NBA DFS Example Lineups: November 11
Sean Mitchell pores over all of the statistics, splits and matchups to uncover the very best DFS NBA players for today's contests
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R. Hachimura - PF
Rui Hachimura hit 6-of-18 shots, 3-of-9 3-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws for a team-high 20 points, five rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's 126-113 loss to the Bucks.
Rui didn't shoot it well or do much outside of scoring and hitting threes, but he came through if you started him tonight. Ish Smith came off the bench to score 19 with five dimes, Jerome Robinson started and scored 15, Thomas Bryant had 13 points, eight boards and a block, and Isaac Bonga and Anzejs Pasecniks each scored 10. The Wiz will wrap up their lost season on Thursday against the Celtics and it wouldn't be surprising to see Hachimura and his bench brigade try to go out with a bang in a meaningless finale. They also interestingly started Troy Brown Jr. at point guard and he finished with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and a 3-pointer on 3-of-15 shooting. Ouch.
Added Yesterday 11:48 pm (EST)
B. Lopez - C
Brook Lopez led the Bucks with 24 points, three rebounds and hit 9-of-11 shots and 5-of-5 3-pointers in Tuesday's 126-113 win over the Wizards.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (12 points) was tossed after head butting Moe Wagner in the second quarter, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe were resting, and Sterling Brown (23 points), Frank Mason (19 points), D.J. Wilson (11 points) and Pat Connaughton (10 points) were the other players to hit double digits in scoring tonight. The Bucks have nothing left to prove or play for so we could see the bench players excel again on Thursday against the Grizzlies. If the Bucks feel like playing spoiler they may be motivated to try to stop Memphis from reaching the playoffs, but we're guessing Giannis will be suspended and most of the other starters could be rested in that one.
Added Yesterday 11:41 pm (EST)
H. Barnes - PF
Harrison Barnes started for a resting Kings team and hit 9-of-19 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 25 points, eight boards, two assists and two blocks in Tuesday's 112-106 win over the Pelicans.
Both teams started a makeshift lineup tonight and Branes took advantage of his opportunity. The Kings will get the Lakers in a meaningless game on Thursday so they could start their bench players again. Bogdan Bogdanovic, starting for a resting J.J. Redick, had 16 points, six rebounds, seven dimes, two steals and a 3-pointer on 7-of-10 shooting, Nemanja Bjelica added 13 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds, two steals and a block, Jabari Parker and Harry Giles (11 rebounds) each scored 12, and Buddy Hield had 11 points and three 3-pointers off the bench.
Added Yesterday 11:34 pm (EST)
F. Jackson - PG
Frank Jackson came off the bench and hit 8-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, four assists and a steal in Tuesday's 112-106 loss to the Kings.
Jackson was nearly humiliated by shooting a technical foul shot that barely caught the front of the rim late, but he played really well tonight. Other Pelicans in double digits included Jahlil Okafor with 21, Lonzo Ball with 16 and starter E'Twaun Moore with 14 points. The Pelicans' season is essentially over, but they'll play one more time on Thursday against the Magic. If the regulars sit again, the aforementioned players will all be worth keeping an eye on in DFS leagues.
Added Yesterday 11:29 pm (EST)
J. Okafor - C
Jahlil Okafor came off the bench for a depleted Pelicans team on Tuesday and caught fire, hitting 9-of-11 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for a team-high 21 points, four rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 25 minutes of action.
We hadn't even blurbed Okafor since way back in January, when he fell out of the rotation. We are in the new version of the NBA's silly season and the Pelicans have nothing to play for. The focus tonight for many DFS players was starter Jaxson Hayes, who had a decent night, but Okafor's line outshined it despite the lack of rebounds and he'll be an interesting option for Thursday's finale against Orlando if the regulars all sit again. Hayes hit all four of his shots for nine points, five boards, a steal and a block in the start.
Added Yesterday 11:13 pm (EST)
C. McCollum - SG
Dwight Jaynes is reporting that C.J. McCollum has been playing with a fracture in his lower back since Thursday.
The official definition of his injury is a L3 vertebral transverse process fracture (non-displaced), which might explain why he hasn't exactly been lighting it up in the bubble recently. The Blazers have a huge game on Thursday against the Nets and since McCollum's been playing through the injury since last Thursday, it would make sense for him to be out there in the finale. And it probably also helps explain why he hit just 2-of-14 shots on Tuesday night against Dallas. He did hit two incredibly clutch free throws in that game to help secure the win and hopefully he can keep playing through it.
Added Yesterday 10:53 pm (EST)
Added Yesterday 10:53 pm (EST)
D. Finney-Smith - PF
Dorian Finney-Smith hit 6-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, four rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's 134-131 loss to the Blazers.
He was iffy with a hip injury but played through it. The Mavs will get the Clippers in Round 1 of the playoffs and Thursday's finale against the Suns is now meaningless after this loss. It would not be surprising to see DFS, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis sit on Thursday, or they may get limited minutes if they do play.
Added Yesterday 9:41 pm (EST)
L. Doncic - PG
Luka Doncic hit 8-of-19 shots, 2-of-8 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws for 25 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, a block and six turnovers in Tuesday's 134-131 loss to the Blazers.
Luka's not going to average a triple-double on the season, but he flirted with it. The Mavs badly wanted to win this game in an effort to avoid the Clippers in Round 1 and instead face the Nuggets, but that is not going to happen now. If Luka and the Mavs are going to shock the world and win it all they're going to have to get past the Clippers in Round 1, and we're guessing Patrick Beverley and Kawhi Leonard are licking their chops at getting a shot at Luka. Whether he plays in Thursday's finale against the Suns remains to be seen, but our guess is Rick Carlisle will rest his studs in a meaningless game.
Added Yesterday 9:35 pm (EST)