We have a solid six-game slate today, and, as usual, we’re going to ignore the early games since all of the big GPPs on FanDuel start at 6:00 PM EST.
The big news of the day is that Russell Westbrook will miss tonight’s game against the Lakers. There really isn’t a better spot to target in daily fantasy NBA than a team without their two highest usage players sitting out against a fantasy goldmine like the Lakers. We’ll get into specific plays later on, but expect to see a healthy dose of Thunder recommendations.
As always, good luck tonight. Let’s take a look at who I’ll be targeting in my FanDuel NBA lineups tonight.
Mo Williams, Charlotte Hornets, $5,900 – At this price, you simply have to go plug in Williams and move on. He’s way too cheap for a guy playing heavy minutes and putting up 40+ point fantasy points on a fairly regular basis. While the Magic have really slowed things down under interim head coach James Borrego, they’re still ranked near the bottom of the league against opposing point guards. Vegas is expecting a close game, and while the over/under is less than appealing, there’s no reason to think Williams won’t have another solid outing tonight given how involved he is in Charlotte’s offensive game plan.
D.J. Augustin, Oklahoma City Thunder, $6,700 – Augustin’s price is still elevated from his days as the starting point guard for the Pistons, but he make for a solid play tonight. With Russell Westbrook out, Augustin will take over the starting role and be tasked with a heavy workload. We’ve all seen the ridiculous numbers Westbrook has been putting up, and we know that the remaining players are going to be responsible for all of that production. Augustin is in a terrific spot against a Lakers team that plays little to no defense. They’ve been abused by opposing point guards all season, and it’s very likely Augustin continues that trend tonight.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, $7,200 – After a very rough stretch of very poor outings, Thompson is once again producing like the top tier shooting guard we’ve become accustomed to. Shooting guard is a very thin position tonight, and it makes a lot of sense to pay up for Thompson, especially in cash games. The Warriors are projected to easily score the most nights tonight, putting Thompson in great position against a Celtics team that pushes the pace and plays poor defense. There’s no guarantee Boston keeps this game close, so we may not see much of Thompson in the fourth quarter. However, in this matchup, I don’t think Thompson needs a full allotment of minutes to post a score or around 30-35 fantasy points tonight.
Rodney Stuckey, Indiana Pacers, $5,200 – Dion Waiters is going to be a popular pick tonight, but I much prefer spending a little extra for a much better player and daily fantasy option. Stuckey has been amazing off the bench recently, and while I expect the Pacers starters to see reduced minutes in what should be a very easy home win over the Sixers, Stuckey is likely to play his typical 25-30 minutes off the bench regardless of the score. The matchup is too good to ignore, and I’m going to give Stuckey a floor of 20 fantasy points while also offering a ceiling 0f 35-40 in good matchups. Fortunately, tonight’s matchup is about as good as it gets.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, $7,300 – With Green, you get the luxury of rostering a power forward in one of your small forward positions. Now factor in a matchup with a Boston team that has been dreadful against opposing power forwards this season. Green is one of those players who has a high floor and ceiling due to his ability to contribute in every category, and he should thrive in what will likely be a very up-tempo game between these two teams.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Hornets, $6,000 – Kidd-Gilchrist has become a very reliable target, and while I prefer to stay away from games with low totals, it’s difficult for me to fade a $6,000 player with legitimate 40-point upside. This game should stay close, so expect MKG to play his normal allotment of 30-35 minutes while posting a solid score along the way.
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, $7,300 – Ibaka is going to be asked to shoulder a large portion of the offensive load for the Thunder tonight. With both of their top two offensive weapons inactive, it’s going to be the Augustin and Ibaka show for much of the game. The Lakers are a mess defensively and are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, so Ibaka should find plenty of success in this matchup. Also, expect him to see a boost in rebounding. Westbrook is one of the best rebounding guards in the league, and his absence is going to create additional rebounding opportunities for Ibaka.
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, $9,500 – Aldridge is going to be tough to fit, but if you can, he’s worth paying for tonight. The Kings will be without DeMarcus Cousins, which will leave them very thin up front. They simply don’t have anyone that can keep up with Aldridge, and despite dealing with a couple of thumb injuries, Aldridge was able to post a monster stat line last time out against the Thunder. I’m not expecting a repeat 50+ fantasy point performance, but Aldridge should find plenty of success in a very favorable matchup.
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, $8,600 – With Cousins inactive, Vucevic is the clear number one center option this evening. Al Jefferson just isn’t getting it done, and the center position is very thin on FanDuel tonight. As of this writing, the status of Enes Kanter is up in the air. If he is unable to go, there’s really no competition with Vucevic, and I’d advocate using him in nearly every lineup tonight. He has massive upside, and given tonight’s matchup with the Hornets is likely to go down to the wire, he should see his typical allotment of minutes.
Omer Asik, New Orleans Pelicans, $4,900 – After Vucevic it gets rather bleak at the center position. With Anthony Davis out, Asik has seen extra minutes, and his production has been given a post as well. He’s certainly not a high upside player, but if you’re looking to go contrarian and save at the center position tonight, he at least offers a floor of about 20 fantasy points, while giving you the possibility of 30 fantasy point night. He draws a very favorable matchup with a Denver team that has been awful against opposing power forwards and centers this season. Again, don’t expect a huge performance, but at $4,900, a score of 25-30 will be more than enough to pay off his value threshold tonight.