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

  • 6-game slate
    • 7:30 PM ET – Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets
    • 7:30 PM ET – Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic
    • 8:00 PM ET – Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks
    • 10:00 PM ET – Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns
    • 10:00 PM ET – Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers
    • 10:30 PM ET – Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers
  • Teams on the front end of a back-to-back: Celtics, Nets, Magic, Heat, Kings, Suns, Pistons, Lakers
  • Teams in the second half of a back-to-back: Bucks, Wolves
  • NBA DFS Injury Report: The Situation Room
  • Scroll to FanDuel and DraftKings Rankings & Core Plays

News Updates

6:05 PM ETKristaps Porzingis has been ruled out. As noted in the team previews, Derrick White sees the biggest boost without Porzingis on the floor. Al Horford should draw the spot start and the rest of the starters should see a small uptick in usage.

4:45 PM ETJaden McDaniels and Anthony Edwards are now questionable.

3:50 PM ETChris Duarte will play tonight for the Kings. The Bucks are not expected to rest anyone in the second half of the back-to-back.

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.

Brooklyn Nets (vs. BOS): The Nets have won 4 of their last 10 games and are within striking distance of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. I’m not sure management is looking to make the postseason, but the opportunity is there for the taking. Tonight they host the Celtics, who are 5th in rebounding rate and 3rd in defensive rating. This projects to be the slowest-paced game on the slate, and Brooklyn has a total that is 3.7 points below their season average. Cameron Johnson is still out, but the Nets should have everyone else available tonight. The cons seem to outweigh the pros here — this is a volatile team as a whole, the roster is full of volatile players, the matchup is far from ideal, and there’s a small blowout risk in this game. Cam Thomas is my favorite option here, given his upside, but he’s a large-field tournament play at best on this slate.

Oklahoma City Thunder (at ORL): The Thunder have won 6 of their last 10 games and are currently in 2nd in place in the Western Conference standings. They travel to Orlando to take on the Magic, who are 24th in pace and 4th in defensive rating. This is a pace-down spot for the Thunder, and they come into the game with a total that is 7 points lower than their season average. Gordon Hayward isn’t ready to make his team debut, but the team should have everyone else available tonight. Despite the difficult matchup, I’m always fine using Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as an anchor for lineups. He offers such a solid floor/ceiling combination and always seems a tad underpriced on DraftKings ($10,300). He’s a much tougher sell on FanDuel ($11,600). If you need lineup fillers, you can certainly do worse than Josh Giddey and Lu Dort.

Orlando Magic (vs. OKC): The Magic have finally gotten back to their winning ways. They have won 6 of their last 10 games and are back up to 6th place in the Eastern Conference standings. Tonight they host the Thunder, who are 5th in defensive rating. The positives here are that Oklahoma City plays at a fast pace and struggles on the glass (29th in rebounding rate). The Magic should be at full strength for this game. Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner lead the way in terms of their RGValues in the projections, but I have more interest in Wendall Carter. He’s only $5,300 on DraftKings and should see 27-to-29 minutes against one of the worst rebounding teams in the league.

Miami Heat (at MIL): The Heat have lost 6 of their last 10 games and have dropped down to 8th in the Eastern Conference standings. They’ll look to bounce back tonight against the Bucks, who are playing in the second half of a back-to-back. This has been a solid matchup for production this season. However, the Heat are 8-point underdogs and have a total that is lower than their season average. This is because Jimmy Butler, Terry Rozier, and Josh Richardson have all been ruled out. Duncan Robinson is listed as questionable, so we’ll have to keep an eye on his status. Here’s the CourtIQ with Butler, Rozier, and Richardson off the floor this season:

Unfortunately, this table doesn’t tell us much. Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro should dominate the usage offensively, while Caleb Martin, Jaime Jaquez, and Robinson (if active) should all see a healthy uptick in playing time. If Robinson is out, Haywood Highsmith would become an elite value play on all sites.

Milwaukee Bucks (vs. MIA): The Bucks made quick work of the Nuggets last night and are now 35-19 on the season. The starters didn’t see much action in the fourth quarter last night, but this is still a back-to-back situation, so there’s a chance we see a veteran or two get the night off. As of this morning, only Khris Middleton (out) is on the injury report. A matchup against the Heat isn’t ideal, but Miami is short-handed and not playing their best basketball at the moment. We don’t have a single player on the Bucks with an ownership projection above 10%, so this isn’t a team that we need to consider for cash games and small-field tournaments. As usual, Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only players with positive RGValues in the projections.

Sacramento Kings (at PHO): The Kings have won 6 of their last 10 games and sit in 7th place in the Western Conference standings. Tonight they travel to Phoenix to take on the Suns, who are 19th in pace and 14th in defensive rating. The Kings have a team total that is 1.4 points higher than their season average. Chris Duarte is questionable, but he rarely cracks the rotation anyway. Domantas Sabonis has messed around and posted triple-doubles in 4 of his last 5 games. He also has at least 55 fantasy points in 7 of his last 8 games. He deserves consideration in all formats. De’Aaron Fox has been more volatile, but he still offers upside at a discounted price point on DraftKings ($8,000). Malik Monk is always viable in tournaments and Keegan Murray feels a tad underpriced on DraftKings ($5,100). There are a lot of good options on the Kings tonight.

Phoenix Suns (vs. SAC): The Suns have won 6 of their last 10 games and have been slowly climbing up the standings in the Western Conference. Tonight they host the Kings, who are 11th in pace and 20th in defensive rating. The Suns’ team total is 7.6 points above their season average, which is the 2nd-best mark on the slate. Everyone should be available for Phoenix tonight, which does make this a little bit tricky. The projections prefer Bradley Beal and Kevin Durant, but Devin Booker and Jusuf Nurkic are both capable of big outings on their own. I like the Suns as a whole here and will likely bet them at -5, but I don’t have any strong takes on them for DFS.

Minnesota Timberwolves (at POR): The Wolves had one of the most impressive games I’ve seen all season. They blew out the Clippers in Los Angeles last night. They have a quick turnaround this evening, but at least they are facing the Blazers. The Wolves enter this game as 8.5-point favorites and have a team total that is 1.3 points below their season average. Mike Conley is currently the only player on the injury report, but that could change given the back-to-back and the matchup. Rudy Gobert and Anthony Edwards have positive RGValues, but they don’t project as well as many players on the slate.

Portland Trail Blazers (vs. MIN): The Blazers have lost 4 games in a row and are 22 games below .500 on the season. Tonight they host the best defensive team in the league. The Blazers are large underdogs and have a team total that is 4.5 points below their season average. On the injury front, Shaedon Sharpe and Malcolm Brogdon are out, while Scoot Henderson is listed as questionable. Even with those injuries, there’s not a single player on the roster with a positive RGValue. Jerami Grant and Anfernee Simons are best suited as large-field tournament plays.

Detroit Pistons (at LAL): The Pistons have lost 6 of their last 10 games and are 8-44 on the season. To their credit, they have been a little more competitive recently. Tonight they square off against the Lakers, who are 6th in pace and 14th in defensive rating. This game has the largest spread on the slate (12 points), so there is some blowout risk here. Isaiah Stewart and Quentin Grimes are both out, but Detroit should have everyone else available. If this game stays close, we could see some nice outings from Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, and Jalen Duren. If you need a punt on DraftKings, Troy Brown should see minutes in the teens at min-salary ($3,000).

Los Angeles Lakers (vs. DET): The Lakers have won 6 of their last 10 games and are 18-9 at home this season. They should be able to pick up a win tonight against the Pistons, who are 7th in pace and 29th in defensive rating. The Lakers’ total is 8.5 points higher than their season average, which is the best mark on the slate. Jarred Vanderbilt, Cam Reddish, and Max Christie are all out, while LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both listed as questionable. We should expect them to both play until we hear otherwise. Davis is my preferred target here, but I don’t mind looking to LeBron and/or D’Angelo Russell in tournaments.

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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

  • 6-game slate
    • 7:30 PM ET – Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets
    • 7:30 PM ET – Oklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic
    • 8:00 PM ET – Miami Heat at Milwaukee Bucks
    • 10:00 PM ET – Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns
    • 10:00 PM ET – Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers
    • 10:30 PM ET – Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers
  • Teams on the front end of a back-to-back: Celtics, Nets, Magic, Heat, Kings, Suns, Pistons, Lakers
  • Teams in the second half of a back-to-back: Bucks, Wolves
  • NBA DFS Injury Report: The Situation Room
  • Scroll to FanDuel and DraftKings Rankings & Core Plays

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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