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Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.
Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We will be looking at Friday’s nine-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Kevin Porter Jr. - Houston (vs. Dallas)
Porter suffered a suspension earlier in the week, but he made amends while sinking a buzzer-beater to beat the Wizards on Wednesday. Porter had a poor shooting night in that one (3-13 FG), but he still managed to produce 37 fantasy points in 35 minutes. He’s back to heavy playing time, which could translate to more DFS upside against a banged-up Dallas backcourt. Keep your eye on Porter tonight.
Josh Giddey - Oklahoma City (vs. Minnesota)
Don’t look now, but Giddey has been on fire. The Oklahoma City guard has produced 38+ fantasy points in five of his last seven games. That includes a 63 FP outing against Dallas on Jan. 2. Giddey is a walking triple-double who has racked up double-digit assists and rebounds in two of his last three outings. He posted 38 FP against Minnesota on Wednesday, and that’s a reasonable baseline for this rematch with the Wolves.
Kevin Huerter - Atlanta (at LA Lakers)
We’ll need to keep an eye on Atlanta’s injury situation. Trae Young, John Collins, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Cam Reddish are all questionable tonight. If some combination of those players are out, then Huerter will be asked to step up. That was the case on Wednesday at Sacramento, and Huerter came through with 48 fantasy points. This matchup against the Lakers isn’t quite as good, but Huerter should see plenty of volume to reach value.
Nicolas Claxton - Brooklyn (vs. Milwaukee)
Claxton has been putting up some numbers lately, hitting 30+ fantasy points in six of his last seven games. The salary is still relaxed despite that. Claxton has fit in well for the Nets’ rotation, and that should continue to be the case in this fast-paced game against the Bucks. Claxton has been fantastic in the peripheral categories like rebounds, steals, and blocks. He could come through with another 30-35+ FP showing in this primetime matchup.
Jarrett Allen - Cleveland (at Portland)
I feel like Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, and Karl-Anthony Towns will be popular in great matchups tonight. However, don’t forget about Allen, who is a tier cheaper than that trio. The Cleveland big man could conceivably post a similar fantasy performance for a fraction of the cost - at least that’s the hope. Allen is fresh off a 51 FP showing against the Grizzlies, and he could replicate that against a Portland team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers and below-average (17th) in rebound rate.
Seth Curry (SG - PHI) will look to keep picking up slack for the 76ers with Tyrese Maxey, Shake Milton, and Ben Simmons out. Curry has come through with 40+ fantasy points in three of his last eight, including a 45 FP showing at Orlando on Wednesday. He’ll look to take advantage of a banged-up San Antonio backcourt tonight.
Nassir Little (SF - POR) will look to chip in for a Portland team that is without Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Larry Nance Jr. Little has been up-and-down lately, so this is very much a risk/reward type of play. Still, the Portland forward has posted 38+ FP in two of his last five.
Daniel Gafford (C - WAS) will get another chance at upside if Montrezl Harrell is still out. Aside from last game, Gafford has been pretty good in that role, and he still has a non-imposing mid-range salary.