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Welcome to the Daily Dribble where we serve up the latest Fantasy Basketball news and insight so you can make BBQ chicken of your competition. We’ll focus on Daily Fantasy Site (DFS) play, but we will sprinkle in some weekly, season long, and/or dynasty/keeper league insight that should help shape your decision making going forward, as well.
Friday, January 31st
Fun Day Friday y’all! It is not just any Friday, but it is the last day of the month, which means it is payday for most and hopefully we help you have one more DFS payday before we flip to February. In addition to today’s Daily Dribble article look for our Daily League Picks article that comes out at 5pm, which will provide you with tiered recommendations for this evening’s DFS contests. And remember, If any of you who read our daily league articles cash and/or win yourself a qualifier feel free to tweet me @FantasyNomad and I would be glad to share your success story in an upcoming Daily Dribble article and on twitter.
I will focus on any injury news that pertains to this evening’s slate of games, but be sure to visit our Player News section to catch up on other injuries and player insight that will give you a head start when it comes to planning future lineups.
Nate Robinson word out of Denver is that Nate Robinson has a torn ACL and is going for a second opinion. If reports are true he will be done for the season. Either way, this opens up more immediate playing time for Evan Fournier starting tonight against the Raptors in Denver.
Ty Lawson (strained left rotator cuff) is a game-time decision for Friday's game against. If Lawson sits than Evan Fournier would start alongside Randy Foye, which would be even more reason to roster Fournier in DFS play this evening.
Jeff Teague practiced on Thursday and traveled with the team to Philly for tonight’s game against the 76ers, which seems like a good indicator that he will make his return after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.
Pau Gasol did not practice Thursday due to foot and groin injuries, but neither injury is considered serious enough to keep him off the floor moving forward. He is listed as probable for Friday's game against the Bobcats, and confirmed that he will play through the soreness despite not practicing.
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Statistical Nuances from the Nomad
Four of the six worst teams in regards to allowing points in the paint play tonight: 30) Lakers, 29) Jazz, 26) TWolves (and things will get worse now with Nikola Pekovic out indefinitely with ankle bursitis), and 25) Nuggets.
Four of the top five worst defensive teams in the league take the court tonight based on total points allowed per game this season: 30) 76ers, 29) Lakers, 28) Kings, and 26) Nuggets.
Of the teams playing on the road tonight, the Kings are allowing the most points to opponents per game at 106.7, which bodes well for the likes of Jae Crowder (Shawn Marion will not play tonight), Monta Ellis (who is looking to bounce back from a very disappointing outing last game), and Dirk Nowitzki who recently became 13th player in NBA history with 26,000 career points after finishing with 38 points, 17 rebounds, and three assists in two point loss to the Rockets.
Al Jefferson has the third highest player efficiency rating over the last two weeks and faces a Lakers team who own the worst rebounding differential in the league this season, and it is not even close, so expect big number from Big Al again tonight.
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