Preview of DraftKings NBA 2018 2019

A Rundown Of DraftKings NBA Contests For 2018-2019 Season

A quick primer of the 2018-2019 NBA season as you prepare to play NBA contests on DraftKings.

Preview of DraftKings NBA 2018 2019

Tuesday marks the beginning of the NBA season and with it, over six months of daily fantasy basketball.

What contests are available for DraftKings NBA contests? Has anything changed recently? In this post, we take a look at these questions and more as we embark upon another NBA season.

DraftKings new player bonus

If you’re a new player to DraftKings, you can receive a free $3 contest entry when making a first deposit. Use the free entry to join any real money contest $3 contest within the next year.

DraftKings NBA game styles

Daily fantasy sports has broadened its scope over the last few years with modified structures, commonly referred to as “styles” on DFS sites. DraftKings is starting the 2018-2019 NBA season with three main game styles: Classic, Showdown Captain Mode and Tiers.

Classic: If you are confused with what type of DFS to play, chances are Classic is what you seek. For many years, Classic contests were the only way to play daily fantasy sports so they are generally what most people think of when they think of DFS.

Classic NBA contests at DraftKings utilize an 8-player lineup with a $50,000 salary cap. Rosters consist of the following: 1 PG, 1 SG, 1 SF, 1 PF, 1 C, 1 F, and a Utility position.

Captain Mode:

Captain Mode contests are a newer form of daily fantasy sports where DraftKings users create a lineup from one game. DFS sites used to avoid offering these contests due to regulations but now that sports betting is opening up in the United States, sites like DraftKings feel much more comfortable offering them.

In DraftKings Captain Mode NBA contests, you’ll select 1 Captain position and five Utility positions. Make sure your Captain is well thought out because the position will earn 1.5 the normal rate of points. Other than the higher rate of captain points, these games score exactly the same as Classic contests.


Tiers, another new form of daily fantasy sports, is quite different than the daily fantasy sports you may be used to. Instead of drafting players using a salary cap, in Tiers contests, you select players from within a tier, which generally consists of similarly valued played.

At DraftKings NBA Tiers contests, you will usually draft players from six different tiers, although the number of tiers can vary based on the game set.


DraftKings NBA contests are divided into eight unique tabs: Featured, Beginner, Casual, Tournaments, Head to Head, 50/50s and Double Ups, Multipliers, and Satellites and Qualifiers.

Beginner contests are available to DraftKings users who have not played 50 contests in a sport whereas DraftKings Casual contests are not available to players that have been labeled as “experienced,” which is a player that has played at least 500 contests or won at least $1,000 three times.

Each of the eight types of contests is available for the three NBA styles available on DraftKings.

2018-2019 DraftKings Scoring and Rules

DraftKings NBA scoring has been mostly unchanged over the last few seasons with players earning points for the major stat categories as well as some achievement bonuses for double-doubles and triple-doubles.

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200% MEGA BonusSpecial Event200%
160% BonusDaily165%

For the 2018-2019 season, DraftKings Late Swaps have again been restored with DraftKing saying that player sentiment has shifted in favor of the policy. Make sure to keep an eye out for injuries throughout the evening.


We’ve already told you about the $3 free entry that you can receive as a new player. If you are an existing DraftKings user, you can still enjoy some major perks through DraftKings Rewards.

Included in the program are the ability to earn rewards for achievements and missions for prizes such as FPPs. You can also earn Crowns, which are used to determine your status level and can be exchanged for contest entries. Players who qualify and move up Status Tiers can earn increasingly large benefits through Daily Rewards.

If you haven’t been to DraftKings awhile, make sure to familiarize yourself with the DraftKings Rewards VIP Program, which has been significantly revamped since last season.


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