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FanDuel NBA Plays: Tuesday

by Mike Petta
Updated On: December 3, 2018, 6:02 pm ET

Three more playoff games await on Tuesday. To help you build your FanDuel NBA lineups, consider some of the picks below.



Point Guard

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, $7,900 – Kyrie turned in a very nice 30 actual point performance (in 41 minutes) in the opening game of the series against the Celtics, and Cleveland is projected to score a whopping 108 points tonight in Game 2 of the series. I expect Kyrie to pick up right where he left off in Game 1, making him an excellent option tonight at just $7,900.


Jason Terry, Houston Rockets, $3,800Jason Terry is a very solid value option at just $3,800. He is starting in the backcourt alongside James Harden. In Game 1, Terry logged 26 minutes and was able to produce 16 actual points. The DAL/HOU game is the most appealing game of the three on this slate, with an over/under of 215.5 and Houston favored by 5.5 on the NBA odds board. Terry is one of the best salary relief options on the night.



Shooting Guard

James Harden, Houston Rockets, $10,800James Harden is the superstar that you want in your lineup tonight. As previously mentioned, this game has the highest over/under and is projected to remain close. Harden has more upside than any other player going.


Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks, $6,300Monta Ellis was relatively disappointing in 39 minutes of action in Game 1 (16 points and 4 assists, 25 fantasy points). As long as Ellis continues to log north of 35 minutes though, I have no issue targeting him again tonight at just $6,300.  A majority of your player exposure tonight should come from this Dallas and Houston game.



Small Forward

Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets, $6,400 – Ariza performed very well in Game 1 of the playoffs with an all-around game of 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 assists (39 fantasy points). He provides another opportunity to get exposure to this elite DFS game.


Paul Pierce, Washington Wizards, $4,400 – The Wizards did an excellent job of monitoring the minutes for Paul Pierce all regular season long. The rest paid off in Game 1, as Pierce scored 20 actual points in 37 minutes of action. As long as Pierce will see over 35 minutes in close playoff games, he will make for an excellent value play moving forward.



Power Forward

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, $6,300 – Similar to Paul Pierce, the Mavericks monitored the regular season minutes for Dirk Nowitzki. He was let loose for 34 minutes in Game 1 and was able to produce 24 points and 8 rebounds. The price will likely begin to creep up on Dirk, but for now he makes for an elite value play at just $6,300.


Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors, $4,800Amir Johnson logged 34 minutes in Game 1 of the playoffs and this is something you can likely count on moving forward due to the Wizards playing big. Washington typically keeps two bigs on the court throughout the game, therefore Toronto will be forced to match the big bodies, which will in turn keep Johnson on the court. In addition to the secure playing time, Johnson was solid in Game 1 with 29.1 fantasy points.




Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, $7,200 – Howard was slated to log 30 minutes in the opening game of the playoffs, but was only limited to 17 minutes due to foul trouble. Luckily for the DFS players that rostered Howard, he was able to produce 28 fantasy points in this limited time. Assuming Howard is closer to that 30 minute limit, he makes a phenomenal play at just $7,200.

Mike Petta
Mike Petta, who lives in the Metro Detroit area, started playing DFS in August 2012 and has been grinding ever since. His main focus is currently MLB, NBA, and the NFL. He took his DFS career to the next level in July 2014 when he decided to leave his career as an accountant to pursue DFS full-time. He is a top 10 MLB grinder and a top 30 overall grinder. You can find him on Twitter @Hoop2410.