The 2018-19 NBA schedule has been pretty balanced for the most part this year, but it’s wacky this week. We got three games on Tuesday, 11 on Wednesday and now just three on Thursday again. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d prefer even more balanced and for that 11-game slate to fork over a game or two to the other two days.
That’d offer true balance, but alas, here were are with another dicey three-game slate.
Stephen Curry remains out and the drama between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green lives on, so that will probably be the top storyline to track. Regardless, you need to piece together NBA DFS lineups in order to try to win some cash and I’m here to help.
Join me as I piece together a team of some of my favorite NBA DFS picks at FanDuel for Thursday night:
PG: Quinn Cook – Golden State Warriors ($5.8k)
Cook’s run has been all over the map but he’s been productive and will continue to start with Stephen Curry still sidelined. Draymond Green being back in the lineup does curb his upside a bit, but I’m devaluing the point guard position on this small slate. I want to save here and I think Cook allows me to do that with a shot at 35-40 fantasy points still on the table.
PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Los Angeles Clippers ($6k)
The rookie has earned a starting role and huge minutes. There is always going to be risk here, but SGA has looked good and simply offers too much value to ignore on such a small slate. I’d ove to fit in Chris Paul or take a look at Jamal Murray and Trae Young, but I’m just not sure there’s a need.
SG: Eric Gordon – Houston Rockets ($5k)
Harden and CP3 will be the understandably popular Rockets, but EG gets 30+ minutes a game and has had some big outings against Golden State in the past. I’ll be crossing my fingers he delivers another smash spot here.
SG: Lou Williams – Los Angeles Clippers ($6.8k)
I like Klay Thompson and DeMar DeRozan here, but they’re not cheap. Sweet Lou has the ability to pop off and match either one of them if he can have a big game. He also gives me a fun late-game hammer for this slate.
SF: Kevin Durant – Golden State Warriors ($11.8k)
Chalky or not, KD is the stud to pay up for tonight. He has a monster role with Stephen Curry sidelined and is just $100 more than James Harden. You can pivot to Harden or try forcing them both in your lineup, but I’m opting for one and trying to piece together a more balanced unit.
SF: James Ennis – Houston Rockets ($3.8k)
Ennis is my “low score” option tonight based on price. With Carmelo Anthony officially done with the Rockets, Houston will be looking for someone to soak up some extra run. Ennis did just that in his last game and put up 30 fantasy points, so this looks like as good of a value pick as any on a small three-game slate.
PF: P.J. Tucker – Houston Rockets ($4.8k)
Tucker is not the safest of plays, but he gets as much run as anyone. He can hit the outside shot and rack up peripherals, so he’s a solid option in an up-tempo game against the defending champs. He’s easily one of the best value plays on this slate.
PF: Paul Millsap – Denver Nuggets ($6.2k)
Thrillsap carries a little revenge narrative into this one. He’s been all over the place this year, but still shapes up as a solid play if he can push for 30+ minutes. I also love LaMarcus Aldridge and Tobias Harris here, but their prices may keep me from fitting them into most of my NBA DFS lineups.
C: Nikola Jokic – Denver Nuggets ($9.7k)
The Joker has been a little banged up but he’s the best center on the board. Clint Capela is a fine pivot, but I’m paying here to make up for not spending to get James Harden.
I’m starting my lineup building process with KD tonight and instead of blindly pairing Harden with him, I’ll pay up at center and seek value at the two guard spots. James Ennis may bust, but he’s my favorite punt on this entire slate.
Hopefully I help in some fashion tonight. Good luck and enjoy the games!