There’s a slightly light slate of seven games in the NBA tonight, but still plenty of opportunities to win some money playing daily fantasy basketball. Here are the top plays for today’s slate on FanDuel.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, $9,400 - Lillard is one of my favorite plays on the slate, regardless of position, as he draws a premier matchup with the Lakers. The Lakers feature one of the leagues’ worst defenses against point guards (second-most points allowed to PGs this season) and Lillard torched them for 60 FD points just two games ago. He’s getting all the minutes and shot attempts he can handle, and should be in for another big outing on Saturday night.
If you’d prefer to spend up to Stephen Curry, that is always a terrific option, and if you can squeeze in both Lillard and Curry then that’s an even better option. In the mid-range, Deron Williams and Ish Smith provide solid value. Williams draws an elite matchup with a bad Denver defense, while Ish will draw the start in place of Jrue Holiday and see all the minutes and usage he can handle.
Also Consider - Rajon Rondo, D’Angelo Russell
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, $7,500 - The Raptors are in a nice spot as they face the up-tempo Wizards, who have really struggled against opposing wings. The Wizards are allowing 106 PPG and are 22nd in DVP against SG on the season. DeRozan is playing upwards of 40 minutes to per game and brings a great floor to a weak SG crop today.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $6,300 - He’s not a great cash game play, but he brings big GPP upside. The Kings are 29th in DVP against SG and Klay can get hot at a drop of a hat. He piled in an NBA record 37 points in a quarter against the Kings last year, and his price is down around the industry.
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, $6,900 - The Jazz draw a nice matchup boost as they face the up-tempo Pelicans, who are allowing 109 PPG, which is the most in the NBA. Utah could also be without Rodney Hood and Trey Burke so there should be extra minutes on the wing and if Burke sits then the Hayward should see more time as the primary playmaker. He started the year slowly but is trending upwards of late and is coming off his best game of the year.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $8,900 - Leonard provides $1,200 savings compared to LeBron James, and has been producing at a very similar clip. He’s taken his game to the next level this season and has now topped 40 FD points in five of his last seven games. This should be a competitive game with the Hawks, and as we saw last night, he’s a guy who can stuff a stat sheet in every category.
Also Consider -DeMarre Carroll
Luis Scola, Toronto Raptors, $4,700 - Since the injury to Jonas Valunciunas, Scola has topped 30 minutes in each game and has produced 25 FD points in each game. He’s shooting the ball very well right now and the Wizards’ defense has been one of the weaker units in the NBA. The Raptors are very thin on the interior so Scola should be locked into solid minutes and his price tag hasn’t adjusted to his recent uptick in minutes.
Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers, $5,700 - I like both Derrick Favors and Kevin Love as higher end options if you can afford them, but if you need the savings then Randle is another solid value. The Portland interior defense is nothing to write home about, and Randle has flashed solid upside for a player under $6,000. He put up 13 points and 13 rebounds against this Portland team just six days ago and should be in for another productive outing tonight.
Mason Plumlee, Portland Trail Blazers, $6,200 - Plumlee becomes a little riskier due to the return of Meyers Leonard, but he’ll still be in the starting lineup at center. Like Lillard, he had a big day against this terrible Lakers defense as he piled up 17 points and 11 rebounds en route to 40 FD points. He has double-digit rebounds in three straight games and the Lakers are dead last in DVP against centers, and allow the 2nd most rebounds to opposing centers.
Zaza Pachulia, Dallas Mavericks, $5,800 - Zaza is coming off of a brutal game against the Spurs, but is in a prime bounce back spot against the weak Denver interior. Prior to the Spurs game, Zaza recorded four straight double-doubles and the Nuggets are 27th in DVP against the center position.