The Golden State Warriors getting housed by the Rockets ended up being a catch-22 for NBA DFS purposes last night. It made playing Nikola Jokic over James Harden a smart call, but it also made paying up for Kevin Durant a poor decision.
Three-game slates can be tricky, so I’m glad to see a nice 8-game daily fantasy basketball slate to cap the regular work week. Join me as I break down some of my favorite NBA DFS picks to use at FanDuel tonight:
PG: Emmanuel Mudiay – New York Knicks ($4k)
Mudiay got the start last game and could be handed the reigns again tonight. If so, he’s got a favorable matchup in an up-tempo game. The only real issue is the Knicks are projected to lose by 100. He’s also not the most efficiency player, but he’s got some upside to him and will operate as my “low score” on this slate. Hopefully he crushes and gives this squad a major boost.
PG: Jeff Teague – Minnesota Timberwolves ($6.9k)
This Wolves vs. Blazers game has a nice Total and a -1.5 spread per Sportsbetting.ag, so it’s a great game to target for NBA DFS purposes. I want some studs on this slate so I’m not going out of my way to get to it, but Teague is a fine price and has a big role now that Jimmy Butler is gone.
He’s put up 40+ fantasy points in each of his last two games and is a viable play here. Eric Bledsoe ($7.1k) is a fine pivot and fun late-game hammer, though.
SG: Bogdan Bogdanovic – Sacramento Kings ($4.4k)
Bogdan is a talented scorer and still working his way back from injury. He’s a terrific price and just logged 24 minutes in his last game, though, while also popping off for 22 real points.
He’s trending in the right direction and I don’t mind hopping on him to see if he can keep it rolling. He’s just as risky as Mudiay, but the hope is obviously that one of the spares I use tanks and the rest find a way to get the job done.
Shooting guard is not the ideal spot to punt tonight, but there are better placed to spend cash.
SG: Malcolm Brogdon – Milwaukee Bucks ($5.4k)
The Bucks are projected to blow the Bulls out of the water, but the hope is their guys will wreck if they do in fact do that. Brogdon gets good run and is pretty productive, so he’s a fine value play in the face of an excellent matchup. If he can push for 30 minutes he could smash this price tag.
SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee Bucks ($11.5k)
Kawhi Leonard looks like a terrific value play tonight, but The Greek Freak is at home against the Bulls. His matchup and upside are way better. I think Leonard has a shot at 45-50 fantasy points, but Giannis might get 80 tonight.
He’s risky due to the thick spread, but Memphis were +10 underdogs and beat the Bucks the other day. Let’s cross our fingers we get four quarters of The Alphabet. If so, he may be the slate’s top stud.
SF: DeMarre Carroll – Brooklyn Nets ($4k)
Carroll is another guy working his way back from injury and slowly seeing his minutes rising. Caris LeVert going down recently opens things up for Carroll even more, making him one of the better punt plays on this slate. He’s risky, but he faces a Wizards team that plays awful defense and he should get solid run.
PF: Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans ($12.8k)
The Greek Freak is my top stud tonight, but I actually like paying for both him and The Brow together. Davis is in another game with a fat spread, but the Pelicans also have the highest projected Total tonight. Davis should wreck the Knicks and if New York cans somehow hang around, you’re going to want to have paid for a full game out of The Brow.
PF: Kevin Knox – New York Knicks ($4.9k)
Stacking Knicks players could be a mistake, but their game with New Orleans is off the charts in terms of pace and scoring upside. I’m clinging to the hope that they can keep it close and make this a very interesting (mini) game stack. Knox should get run regardless and is probably too cheap given his role and talent at the moment.
C: Enes Kanter – New York Knicks ($6k)
Kanter is a little less risky than my other two Knicks options, seeing as he tends to come off the bench. The minutes can be shaky, but he is unlikely to get into foul trouble the less he sees Anthony Davis and he’s been a double-double monster for much of the year. A classic 16 and 16 game could be in the works here and if so, he’s just way too cheap.
Dwight Howard is another solid value ($7k) at center, but this position is loaded. You can go in a number of different directions and nobody will bat an eye.
My process is pretty simple for tonight; I’m stacking Brow and Giannis together and building from there. I think you can get away with pivoting down to Kawhi, but fading both of these guys is probably going to be a mistake. They’re worth paying up over any PG, SG or C studs you may feel inclined to force into your lineup.
The trick is going to be if Giannis and Brow see their games stay competitive and if I use the right punt plays. That is a great spot where my NBA DFS picks and your personal preference may not always mesh. Make the pivots you feel you need to make, but hopefully I’ve helped you in some regard with what I’ve said here.
Either way, good luck in your FanDuel NBA DFS contests tonight and enjoy the games!