The Morning Shootaround: Wednesday January 11th

Welcome everyone to the Morning Shootaround! This article is designed to give you an in depth breakdown of each day’s games. This article will include Vegas lines, offensive pace stats, defense vs position stats, and our recommendations on which players you should look at for both GPP and cash games.


New York Knicks at Philadelphia 76ers

New York Knicks 44.71 11 43.88 28 41.42 21 45.35 17 52.26 28 99.9
Philadelphia 76ers 47.06 18 40.92 14 40.9 18 44.43 13 51.98 25 99.5

Vegas- New York -2 209 O/U

New York Projected Lineup- Derrick Rose(Q), Courtney Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Joakim Noah

Philadelphia Projected Lineup- T.J. McConnell, Nik Stauskas, Robert Covington, Ersan Ilyasova, Joel Embiid

Top Plays- Joel Embiid, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis

Secondary Plays- Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington, T.J. McConnell, Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova

The struggling New York Knicks head to Philadelphia tonight, and they hope to have Derrick Rose back on the court for them. Rose was inexplicably absent from the team’s last game, but coach Jeff Hornacek has stated that he will start tonight, assuming his “mental state” is okay. The Knicks have lost eight of their last nine games, so they need Rose back on the court. Hornacek has benched Rose in the fourth quarter of the last two games in favor of undrafted free agent Ron Baker, so there is some concern about Rose and his role going forward. Due to the uncertainty around Rose and his role with this team, I would recommend staying away from him regardless of how great tonight’s matchup is. Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis will be the main targets for tonight’s game, and both will be relied on heavily to carry the load of this offense as they try and break through this losing streak the team is on. Carmelo is now the team’s leading scorer, but he has been plagued by a lingering shoulder injury that has caused him to shoot less than 40% from the field over his past seven games. Despite the injury and poor shooting, Melo has managed to notch three double-doubles during that stretch, so there are some signs that he is pushing through it. Kristaps should be able to bounce back from a terrible performance against the Pelicans his last time out, and I would lock him in a cash or GPP target on this slate.


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The Process is not only the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year this season, he is leading the 76ers in points per game(19.4), rebounds per game(7.3), blocks per game(2.5) all while only averaging 25 minute per game. Obviously the matchup against the Knicks is superb, and there is no reason to consider fading him in this spot tonight. Head coach Brett Brown has changed up his starting lineup again, this time electing to roll Embiid at the center position again alongside Ersan Ilyasova. This is great news for anyone that wants to use him in DFS, as center is his more natural position. The Sixer continue to have a logjam at the center position this season, as Brett Brown has struggled to find minutes for Noel, Embiid, and Okafor on the court. Embiid should play his standard 24-28 minutes, and we should see Noel back him up and split the rest of the minutes at center with Embiid. Noel makes for a great GPP target tonight as well, and he has averaged 27.5 DraftKings points per game since being inserted in to the backup role over Okafor. Embiid’s frontcourt partner Ersan Ilyasova has been playing extremely lately, and he has averaged 34.3 DrfatKings points per game over his last four. All three deserve consideration here.


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Brent Heiden

Brent has been playing fantasy sports for over 10 years now and made the transition over to DFS about two years ago. He is an avid NBA fan and enjoys looking at the sport from an analytical point of view. He is a cash game grinder but has enjoyed a lot of success in GPPs over the past two seasons, including a top-10 finish in the RotoWire MLB Championship. He has been writing MLB, NBA, and game theory articles for since it was founded. You can find him on Twitter @BrentHeiden1 and find all his articles on

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