane (SF $14,930) has been a popular option lately too, but his numbers have levelled out in recent games, arguably coinciding with Ja Morant’s (PG $19,440) return from injury, but his three-game average of 37.4 DS points is still up on his season average of 30.2 so there’s some value to be gained, pending fitness.

Knicks guard Evan Fournier (SG|SF $8,190) drew in 32% ownership in Wednesday’s slate but only churned out 5.75 DS points leaving owners disappointed. He has only bettered his season average of 21.6 DS points once in his past six games.

INJURY NEWS

The Golden State Warriors have some concerns, led by two-time MVP Stephen Curry (PG $18,240) who sustained a quad contusion in Thursday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks which has him in doubt for Friday’s game. Draymond Green (PF|C $15,300) and James Wiseman (C $6,000) have both cleared protocols.

The New Orleans Pelicans offered an injury update on Zion Williamson (PF|C $14,630) this week but he’s still not close to returning from a foot problem.

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry sustained a quad contusion in Thursday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks which has him in doubt for Friday’s game

Kemba Walker (PG $14,140) is out for the New York Knicks with a knee injury, while guard Payton Pritchard (PG $8,300) has entered the NBA’s protocols and will not play for the Boston Celtics.

Bane (SF $14,930) is doubtful for the Memphis Grizzlies with a quad complaint, while Dillon Brooks (SG $13,130) is questionable with protocols.

The Phoenix Suns have three players who’ve exited protocols but will miss in Deandre Ayton (C $15,420), JaVale McGee (C $8,550) and Jae Crowder (PF $7,940).

Nicolas Batum (SF|PF $7,700) is questionable with an ankle issue for the Los Angeles Clippers, while Brandon Boston Jr (SG $6,000) should play. All-Star Paul George (SF $17,580) is already out with an elbow injury.

VALUE OPTIONS

Celtics center Robert Williams (C $13,750) needs to be considered for your line-up fresh from a season-high 54.3 DS points in his penultimate game, while his six-game average is 40.7 up on his season average of 29 offering value. His output was down last game against the San Antonio Spurs but he still played 32 minutes so there role is good.

With Kemba Walker absent for the Knicks, RJ Barrett (PG|SF $12,430) has found his form, with a three-game average of 39.9 DS points, up on his season average of 27.7, coinciding with Walker’s departure from the starting five.

Memphis forward Brandon Clarke (PF|C $9,160) must be on your radar amid a recent surge, with a three-game of 31.8 DS points, up on his season average of 18.8.

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown is one of the form players of the NBA, fresh from a season-high DS score of 76.3 earlier this week.

PREMIUM PLAYS

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (SF|SG $17,910) is one of the form players of the NBA, fresh from a season-high DS score of 76.3 earlier this week when he scored 50 points in game in the over-time win over the Orlando Magic. His three-game average is 54.7 DS points, way up on his season average of 39.6 and looks good value among the premium category.

FADES

Curry’s (PG $18,240) quad concern leaves doubt about his availability against the Pelicans and he was cold with his shooting in Thursday’s loss to the Mavs, going five of 24 from the field and that’s enough to turn any potential owner off.

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