There are six NBA games tonight, all of which have an over/under between 198 and 207. Injuries and lineup changes are opening up big opportunities, and there are plenty of intriguing low-cost plays to be found on FanDuel. Let's dive in.
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$6,000 - $5,000
Terrence Jones ($5,900) will be a popular play tonight, and with good reason. In his past two games he's averaging 23.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.5 steals and 3.5 blocks, good for 37.6 FanDuel points. He's starting at PF and recently earned praise from Kevin McHale, who has been frustrated with his team's play, so he should play huge minutes vs. Jared Sullinger and the Boston frontcourt.
Zaza Pachulia ($5,800) has been rock-steady this season, posting between 23.5 and 38.2 FanDuel points in his past six games. Tonight he'll face a Philly team that's yielding the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing centers, per RotoGrinders, making Zaza a very nice mid-tier option.
Jared Sullinger ($5,600) looks like a can't-miss play vs. Houston tonight. He's seen 30+ minutes in two of his past three games, a rarity for Boston big men, and is simply crushing it on a per-minute basis -- in his past six games he's averaged 32.3 FanDuel points. That's a great return on a $5,600 price tag, making him one of the best values around. Did I mention that Houston is the No. 1 team to target with opposing power forwards? Among other things, they're giving up the second-most points (27.1) and the most blocks (2.2).
Can Marcus Smart ($5,300) duplicate his frenetic performance vs. the Thunder on Sunday? He dropped 43.1 fantasy points in that game and posted 32.9 in the game before he hurt his toe. He's been inconsistent this year, so there's some risk here, but the Rockets are an enticing matchup and Smart is hot, making him a nice mid-range target at PG.
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$5,000 - $4,000
Jae Crowder ($5,000) is coming off his quietest game of the season, having posted only 10 points, three boards and one block in 25 minutes vs. OKC on Sunday. He gets the Rockets on Monday, however, and (stop me if you've heard this before) it's a great matchup...Houston is ceding the third-most fantasy points to opposing SFs. Crowder's copious steals and steady rebounds help make up for lackluster scoring, and he's a solid if not explosive option at this price.
Dirk Nowitzki will return to action on Monday but that doesn't mean Dwight Powell ($4,900) can't post 25+ FD points vs. a weak 76ers team. The possibility of a blowout (spread is 8.5) could also limit Dirk's minutes and thrust Powell into a bigger role, giving him even more upside tonight.
Joakim Noah ($4,700) is a Hail-Mary play who could pay off for ambitious owners. Fred Hoiberg is "strongly considering" starting Noah over Nikola Mirotic, and even as a reserve Noah has been tearing it up in his past two games, averaging 14.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. He isn't scoring at all, but those two-game averages still add up to 32.5 FanDuel points. Noah burned plenty of owners as a last-minute scratch on Monday, so he's unlikely to be deployed by a high percentage of teams.
$4,000 - $3,500
Jeff Green ($3,800) played well on Friday and posted 27 FD points, then moved into the starting lineup on Sunday and dropped 28.3 FD points in 35 minutes. There's no reason he can't play 30+ minutes again vs. a Thunder team that's giving up 104.1 points per game, making Green an upside play at this rock-bottom price.
Jon Leuer ($3,700) didn't exactly light it up as a fill-in starter on Saturday, but that game was a blowout so his 19 minutes might have been artificially low. He's worth considering if Markieff Morris (knee) sits out again, so keep an eye out for injury updates.
Metta World Peace ($3,500) should draw another start for Kobe Bryant (back, knees) tonight, which is worth noting -- in his last two starts, Metta averaged a decent 18.2 FanDuel points. Not great, but good enough for a punt play vs. the Suns (yielding fourth-most points to opposing SFs).
JaMychal Green ($3,500) is making the most of an expanded role in Brandan Wright's absence, and he's notched a pair of 22+ FD-point games in his past three outings. He'll likely be facing Enes Kanter while playing with the second unit, and could be a sneaky scrub play tonight.
Mario Chalmers has returned 20+ FD points in both of his games with Memphis, and it looks like he'll be handed the keys to the second unit. He's not a lock to keep it up while playing only 19.0 minutes per game, but is worth a glance if you need a punt-PG option to fill out your team.
Quick Hits: Dion Waiters flopped on Sunday with only seven points, two rebounds, one steal and three turnovers. He faces the Grizzlies tonight, with Courtney Lee likely defending him off the bench, which doesn't bode well. Jordan Clarkson looks like an appealing play with Kobe out of commission tonight, but he was lousy in the last two games Kobe missed, averaging a mere 13.7 FD points. Nik Stauskas is starting again on Monday but he's been shaky at best this year and is coming off a -2 game for fantasy purposes. Allen Crabbe ($3,600) has been lighting it up from the field lately (12.2 points on 61.0% shooting in his past five)...unfortunately, low playing time and a date with the Spurs' defense make me leery of him. Ditto for Noah Vonleh ($3,500) who should start at PF again tonight. Despite his temporary-starter status, Anthony Morrow ($3,500) has done nothing to warrant a play tonight, especially against the Grizzlies.