Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a three point shot by Draymond Green #23 during the second half of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on January 12, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
No Curry? No problem in Warriors' 108-94 road win over Bucks
MILWAUKEE, WI - JANUARY 12: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a three point shot by Draymond Green #23 during the second half of a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center on January 12, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant scores 26 points and Draymond Green adds 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors defeat the Bucks, 108-94.
GAME RECAP: Warriors 108, Bucks 94
Kevin Durant scores 26 points and Draymond Green adds 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors defeat the Bucks, 108-94.
Kevin Durant scores 26 points and Draymond Green adds 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors defeat the Bucks, 108-94.
GAME RECAP: Warriors 108, Bucks 94
Kevin Durant scores 26 points and Draymond Green adds 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors defeat the Bucks, 108-94.
Kevin Durant scores 26 points and Draymond Green adds 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors defeat the Bucks, 108-94.
GAME RECAP: Warriors 108, Bucks 94
Kevin Durant scores 26 points and Draymond Green adds 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors defeat the Bucks, 108-94.
Kevin Durant scores 26 points and Draymond Green adds 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors defeat the Bucks, 108-94.
GAME RECAP: Warriors 108, Bucks 94
Kevin Durant scores 26 points and Draymond Green adds 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Warriors defeat the Bucks, 108-94.
Kevin Durant finishes with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over the Bucks.
Durant Scores 26 Vs. Bucks
Kevin Durant finishes with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over the Bucks.
Kevin Durant finishes with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over the Bucks.
Durant Scores 26 Vs. Bucks
Kevin Durant finishes with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over the Bucks.
Kevin Durant finishes with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over the Bucks.
Durant Scores 26 Vs. Bucks
Kevin Durant finishes with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over the Bucks.
Kevin Durant finishes with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over the Bucks.
Durant Scores 26 Vs. Bucks
Kevin Durant finishes with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists in a win over the Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton losses the ball between Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Warriors won 108-94. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton losses the ball between Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Warriors won 108-94. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Milwaukee Bucks' Khris Middleton losses the ball between Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Warriors won 108-94. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Kevin Durant slips past Giannis Antetokounmpo with a nifty crossover then finishes with a soaring dunk.
Durant Crosses Past Antetokounmpo For The Slam
Kevin Durant slips past Giannis Antetokounmpo with a nifty crossover then finishes with a soaring dunk.
Kevin Durant slips past Giannis Antetokounmpo with a nifty crossover then finishes with a soaring dunk.
Durant Crosses Past Antetokounmpo For The Slam
Kevin Durant slips past Giannis Antetokounmpo with a nifty crossover then finishes with a soaring dunk.
Kevin Durant slips past Giannis Antetokounmpo with a nifty crossover then finishes with a soaring dunk.
Durant Crosses Past Antetokounmpo For The Slam
Kevin Durant slips past Giannis Antetokounmpo with a nifty crossover then finishes with a soaring dunk.
Kevin Durant slips past Giannis Antetokounmpo with a nifty crossover then finishes with a soaring dunk.
Durant Crosses Past Antetokounmpo For The Slam
Kevin Durant slips past Giannis Antetokounmpo with a nifty crossover then finishes with a soaring dunk.
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Tony Snell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Tony Snell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Tony Snell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Eric Bledsoe during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Warriors teammate Stephen Curry wants the job
Kevin Durant: I don’t want to be captain and draft All-Stars
Warriors teammate Stephen Curry wants the job
Warriors teammate Stephen Curry wants the job
Kevin Durant: I don’t want to be captain and draft All-Stars
Warriors teammate Stephen Curry wants the job
Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes calls Jim Rome to discuss his time coaching Kevin Durant.
The Jim Rome Show: Rick Barnes talks Kevin Durant
Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes calls Jim Rome to discuss his time coaching Kevin Durant.
Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes calls Jim Rome to discuss his time coaching Kevin Durant.
The Jim Rome Show: Rick Barnes talks Kevin Durant
Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes calls Jim Rome to discuss his time coaching Kevin Durant.
Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes calls Jim Rome to discuss his time coaching Kevin Durant.
The Jim Rome Show: Rick Barnes talks Kevin Durant
Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes calls Jim Rome to discuss his time coaching Kevin Durant.
Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes calls Jim Rome to discuss his time coaching Kevin Durant.
The Jim Rome Show: Rick Barnes talks Kevin Durant
Tennessee basketball head coach Rick Barnes calls Jim Rome to discuss his time coaching Kevin Durant.
<p>Friday boasts a nine-game NBA slate to kick off the weekend. Consider using some of the players below and plugging them into our <a href="https://www.lineuplab.com/NBA/DK/?aid=si" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:NBA Lineup Optimize" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">NBA Lineup Optimize</a>r to hopefully build winning lineups on a night with multiple avenues of roster construction.</p><h3>Point Guard</h3><p><strong>Spencer Dinwiddie, vs. Hawks (FD: $6,700, DK: $6,600)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 36.61, DK: 36.92</em></p><p>Dinwiddie went ice cold against the Pistons on Wednesday night hitting only one of five shots in 26 minutes of play. After a game like that, you&#39;ll see a lot of people lay off the player in question thanks largely to an over-reliance on recent results. However, smart DFS&#39;ers know that past performances aren&#39;t necessarily indicative of future results. Dinwiddie is in a good spot to bounce back against an unimposing Hawks defense on Friday.</p><p><strong>Jarrett Jack, vs. Timberwolves (FD: $4,700, DK: $4,600)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 26.13, DK: 26.74</em></p><p>Jack fully impressed in the double-OT loss to Chicago on Wednesday, notching his second triple-double of the season. Jack is getting more run of late, and as his playing time increases, so does his usage rate. Jack is an ideal punt play, coming in at low prices on both sites.</p><h3>Shooting Guard</h3><p><strong>Eric Gordon, vs. Suns (FD: $8,100, DK: $7,400)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 34.46, DK: 36.31</em></p><p>Gordon is a great value on both sites, especially DraftKings where he’s in the mid-$7,000s. He’s putting up a whopping 57.3 DraftKings points per game over his last four contests, making his price tag even more of a mystery. His exact damage in those four games is 24.8 points, 6.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. I don&#39;t see any reason at all why you should exclude him from your DFS lineups.</p><p><strong>Devin Booker, vs. Rockets (FD: $7,800, DK: $8,200)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 39.37, DK: 41.22</em></p><p>If Isaiah Canaan (groin injury) is out again for the Suns on Friday, Booker will take on further ball-handling duties. He’s already the team’s primary scorer, with his usage rate climbing to 32.3% with Canaan off the floor. Give someone with Booker’s scoring ability further opportunity, more minutes and the ball in his hand more often, and it’s easy for him to hit his DFS value.</p><p><em>Want more in-depth DFS advice? <a href="https://www.lineuplab.com/subscription/subscribe-package/31?aid=si" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Click here and use promo code NEWYEAR40" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Click here and use promo code NEWYEAR40</a> to get 40% off a season-long subscription with our partners at Lineup Lab, helping Joes play like DFS pros.</em></p><h3>Small Forward</h3><p><strong>Otto Porter, vs. Magic (FD: $7,100, DK: $6,000)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 33.1, DK: 32.61</em></p><p>Porter returned to action Wednesday night against the Jazz scoring after missing one game with hip soreness. He looked healthy, putting up 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and two threes in 37 minutes. The hip has been an issue for Porter since his first day in the league, but he’s mostly able to manage it, evidenced by his playing 37 minutes in his return to the floor. He and the Wizards face on Orlando team on Friday allowing 42.25 DraftKings points per game to small forwards.</p><p><strong>Andrew Wiggins, vs. Knicks (FD: $6,200, DK: $6,100)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 28.27, DK: 28.34</em></p><p>The Timberwolves are one of the hottest teams in the league, winning seven of their last 10 games. Wiggins is at the center of it all, averaging 21.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, one block and one steal per game over his last three contests. He gets a great matchup Friday with a Knicks team that allows higher than league-average fantasy points to the small forward position on a nightly basis. Wiggins should keep his hot streak rolling.</p><h3>Power Forward</h3><p><strong>Kevin Durant, vs. Bucks (FD: $10,600, DK: $10,200)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 47.29, DK: 47.4</em></p><p>After missing a couple of games with a right calf strain, Durant returned to the floor without missing a beat. He scored 40 points in his return, becoming the 44th player in NBA history with 20,000 career points. Durant knocked down 14 of his 18 field goal attempts, connecting on six three-pointers. Durant is the ideal lineup centerpiece for Friday.</p><p><strong>JaMychal Green, vs. Nuggets (FD: $5,100, DK: $4,700)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 21.68, DK: 22.13</em></p><p>Green is coming off one of the best games of his career, in which he scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a win over the Pelicans on Wednesday. DK points (20 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.) He has put up double-digit points in each of his last three games, and his usage is on the rise, sitting at 22.8% in that small timeframe. Green made it into the perfect lineup on DraftKings the last time the Grizzlies played the Nuggets, helping make him one of Friday’s best punt plays.</p><h3>Center</h3><p><strong>DeMarcus Cousins, vs. Trail Blazers (FD: $11,000, DK: $10,800)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 57.5, DK: 59.95</em></p><p>Along with Durant, the other high-priced player you have to consider on Friday is Cousins. He has been playing tremendously well since Anthony Davis went down with a right ankle injury, becoming even more the focal point of the Pelicans offense. Davis may return on Friday, but that doesn’t take any of the bloom of of Cousins’s rose. This should be a close, fast-paced game, leading to plenty of possessions and scoring potential for the best player on the floor.</p><p><strong>Marcin Gortat, vs. Magic (FD: $4,500, DK: $4,900)</strong></p><p><em>Projected Points: FD: 26.05, DK: 25.9</em></p><p>Gortat, too, is a great source of salary relief on Friday. He’s having one of his worst seasons in recent memory, but the price tag is simply too low, and makes him an ideal player to offset Durant’s or Cousins’s salary. Orlando allows the seventh-most fantasy points per game to centers this season.</p>
NBA DFS Picks for January 12

Friday boasts a nine-game NBA slate to kick off the weekend. Consider using some of the players below and plugging them into our NBA Lineup Optimizer to hopefully build winning lineups on a night with multiple avenues of roster construction.

Point Guard

Spencer Dinwiddie, vs. Hawks (FD: $6,700, DK: $6,600)

Projected Points: FD: 36.61, DK: 36.92

Dinwiddie went ice cold against the Pistons on Wednesday night hitting only one of five shots in 26 minutes of play. After a game like that, you'll see a lot of people lay off the player in question thanks largely to an over-reliance on recent results. However, smart DFS'ers know that past performances aren't necessarily indicative of future results. Dinwiddie is in a good spot to bounce back against an unimposing Hawks defense on Friday.

Jarrett Jack, vs. Timberwolves (FD: $4,700, DK: $4,600)

Projected Points: FD: 26.13, DK: 26.74

Jack fully impressed in the double-OT loss to Chicago on Wednesday, notching his second triple-double of the season. Jack is getting more run of late, and as his playing time increases, so does his usage rate. Jack is an ideal punt play, coming in at low prices on both sites.

Shooting Guard

Eric Gordon, vs. Suns (FD: $8,100, DK: $7,400)

Projected Points: FD: 34.46, DK: 36.31

Gordon is a great value on both sites, especially DraftKings where he’s in the mid-$7,000s. He’s putting up a whopping 57.3 DraftKings points per game over his last four contests, making his price tag even more of a mystery. His exact damage in those four games is 24.8 points, 6.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. I don't see any reason at all why you should exclude him from your DFS lineups.

Devin Booker, vs. Rockets (FD: $7,800, DK: $8,200)

Projected Points: FD: 39.37, DK: 41.22

If Isaiah Canaan (groin injury) is out again for the Suns on Friday, Booker will take on further ball-handling duties. He’s already the team’s primary scorer, with his usage rate climbing to 32.3% with Canaan off the floor. Give someone with Booker’s scoring ability further opportunity, more minutes and the ball in his hand more often, and it’s easy for him to hit his DFS value.

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Small Forward

Otto Porter, vs. Magic (FD: $7,100, DK: $6,000)

Projected Points: FD: 33.1, DK: 32.61

Porter returned to action Wednesday night against the Jazz scoring after missing one game with hip soreness. He looked healthy, putting up 14 points, six rebounds, three steals and two threes in 37 minutes. The hip has been an issue for Porter since his first day in the league, but he’s mostly able to manage it, evidenced by his playing 37 minutes in his return to the floor. He and the Wizards face on Orlando team on Friday allowing 42.25 DraftKings points per game to small forwards.

Andrew Wiggins, vs. Knicks (FD: $6,200, DK: $6,100)

Projected Points: FD: 28.27, DK: 28.34

The Timberwolves are one of the hottest teams in the league, winning seven of their last 10 games. Wiggins is at the center of it all, averaging 21.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, one block and one steal per game over his last three contests. He gets a great matchup Friday with a Knicks team that allows higher than league-average fantasy points to the small forward position on a nightly basis. Wiggins should keep his hot streak rolling.

Power Forward

Kevin Durant, vs. Bucks (FD: $10,600, DK: $10,200)

Projected Points: FD: 47.29, DK: 47.4

After missing a couple of games with a right calf strain, Durant returned to the floor without missing a beat. He scored 40 points in his return, becoming the 44th player in NBA history with 20,000 career points. Durant knocked down 14 of his 18 field goal attempts, connecting on six three-pointers. Durant is the ideal lineup centerpiece for Friday.

JaMychal Green, vs. Nuggets (FD: $5,100, DK: $4,700)

Projected Points: FD: 21.68, DK: 22.13

Green is coming off one of the best games of his career, in which he scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in a win over the Pelicans on Wednesday. DK points (20 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.) He has put up double-digit points in each of his last three games, and his usage is on the rise, sitting at 22.8% in that small timeframe. Green made it into the perfect lineup on DraftKings the last time the Grizzlies played the Nuggets, helping make him one of Friday’s best punt plays.

Center

DeMarcus Cousins, vs. Trail Blazers (FD: $11,000, DK: $10,800)

Projected Points: FD: 57.5, DK: 59.95

Along with Durant, the other high-priced player you have to consider on Friday is Cousins. He has been playing tremendously well since Anthony Davis went down with a right ankle injury, becoming even more the focal point of the Pelicans offense. Davis may return on Friday, but that doesn’t take any of the bloom of of Cousins’s rose. This should be a close, fast-paced game, leading to plenty of possessions and scoring potential for the best player on the floor.

Marcin Gortat, vs. Magic (FD: $4,500, DK: $4,900)

Projected Points: FD: 26.05, DK: 25.9

Gortat, too, is a great source of salary relief on Friday. He’s having one of his worst seasons in recent memory, but the price tag is simply too low, and makes him an ideal player to offset Durant’s or Cousins’s salary. Orlando allows the seventh-most fantasy points per game to centers this season.

Tiki and Tierney discuss where Kevin Durant ranks amongst the NBA&#39;s all time greatest players.
Tiki and Tierney: Kevin Durant scores 20,000 career points
Tiki and Tierney discuss where Kevin Durant ranks amongst the NBA's all time greatest players.
Tiki and Tierney discuss where Kevin Durant ranks amongst the NBA&#39;s all time greatest players.
Tiki and Tierney: Kevin Durant scores 20,000 career points
Tiki and Tierney discuss where Kevin Durant ranks amongst the NBA's all time greatest players.
Tiki and Tierney discuss where Kevin Durant ranks amongst the NBA&#39;s all time greatest players.
Tiki and Tierney: Kevin Durant scores 20,000 career points
Tiki and Tierney discuss where Kevin Durant ranks amongst the NBA's all time greatest players.
Tiki and Tierney discuss where Kevin Durant ranks amongst the NBA's all time greatest players.
Tiki and Tierney: Kevin Durant scores 20,000 career points
Tiki and Tierney discuss where Kevin Durant ranks amongst the NBA's all time greatest players.
Jim Rome gives his take on Kevin Durant scoring this 20,000 point in the Golden State loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Jim Rome Show: KD joins the 20k club and the Warriors still lose
Jim Rome gives his take on Kevin Durant scoring this 20,000 point in the Golden State loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.
Jim Rome gives his take on Kevin Durant scoring this 20,000 point in the Golden State loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Jim Rome Show: KD joins the 20k club and the Warriors still lose
Jim Rome gives his take on Kevin Durant scoring this 20,000 point in the Golden State loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.
Jim Rome gives his take on Kevin Durant scoring this 20,000 point in the Golden State loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Jim Rome Show: KD joins the 20k club and the Warriors still lose
Jim Rome gives his take on Kevin Durant scoring this 20,000 point in the Golden State loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.
Jim Rome gives his take on Kevin Durant scoring this 20,000 point in the Golden State loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Jim Rome Show: KD joins the 20k club and the Warriors still lose
Jim Rome gives his take on Kevin Durant scoring this 20,000 point in the Golden State loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night.
Move over, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant
LeBron James, Stephen Curry take leads for All-Star captains in fan vote
Move over, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant
Move over, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant
LeBron James, Stephen Curry take leads for All-Star captains in fan vote
Move over, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant
Move over, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant
LeBron James, Stephen Curry take leads for All-Star captains in fan vote
Move over, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant
As Kevin Durant passes the 20,000 career points mark, we look at the top five youngest to reach the milestone
The NBA's top 5 youngest to 20,000 points
As Kevin Durant passes the 20,000 career points mark, we look at the top five youngest to reach the milestone
As Kevin Durant passes the 20,000 career points mark, we look at the top five youngest to reach the milestone
The NBA's top 5 youngest to 20,000 points
As Kevin Durant passes the 20,000 career points mark, we look at the top five youngest to reach the milestone
As Kevin Durant passes the 20,000 career points mark, we look at the top five youngest to reach the milestone
The NBA's top 5 youngest to 20,000 points
As Kevin Durant passes the 20,000 career points mark, we look at the top five youngest to reach the milestone
CBS Sports NBA writer James Herbert joins Chris Hassel to discuss Kevin Durant becoming the second-youngest player to reach 20,000 points.
Kevin Durant solidifies legacy, hits another milestone
CBS Sports NBA writer James Herbert joins Chris Hassel to discuss Kevin Durant becoming the second-youngest player to reach 20,000 points.
CBS Sports NBA writer James Herbert joins Chris Hassel to discuss Kevin Durant becoming the second-youngest player to reach 20,000 points.
Kevin Durant solidifies legacy, hits another milestone
CBS Sports NBA writer James Herbert joins Chris Hassel to discuss Kevin Durant becoming the second-youngest player to reach 20,000 points.

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