On Tuesday night we have a small two-game slate. When taking part in these small slates, I highly recommend playing a reduced portion of your bankroll because of the extreme player overlap.
The following recommendations are specific to FanDuel’s scoring system and player pricing.
Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets, $9,000 – Ty Lawson is a player that is much better to target when he as at home, as he is a much more efficient player at the Pepsi Center. The Spurs rank in the middle of the pack against the point guard position. The Nuggets really rely on Ty Lawson as not only the facilitator of their offense but also to score as well. On this two-game slate, Lawson is the highest I’m willing to go at point guard.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, $5,300 – Parker saw his minutes creep up to 28 two games ago and then back down to 23 last time out. The 23-minute game was in a huge blowout against the Utah Jazz, so I would not be concerned one bit. In a closer game, I think it is safe to assume right around 30 minutes of action. At his current price of $5,300, all we are looking for is slightly above 25 fantasy points to achieve value. An increase in pace (DEN fourth-fastest team in the NBA) combined with additional minutes should lead to Parker’s best performance since returning from injury.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, $8,400 – Dwyane Wade was a full participant in practice on Monday, which leads me to believe he will suit up on Tuesday night. The Heat will be playing way up in pace, as the Thunder have really began to speed things up now that Westbrook and Durant are both back to full health. The Heat have been cautious with Wade, therefore if he does play I’d expect him to be 100% and without a minutes limit.
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, $5,700 – Targeting anyone from the San Antonio Spurs is always a scary proposition, but on a two-game game slate we do not have much of an option. Ginobili will most likely play between 25 and 29 minutes in a close game. The fast and frantic pace that the Nuggets play at is fitting for Ginobili’s style. With a limited number of options at shooting guard, Ginobili is a decent play.
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, $10,700 – Durant is the best player on this two-game slate and I see no reason to avoid him in your cash games. Much like shooting guard, the options at small forward are extremely limited, so KD should be the first guy you put into your lineups. Slot in Durant and build around him on Tuesday night.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, $7,800 – Leonard returned from injury on Friday night and has been solid in both games. All indications are that no minutes limit is in place, therefore in a close game you can expect his playing time to exceed 30 minutes. As previously mentioned, the Spurs will be playing way up in pace (DEN fourth fastest), therefore you can expect some extra offensive possessions. Leonard provides a high floor, which is ideal for a short slate.
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, $7,200 – Ibaka seems to be playing much better now that Kevin Durant and the entire Thunder team is back to full health. He has exceeded 26 fantasy points in five straight games, which includes a total of 12 blocks during this stretch. The price on Ibaka is still fair at $7,200, making him a solid play on Tuesday night.
J.J. Hickson, Denver Nuggets, $4,700 – Prior to yesterday’s absolute blowout against the Warriors, Hickson had been getting consistent run. He was on a solid six-game run where we saw him play at least 22 minutes and produce no less than 23 fantasy points. Hickson is one of the best sources of salary relief on Tuesday night.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat, $5,500 – Believe it or not, Whiteside is the most expensive center option on Tuesday night. This should tell you something about the position. The issue with Whiteside is the fact that he frequently has trouble staying on the court due to his inability to stay out of foul trouble. Whiteside really should not have much of an issue staying out of foul trouble against Steve Adams, however the possibility does loom. The upside on Whiteside is too immense to overlook on a two-game slate though.