After last night's exciting NBA action, we get another very solid seven-game slate tonight. The games do not offer significant blowout concerns, as almost every game features a small spread according to the Vegas odds. The following recommendations are specific to FanDuel's scoring systems and player pricing. The picks are geared towards 50-50 and head to head contests.
John Wall, Washington Wizards, $9,300 – John Wall at home? Yes, please!!! John Wall averages an additional five fantasy points more at home opposed to on the road. Combine that with a solid match-up versus the Brooklyn Nets who rank 23rd in defensive efficiency against opposing point guard and we have a great spot to utilize John Wall. Wall would also get an additional boost if Bradley Beal (questionable) were to miss tonight’s game. Wall has at least ten assists in seven out of his last ten games as well.
Jose Juan Barea, Dallas Mavericks, $4,700 – Barea has been starting for the injured Rajon Rondo. In his last three games, Barea has played 29, 28 and 32 minutes. In these three contests, he has surpassed 21 fantasy points every time. The POR/DAL game is very appealing for DFS purposes with a solid over/under of 206.5 with Dallas favored by 2.5 points. Barea offers cheap exposure to the highest scoring game of the night, according to the current odds and projections.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $8,000 – Klay Thompson has been somewhat volatile in terms of production lately. He is coming off a 44 fantasy point performance last night in a showdown with the Atlanta Hawks. The match-up on Saturday against the New York Knicks should lend a great opportunity for a solid follow-up performance. The Knicks have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards this season. I’m really having trouble identifying who on the Knicks roster has the ability to match-up with Klay.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, $6,400 – Giannis is currently playing the best basketball of his career and appears to be having his breakout as we speak. Giannis has exceeded 30 fantasy points in four out of five games, which includes the best game of his career last night (27 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists). The Milwaukee Bucks will have the benefit of playing up in pace as well, as Boston ranks as the third-fastest team in the NBA. Giannis is an excellent value play tonight since his price tag does not yet reflect his recent production.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, $7,100 – Draymond Green is another guy that is coming off of a monstrous performance last night. Green is coming off a very impressive 12 point, 20 rebound and 6 assist performance against the Atlanta Hawks. This game marked the third straight game that Green has exceeded 30 fantasy points. The Knicks are a very bad defensive team and I expect the athleticism of Green to be too much for them to handle
Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers, $5,800 – Batum is coming off back to back encouraging performances. In these games, he produced 32.6 and 35.3 fantasy points. Batum is basically a lock for around 35 minutes of action as the Trail Blazers have a very short bench. He gives us another opportunity to get exposure to this high scoring game at a very cheap rate. Batum is an excellent value play tonight.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, $9,600 – LaMarcus is still sitting slightly below the $10K price point, which immediately triggers interest for me. Aldridge has a very high floor, which is evident by his recent range of production (between 30-58 fantasy points in his last six games). As mentioned a few times thus far, the POR/DAL game is the most appealing game tonight for DFS purposes. His individual matchup with Dirk is solid as the strength of Aldridge will be difficult for the aging star to handle. Aldridge is an excellent top-end target tonight
Jared Sullinger, Boston Celtics, $6,600 – Sullinger has produced over 40 fantasy points in two out of his last three games. His one down game in the last three came as a result of being benched for the first quarter due to arriving late to shootaround. The Bucks do possess a rather tough team defense, but I think the low price on Sullinger mitigates the risk of the matchup.
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, $11,000 – Cousins has become such a safe play as of late. In his last four games he has produced between 40 and 56 fantasy points. Cousins is basically a lock for 35+ minutes, as evidenced by his 38 minutes in a blowout loss against Dallas on Thursday. The Kings were down 20 points the entire fourth quarter and Cousins stayed on the court until the game had one minute left. This is an ideal situation for DFS purposes. The security of minutes combined with the high production floor makes Cousins an excellent option tonight.