Last night was fun, as my Lakers vs. Spurs stack definitely delivered with those teams going into OT in an absurd 143-142 thriller. I still had some bad plays and wasn’t really on a couple of the top plays for the night, but my NBA DFS picks did lead to the green in a quarter game I played.
If you played a bigger contest, perhaps you cashed in better fashion. Either way, Maxi Kleber (22.5) was great as my free square and Bryn Forbes (23) ended up being my only guy that counted to score under 29 fantasy points. DeMar DeRozan (63!) was a huge hit, while the Lakers chalky plays panned out beautifully.
Bradley Beal (48) was another great play and had the Suns not gotten completely housed, perhaps we could have gotten a better effort out of Kevin Durant (31).
It was a winning squad, though, so it’s tough to complain. Let’s get back to the grind for Tuesday’s three-game main slate at FanDuel:
PG: T.J. McConnell – Philadelphia 76ers ($4k)
Ben Simmons is doubtful to suit up in Detroit tonight, so McConnell is looking at a lot of work off the bench. The last time Ben Simmons missed a game McConnell posted a monster double-double and he’s a threat to do that again. He can be your free square, but he doesn’t really need to be. He’s simply a great play at a low price.
PG: Elfrid Payton – New Orleans Pelicans ($7k)
Point guard isn’t that loaded, so taking a shot on McConnell makes sense. I am not trusting Reggie Jackson on this slate and De’Aaron Fox on the road against the Nuggets feels trappy. I’ll take the discount with Frid, who is a walking triple-double threat in this offense.
The Total for this Pels/Clips game is an absurd 238. Whether they deliver on that or not, there will be a ton of offense in this one and you’re going to want exposure to it. I’ll start it off with Payton in a great spot to rack up points, dimes and rebounds.
SG: Markelle Fultz – Philadelphia 76ers ($5.9k)
Fultz is expected to draw the start with Simmons likely out, so he’s a steal at this price. Playing on the road against a capable Pistons defense is far from ideal, but he’s a good price and should get a lot of work here.
SG: Jrue Holiday – New Orleans Pelicans ($7.8k)
The only other shooting guard I have to have on this slate is going to be Holiday. It feels like a “Jrue night”, seeing as he’s yet to really pop off and the Pels are scoring at an absurd rate. We’ve seen huge games out of The Brown and Nikola Mirotic and it’s only a matter of time before Holiday blasts off. I think that happens tonight.
SF: Danilo Gallinari – Los Angeles Clippers ($6.6k)
Gallo gets me more exposure to this big game and he’s not even a bad price. He’s been scoring the ball well so far this year and looks like a nice pivot off of Mirotic, who is probably due for a clunker.
SF: Juancho Hernangomez – Denver Nuggets ($4k)
Will Barton is sidelined with an injury for the next 6-8 months, so pick your poison when it comes to Denver spares. This is my true free square tonight and you can also consider Trey Lyles, Malik Beasley and Torrey Craig. Hernangomez can fill it up when he gets it going and he might be looking at 20+ minutes with Barton on the shelf.
Small forward is arguably the weakest position tonight, so this makes the most sense for the “lowest score” punt.
PF: Blake Griffin – Detroit Pistons ($8.8k)
Andre Drummond could join Ben Simmons on the sidelines due to the flu and if he sits I have to roster Griffin. The Brow is way too expensive and Blake going ham would be a very competitive play as a pivot. I also really like Nikola Jokic, but you’re saving so much cash here and simply piecing together the better team. Now Drums needs to sit and Blake needs to show up like he did in his last game (57 fantasy points).
PF: Tobias Harris – Los Angeles Clippers ($7.9k)
Fading Davis and Jokic on a small slate is a risk, but often times the chalky guys either don’t live up to their steep price tags or going more balanced is the smarter play. I’m hoping one or both play out to my advantage tonight and fortunately there are great options to pivot to.
Harris is one of them, as he’s been lights out for the Clips and gets to play in this crazy 238 Total game. Most will flock to the Pels in that game – and rightfully so – but the Clippers are just as alluring.
C: Julius Randle – New Orleans Pelicans ($7.8k)
Joel Embiid is the top center with Simmons likely out, but he’s still on the road and won’t have his main sidekick to help him out. I love the extra usage Embiid is likely looking at, but why force him in when Randle can potentially match him?
Randle has an awesome role off the bench for the Pels and he gets me one more star talent in this crazy 238 Total contest. With Embiid and potentially Drummond available at center tonight, it’s possible Orange Julius comes in as a contrarian play. That’s the hope here.
I won’t beat around the bush; I am targeting that crazy 238 Total game and I want a more balanced team than my competition. The Brow, Jokic and Embiid could all be monsters, but I prefer balance tonight and think the pivots could end up making that the right call.
Feel free to roster those guys as you deem necessary and just you whatever NBA DFS picks of mine that can safely fit onto your team. Whatever you do, I wish you luck!