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An introduction to daily fantasy basketball

Want to sweat out crunch time with your favorite athletes? Daily fantasy basketball is a fun way to get in on the action. We’re here to help you get started!

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis and forward LeBron James celebrate late in the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 136-113. Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re a basketball fan and are looking to get into daily fantasy basketball, you’re in the right place. If you’re a season-long fantasy basketball player who is looking to make the plunge into DFS, you’re in the right place. If you’re already a DFS player and are new to daily fantasy basketball, you’re in the right place. All are welcome in the NBA DFS community!

If you’re looking for useful resources to get you started on your path to NBA DFS dominance, look no further than our glossary for beginners. Below are articles that will go over the basic rules of daily fantasy basketball. They’ll help you build your knowledge of the game and become a better DFS player.


What statistics are most important when building a lineup? Scoring rules are key in knowing how to approach building lineups.

Salary Cap

Knowing how to allocate your funds is key to building the best lineup possible.

Game Types

DraftKings has three main types of games, each with their own strategies. Knowing the differences will help you decide which types to play.

GPP vs. Cash Contests

The two main types of payout structure also help determine strategy and learning the difference between GPPs and Cash games is one of the most important aspects of DFS


Knowing how to manager your money in DFS is the most important part of understanding the game.

Lineup News/Injuries

Knowing what players are starting and which are late scratches will become an obsession as you get into NBA DFS, and for good reason.

Sportsbook Odds/Lines

Sportsbooks are better than you or I at predicting what will happen in each game over the long haul, so using their research is a great way to attack your own research.