The NBA is back, and day two of the NBA restart offers much more juice than Thursday’s two-game opener. On Friday’s slate, NBA fans get six games to bet on or use for daily fantasy basketball purposes.
I’m mostly here for the latter, as I help you break down the slate and note the top NBA DFS picks, values, and lineup to target.
Step one is to pay attention to the NBA betting lines, as well as the news. Injuries and information about COVID-19 will be crucial to your success in NBA DFS going forward, while everything going down in a bubble may make it difficult to get inside access.
With all of those things in mind, let’s dive into Friday’s NBA DFS slate.
NBA Betting Odds for Friday, 7/31
Orlando Magic vs. Brooklyn Nets
Magic to Win-255
Nets to Win+215
Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards
Suns (-7) -110
Wizards (+7) -110
Suns to Win -280
Wizards to Win +240
Over 226 -110
Under 226 -110
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Grizzlies (+2) -110
Blazers (-2) -110
Grizzlies to Win +108
Blazers to Win -128
Over 222.5 -110
Under 222.5 -110
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Celtics (+4.5) -110
Bucks (-4.5) -110
Celtics to Win +165
Bucks to Win -190
Over 218.5 -110
Under 218.5 -110
Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs
Kings (-2.5) -110
Spurs (+2.5) -110
Kings to Win -135
Spurs to Win +115
Over 216 -110
Under 216 -110
Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
Rockets (+1) -110
Mavericks (-1) -110
Rockets to Win -103
Mavericks to Win -117
Over 226.5 -110
Under 226.5 -110
I broke all six of these games down quite a while ago, and you can check them out at our NBA picks page. The odds have changed for a lot of the games, while there will also be some news to consider before placing bets.
NBA betting lines are obviously important for placing bets, but they can tell you a lot about what to expect for DFS purposes, too.
Targeting close games with high totals is usually a good place to start, which probably highlights the Rockets/Mavs and Suns/Wiz games to get things going.
As far as NBA news goes, most of the top options are ready to rock. Check the statuses of Dario Saric, Aron Baynes, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Damian Lillard before finalizing your bets and lineups, and also keep an eye out for any other news.
Best NBA DFS Picks for 7/31
Russell Westbrook, PG, Rockets ($9.4k)
Caris LeVert, SG, Nets ($7.8k)
DeMar DeRozan, SF, Spurs ($7.7k)
Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF, Bucks ($10.5k)
Deandre Ayton, C, Suns ($7.9k)
James Harden is the most expensive player on this slate, but it’s his teammate (Russ) who offers way more value and honestly just as much upside.
It’ll be tempting to force Harden and Luka Doncic into NBA DFS lineups, but we can’t ignore the insane upside with guys like LeVert and DeRozan.
Brooklyn’s offense will run through LeVert now that Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie are both out for the year. With those guys off the floor, LeVert had an insane 38.5% usage rate and averaged 1.4 fantasy points per minute (RotoGrinders’ CourtIQ).
DeRozan certainly underwhelmed at times with his big role, but he’s just as appealing (30%, 1.22) when LaMarcus Aldridge is off the floor. With Ridge done for the year, fading DMR will be dicey.
I’d still like to find the room for The Greek Freak, who is cheaper than Harden and feels like a great value based on what he’s capable of.
I also really like Ayton, who flashed awesome upside during the regular season and faces a bad Wizards defense.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Friday
Chris Chiozza, PG, Nets ($3.9k)
Markelle Fultz, SG, Magic ($5.1k)
Troy Brown Jr., SF, Wizards ($4.7k)
Rodions Kurucs, PF, Nets ($3.3k)
Jaren Jackson Jr., C, Grizzlies ($4.9k)
There are a ton of NBA DFS sleepers available to us on this slate, as the Nets and Wizards are both pushing skeleton crews onto the floor.
I don’t know if we should feel amazing about Chiozza, but the guy was a steady point guard at Florida and figures to have Brooklyn’s starting point guard gig for now.
I’d really just roll with whoever starts, so keep Tyler Johnson ($3.2k) and Jamal Crawford (3.4k) in your player pool, too.
Fultz feels a bit cheap in a good matchup, but I won’t go out of my way to use him necessarily. Brown is one Wizards player set for a big role, but you can really sniff around all Washington options to save cash.
Kurucs is another Nets player I like. His matchup on Friday isn’t easy, but he should start, and he has the talent and role to pay off.
JJJ is simply too cheap. He may be a staple of my NBA DFS lineups on Friday.
Top NBA DFS Lineup for 7/31
PG: Russell Westbrook – Rockets ($9.4k)
SG: Caris LeVert – Nets ($7.8k)
SF: DeMar DeRozan – Spurs ($7.7k)
PF: Rodions Kurucs – Nets ($3.3k)
C: Deandre Ayton – Suns ($7.9k)
G: Chris Chiozza – Nets ($3.9k)
F: Jaren Jackson Jr. – Grizzlies ($4.9k)
UTIL: Richaun Holmes – Kings ($5.1k)
None of these guys play on Thursday, so news should be out fairly early and accurate. I’d watch the status of Damian Lillard and some Suns players, but for the most part, we just need to gauge starting lineups and monitor NBA betting odds.
I love Russ as an elite closer, and he’s really my top spend. Harden, Giannis, and Luka are all on the table, but when you consider the upside/role LeVert and DeRozan offer, I’m not entirely sure chasing those guys is totally necessary.
Ayton just feels like an elite value, too, while all of these cheap guys have (supposedly) defined roles. I don’t love using Nets, but they should play a lot, and minutes are currency in NBA DFS.
Hopefully, these NBA DFS picks serve you well. Good luck, happy betting, and enjoy the games!
Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
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