After a great weekend of NFL playoff games, we have a full 11-game slate on tap in the NBA tonight. There are quite a few injuries around the league, which opens the door for some great value plays.
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Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (Salary: $10500, FPPG: 42.2, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 27.9)
The Warriors host the Thunder tonight in a game that features the highest total (216 points) of the night. In their previous two meetings this season, Curry has averaged 25 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals per game. While Russell Westbrook is also an elite option tonight, Curry is $1,100 cheaper on FanDuel and offers similar upside. The Thunder have really struggled to contain opposing point guards this season, having allowed the fourth most fantasy points to the position of any team in the NBA.
Donald Sloan, Indiana Pacers (Salary: $4500, FPPG: 21.7, MPG: 28, Usage Rate: 19.6)
George Hill has already been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Jazz. Backup point guard C.J. Watson may also miss tonight’s game, as he has missed the last two with a sore foot. If that’s the case, Donald Sloan would draw the start at point guard and see all of the minutes he can handle. He has really played well over the last two games, averaging 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game. As long as he draws the start tonight, Sloan will arguably be the best value play on the board.
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls (Salary: $9600, FPPG: 37.4, MPG: 40, Usage Rate: 22)
Butler missed the Bulls’ game the other night, as he was attending a funeral. He is back with the team for tonight’s game though, and should pick up right where he left off. Butler is having a truly great season, averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game. He is also averaging over 40 minutes per game, which is huge in daily fantasy basketball. Tonight he’ll battle with James Harden, who has never been an elite defender. Butler is considerably cheaper than Harden and is capable of putting up a similar fantasy outing.
Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers (Salary: $5400, FPPG: 17.6, MPG: 24, Usage Rate: 24.1)
If there was ever a time for Waiters to crack the starting lineup, this would be it. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have both been ruled out for tonight’s game against the Sixers. Even if Waiters isn’t in the starting lineup, he’ll likely play 30+ minutes and have a very high usage rate while on the floor. Not only will he have an increased opportunity tonight, but he also draws a favorable matchup. The Sixers have allowed the third most fantasy points to shooting guards this season.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (Salary: $10500, FPPG: 37.6, MPG: 30, Usage Rate: 31.9)
It’s safe to say that Durant is no longer on a minute restriction. He has averaged 35 minutes per game over his last two and should see at least that number tonight against the Warriors. The first time Durant faced the Warriors this season, he put up 30 points in the first half before being forced from the game with an ankle injury. Durant finally has his confidence back, as evidenced by a combined 78 points in his last two games. With small forward being such a thin position, there is no reason not to pay up for Durant tonight against the Warriors.
Evan Turner, Boston Celtics (Salary: $4900, FPPG: 19.5, MPG: 24, Usage Rate: 20)
It’s hard to trust any Celtics players in cash games, because their rotation changes on a nightly basis. However, Turner has really played well as the starting point guard over his last three games. During that stretch, he has averaged 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists per game. His price on FanDuel has yet to adjust to his recent level of production, making him an attractive fantasy option at $4,900. The Hornets have struggled against point guards this season, allowing the 10th most fantasy points to the position.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers (Salary: $10300, FPPG: 41.2, MPG: 37, Usage Rate: 29.1)
Aldridge is having another terrific season. He is averaging 23 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists per game. The Blazers frontcourt is extremely thin right now, so we could see Aldridge push for close to 40 minutes tonight against the Lakers. While this game does have the potential to turn into a blowout, it also has the potential to be a fantasy goldmine for the Blazers. The Lakers are ranked dead last in defensive efficiency and are one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA.
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls (Salary: $5100, FPPG: 17.6, MPG: 18, Usage Rate: 18.7)
Mike Dunleavy is not expected to play tonight, which means Mirotic could draw another start at small forward. He played well in his start the other night, scoring 30 fantasy points in 38 minutes of action. He has been very productive when on the floor this season, averaging 1.05 fantasy points per minute. As long as he draws the start tonight, he will be one of the top value plays on the board. Mirotic has 30+ fantasy point upside against the Rockets.
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies (Salary: $9000, FPPG: 38.1, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 26.2)
If there was an award for the most consistent fantasy option of the season, Gasol would have his named already half engraved on the trophy. He rarely has a bad fantasy outing. He has scored at least 32 fantasy points in each of his last 10 games and he’s topped 40 fantasy points in five of those outings. Zach Randolph is not expected to be back tonight, which means the Grizzlies will have to lean heavily on Gasol for at least one more game. It also helps that he is facing a Knicks team that has a depleted frontcourt at the moment.
Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz (Salary: $5300, FPPG: 19, MPG: 19, Usage Rate: 13.4)
Enes Kanter has already been ruled out of tonight’s game against the Pacers, which means Gobert will draw another start at center. He has been very productive this season, averaging 1.05 fantasy points per minute of playing time. His biggest issue is that he’s had a hard time getting on the court, playing behind Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Now that he is in the starting lineup, Gobert should see 30+ minutes of action tonight in a favorable matchup against the Pacers. They have allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing centers this season.