NBA DFS First Look: Friday, January 3rd - NBA Odds Preview

The NBA DFS First Look is complete with sortable odds, implied team totals, player statistics, and projected starters to help you get an early start on the upcoming slate.

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NBA Schedule & Vegas Lines

Road Team Home Team Vegas Line Over/Under Away Total Home Total Game Time (ET)
Portland Trail Blazers at Washington Wizards POR -6.0 236.0 121.0 115.0 7:00 PM
Miami Heat at Orlando Magic MIA -2.0 207.5 104.8 102.8 7:00 PM
Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics BOS -11.5 223.5 106.0 117.5 7:00 PM
Philadelphia 76ers at Houston Rockets HOU -4.5 224.5 110.0 114.5 8:00 PM
New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns PHO -6.5 225.0 109.3 115.8 9:00 PM
New Orleans Pelicans at Los Angeles Lakers LAL -10.5 224.5 107.0 117.5 10:30 PM

Points Per Game and Pace of Play

Team Opponent Spread Implied Total Points/Game Points +/- Team Pace Opp. Pace Proj. Pace Pace +/-
Washington Wizards Portland Trail Blazers 6.0 115.0 116.2 -1.2 107.1 105.0 107.8 0.7
Portland Trail Blazers Washington Wizards -6.0 121.0 112.0 9.0 105.0 107.1 107.8 2.8
Orlando Magic Miami Heat 2.0 102.8 103.4 -0.7 101.3 103.5 100.5 -0.8
Miami Heat Orlando Magic -2.0 104.8 111.6 -6.8 103.5 101.3 100.5 -3.0
Boston Celtics Atlanta Hawks -11.5 117.5 111.5 6.0 102.4 107.7 105.7 3.4
Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics 11.5 106.0 107.1 -1.1 107.7 102.4 105.7 -1.9
Houston Rockets Philadelphia 76ers -4.5 114.5 119.4 -4.9 107.8 102.8 106.4 -1.5
Philadelphia 76ers Houston Rockets 4.5 110.0 109.6 0.4 102.8 107.8 106.4 3.5
Phoenix Suns New York Knicks -6.5 115.8 114.1 1.7 106.2 102.6 104.5 -1.7
New York Knicks Phoenix Suns 6.5 109.3 103.7 5.6 102.6 106.2 104.5 1.9
Los Angeles Lakers New Orleans Pelicans -10.5 117.5 112.6 4.9 103.8 106.9 106.4 2.6
New Orleans Pelicans Los Angeles Lakers 10.5 107.0 112.3 -5.3 106.9 103.8 106.4 -0.5

Matchup Cheat Sheet

Note: The defensive efficiency rankings are for the opponent of the team listed in the first column and are for the season.

Offense Opponent Total DIS CG SCW SHW 3DW VF VB PB
Washington Wizards Portland Trail Blazers 20 11 16 2 17 22 26 24 30
Portland Trail Blazers Washington Wizards 30 30 29 29 13 26 23 23 11
Orlando Magic Miami Heat 10 4 7 7 15 5 6 25 28
Miami Heat Orlando Magic 12 19 26 6 25 12 16 3 7
Boston Celtics Atlanta Hawks 28 23 27 27 12 18 30 11 5
Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics 3 18 1 4 28 3 13 6 10
Houston Rockets Philadelphia 76ers 5 12 9 30 10 10 10 1 3
Philadelphia 76ers Houston Rockets 17 24 3 18 24 19 25 27 1
Phoenix Suns New York Knicks 23 26 28 13 16 11 24 15 13
New York Knicks Phoenix Suns 19 15 17 23 26 8 18 28 16
Los Angeles Lakers New Orleans Pelicans 22 29 22 17 21 23 28 9 26
New Orleans Pelicans Los Angeles Lakers 4 5 19 10 1 6 19 2 15

Legend: DIS = Distributor, CG = Combo Guard, SCW = Scoring Wing, SHW = Shooting Wing, 3DW = 3 & D Wing, VF = Versatile Forward, VB = Versatile Big, PB = Post Big

Point Guards

Projected Starter Team Total DK FD YH FDT MIN FP/GM L2WKS FP +/- FP/Min USG% OPP DvsA DEFF
Isaiah Thomas WAS 115.0 $5,300 $4,600 $16 $10,500 25.1 24.0 22.5 -1.5 0.96 25.6% POR 18 16
Damian Lillard POR 121.0 $9,700 $9,300 $42 $17,600 36.8 46.6 47.7 1.2 1.26 30.1% WAS 12 29
Markelle Fultz ORL 102.8 $4,900 $5,300 $20 $10,100 26.2 23.7 25.0 1.2 0.91 21.9% MIA 4 7
Kendrick Nunn MIA 104.8 $4,400 $4,400 $19 $8,600 30.9 27.4 24.4 -3.0 0.89 23.3% ORL 13 26
Kemba Walker BOS 117.5 $8,300 $7,900 $34 $15,200 32.3 39.1 34.0 -5.1 1.21 28.8% ATL 23 27
Trae Young ATL 106.0 $9,200 $8,800 $48 $16,800 34.9 48.3 49.2 0.8 1.38 36.4% BOS 8 1
Russell Westbrook HOU 114.5 $9,000 $9,100 $46 $17,000 35.3 47.2 49.8 2.5 1.34 34.8% PHI 1 9
Ben Simmons PHI 110.0 $8,100 $8,500 $39 $15,000 35.1 40.2 45.4 5.1 1.15 21.7% HOU 16 24
Ricky Rubio PHO 115.8 $7,200 $7,500 $28 $13,400 31.8 36.1 37.9 1.8 1.14 24.1% NYK 4 26
Elfrid Payton NYK 109.3 $6,500 $5,800 $19 $12,300 24.0 24.6 27.6 3.0 1.03 20.9% PHO 9 15
LeBron James LAL 117.5 $11,200 $11,400 $54 $20,300 35.1 54.3 58.2 3.9 1.55 33.9% NOP 13 28
Lonzo Ball NOP 107.0 $6,000 $5,300 $21 $11,700 28.3 28.0 34.4 6.3 0.99 21.7% LAL 5 5

Shooting Guards

Projected Starter Team Total DK FD YH FDT MIN FP/GM L2WKS FP +/- FP/Min USG% OPP DvsA DEFF
Bradley Beal WAS 115.0 $8,500 $8,600 $47 $15,400 36.4 46.3 46.1 -0.2 1.27 33.6% POR 18 2
C.J. McCollum POR 121.0 $7,100 $7,200 $29 $13,000 36.5 36.6 37.1 0.5 1.00 25.8% WAS 19 29
Evan Fournier ORL 102.8 $6,100 $5,900 $23 $11,900 31.1 30.3 29.3 -1.1 0.98 24.6% MIA 9 15
Jimmy Butler MIA 104.8 $7,800 $8,500 $42 $14,100 35.4 43.1 41.2 -1.9 1.22 25.5% ORL 8 6
Jaylen Brown BOS 117.5 $7,700 $7,500 $31 $14,100 33.6 35.9 42.1 6.2 1.07 23.1% ATL 19 18
Kevin Huerter ATL 106.0 $5,200 $4,900 $14 $10,100 25.6 22.2 27.3 5.1 0.87 19.3% BOS 17 28
James Harden HOU 114.5 $10,900 $11,100 $59 $19,400 37.5 62.4 62.8 0.4 1.66 39.2% PHI 1 9
Josh Richardson PHI 110.0 $5,900 $6,000 $21 $11,600 31.6 27.9 30.7 2.8 0.88 21.8% HOU 30 18
Devin Booker PHO 115.8 $7,900 $8,000 $34 $14,500 35.8 40.8 41.0 0.2 1.14 29.5% NYK 26 28
RJ Barrett NYK 109.3 $5,100 $4,800 $15 $10,000 31.4 26.6 20.5 -6.1 0.85 23.0% PHO 23 23
Avery Bradley LAL 117.5 $4,500 $3,900 $11 $8,600 24.2 15.2 13.4 -1.9 0.63 16.2% NOP 3 21
Jrue Holiday NOP 107.0 $7,400 $8,400 $36 $14,400 35.7 40.4 42.6 2.2 1.13 27.5% LAL 14 19

Small Forwards

Projected Starter Team Total DK FD YH FDT MIN FP/GM L2WKS FP +/- FP/Min USG% OPP DvsA DEFF
Gary Payton II WAS 115.0 $4,300 $3,800 $17 $8,200 23.9 28.2 28.2 0.0 1.18 17.7% POR 7 22
Kent Bazemore POR 121.0 $3,500 $4,000 $10 $6,800 24.7 18.4 18.1 -0.3 0.75 16.3% WAS 19 29
Wes Iwundu ORL 102.8 $3,100 $4,200 $10 $6,000 14.9 9.1 10.7 1.6 0.61 13.0% MIA 30 5
Duncan Robinson MIA 104.8 $4,000 $4,000 $11 $7,800 26.9 20.5 21.2 0.7 0.76 14.1% ORL 6 12
Gordon Hayward BOS 117.5 $7,000 $6,900 $23 $13,400 30.8 33.7 35.3 1.6 1.09 21.6% ATL 27 30
De’Andre Hunter ATL 106.0 $4,200 $4,400 $13 $8,700 31.8 22.3 21.3 -1.0 0.70 18.6% BOS 8 3
Danuel House Jr. HOU 114.5 $4,700 $4,400 $13 $9,200 30.8 22.3 23.1 0.8 0.72 14.5% PHI 1 9
Tobias Harris PHI 110.0 $6,600 $6,400 $24 $12,100 34.1 35.2 31.4 -3.8 1.03 23.3% HOU 14 25
Kelly Oubre PHO 115.8 $6,800 $7,100 $28 $12,700 33.3 32.8 36.6 3.8 0.98 21.7% NYK 9 11
Marcus Morris NYK 109.3 $5,600 $5,500 $20 $11,100 31.5 30.6 26.2 -4.4 0.97 22.9% PHO 3 8
Danny Green LAL 117.5 $3,700 $3,800 $10 $7,500 25.3 18.5 14.2 -4.4 0.73 13.8% NOP 24 23
J.J. Redick NOP 107.0 $3,400 $4,000 $13 $6,500 28.4 23.9 17.6 -6.4 0.84 19.7% LAL 11 1

Power Forwards

Projected Starter Team Total DK FD YH FDT MIN FP/GM L2WKS FP +/- FP/Min USG% OPP DvsA DEFF
Johnathan Williams WAS 115.0 $3,100 $3,600 $10 $6,000 19.0 13.1 13.1 0.0 0.69 6.8% POR #N/A #N/A
Carmelo Anthony POR 121.0 $6,700 $6,000 $22 $12,600 31.5 29.3 26.4 -3.0 0.93 23.1% WAS 21 23
Aaron Gordon ORL 102.8 $5,700 $6,000 $19 $11,300 31.1 28.9 32.4 3.5 0.93 20.6% MIA 8 6
Meyers Leonard MIA 104.8 $3,200 $3,600 $10 $6,200 19.1 14.6 16.8 2.3 0.76 11.6% ORL 22 3
Jayson Tatum BOS 117.5 $8,200 $8,100 $32 $14,600 34.2 38.9 42.5 3.6 1.14 27.2% ATL 27 30
John Collins ATL 106.0 $7,500 $7,800 $36 $13,600 31.9 39.6 42.7 3.0 1.24 22.3% BOS 23 6
P.J. Tucker HOU 114.5 $3,900 $4,200 $14 $7,700 36.0 23.9 18.7 -5.2 0.66 9.6% PHI 10 10
Al Horford PHI 110.0 $5,800 $5,600 $20 $11,400 30.5 30.5 24.0 -6.5 1.00 18.6% HOU 25 27
Dario Saric PHO 115.8 $3,700 $3,800 $11 $7,700 26.8 24.6 17.4 -7.2 0.92 17.6% NYK 30 24
Julius Randle NYK 109.3 $7,700 $7,600 $33 $14,100 32.0 35.9 44.7 8.7 1.12 26.8% PHO 8 28
Anthony Davis LAL 117.5 $10,300 $10,400 $53 $18,100 35.2 51.1 46.2 -4.9 1.45 29.8% NOP 19 9
Brandon Ingram NOP 107.0 $7,800 $8,600 $41 $14,300 34.1 43.2 45.7 2.5 1.27 29.3% LAL 26 10

Centers

Projected Starter Team Total DK FD YH FDT MIN FP/GM L2WKS FP +/- FP/Min USG% OPP DvsA DEFF
Ian Mahinmi WAS 115.0 $5,100 $5,200 $10 $10,300 21.2 21.1 23.1 2.1 1.00 17.0% POR 21 30
Hassan Whiteside POR 121.0 $9,500 $9,300 $41 $17,800 29.6 39.9 43.9 4.0 1.35 19.8% WAS 20 11
Nikola Vucevic ORL 102.8 $8,000 $8,400 $36 $14,700 31.3 40.8 45.1 4.3 1.30 24.7% MIA 28 25
Bam Adebayo MIA 104.8 $7,600 $8,600 $35 $13,900 34.4 39.5 38.5 -1.0 1.15 19.9% ORL 3 7
Daniel Theis BOS 117.5 $3,800 $4,400 $12 $7,200 21.6 20.6 20.7 0.1 0.96 13.6% ATL 14 5
Bruno Fernando ATL 106.0 $3,000 $3,500 $10 $6,000 11.9 10.1 11.0 0.9 0.84 15.9% BOS 4 13
Clint Capela HOU 114.5 $6,900 $7,600 $31 $13,400 33.4 38.3 35.6 -2.7 1.15 15.6% PHI 15 3
Joel Embiid PHI 110.0 $9,400 $9,200 $44 $17,300 30.9 47.6 50.5 2.9 1.54 30.9% HOU 25 27
Deandre Ayton PHO 115.8 $7,300 $7,500 $25 $13,700 27.3 35.3 30.5 -4.8 1.29 23.4% NYK 12 13
Taj Gibson NYK 109.3 $3,000 $3,500 $10 $6,000 15.8 13.0 7.9 -5.1 0.82 13.8% PHO 19 16
JaVale McGee LAL 117.5 $3,500 $4,000 $10 $6,800 16.5 19.0 19.0 0.0 1.15 15.5% NOP 13 26
Derrick Favors NOP 107.0 $6,200 $6,200 $21 $12,000 23.0 26.5 36.2 9.6 1.15 16.7% LAL 5 2

Notable Bench Players

Projected Starter Team Total DK FD YH FDT MIN FP/GM L2WKS FP +/- FP/Min USG% OPP DvsA DEFF
Jordan McRae WAS 115.0 $5,800 $5,700 $15 $11,900 20.3 22.0 35.5 13.5 1.08 22.6% POR 18 16
Troy Brown Jr. WAS 115.0 $5,400 $5,000 $20 $10,600 24.5 22.3 27.6 5.2 0.91 17.9% POR 7 22
Anfernee Simons POR 121.0 $3,800 $3,900 $10 $7,200 22.1 16.1 17.5 1.4 0.73 19.2% WAS 12 29
Gary Trent Jr. POR 121.0 $3,000 $3,500 $10 $6,000 11.5 7.6 8.7 1.1 0.66 14.3% WAS 6 13
D.J. Augustin ORL 102.8 $5,000 $5,200 $14 $9,600 26.0 22.4 24.8 2.4 0.86 19.4% MIA 17 4
Terrence Ross ORL 102.8 $4,000 $4,400 $10 $7,800 25.0 20.9 21.5 0.6 0.83 21.2% MIA 9 15
Derrick Jones Jr. MIA 104.8 $3,900 $4,400 $12 $7,700 23.4 18.1 22.3 4.2 0.77 14.0% ORL 19 25
Goran Dragic MIA 104.8 $5,400 $5,200 $17 $10,400 28.4 28.8 27.9 -0.8 1.01 25.0% ORL 12 19
Marcus Smart BOS 117.5 $5,100 $5,100 $18 $10,000 31.3 26.5 22.8 -3.8 0.85 18.0% ATL 23 27
Enes Kanter BOS 117.5 $5,500 $5,200 $19 $10,900 17.7 22.6 32.2 9.6 1.28 18.6% ATL 14 5
Jabari Parker ATL 106.0 $3,700 $3,800 $19 $7,200 26.5 28.9 8.5 -20.4 1.09 24.2% BOS 4 13
Cam Reddish ATL 106.0 $3,700 $3,800 $10 $7,200 25.9 18.0 17.5 -0.5 0.69 18.4% BOS 12 4
Eric Gordon HOU 114.5 $3,700 $3,800 $14 $7,200 28.5 18.0 22.8 4.7 0.63 20.5% PHI 20 30
Austin Rivers HOU 114.5 $3,500 $3,500 $10 $6,800 23.1 15.5 13.5 -1.9 0.67 15.4% PHI 6 12
Mike Scott PHI 110.0 $3,000 $3,500 $10 $6,000 18.6 12.2 9.3 -3.0 0.66 13.0% HOU 14 25
Furkan Korkmaz PHI 110.0 $3,500 $3,600 $10 $7,100 20.6 14.4 17.4 3.0 0.70 16.3% HOU 30 24
Aron Baynes PHO 115.8 $4,200 $4,200 $12 $8,200 23.9 25.1 22.6 -2.5 1.05 20.5% NYK 12 13
Mikal Bridges PHO 115.8 $3,800 $4,000 $10 $7,400 22.1 17.2 16.1 -1.1 0.78 12.9% NYK 9 11
Mitchell Robinson NYK 109.3 $5,800 $6,600 $22 $11,900 22.7 25.4 29.1 3.8 1.12 14.4% PHO 19 16
Bobby Portis NYK 109.3 $4,100 $4,200 $12 $7,800 21.5 20.9 25.2 4.3 0.97 20.3% PHO 8 28
Kyle Kuzma LAL 117.5 $5,200 $4,800 $11 $10,000 23.8 19.7 26.2 6.5 0.83 22.0% NOP 13 28
Rajon Rondo LAL 117.5 $4,300 $3,900 $11 $8,200 21.2 21.7 18.2 -3.5 1.02 20.9% NOP 10 29
Josh Hart NOP 107.0 $3,900 $4,200 $15 $7,900 27.7 23.6 18.5 -5.2 0.85 16.7% LAL 11 1
E’Twaun Moore NOP 107.0 $3,800 $4,000 $11 $7,100 20.0 18.2 21.2 3.0 0.91 21.1% LAL 11 1

Color Coding

1) BLUE represents the “elite” category (top 25th percentile).
2) GREEN represents the “above-average” category (top 50th percentile).
3) YELLOW represents the “below-average” category (bottom 50th percentile).
4) RED represents the “poor” category (bottom 25th percentile).

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    Im having a really hard time finding out what the cheatsheet legend terms mean. For example what PB (post big) means and how it and all the other terms apply to basketball, I cant find them referenced anywhere!

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