Tonight we have an interesting eight-game NBA slate. There are a lot of high implied totals, and six of the eight games are projected to play at a fast tempo. I’m expecting a lot of high scores in fantasy tonight, so it’s a great night to attack high-upside players in GPPs.
Let’s get right into my top tournament picks for FanDuel and DraftKings. As always, make sure to keep up with the RotoGrinders DFS Alerts App to stay up with injury news, and tune into the RotoGrinders Court Report at 5:30 EST through lock to get updated thoughts on the night ahead as news comes in.
Kyle Lowry @ Brooklyn Nets
Chris Paul is in a great spot tonight with Harden out, but I think Lowry is a great pivot for GPPs. Lowry posted a triple-double against the Nets in December, finishing with over 50 fantasy points on both sites. The Raptors have the second-biggest bump in pace tonight, and with them on the road, I could see this game being even faster than the first matchup. The Nets rank 24th in defensive efficiency against points guards this season, and they’re allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards. I’m not expecting Lowry to be highly owned tonight, so he’s one of my favorite tournament plays.
Lou Williams vs. Atlanta Hawks
I’m not expecting Blake Griffin to play tonight after suffering a concussion on Saturday, and Austin Rivers has already been ruled out too. Milos Teodosic is dealing with a foot injury and could end up missing tonight’s game as well. Williams has a 36.1% usage rate with all of these guys off the floor this season, while averaging 1.21 fantasy points per minute. He has gone for at least 39 fantasy points in three of the last four games, and he has a great matchup against the Hawks tonight. The Hawks rank 25th in total defensive efficiency this season and continue to struggle mightily against guards.
Gerald Green @ Chicago Bulls
With Eric Gordon’s price on the rise, I’m looking at Green against the Bulls tonight. James Harden has missed the last three games, so Gordon has moved into the starting lineup. With that move, Green has become the high-usage option off the bench, as he has a 27.2% usage in those three games. He’s averaging a fantasy point per minute and has at least 35 fantasy points in two of those three games. I’m willing to overlook the Pistons game, as I think this is a great bounce-back spot for him. Chicago is 28th in total defensive efficiency this season, and Houston has one of the highest implied team totals on the slate.
Trey Lyles @ Golden State Warriors
Lyles is a little pricey on FanDuel, but I really like him on DraftKings tonight. He has finally found his role on this team and has been crushing lately, as he has scored at least 30 fantasy points in five straight games. Lyles is averaging 9.8 minutes per game higher than his season average over the last four games, while averaging 13.8 fantasy points higher than his season average in that same span. He continues to be the first big man off the bench for the Nuggets, and he should excel in this pace-up game against the Warriors. Over the last two weeks, Lyles has a 24.5% usage rate and is averaging 1.12 fantasy points per minute.
DeAndre Jordan vs. Atlanta Hawks
I’m going to attack the Clippers a lot tonight, though if Blake Griffin ends up playing, I will likely pay up for Cousins or Towns. Jordan isn’t a high-usage player, but he is averaging 1.43 fantasy points per minute when all the injured Clippers (including Griffin) are off the floor. Meanwhile, Atlanta is 28th in rebound rate this season, and the Hawks rank 25th in defensive efficiency against centers. They’re also allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing centers. Jordan has 20-20 upside in this game tonight, and with the Hawks in a back-to-back situation, there could be even more rebound upside in this game.