Thank God, a Cavs-less night. Also a night in which we probably don’t need to factor rain into our DFS plays.
When you game-stacked Pacers-Pelicans in DFS tournaments only to find out they’re not playing tonight due to a leaky roof… pic.twitter.com/hw5Ie4VGjU
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) February 8, 2018
Of course, the one thing you do have to factor in is trades, as today is Deadline Day (3 p.m.). Which trades will open up value in the betting and DFS worlds? There may be some short benches tonight, but our betting guide has all hands on deck. — Mark Gallant
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ATLANTA HAWKS AT ORLANDO MAGIC (-1) | O/U: 213.5
7 p.m. ET
What the metrics say: These are two of the worst teams in the league, ready to fully tank the rest of their season. They’re both bottom-half teams on offense and bottom-five on defense. One area the Magic could exploit is at the rim, where they rank fourth this season with a 66.3 percent field-goal mark. Further, they could welcome back center Nikola Vucevic, who has missed the past 19 games with a fractured hand. He has shot 77.0 percent at the rim this season, which is in the 96th percentile of all big men. The Magic’s offense has been 6.8 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor versus off this season. — Bryan Mears
What I’m watching for: I don’t know what I’m watching for, because I don’t know who’s going to be left on these teams by the afternoon. The Magic are trying to sell for upgrades, the Hawks are selling for future assets. They could look wildly different by nightfall, but any new players, of course, won’t play.
One thing to keep an eye on is John Collins vs. Jonathan Isaac, who could return from injury in this game. That’s a pretty hefty battle of young stellar big men. If Elfrid Payton isn’t moved, I want to see how he reacts to that. Also, I’ll be surprised if Ersan Ilyasova is still on Atlanta for this. – Matt Moore