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NBA Betting, Fantasy Advice: DraftKings Basketball DFS Picks, Predictions, Odds for January 11

Mike Barner breaks down today’s NBA slate with game analysis, odds, lines and prop bets.

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The NBA Cheat Sheet provides an in-depth look at Tuesday’s six-game slate, featuring DraftKings DFS and Sportsbook picks.

Top scoring game environments on DraftKings Sportsbook

Timberwolves-Pelicans: 227 Points
Suns-Raptors: 223.5 Points

Fred VanVleet ($9,600) has been as hot as it gets, scoring at least 50 DKFP in seven of his last eight games. During that stretch, he’s averaging an insane 5.9 three-pointers per game. While the Suns are a tough defensive matchup, VanVleet plays a ton and has the ball in his hands a lot, so he’s still an appealing option in DFS.

The Timberwolves have their top-three scoring options all back in the fold with Karl-Anthony Towns ($10,000), Anthony Edwards ($7,900) and D’Angelo Russell ($8,000) healthy. That could spell doom for a Pelicans team that has the seventh-worst defensive rating in the league.

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Scheduling Notes



3rd game in 4th night

Grizzlies, Clippers, Pistons

Key Injuries to Monitor

Raptors SG Gary Trent Jr. ($5,300) and SF/PF Scottie Barnes ($6,600) vs. Suns

Trent and Barnes are both listed as questionable. They have averaged 34 and 36 minutes per game, respectively, so losing either player would be significant. If Barnes were to sit out, Chris Boucher ($5,200) and/or Yuta Watanabe ($5,000) could play more. If Trent is unable to play, Svi Mykhailiuk ($3,700) could join the starting five, although his role within the offense could still be limited. When he started and played 36 minutes against the Cavaliers a couple of weeks ago, he scored only 10 points.

Favorite Pick Against the Spread

Nuggets (-2.5) at Clippers

The Clippers are struggling with Paul George (elbow) out. Across their last nine games, they are just 3-6 with each of their six losses coming by at least three points. In fact, four of their losses came by at least 15 points, so they haven’t been all that competitive.

Will Barton (COVID-19) is not expected to play for the Nuggets, so they will be missing one of their primary scorers. However, Monte Morris is back in the fold and they still have Nikola Jokic, who could dominate the Clippers’ underwhelming frontcourt.

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Favorite Player Prop

Nuggets C Nikola Jokic: Over 13.5 Rebounds at Clippers

This isn’t the easiest of wagers, but it might be worth taking a chance on at +100 odds. The Clippers are not a good team on the boards, allowing the seventh-most rebounds per game in the league. The last time these two teams met, Jokic hauled in 22 rebounds. Across his last eight games, Jokic has recorded at least 14 rebounds six times.

Favorite Value Play

Suns PF Jae Crowder ($3,900) at Raptors

After missing six straight games with COVID-19, Crowder made his return Saturday against the Heat. He didn’t play well, scoring three points on 1-for-6 shooting from the field. He also logged just 26 minutes. However, he could be asked to play a lot more in this matchup with Cameron Johnson (ankle) out. Not only could Crowder be asked to play more, but he could be asked to take additional shots from behind the arc given that Johnson has averaged 2.5 made three-pointers per game.

Favorite Stud

Nuggets C Nikola Jokic ($12,000) at Clippers

Jokic didn’t just dominate the Clippers on the glass when these two teams met. He also recorded 26 points, eight assists, two steals and two blocks. With averages of 26.1 points, 17.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 blocks across his last eight games, Jokic could be worth his hefty salary.

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