FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks 7/31/20

After a fun two-game slate we bounce back with six games today. They are spread out across the entire day and that will be how most slates are due to the scheduling of the NBA. Now, this can get tricky with injury reporting but today’s slate we are at least looking pretty clean for injuries. There are no big names questionable, and Eric Bledsoe is the only notable player out that would have been playing. Kemba Walker is going to be on a minutes limit and not enough for him to have a ton of fantasy value. There are no blowout concerns according to Vegas. Houston and Dallas have the highest game total at 228 and Phoenix and Washington are at 224. Orlando and Brooklyn have the lowest at 212, so everything is sitting with larger predicted scores tonight.

Injury Report

  • Aaron Gordon – Probable
  • Eric Bledsoe – Out
  • Kemba Walker – Probable (Minutes Limit)
  • Trey Lyles – Out
  • Jamal Crawford – Questionable
  • Dario Saric – Questionable

Top Plays

Luka DoncicLuka Doncic – PG/SF/SG – Dallas Mavericks

($10,500 DK/$11,800 FD)

Hard to pass on the stars from this game, with James Harden and Russell Westbrook as top plays as well. Doncic is one of those players who can rack up points doing more than just scoring. I am expecting Doncic to pick up where he left off this season, averaging 28-9-8 with over one steal per game. He has a 37% usage rate this season, averaging 1.66 FPPM.

Nikola VucevicNikola Vucevic – C – Orlando Magic

($8,500 DK/$8,300 FD)

I like paying up for a center again even with some cheaper ones out there tonight. Nikola Vucevic and Deandre Ayton were the two names I found myself building around the most. Vucevic has been his usual self this season and I expect that to carry over into the restart. It is a great matchup against Brooklyn’s B-Squad where I expect most teams to thrive in producing fantasy points for the next few weeks.

Ricky RubioRicky Rubio – PG – Phoenix Suns

($7,400 DK/$6,500 FD)

It is a strong matchup for Ricky Rubio and I love the FanDuel price. On DraftKings he is still playable, but $7,400 is a little bit higher than I feel comfortable with. Rubio hasn’t been as consistent as we like, but he is a strong piece from this game. Washington ranks 29th in defensive efficiency against point guards and Rubio has averaged 1.10 FPPM this season. He also has a 23% usage rate in a Suns offense that can push the pace.

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Value Plays

Troy BrownTroy Brown – SG/SF – Washington Wizards

($4,700 DK/$4,600 FD)

Washington is full of value tonight as Shabazz Napier is a solid tournament play, while Ish Smith is in line for more work as well. Rui Hachimura is another value play for the Wizards. All should play strong minutes. Troy Brown is the name I have the most interest in. In a 188-minute sample size with Beal, Bertans, and McRae off the court, he has averaged 1.18 FPPM and seen a 25.6% usage rate.

Jakob PoltlJakob Poeltl – C – San Antonio Spurs

($4,700 DK/$4,200 FD)

With the Spurs coming into the restart down a few big men, Jakob Poeltl is going to soak up minutes and is a great value play. He gets the Kings who rank 22nd in defensive efficiency against opposing centers this season. He has made some spot starts before and should see around 25-30 minutes at the least against the Kings. Poeltl has block shot upside and is a cheap source for a double-double.

Brandon ClarkeBrandon Clarke – PF/C – Memphis Grizzlies

($4,100 DK/$4,700 FD)

Great spot for both Brandon Clarke and Jaren Jackson tonight. Jackson is at the same price point on FD so I don’t mind going with him there, where on DK you do save a few hundred with Clarke. Either way, both are targetable tonight against Portland who ranks 28th in defensive efficiency against opposing power forwards this season.

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Ja MorantJa Morant – PG – Memphis Grizzlies

($7,000 DK/$6,300 FD)

The Trail Blazers will get some bodies back but overall their defense has been horrendous this season. Ja Morant is a name to keep an eye on with his 28% usage rate and middling prices. He has averaged 1.12 FPPM this season and has looked great leading up to tonight’s game in the restart scrimmages. Overall Morant is likely headed for a Rookie of the Year award and he fully deserves it.

Buddy HieldBuddy Hield – SG – Sacramento Kings

($5,200 DK/$5,500 FD)

In the lower $5,000s, I don’t mind Buddy Hield in GPPs. He is coming off the bench and the minutes were a bit up and down before the break. They have Bogdanovic in the starting rotation and this could continue to be a hot hand type of deal. Hield does have a 26% usage rate and can light it up from the field. Not a bad spot here against a Spurs defense that has struggled this season.

Jaylen BrownJaylen Brown – SG/SF – Boston Celtics

($6,900 DK/$5,800 FD)

Milwaukee is a tough overall defense, but they do rank 19th against opposing shooting guards. Jaylen Brown isn’t the most eye-popping player in the DFS pool and should fly under the radar tonight. Brown has averaged over 30 fantasy points per game this season and with Walker limited, he has seen a 26% usage rate with him off the court.

Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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