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DraftKings NBA: Friday Picks

Friday's DraftKings NBA slate tips off at 7:00 p.m. EDT and includes 11 games. James Harden (neck) is listed as questionable after missing Wednesday's game. Kyrie Irving (personal) and Stephen Curry (tailbone) remain out while Jimmy Butler and Draymond Green are listed as questionable after sitting last night through illness. Last night's trade deadline brought chaos and today's schedule will be affected by the aftermath as the Magic only have nine available players for a matchup against the Blazers. The POR-ORL matchup will get a lot of attention tonight as the Magic will be significantly shorthanded after Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier were traded. Thankfully, DraftKings bumped up the salaries of the remaining Magic players so it won't be a case of jamming them all in. The salary of Terrence Ross ($7,500) seems a bit high as he's likely to be on some type of minutes restriction after missing the past five, but Michael Carter-Williams ($6,600) should see plenty of run and usage to make value. Chuma Okeke ($5,300), Mo Bamba ($4,800) and Khem Birch ($4,400) are all very affordable for the amount of minutes they're likely to see and I'd expect whoever starts to garner substantial popularity.

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