Happy Monday, hoops fans! We are back yet again for another slate of basketball in the Association for this beautiful Monday, October 30th! We have a lovely 11-game slate on tap for both DraftKings and FanDuel tonight with a plethora of studded stars such as Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo Anthony Davis, Jayson Tatum, Stephen Curry, and MORE! Looking very much forward to this slate, and without further ado - Let's jump right into the slate!


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Luka Doncic (PG), Dallas Mavericks ($12,000 DK/ $12,500 FD):

Doncic gets a solid up-tempo game environment here in Memphis tonight, despite this game having a modest total for tonight's slate currently at total of 227.5. However, the major factor to point out here is that BOTH of these teams currently sit in the top-ten in terms of PACE (average number of possessions measured per 48 minutes). Dallas surprisingly sits in 5th overall after two games at 104.25 PACE, while the Grizzlies sit in 9th overall after three games at 103.17. Nonetheless, Luka is easily a top play on this slate having already logged games of 78 and 72.25 DraftKings fantasy points in his first two contests. Obviously, his price tag is huge here, but the environment should be more than ideal, and only one other player currently sits with a higher usage rate than Doncic (37.0%) - Joel Embiid (37.6% after 3 games).

Jayson Tatum (SF/PF), Boston Celtics ($10,500 DK/$10,700 FD):

I think Tatum will fly a bit under-the-radar for tonight's slate seeing as how the Celtics come in as 10-point road favorites tonight over the Wizards. I think the main attraction for me to Tatum is the fact that the Wizards currently rank 1st in terms of PACE after two games at 106.75 possessions per game (this game does have a 229-point total). This will be a massive pace-up spot here for the Celtics, and seeing as how Tatum is carrying a team-leading 27.7% usage rate after two games, I really like this spot as we know the Wizards will likely be a bit sloppy. Tatum had a down game last time out vs the Heat, however, we know the Heat are well above-average on the defensive side of the ball. In the season-opener for the Celtics, we saw Tatum drop nearly 61 DraftKings fantasy points in Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. Main point, his price tag makes him avoidable to the naked eye just glancing over the studs in his range, he has taken at LEAST 22 field goal attempts in both games, recorded 8+ boards, 4+ assists, with at least 1 steal and/or block in each game to boot. This feels like the spot everyone will fade on an elite player because of “blow-out potential”. 

Anthony Davis (PF/C), Los Angeles Lakers ($9,700 DK/$10,800 FD):

This is going to be a pace-UP spot for the Orlando Magic as they travel into Los Angeles tonight to take on the Lakers in the late-night hammer of the slate. I cannot express how much I love Anthony Davis's price here yet again on DraftKings, as he continues to sit under the $10k salary mark. After a rough season-opener in Denver for Davis, who recorded just a mere 36.5 DraftKings fantasy points over 34 minutes of action, he has responded well posting back-to-back fantasy games of 60 fantasy points of more with 61 vs the Suns, and 65 in Sacramento against the Kings. He hoists a modest 25.4% usage rate over three games, and has averaged 30 actual points, 14 rebounds, two assists, three blocks!, and 1.5 steals a game over his last two.

Scottie Barnes (PG/SF), Toronto Raptors ($7,700 DK/$8,500 FD):

This is quite the small price for Barnes on DraftKings (More priced accordingly on FD, but still cheap there, too) at just $7.7K. Barnes has recorded 47.0, 55.0, and 46 DraftKings fantasy points over his first three games of the season sans taking over the Fred Van Vleet role at PG-hybrid. This is yet another spot where I think folks will generally look to “avoid due to blowout”, and that is great of us. The Raptors are at home, and they are 7.5-point favorites tonight over the traveling Blazers, but we have to remember that the Blazers have allowed over 100 points in ALL three games so far this season. The Raptors could also likely be without OG Anunoby tonight, who is dealing with a leg injury. Scottie currently leads the team with a 23.3% usage rate, while averaging 38 minutes a game, 20.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 6.7 APG, and has at least 2 blocks in all three (with a total of NINE already). This guy is going to continue to fill the stat sheet and put up massive fantasy points. 

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Jalen Duren (C), Detroit Pistons ($7,100 DK/$8,000 FD):

A WHOLE lot to like about this young gun in Jalen Duren not only just for tonight, but for this season. The 19-year old second year stud has already shown a propensity to dominate opposing frontcourts, as he has done against the Heat (48 DK fantasy points), and most recently against the Bulls (57.75 DK fantasy points). Duren gets a great match up here against a under-weight (not under-sized) Chet Holmgren and OKC frontcourt tonight in Oklahoma City. Duren has accumulated at least 14 or more boards in all three games to start the season, including 14, 17, and 23 actual points, 3+ assists, and 2+ blocks. He should continue his hot start tonight.

Ben Simmons (PG/SF/PF), Brooklyn Nets ($6,400 DK/$6,700 FD):

It looked like Simmons settled into his role a bit more for the Nets in game two of the season going for 10 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks, and two steals against the Mavericks in route to 43.0 DraftKings fantasy points over 32 minutes. Tonight, Simmons gets another really exciting match up in a high-pace game environment against the Hornets in Charlotte. This game hosts a point total of 229.0, with just a 1-point spread in favor of the traveling Nets. Nic Claxton will sit once again here, forcing Simmons to play more of the center position, which will likely once again bolster his rebounding production, including his defensive stats in blocks and steals to boot. The Hornets currently rank 2nd in PACE to start the season, picking up right where they left off last season in that category and expect this game to have lots of possessions. This price is great for Simmons on both sites tonight.

Dennis Schroder (PG/SG), Toronto Raptors ($5,900 DK/$6,600 FD):

Major price discount here on DraftKings compared to FanDuel for Schroder and we will gladly take it. Schroder is seeing great run already in his new role with the Raptors. Schroder has already seen 33 or more minutes in all three games, while recording 37.25, 29.0, and most recently, 42.0 DraftKings fantasy points in those contests. With the Raptors dealing with some injuries, especially to OG Anunoby, I expect Schroder to continue to not just see heavy minutes, but be heavily involved in this offense. Schroder has recorded 15, 10, and 22 points, while dishing double-digit dimes in his last two games, and taking at least 11 or more FGAs in all three, including at least 5+ three-point attempts. Price too good on DraftKings to look-over here as we have to think around 30 fantasy points is likely a decent floor for Schroder in this match up.

Cole Anthony (PG/SG), Orlando Magic ($5,300 DK/$5,700 FD):

As mentioned earlier in the Anthony Davis bit, the Lakers are running with great PACE to start the season, and with that said I really like this spot here for Cole tonight in Los Angeles. Despite the fact that Orlando refuses to quite Markelle Fultz as the starting PG, it is Cole who has actually been the more productive guard for the Magic even off the bench. Anthony actual is second on the team in terms of usage (and by good margin) at a hefty 26.7% usage rate, only behind Franz Wagner at 28.5% after two games to start the season. Cole has put up back-to-back 29+ fantasy point games while scoring 18 and 20 actual, 4+ rebounds, and two assists. The encouraging aspect is that he has taken 12 and 15 shot attempts in the first two games, and he is the better shooter coming off the bench and should continue that here tonight against the Lakers.  

Saddiq Bey (SF), Atlanta Hawks ($4,600 DK/$5,100 FD):

I think this is an interesting spot and price for Bey here on DraftKings. We are going to want to have some exposure to the highest point total on the board in Minnesota/Atlanta here tonight. Bey was relegated to the bench vs the Bucks on Sunday after a poor showing at home vs the Knicks in game two of the season, but still managed to see 31 minutes in the outing yesterday. I believe this likely sparked a bit of a fire for Bey knowing he potentially lost his job to rookie Jalen Johnson, who has played extremely well to start the season. Johnson could very well start here again vs a bigger frontcourt in Minnesota, but I expect Bey to be a vital part of the second unit (if he does come off bench), and if he starts then we are getting a nice discount on DraftKings at this price. Bey took nine shot attempts, making four of those in route to 13 actual points, grabbing nine boards, with three assists to amass 28.75 DraftKings fantasy points against the Bucks yesterday. I thought that the majority of Bey's run may have come in the remaining minutes after the game got a bit out of hand, but this was not the case as he actually sat for those minutes. Bey has shown some defensive peripherals this season, as he recorded five steals in the opener. 

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