I personally had a fine night in NBA DFS last night, but I found much of my success at DraftKings. My FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks should have still helped you win some cash, though.
Lonzo Ball, Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis and Karl-Anthony Towns were my core and all of them were fantastic. Beal was the worst of that group and he still got 40 fantasy points. Needless to say, the other three wrecked and this 4-man core should have helped you win some money.
Your winnings could have been even better if you used Taj Gibson (35), while Wilson Chandler (23) wasn’t terrible. My other value plays did not work out as hoped, though. De’Aaron Fox, Josh Jackson and Buddy Hield all disappointed, so hopefully you found better value elsewhere.
It was still a strong lineup and fading the likes of Jeff Teague, Andre Drummond and Ben Simmons proved to be quite key last night.
It was a solid run for me and hopefully it worked out for you, as well. Wednesday rolls out 9 games and has us re-thinking everything all over again. With a ton of studs and a slew of injuries to monitor, this makes for a busy slate. Let’s see what my favorite mixture of studs and value plays gets me at FanDuel tonight:
PG: Milos Teodosic – Los Angeles Clippers ($4.5k)
I’m not sure what kind of minutes limit Milos is on, but he logged 20 in his return from a 22-game absence, so something tells me the Clippers won’t mind getting him into heavy action soon. I hope that happens tonight, as he feels like a bargain against Orlando’s weak defense (dead last against point guards).
Teodosic looked good in his first game back (12 points, 7 rebounds) and has an excellent matchup. I expect him to actually get some dimes this time around and if he can get me 25 minutes I like the value here.
PG: Rajon Rondo – New Orleans Pelicans ($5.8k)
Anthony Davis could be out again tonight, which naturally would mean an expanded role for a lot of Pelicans options. Rondo still remains too cheap for a guy who is now logging over 37 minutes a night. He has double-double and even triple-double upside anytime he hits the court, so I’m not too worried about Milwaukee’s strong numbers against the point guard position tonight.
SG: Jeremy Lamb – Charlotte Hornets ($4.9k)
Nicolas Batum is doubtful to face the Rockets tonight, which should keep Lamb in the starting lineup. That gives him a big role (33 minutes in his last start) in a fast-paced matchup with a huge 220 Total. Charlotte could easily get blown out, but if they hang tight, Lamb has a chance at destroying this price tag.
SG: James Harden – Houston Rockers ($12.1k)
Harden is always an option even when there is blowout risk and he’s been especially ablaze lately. He dropped a triple-double on the Hornets in Charlotte in the first meeting, so something tells me he’s not too bothered by their defense. He’s at home tonight and closes out the slate, too, and I don’t see a better way to cap the night.
SF: Paul George – Oklahoma City Thunder ($7.6k)
PG-13 didn’t look good the first time he faced his former team earlier this year, but I expect him to sound off in his first return to Indiana.
This is going to be an emotional game for him and I have to think he’ll show up for this one. Indy’s defense isn’t elite and he’s going to want to put on a show. He’s an interesting pivot off of The Greek Freak tonight, while he also comes at a big of a bargain.
SF: Trevor Ariza – Houston Rockets ($5.3k)
Ariza is a third piece to close with and could be an amazing value if the Hornets can keep this game close. I’m rarely enamored with him, but he’s at home and has actually been pretty steady lately. Paying up for Jonathon Simmons ($6.5k) is on the table, especially with news that Aaron Gordon (concussion) won’t play tonight.
PF: Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics ($6.1k)
Marcus Morris and Al Horford are both out for tonight’s tilt against the Nuggets, so I’m liking Tatum’s role in this one. Denver ranks just 25th against power forwards and this is a versatile kid who is destined for loads of run tonight. I like the matchup and I think he crushes his price tag.
PF: Bobby Portis – Chicago Bulls ($4.3k)
I’m not high on the Bulls tonight as they welcome a tough Jazz defense into town, but as long as Portis is still coming off the bench, I think he’s in play. That means a blowout wouldn’t hurt him, nor would he spend much time against Utah’s starting five.
The possible return of Lauri Markkanen could put a damper on this pick, so keep tabs on his status.
C: Nikola Vucevic – Orlando Magic ($9.3k)
I certainly don’t love paying over $9k for Nikola Vucevic to finally go full spare, but the Clippers rank just 23rd against centers and no Aaron Gordon keeps Vucevic in a huge role. Vucevic has been on quite the tear lately (55+ fantasy points in 4 of his last 5 contests), has a good matchup and will be on his home floor. There’s not much to hate there.
DeMarcus Cousins could be in play with Anthony Davis questionable again, but this time I’ll pivot to Vucevic even if that does happen. Aron Baynes might be the best value pick on the board with Horfy sidelined, but I can’t make that dive on FanDuel. I’ll certainly consider it on DK, however.