NBA Restart Gives Memphis Fans Chance To Rack Up DFS Winnings

Posted on July 31, 2020 - Last Updated on August 24, 2020

When the Memphis Grizzlies restart their season at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, Tennesseans will be able to roster their favorite NBA players again. Grizzlies DFS games come with some special promotions just for this weekend.

DraftKings and FanDuel both have contests to celebrate the NBA restart. The potential prizes could make you feel like a million bucks, because that’s what they are worth.

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If DraftKings is your choice of places to play, you have a chance to win a million-dollar prize. What’s even better is that you don’t have to spend a penny to get a crack at it.

DraftKings is offering contests for which the prizes are $25 tickets to Friday’s “Millionaire Contest.” Naturally, if you want to just buy your way in, you can do so for $25.

The top prize in the Millionaire Contest is $1 million, but the contest offers a total of $3 million in prizes. DraftKings will be starting a second “Play Free For Millions Everyday” contest on Friday as well, with a $3 buy-in.

Over at FanDuel, the “Return Monster” represents the most lucrative contest. The contest pays out $200,000 to first place with a buy-in of $555.

Both sites also have a wide array of other games, with entry fees as little as a dollar. The next pertinent issue for finishing in the money is the lowdown on the Memphis fantasy prospects.

Jonas Valanciunas, Ja Morant, and other Grizzlies options

The fantasy stud for the Grizzlies so far this season has been center Jonas Valanciunas. He comes into the restart averaging 33.8 fantasy points per game. In Memphis’ last scrimmage against the Miami Heat, he looked healthy and strong.

Rookie point guard Ja Morant is the best option at that position in a Grizzlies uniform. Morant averaged 32.4 fantasy points per game before the NBA suspended its season.

Power forward Jaren Jackson isn’t far off Morant’s production at 29.6 fantasy points per game. The more overarching question, however, is how will they perform this weekend?

Some measurements suggest very well. For example, only three teams had a worse defensive rating before the break than Portland. Portland’s defensive rebound percentage is also the fourth worst in the league.

The Trail Blazers come into Friday’s game as the worst team in the league in terms of allowing opponents second-chance points, and 26th in terms of allowing fast-break points to opponents. Simply put, the Grizzlies aren’t facing a defensive juggernaut.

That’s the only game on deck for Memphis this weekend. Tennesseans may not be able to wager on Memphis games yet, but the opportunity to win some cash on DFS is back.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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