I’m here to break down tonight’s six-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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Shabazz Napier – Portland (@ HOU)
This is probably the easiest pick tonight. Damian Lillard is doubtful for the Blazers, meaning Napier will step in for 30+ minutes. He’s usually an efficient fantasy producer, and soaking up some of Lillard’s vacated usage should help that notion. Napier shouldn’t have much of an issue posting a solid return tonight. Definitely look towards his value through all formats on all DFS sites.
CJ McCollum – Portland (@ HOU)
Whenever Lillard is out, McCollum usually steps up with some pretty heavy usage rates (and subsequent fantasy performances). Take last Wednesday for example, where McCollum dropped 54 FP at Memphis with Lillard not playing. The Blazers will lean heavily on CJ in an effort to keep pace with the Rockets tonight. His stat-line should reflect that.
Nemanja Bjelica – Minnesota (@ DEN)
Bjelica has been up-and-down ever since filling in for Jimmy Butler. His role seemingly changes on a nightly basis, getting anywhere between 22-36+ minutes. The good news is that his playing time has been picking up as of late while the salary has fallen to an attainable level. In other words, we aren’t as concerned with his risk profile considering the inexpensive price point ($4.4k on FanDuel). There’s plenty of upside if Bjelica happens to see over 30 minutes of playing time. I’ll take that chance tonight, as the value helps stack the rest of my lineup.
Kevin Love – Cleveland (vs WAS)
Kevin Love is flat-out underpriced. He played seven minutes before exiting the game at Miami on March 27. In his return (March 30), Love notched 22 FP in only 23 minutes. That pair of uninspiring performances caused a sizable salary drop. Since then, Love has gotten back on track while averaging 33 minutes and 36 FPPG over his past two. Looking at a competitive, high-scoring game vs Washington (20th vs opposing power forwards) should keep him going.
Karl-Anthony Towns (@ DEN)
There’s enough value on this slate to squeeze Towns, Durant, McCollum, and Love in the same lineup. That’s a route I’ll be looking to take through all formats. This Minnesota-Denver matchup has significant playoff implications as we head down the stretch, and I’m expecting a back-and-forth scorefest. Towns has repeatedly put the team on his back with Jimmy Butler out. Tonight won’t be an exception, so look for KAT to post a monster fantasy performance while seeing upwards of 40+ minutes.