The NBA has 13 games going tonight, but this article will focus on the 11-game slate beginning at 7:00 PM EST for FanDuel. With several teams playing back-to-back games, check the NBA Starting Lineups page prior to tip-off to ensure all the players you’re looking to roster are in the starting lineup.
Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans, $7,300 - Evans burned everyone yesterday, so hopefully recency bias keeps his ownership percentage down as this is a great bounce-back spot. The Heat have one the NBA’s best defenses, which is far and away better than the Houston defense he will see tonight. This game should be played at a fast pace as both teams like to run, and the Pelicans have the second-highest point total on the night. Earlier this year, in only his second game back from injury, Evans stuffed the stat sheet against this Houston team with 10 points, eight assists, six rebounds, one block, and one steal, and is a great mid-range target.
J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks, $3,800 - Deron Williams has been ruled out for tonight and Devin Harris is a game time decision, so Barea should get another crack at big minutes tonight. He’ll be very popular, but at this price point, it’s very tough to get away from him. In an overtime win against Brooklyn he played 41 minutes and had a monster game with 32 points and 11 assists. I wouldn’t expect another performance like that, but he can be very productive when his minutes are there, and should easily surpass the 20 FD points he needs to hit value at his price point. If you’re looking to be contrarian, then Raymond Felton is a nice pivot because played poorly last game, but should also see a minutes and usage bump.
James Harden, Houston Rockets, $10,700 - Harden and Anthony Davis are my two favorite high-end options, and this Houston/New Orleans game looks like the top game to target on the day. It has a high total at 211 points and the Pelicans’ perimeter defense has been poor. Harden saw plenty of Kawhi Leonard as well as Danny Green last night, so tonight should seem like a breeze. The Pelicans are 24th in DVP against SG and Harden took advantage earlier this season with 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists against the Pelicans.
Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz, $4,600 - If Damian Lillard is ruled out for Portland, then C. J. McCollum becomes my 2nd favorite SG, otherwise, I’m looking to save at my 2nd SG position. Hood has been a big funk, but looks to be breaking out of it as he’s played three straight solid games. He’s topped 33 minutes in each of those and is averaging 25 FD PPG in that span. A primary concern with Hood is him getting in foul trouble, but the Clippers’ wings don’t see a ton of usage, so this is a game where he should be able to avoid foul trouble.
Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, $4,200 - He’s still coming off the bench, but his minutes restriction is loosening. He’s topped 30 minutes in two of his last three games and he will be playing on solid rest, so his minute projection should be solid. He’s topped 30 FD points in each of those two games and is still dirt cheap at $4,200. The Bulls are playing on a back-to-back and are 22nd in DVP against SF, so the matchup is solid. The Mavs could also be without Deron Williams again, so there could be increased usage to go around.
Gordon Hayward, Utah Jazz, $7,200 - If the Spurs happen to rest some players in a back-to-back, then I’d look to squeeze in Kawhi Leonard here, and he’s a quality option regardless. Dropping down in a price, Hayward is a solid mid-range target. He’s been up and down recently, but he’s shown 5x to 6x upside with Rudy Gobert out. He’s fared very well against the Clippers recently as he had 33 points, seven rebounds and two assists earlier this year, and averaged 22.5 PPG, five rebounds and five assists against them last year.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, $10,400 - He’s dealt with several injuries this year that resulted in him leaving a game early and burning his owners. For that reason, some are hesitant to roster him, but he reminded everyone of his upside yesterday with 63 FD points against an elite Miami defense. The Rockets were better defensively yesterday, but they haven’t proven that it is sustainable and they have no answer for Davis. The Rockets are dead last in DVP against PF and Davis took full advantage in the first meeting with them as he poured in 29 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks.
Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls, $4,700 - With Joakim Noah injured, Gibson has seen a spike in minutes, as well as production. He’s averaged 33.5 MPG over his last two games as well as almost 30 FD PPG. His price hasn’t adjusted to meet his new role and he draws a premier matchup against Dirk Nowitzki, who can no longer play any defense. The Mavs are 28th in DVP against PF and this could be the last chance to grab Gibson at a sub-$5,000 price tag.
Jon Leuer, Phoenix Suns, $4,400 - There are three PFs that are very high on my list, and both Leuer and Gibson make great pairings with Davis, or you can pair them together and spend elsewhere. Leuer’s minutes have been down a little lately as Markieff Morris was slowly working his way back into the rotation, but he is suspended for the next two games. That should solidify Leuer’s minutes against a terrible Philadelphia team that is 29th in DVP against PF.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, $7,700 - He’s better suited as a tournament option as his minutes have been very volatile, however, he still produced 33 FD points yesterday despite only playing 25 minutes. He topped 30 minutes in each of his four previous games, and with the Heat playing an overtime game last night, including Chris Bosh playing 42 minutes, maybe Spoelstra leans on Hassan a little more tonight. If that’s the case, then he brings big upside against a very average Orlando defensive interior.