The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – August 31, 2020 (8/31/20)

Welcome to the NBA Rundown for FanDuel and DraftKings contests on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Core Plays

Top Stud

Russell Westbrook ($9,400 FD/$9,700 DK)– This might be a total gut call after Westbrook was only able to play 24 minutes in his debut game this series after missing a ton of time due to injury but I am all over Westbrook tonight. I expect Westbrook to play more minutes than he did in game five and to also shoot better in that game as he only shot 3 for 13. The reason I believe this is due to the fact this is going to be one of Westbrook’s last chances to prove to the Thunder that they shouldn’t have traded him from a city that adored him and he loved playing.

Top Mid-Tier

Bam Adebayo ($8,000 FD/$7,700 DK)– The Bucks and Heat start their round two series tonight and I really like Adebayo to have a big series after finishing the Pacers series off strong. In game four, Adebayo had 14 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, a steal, and a block on his way to 45.8 fantasy points. Adebayo not only finished the Pacers series off strong but the Bucks struggled with Nikola Vucevic in their first-round series and both him and Adebayo have similar skill sets.

Top Value

Jae Crowder ($4,700 FD/$4,500 DK)– I am not really in love with any of the value plays on this slate but I don’t mind Crowder. Crowder played well against the Pacers in the first round with at least 22 fantasy points in each of the final three games of that series. This series against the Bucks fits Crowder’s skill set a bit better in my opinion as they are going to need his versatility to help defend the Bucks long lineup and I believe we should see Crowder play over 30 minutes a game in this series instead of the mid-20s we saw against the Pacers.

Cheat Sheets

Today’s Cheat Sheets show anyone that I currently have over 35% exposure to on this slate.

Russell Westbrook
(9.7k / 43.62)
(9.4k / 41.66)
(42 / 42.08)
(17.8k / 43.62)
Giannis Antetokounmpo
(11.4k / 73.90)
(11.5k / 70.58)
(56 / 71.29)
(20.3k / 73.90)
Goran Dragic
(6.6k / 33.59)
(6.5k / 32.08)
(23 / 32.40)
(12.1k / 33.59)
Jimmy Butler
(8.1k / 46.63)
(8.5k / 44.54)
(37 / 44.99)
(15.2k / 46.63)
Bam Adebayo
(7.7k / 42.97)
(8k / 41.04)
(33 / 41.45)
(14.1k / 42.97)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
(7.1k / 39.73)
(7.3k / 37.94)
(28 / 38.32)
(13.2k / 39.73)
Andre Iguodala
(3.5k / 20.04)
(4.2k / 19.14)
(10 / 19.33)
(7.1k / 20.04)
Jae Crowder
(4.5k / 22.95)
(4.7k / 21.92)
(16 / 22.14)
(8.6k / 22.95)
Robert Covington
(5.8k / 34.49)
(5.6k / 32.94)
(24 / 33.27)
(11.9k / 34.49)
Steven Adams
(5.8k / 30.92)
(5.5k / 29.53)
(18 / 29.83)
(11.4k / 30.92)

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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