I’m here to break down tonight’s four-game FanDuel NBA slate starting at 7:00 ET. Keep in mind that this column was created earlier in the day, meaning injury information could change the fantasy landscape throughout the afternoon. Obviously you’ll want to keep track of any developments through Rotoworld’s NBA Headlines & Injuries Feed as we move closer to tip-off.
With that, let’s dive into each position while mining for the best value and overall plays in this slate.
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Chris Paul – Houston (FanDuel Price: $8,200)
Reports are circulating that James Harden may not play tonight. Obviously we’d like to receive confirmation before arranging our lineups based on that piece of news. If Harden does sit out, Chris Paul will look to lead the high-powered Houston offense with more usage and overall fantasy opportunities. The matchup corresponds nicely, as Dallas ranks 24th in defensive efficiency vs opposing point guards
Caris LeVert – Brooklyn (FanDuel Price: $5,400)
The Brooklyn rotation is difficult to trust at times, but we should see LeVert for at least 25+ minutes tonight. He has been super-efficient in recent games, piling up a 37 FPPG average while seeing 27 minutes apiece over the past three. The salary has yet to catch up with that recent surge, and LeVert certainly has the ability to post another massive return on investment.
Gerald Green – Houston (FanDuel Price: $3,500)
Along with Chris Paul, this recommendation comes from the assumption that James Harden will not play tonight. Be sure to confirm/deny that as we move closer to lineup lock. If Harden is out, Gerald Green could pick up 25-30 minutes in his place. We’ve seen Green’s fantasy-friendly profile on display numerous times this season, and he should easily create a positive return if the role is expanded.
Kyle Kuzma – LA Lakers (FanDuel Price: $6,800)
This pick is somewhat contingent on the status of Brandon Ingram (questionable). If Ingram is out, Kuzma will be looking at heavy minutes (37-40+) to really help his fantasy profile. The matchup doesn’t hurt either, facing a Cleveland team that ranks 25th vs power forwards and 27th vs small forwards. This is the highest scoring game of the night (230 over/under), and Kuzma makes for a solid pick within that.
Clint Capela – Houston (FanDuel Price: $7,200)
Capela makes for a nice all-around play with an affordable salary in an outstanding matchup. The Mavericks rank 21st in defensive efficiency vs opposing centers and dead last in rebound rate. In their last meeting (Feb 11), Capela torched Dallas for 41 FP in 31 minutes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar stat-line this evening.