Last night was a solid run for my NBA DFS picks. You absolutely needed James Harden (80 fantasy points!) if you wanted to make any noise, while Jamal Murray was an awesome pivot off of Stephen Curry.
Gerald Green, Austin Rivers and Kevon Looney were fantastic value picks, too, and if Kawhi Leonard wasn’t such a spare in his return to San Antonio, we could have had a gem. It was instead DeMar DeRozan who was a special kind of vengeful and if you paired him with Harden, you had a real shot at climbing the ladder last night.
My NBA DFS lineup still placed at FanDuel, however, so if you rolled with me there’s a good chance you finished in the green. If you pivoted in a couple of spots, you may have even won big.
Let’s aim for profit again on Friday, as we cap the regular work week with a fun 10-game NBA DFS slate at FanDuel. Here’s a look at my favorite NBA DFS picks for tournaments:
Note: If you like what you see here, check out our DraftKings NBA DFS picks for tonight as well!
PG: Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers ($8.8k)
Russell Westbrook is probably the top point guard on this slate, but Thrillard saves me almost $3k and could easily be just as good. He’s an elite pivot play at home, although a matchup with a good Thunder defense is admittedly less than ideal.
Lillard gets up for big games, though, and it’s often wise to play point guards when facing other stars at their position. This game as a whole feels quit stackable, but I don’t feel the need to force Westbrook.
Lillard simply offers too much value and supplies you with an elite late-game hammer at a discounted price. If you want to save a little more cash, though, I really like Eric Bledsoe ($7.2k) against the Hawks.
PG: Dante Exum – Utah Jazz ($3.9k)
Exum is presently my favorite punt play, as Ricky Rubio is banged up again and is questionable to face the Cavs. This is a great matchup, as Cleveland ranks 19th in points allowed and 22nd in outside shooting as a defense.
Whether Rubio suits up or not, Exum isn’t the worst “low score” try and he saves a ton of salary. If Rubio is indeed out, Exum just might become a core play.
If you want to save a little cash but don’t mind playing someone more in the intermediate range, chalky values like Terry Rozier, Tyus Jones and Tomas Satoransky are all worth a look. Their prices have just gone up, so I don’t mind punting the second PG spot and paying up elsewhere tonight.
Lonzo Ball is always difficult to trust, but he also is appealing to close out this slate. More on why in just a bit.
SG: Daniel Hamilton – Atlanta Hawks ($3.7k)
Jaylen Brown or Lou Williams feel like solid value plays, but if Rubio is out you’re going to be able to dive down one more time with confidence.
That brings me to Hamilton, who is starting all of a sudden for the Hawks and could be looking at 20-25 minutes with Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince both banged up.
He’s a major dice roll, but the run could be there for him even in a likely blowout. If he’s terrible, he’ll simply be dropped from my final score.
SG: Josh Hart – Los Angeles Lakers ($6.4k)
Kyle Kuzma is banged up and will be a game-time decision. With LeBron James still out, this puts all of the top Lakers plays on the board and Hart is one of the best options available. He’s been thriving with King James out and things set up nicely tonight for him against the Knicks.
If you want to pay up, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker are two of my favorite pricier SG plays on this slate.
SF: Brandon Ingram – Los Angeles Lakers ($6.9k)
If you like Ball or Hart, you should also be taking a long look at Ingram. He’s one of L.A.’s main scorers with James resting an injured groin and he could feast tonight against New York.
Ingram has safely topped 32+ fantasy points in three of his last four games and could be a real threat to top 40 tonight.
SF: Paul George – Oklahoma City Thunder ($10.2k)
I also dig T.J. Warren at a cheap $6.2k, but I can’t pass up yet another late-game hammer. PG-13 has turned into a legit NBA MVP candidate and just keeps wrecking. Portland isn’t the best matchup, but everyone knows he can crush in any spot.
Instead of forcing a pricey Westbrook into your lineup, consider pairing PG-13 with Dame and a couple of Lakers to close out this slate.
George should also have a big hand in getting a win for OKC, as our own Andruw Burling predicts in tonight’s Thunder vs. Blazers pick.
PF: Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics ($6.1k)
Tatum was awful in his last game, so hopefully the masses see that and stay away.
Irving is out again, so any Celtics are on the table and worth trying. He obviously could blow up with a bigger offensive workload in front of him and a home date with the Mavs certainly isn’t scary.
Tatum is actually a bit too cheap here and has a real shot at 35-40 fantasy points. I wouldn’t mind intermediate guys like Aaron Gordon, Kyle Kuzma or Domantas Sabonis if things break just right, but I’m not sure I have to force it.
PF: Luke Kornet – New York Knicks ($5.5k)
Kevin Knox is a lot more palatable at this price point, but hey, Kornet keeps getting run and is actually playing really well. He could face-plant against he Lakers, but it’s in theory a great DFS matchup.
I doubt New York keeps this game close, but Kornet should get run either way. His price should also keep his ownership low. Feel free to pivot to Knox or find the funds to get up to Aaron Gordon, but I don’t mind rolling Kornet out there in his current form.
C: Marc Gasol – Memphis Grizzlies ($8.4k)
I am absolutely worried that fading Karl Anthony-Towns will be a huge mistake, but he’s not cheap and I think I can get a blow-up game out of Marc Gasol. Brooklyn has been horrendous against centers, so it’s simply a matchup where you play the opposing center if it makes sense.
It seems to here, as Gasol has 50-point upside and has been typically rather steady (39 fantasy points per game on the year). He even literally put up 51 fantasy points versus these Nets earlier this year, so I love him at his current price.
Fading KAT and Russ will be calculated moves for me. I’m not sure you want to do the former in cash games, though.
I think stacking Gasol/PG-13/Lillard gives me a better team as a whole and I don’t have to force it too much with my value plays.
You may want to consider getting off of Exum if Rubio plays, while Daniel Hamilton is not a play for the faint of heart. That being said, this team looks terrific on paper.
Keep your eye on any player news and be ready to make changes. If something crazy comes out, the big moves I’d be interested in making are getting off of Kornet and upgrading over Tatum. If you can keep most of this roster together and safely get to KAT, that’s something to think about, too.
Whatever you decide, I just hope some of these daily fantasy basketball picks help you and steer you in the right direction. Good luck tonight and enjoy the games!