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January 20 NBA DFS Picks on Monkey Knife Fight: Optimism for Brown, Harris

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2021

January 20 NBA DFS Picks on Monkey Knife Fight: Monkey Knife Fight (MKF) combines elements of daily fantasy sports and traditional prop betting to offer a unique array of contests daily for a multitude of sports, including 1/20/21 NBA DFS Plays.

With NBA season in full swing, MKF enhances the enjoyment of the hardwood with exciting opportunities each night to win cash based on your knowledge of some of the league’s top players.

The GameDay breaks down two MKF contests daily that we feel have profit potential. With Wednesday’s slate featuring plenty of big names, here’s a closer look at two opportunities involving some of the most offensively explosive players on the slate:

January 20 NBA DFS Picks

Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ers

MKF Contest: More or Less (Pick 2/2 correctly to win 3x your buy-in)

Jaylen Brown: More Than 25.5 Points

Jayson Tatum will remain out for the Celtics on Wednesday, and Boston will be honed in on erasing the memory of a shocking 30-point loss to the Knicks on Sunday. That should leave Brown, who’s averaging 25.8 points per game this season on career-high 52.9 percent shooting and boasts a 31.7 percent usage rate with Tatum off the floor, with plenty of extra scoring opportunities. The fact the 76ers allow elevated 38.7 percent three-point shooting to small forwards and rank in the bottom 10 in offensive efficiency allowed to the position helps make the case for Brown putting up at least 26 points, a mark he has already exceeded in five of 12 games.

Tobias Harris: More Than 18.5 Points

Harris has scored 19 points or more in six of 11 games this season, and he checks in with career bests in overall shooting percentage (50.0) and three-point shooting percentage (43.4). He also shot 40.0 percent from deep in four regular-season games against Boston last season and won’t have to worry about Tatum’s defense Wednesday. What’s more, Boston is allowing 24.6 points per game to power forwards, the sixth-highest figure surrendered to the position.


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Star Shootout- Late Games

MKF Contest: Fantasy Challenge

(Win 1.5x your entry fee if three selected players exceed goal of 151.5 combined fantasy points)

MKF Fantasy Points Scoring System:

  • Point= +1 point
  • Assist= +1.5 points
  • Rebound= +1.2 points
  • Steal= +3 points
  • Block= +3 points
  • Turnover= -1 point

Selected Players: Nikola Vucevic, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry

This trio has unquestioned upside, and each finds himself in favorable circumstances Wednesday.

Vucevic faces a Timberwolves team that will continue without Karl-Anthony Towns (COVID-19 protocols) and that’s been soft on centers all season. Minnesota gives up an NBA-high 40.2 percent offensive efficiency to fives, along with a league-high 28.1 and 5.8 assists per game to the position as well. The T-Wolves are also surrendering 60.9 percent shooting, including 45.2 percent from behind the arc, to centers. In turn, Vucevic boasts a well-rounded line of 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals, with the first and last figures both new high-water marks.

Lillard will be without C.J. McCollum (foot), and Dame boasts a mammoth 32.4 percent usage rate with his teammate off the floor this season. McCollum has been averaging a career-high 20 shot attempts per game, so there should be no shortage of additional opportunities for Lillard, who’s already putting up 19.3 shots per contest in his own right. The opposing Grizzlies are also ranked in the bottom half of the league in assists (8.0) and steals (2.0) allowed to point guards, giving Lillard some solid paths to big fantasy tallies.

Finally, Curry faces a Spurs team that just gave up 35 points six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block to Damian Lillard, and Steph comes into the contest with averages of 28.2 points, 6.2 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals across 13 games. He’s had some ups and downs with his production, but he’s already hit or exceeded 30 points on six occasions. San Antonio also comes in ranked in the bottom half of the league with 26.0 points per contest and 48.9 percent shooting allowed to point guards.

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Juan Carlos Blanco

Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports since 1997 and actively writing about the fantasy sports and sports betting industries since 2015 for multiple websites. He has covered a wide variety of professional sports leagues, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, CFL, Arena Football League, Alliance of American Football, XFL, NPB and KBO. He was the recipient of the FSWA's 2016 Newcomer of the Year award for his work with RotoWire.

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