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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Advice - NBA DFS Lineup Picks for 1/9/16

Tonight is a bit of a tough slate, as there are two early games and only five late games. There aren't a ton of options, but there are certainly enough to play fantasy.

In this article, I will be providing you with Daily NBA picks for DraftKings for 1/9/16. The picks will range from some of the elite players, to mid-priced options, and value plays.

Without wasting anymore time, let's get down to it!


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DraftKings DFS Point Guards

Kyle Lowry (at PHI, $8,600)

Lowry has been on fire recently, as he’s averaging 19.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 2.5 steals per game over the last 10 days. He has scored 45 fantasy points in five consecutive games, and he gets a great matchup against the Sixers tonight. Lowry has an ability to score in four categories at an elite level, and he has already dominated Philly twice this season. He isn’t going to break your bank, and he can be used in all leagues.

Trey Burke (vs MIA, $5,200)

Burke hasn't been playing all that well over the last 10 days, as he’s averaging 16.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. He isn’t very expensive, though, especially for how often the ball is in his hands each possession. On the season, his usage rate is slightly lower than players like Jeff Teague, Kyle Lowry, and Kemba Walker. Burke has great upside, and he’s a good salary relief option in tournaments tonight.


DraftKings DFS Shooting Guards

Klay Thompson (at SAC, $8,000)

Thompson has been scoring exceptionally well recently, and he also has the ability to add a few peripheral stats each night. He gets a great matchup against the Kings, who have really struggled against scorers this season. There is a bit of a blowout factor here tonight, which is worrisome, but Thompson has been the second option on the offense behind only Curry this season. He has great upside, and he has also been playing consistently enough for cash games tonight.

Victor Oladipo (vs WAS, $6,800)

Elfrid Payton is questionable tonight, but he wasn’t very close to playing last night, which makes me believe he’s a bit closer to doubtful. Oladipo has dominated in three consecutive starts now, and he has earned the big minutes he’s playing. He gets a good matchup against the Wizards, who love to push the pace in games, and that will leave plenty of opportunities for Oladipo to score tonight. If Payton is ruled out, Oladipo can be used in all leagues, but he’s still a good GPP option if Payton plays.


DraftKings DFS Small Forwards

Gordon Hayward (vs MIA, $7,200)

Hayward was on fire recently, but he has since cooled down, and he’s only averaging 18.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game over the last 10 days. He gets a great matchup against the Heat, who have really struggled against the small forward this season. Hayward has the highest usage rate of any small forward on the slate, and he has already scored 43 fantasy points against the Heat this season. He is a bit too risky for cash games, but he’s a good GPP option.

James Johnson (at PHI, $3,700)

It’s tough to roster Johnson any night because of his unpredictability, but he’s extremely cheap, gets a great matchup, and has been playing a decent amount of minutes. He’ll likely play 20+ minutes tonight, and he’s coming off a near double double against the Wizards. He doesn’t need many fantasy points to hit value, and he has flashed an ability to score fantasy points throughout his career. If you can stomach the risk involved, Johnson can be used in tournaments tonight.


DraftKings DFS Power Forwards

DeMarcus Cousins (vs GS, $10,200)

Cousins has been on fire recently, as he’s averaging 26.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 block, and 1.8 steals per game over the last 10 days. His usage rate is sky high, as it is sitting at 32.8 and the next highest is Derrick Favors at only 24.8. Cousins gets a good matchup against the Warriors, who love to push the pace. He was on pace to dominate them in his first matchup before being ejected, and he makes a great play tonight if he’s able to suit up.

Bobby Portis (at ATL, $4,600)

This could be the last chance Portis gets to make a case for minutes before Joakim Noah returns and he moves back to his bench role. He hasn’t been playing all that well recently, averaging 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game over the last 10 days, but he has flashed tremendous upside. He is a cheap option, who has posted games of 32.5 and 40.25 fantasy points in his last 10 games. Atlanta has been an average team against the power forward, and Portis makes a good GPP option if Noah is ruled out.


DraftKings DFS Centers

Pau Gasol (at ATL, $8,200)

Gasol continues to play big minutes with Noah out, and he has been playing well recently. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 19.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.7 blocks per game. He gets a good matchup against the Hawks, who have really struggled against the center this season. Gasol is one of the safer options at center tonight, and he can be used in all leagues.


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