NBA DFS Core Plays LIVE: Tuesday, February 13th


A daily fantasy sports OG, Notorious has been roaming the DFS streets ever since they were invented. He has racked up multiple live final seats and several six-figure tournament wins in his DFS career, and Noto will mix it up in all different types of contests. So, who better to walk you through the madness of an NBA DFS slate? Core Plays LIVE will zoom out on the slate as a whole, zoom in on the best NBA DFS picks, and constantly update as news breaks. Whether you are diving into the slate 5 hours before it starts or 5 minutes before it starts, you’ve come to the right place.

Happy Tuesday!

Tiger Woods is teeing it up in a PGA TOUR event for the first time since last year’s Masters. The Genesis Invitational starts on Thursday for anyone interested in playing DFS or betting on the tournament. As for the association, we had a fun night of basketball on Monday. Victor Wembanyama posted a triple-double (points, rebounds, blocks) in less than 30 minutes of action, the Warriors are seemingly back on track by posting their 5th straight win, and the Wolves made quick work of the red-hot Clippers. I ended up having a nice night of DFS (thanks to Wemby) and feel like I’m finally starting to hit my stride this season.

We now turn our attention to Tuesday night’s slate. There are only 6 games on the schedule, and 3 of them tip off at 10:00 PM ET or later. If you are like me and can’t fall asleep until the slate is officially over, get ready for a late night, especially if you are in the Eastern time zone. We have two teams playing in the second half of a back-to-back (Bucks, Wolves) and seven teams playing in the front half of a back-to-back (Celtics, Nets, Magic, Heat, Kings, Suns, Pistons, Lakers). If you haven’t seen it, we have a massive 13-game slate on tap on Wednesday.

Does anyone have any plans for the All-Star break? I was lucky enough to make the Onyx tier on DraftKings again this year and went with the cold plunge tub. It’s set to be delivered sometime next week. I decided to turn my guest room (which is just a storage room at this point) into a cold plunge room, so that will be my project for the weekend. I plan to clear it out, put up some new paint, and put a TV in there. I’m not very handy, but I would love to do a reclaimed wood wall or something. And honestly, I hope I like this whole cold plunge business. It was sort of a rash decision since I’ve only ever tried it once.

Much like I will be doing with the tub soon to be delivered to my house, let’s dive into tonight’s slate.

NBA DFS Top Picks: Core Plays LIVE for Tuesday, February 13th

Slate Overview

News Updates

This section will be updated as injury news is released throughout the day.

Team Previews

Boston Celtics (at BKN): The Celtics have won 4 games in a row and are now 4 losses clear of the next-best record in the NBA. Tonight they travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets, who are below league-average in pace, defensive rating, rebounding rate, and 3-point percentage allowed. The Celtics are 8.5-point favorites and come into the game with a total that is slightly lower than their season average. Xavier Tillman is not ready to make his team debut yet, while Kristaps Porzingis is listed as questionable. Here’s who stands to benefit the most if he’s unable to suit up tonight:


As you can see, Derrick White gets the biggest usage and FP/min boost with Porzingis off the floor. The biggest beneficiary in terms of minutes would be Al Horford, who would slide into the starting lineup. Now, this could all be pointless if Porzingis ends up being active. With him currently in the projections, there aren’t any standout plays from Boston other than Jayson Tatum. He has averaged 57 fantasy points (29% usage) over his last 4 games.

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Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

Derek Farnsworth (aka Notorious) is a lead RotoGrinders Expert and one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Master’s Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the DFS industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in several sports and multiple Live Final appearances. Noto provides expert NBA, NFL, MLB, and PGA analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards. Follow Noto on Twitter – @RG_Notorious