We close out the week with a very fun nine-game NBA DFS slate that, at first glance, does not feature a ton of value. Of course, it is still early and so much can (and will) change throughout the day. Be sure to monitor the FTN NBA Optimizer, too. 



NBA Vegas Data for January 14 | NBA DFS First Look

Orlando Magic @ Charlotte Hornets

CHA -10.5, total: 225
Pace: ORL (17th), CHA (4th)

Situations to monitor:

  • Wendell Carter will miss his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury, while Mo Bamba is questionable with a toe injury. Jalen Suggs, however, will return for Orlando.
  • Kelly Oubre remains in the health and safety protocols for the Hornets.

Toronto Raptors @ Detroit Pistons

TOR -8, total: 214.5
Pace: TOR (21st), DET (7th)

Situations to monitor:

Phoenix Suns @ Indiana Pacers

PHX -5.5, total: 220
Pace: PHX (5th), IND (21st)

Situations to monitor:

  • Malcolm Brogdon (Achilles) returned to the lineup on Wednesday but was limited to 17 minutes. He is once again listed as questionable.
  • Cameron Johnson (ankle) is questionable for the Suns.

Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers

PHI -3.5, total: 212
Pace: BOS (23rd), PHI (26th)

Situations to monitor:

Golden State Warriors @ Chicago Bulls

CHI -4, total: 222
Pace: GSW (15th), CHI (10th)

Situations to monitor:

Atlanta Hawks @ Miami Heat

MIA -5, total: 220.5
Pace: ATL (15th), MIA (27th)

Situations to monitor:

  • Jimmy Butler has missed the last three games with an ankle injury and is listed as questionable.
  • For the Hawks, Clint Capela has been ruled out with an ankle injury, while Cam Reddish has been traded to New York. Finally, Kevin Huerter is questionable with a foot injury.

Cleveland Cavaliers @ San Antonio Spurs

CLE -3.5, total: 221
Pace: CLE (18th), SAS (4th)

Situations to monitor:

Houston Rockets @ Sacramento Kings

SAC -5.5, total: 237.5
Pace: HOU (1st), SAC (5th)

Situations to monitor:

Dallas Mavericks @ Memphis Grizzlies

MEM -3, total: 215
Pace: DAL (28th), MEM (12th)

Situations to monitor:

Stats to Know | NBA DFS First Look

Cole Anthony is averaging 7.2 minutes of possession per game this season

That number is tied for the sixth-highest mark in the NBA, as Anthony has been dominating the usage for the Magic whenever he’s been on the floor. Anthony is also averaging 83 touches per game and with Wendell Carter out for Orlando, Anthony will have to do even more on the offensive end. With Carter off the floor this season, Anthony is sporting a usage rate north of 29% to go along with a 22% rebounding rate and 14% assist rate, while also averaging 1.22 fantasy points per minute in the split. Facing a fast-paced Charlotte team that struggles to defend makes Anthony one of the top point guard plays of the slate.