• With the DFS industry becoming increasingly reliant on data analytics, it is more important than ever to incorporate real data into your daily picks. In an effort to keep up with the current trend, we at Hoop-Ball have built our own personal database that we use to build models and formulas to help us identify strong DFS plays.

    While many DFS players have resorted to using models and computer programs to make picks and set lineups automatically, we set ourselves apart by incorporating basketball knowledge and expertise into our daily picks. This will be a daily article aimed to give our readers some of the best values that we were able to identify heading into the games.

    Below are some of the players that we were able to identify:

    • Elfrid Payton – Payton was always a good risk/reward play, but this season with the Pelicans we can probably assume that he’ll have a little bit less variance. He’s a good play for me in cash games, mostly due to his matchup with a sped-up Kings team that still isn’t great defensively.

    • Tim Hardaway – The Kings/Pelicans matchup will be a good one to play for pace reasons, but the Nets/Knicks matchup will be the most targeted of the night for me. Hardaway is essentially acting as the Knicks point guard, and their only true offensive weapon. Hardaway is another solid cash option.

    • Joe Harris – Harris is more of a tournament play for me than anything. It wouldn’t be shocking to see him return to the bench, but we probably won’t have a great sense until much later. If he plays, he should put up plenty of points against a less-than-stellar defense.

    • Nemaja Bjelica – The Kings are going to turn to Bjelica quite a bit to start the season, and he may be one of the most effective scorers on their roster. The fast-paced Pelicans should provide plenty of opportunities for him, making him a great play in any format.

    • Nikola Mirotic – Mirotic had a great game to open the season and established himself as one of the top offensive options for the Pelicans. The Kings don’t guard stretch fours well, and that should give Mirotic plenty of open looks.

    • Enes Kanter – Kanter is probably my favorite cash play of the night. He should have too much ownership to do much for you in a tournament, but it’ll be for good reason. The Nets are a great matchup for him, and there aren’t many players pushing him for minutes right now.

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