NBA DFS Podcast: January 1
Jon Impemba and James Grande preview today's 10 game NBA DFS main slate for your DraftKings and FanDuel lineup construction.
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N. Marshall - SF
Naji Marshall went 6-of-9 from the field and 1-of-3 from the stripe for a career-high 15 points in Sunday's win over the Cavs.
Marshall played extremely well on both ends of the floor tonight, and he added seven rebounds, four assists, two triples, one steal, one block and one turnover in his 31 minutes of floor time. Zion Williamson heaped praise on the rook after the game, saying, "We probably wouldn't have won without Naji's effort. He gave us really good energy when we needed it, and you know, we want Naji to keep being himself out there, so good game Naji, respect, respect." Marshall has been inconsistent, but with what he did tonight, he's at least worth a speculative grab in deep leagues if you've got someone to cut.
Added 9:42 pm (EST)
E. Bledsoe - SG
Eric Bledsoe went just 2-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line for seven points, six rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and one turnover across 33 minutes in Sunday's win over the Cavs.
Bledsoe is back in a shooting funk, converting on just 27.8% of his shot attempts over the past two games. He hasn’t really seen increased playmaking opportunities with Lonzo Ball (hip) off the floor, as the Pelicans have just shifted to Zion Williamson as their primary ball-handler, so Ball being on the inactive list might not help Bledsoe all that much.
Added 9:40 pm (EST)
Z. Williamson - PF
Zion Williamson hit 16-of-22 shots for 38 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two swats and four turnovers across 36 minutes in Sunday's win over Cleveland.
Like we’ve seen with most teams this season, Cleveland had zero answers for Zion, as he regularly got exactly what he wanted directly at the rim and he had 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting at the half; which accounted for a new first-half, career-high. He had gone just 15-of-25 from the line over his past two games, but tonight, he was a 6-of-8 at the charity stripe. Brandon Ingram was a perfect 8-of-8 at the line and 8-of-18 from the floor on his way to 27 points, four boards, eight dimes, three triples, one steal and five turnovers in 36 minutes.
Added 9:35 pm (EST)
D. Dedmon - C
Dewayne Dedmon will be available to make his Miami debut on Sunday vs. Portland.
Maybe he'll see some limited run off the bench tonight, but we're not expecting much from him and don't view him as a viable fantasy option.
Added 9:34 pm (EST)
Added 9:34 pm (EST)
K. Lewis Jr. - PG
Kira Lewis Jr. went 2-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe for six points, one rebound, one assist and two steals in 18 minutes off the bench on Sunday.
Lewis Jr. didn’t record any statistics (other than misses) through the first half of action, bricking all three of his shot attempts through his first nine minutes of play, and things didn't get much better for him after halftime. He’s going to have opportunity while Lonzo Ball (hip) is out, but he hasn’t done much with it over the past two, connecting on just 27.3% of his shot attempts without much in the way of the counting stats. He's not a standard league guy at the moment.
Added 9:28 pm (EST)
C. Anthony - PG
Cole Anthony hit 5-of-16 shots, 0-of-6 3-pointers, and 2-of-2 free throws for 12 points, five assists, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block with one turnover in a loss to the Bucks on Sunday.
Anthony’s been on a cold-shooting streak, making 35.7% or fewer of his looks in his last five games. He’s missed his last eight 3-point looks and is struggling to find his place on this Magic team.
Added 9:24 pm (EST)
W. Carter - C
Wendell Carter Jr. hit 3-of-7 shots, 0-of-2 3-pointers, and 2-of-3 free throws for eight points, two assists, seven rebounds, two steals, and two blocks with one turnover in a loss to the Bucks on Sunday.
Carter Jr.’s recorded 10 blocks in his last seven games. This was the first time he’s tallied two blocks and two steals in a game since February 24th. WCJ has found a much better fit in Orlando and should continue to outperform his time in Chicago.
Added 9:23 pm (EST)
M. Bamba - C
Mo Bamba hit 8-of-11 shots, 5-of-6 3-pointers, and 0-of-1 free throws for 21 points, five rebounds, one block with two turnovers in a loss to the Bucks on Sunday.
Bamba scored a career-high in points and tied a career-high in made 3-pointers. He’s now scored double-digit points in eight of his last nine games and made 12 3-pointers in his last four games.
Added 9:21 pm (EST)