FanDuel NBA Picks – January 21st

Sunday offers a really small 3-game main slate in NBA DFS contests at FanDuel, so I won’t waste much of your time. This slate is overall fairly straight forward and pretty much all 3 games are in play with no spread currently topping -6.5 top sportsbooks like Bovada.

It’s almost a good thing that you can safely avoid the first game of the day, as Boston is favored by over 10 points and should be getting a healthy Kyrie Irving back against the Orlando Magic.

Regardless, this could still be a fun slate but I think loading up on the obvious studs might be the best strategy. Uncovering the right value picks won’t be easy, but I don’t mind taking some dives. This is a GPP daily fantasy basketball advice column, after all. With that, let’s get to Sunday’s NBA DFS picks at FanDuel:

PG: Tyler Ennis – Los Angeles Lakers ($3.8k)

I’m loading up on studs tonight and hoping my value picks can do enough to have this strategy pay off. Ennis has not been getting great run, but Lonzo Ball remains out and the Knicks aren’t a tough defense. As long as Ennis can get 20+ minutes, I think he has a chance to crush this price tag.

PG: Patty Mills – San Antonio Spurs ($4.2k)

Good luck figuring out which Spurs point guard won’t crash and burn, but tonight I’ll take the dive with Mills. He’s been the most reliable option lately and he’s getting 25+ minutes with regularity. I don’t feel amazing about him, but he’s at home and the Pacers should boost the tempo of this game. If he can get me 20+ fantasy points, it’s a win.

SG: Victor Oladipo – Indiana Pacers ($9.2k)

Shooting guard is trash and there are only so many viable plays on this small slate, so I’m not fading Dipo. He hasn’t lived up to his price tag lately and a road date with the Spurs sounds awful, but he has too much upside to bypass here.

SG: Josh Hart – Los Angeles Lakers ($4.2k)

Jordan Clarkson will be the chalk Lakers value pick, so I’ll pivot to Hart and hope he can produce. He logged 32 minutes due to L.A. injuries in his last game, so the run is there. KCP and Brandon Ingram are both questionable again tonight, but it’s likely you won’t know their status until after lineups lock. I’m aiming high and using Lakers spares, regardless.

SF: Bojan Bogdanovic – Indiana Pacers ($4.1k)

I never feel great about Bojan, but he sees 25-30 minutes on a regular basis and can always get hot offensively. The Spurs will be more focused with stopping Darren Collison and Victor Oladipo anyways, so I’ll take a shot on him popping off a bit in this one.

SF: Kyle Anderson – San Antonio Spurs ($5k)

Spurs make sense on this slate, as they’re at home and Indiana doesn’t defend. I might as well roll Anderson out there, as he continues to start and approach about 30 minutes per contest. He’s a solid play given the matchup, his role and his price.

I don’t love dropping down at both SF spots, but with Kawhi Leonard on the shelf, the drop isn’t that far. DeMarre Carroll is the would-be top SF option on this slate, so I’m not sure you’re sacrificing much stability.

PF: Kristaps Porzingis – New York Knicks ($9.6k)

I can’t fade Zinger, as he has a tasty matchup at the Staples Center against the Lake Show. Nobody on the Lakers can effectively stop him and he’s back to solid form with 39+ fantasy points in 6 of his last 7 games. If you plan to pay down at one spot and fade a stud, PF is the spot to do it, however.

PF: LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio Spurs ($9.1k)

I also want Ridge, who can be an absolute beast when Kawhi Leonard is out. There’s always the chance he gets scratched due to rest and if we hear that early enough, a drop to a nice value like Kyle Kuzma makes a lot of sense on this slate.

C: Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons ($10.5k)

Let’s end things the right way, as Drums is far and away the top center on this tiny slate. He’s at home against a bad Nets defense and he’s wrecked them previously this year. I’m not expecting anything different tonight.

There are a few value centers to glance at, but nothing that really makes me want to get off of Drummond – even in tourneys.