Blazers vs. Rockets pick tonight, but I don’t know if I feel the need to force Thrillard’s fat price tag into my lineup.
One reason I think I can get away with fading Lillard is the presence of solid value at the point guard position. Lowry has been struggling lately, but I am assuming Kawhi Leonard rests tonight and that could give way to Toronto focusing on getting him going.
Either way, Lowry can rack up the dimes and does a solid job with peripherals. His shot should start falling, too, so I’m game for hopping on him at a discounted price.
PG: Chris Paul – Houston Rockets ($8.2k)
The story is similar with CP3. He’s not having a great season by his standards, but he remains useful in daily fantasy basketball. Paul has a solid enough matchup at home against Portland guards and he’s a great price.
James Harden is always the Rockets DFS option of choice, but the value with Paul is too good to ignore. Instead of paying for Dame or Harden tonight, I’ll be dropping down and hoping these elite values can pay off.
SG: DeMar DeRozan – San Antonio Spurs ($9.6k)
Harden could be the top stud on the board tonight, but he has not been delivering in accordance with his salary lately and DMR is an elite pivot play at a weak shooting guard position.
DeRozan has an awesome matchup against a bad Suns team and is a threat to drop 50+ fantasy points anytime he takes the floor.
I’m very interested in a potentially low-owned Devin Booker if he can make his return to the court tonight, but I’m perfectly find with paying up for DeMar as a pivot off of Harden as well.
SG: Danny Green – Toronto Raptors ($4.5k)
With Leonard probably out – and even if he plays – I like Green. He gets tons of run, can hit the three and randomly blows up with huge bock and steal efforts. He can also be a total spare, but he’s one of two punt plays I like on this slate.
There are two elite shooting guards on this slate, but you only really need to use one. I’ll be paying down at the other SG spot.
SF: Danilo Gallinari – Los Angeles Clippers ($6.7k)
The Clippers could easily sit some guys tonight, as they played in overtime last night and could be tired. That makes it weird that I love them, especially in a tense showdown with possibly the best team in the NBA.
However, if Kawhi sits like I think he will, targeting this game is smart. It’s probably the best DFS spot on the night and there are several options at good price points. Gallo is one of them.
SF: Mikal Bridges – Phoenix Suns ($5k)
Kawhi is the top small forward by a mile if he’s in, but fading him wouldn’t be the worst idea anyways due to his price. Rudy Gay and T.J. Warren also look viable if you’re not into Gallo or want to go balanced, but I’ll probably look to pay down at the second SF slot.
Bridges is getting good run and will continue to be a solid try so long as Devin Booker remains sidelined.
PF: Tobias Harris – Los Angeles Clippers ($7.7k)
LaMarcus Aldridge is the top PF option tonight, but this game against Phoenix could easily be a housing (Spurs are -12.5 favorites). That has me only mildly interested in Ridge, especially when Harris is cheaper and looking like just as good of a play tonight.
PF: Pascal Siakam – Toronto Raptors ($6.8k)
Serge Ibaka will also be in play here whether Kawhi sits or not, but Leonard not playing would really get me on Siakam, who has monster upside when he’s got an enhanced role.
Siakam is worth using anyways, as he does so much and is still too cheap for his floor and upside.
C: Boban Marjanovic – Los Angeles Clippers ($3.7k)
This roster is brought to you by #FreeBoban promotions. The Clippers are not handing their lanky center major run, but he’s starting and can do a lot in 15-20 minutes of play.
Assuming Boban draws another start tonight, I’ll punt center and hope for the best. If he’s awful, he’ll just be dropped from my total score.
Center isn’t amazing tonight, but I actually could go in a number of directions. Jusuf Nurkic and Clint Capela are both too expensive for me tonight, but Deandre Ayton ($6.6k) is a great value play if you can get there.
I am pushing my NBA DFS picks out early so you can get a head start on your research for the day. A lot could change between now and lineup lock, but I am operating for now under the assumption that Devin Booker and Kawhi Leonard won’t suit up.
This is still a good-looking squad even if either of things guys end up playing, but I’d obviously have interest in both. I’ll be fading Thrillard and Harden regardless, however.
These smaller NBA DFS slates are never easy to peg and you really can’t get your fade calls wrong. That probably means a couple different tournament rosters are worth doing, but the volatility kills my cash game interest.
Hopefully this NBA DFS lineup serves you well or you can mix and match my favorite daily fantasy basketball picks with your own. Whatever you end up doing, I hope it works out. Good luck and enjoy the games!