To be quite honest, tonight’s NBA slate is pretty brutal from a DFS standpoint. The slate consists of six games, many of which do not hold much DFS appeal. That being said, I will do my best to find some FanDuel diamonds on this very rough night.
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Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, $6,900 – Reggie Jackson will most likely end up being one of the most popular plays tonight. He is coming off an excellent 25/7/7 game, which was good for 43.9 fantasy points. Tonight Jackson gets to face off with the atrocious defense of the Los Angeles Lakers, who specifically rank dead last in the NBA at defending the point guard position. This game has an over/under of 200 with the Pistons favored by two points. Jackson is an elite point guard play tonight.
Rajon Rondo, Dallas Mavericks, $5,600 – The playing time and production for Rondo has finally begun to level out. In his last four games, Rondo has played at least 28 minutes and has produced between 21 and 32 fantasy points. Looking at the NBA odds, the Cleveland/Dallas game has a decent over/under of 200.5 with Cleveland favored by four. This is one of very few games that actually has some decent DFS appeal. I don’t mind targeting Rondo at this depressed price when you consider the brutal nature of this slate.
Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks, $6,800 – Ellis is too cheap on FanDuel. He is coming off an excellent performance against the Lakers in which he totaled 42.1 fantasy points. The price of $6,800 requires right around 34 fantasy points to reach the value threshold. Also, as mentioned in the Rondo write-up, the Cleveland/Dallas game is one of the very few games that has some DFS appeal. Ellis is an excellent price point play tonight.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons, $4,900 – This recommendation requires you to not take a look at the recent game logs. KCP has not been lighting the world on fire lately by any means, however he has played 32 and 33 minutes in the last two games, which strikes some interest. The matchup tonight is elite for KCP, as the Lakers possess one of the league’s worst team defenses and have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards. Assuming KCP receives a similar amount of playing time, I believe he has a great chance to achieve value in this matchup.
Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, $6,100 – Chandler Parsons returned to action on Sunday without any sort of minutes restriction, as he logged a healthy 35 minutes of action. Parsons’ price of $6,100 requires around 30 fantasy points to reach the value threshold. With so many games lacking solid DFS options, Parsons provides another opportunity to attack what should be one of the higher scoring and competitive games on the board.
Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors, $4,100 – Terrence Ross was inserted into the starting lineup two games ago and the results have been impressive. In these two starts, Ross was able to produce 26.1 and 33.8 fantasy points. The matchup versus the San Antonio Spurs is obviously less than ideal, however the new starting role combined with the depressed price tag is difficult to look past tonight. The TOR/SAS game actually has the highest over/under at 206 with the Spurs favored by 7.5. Ross is an adequate value play tonight.
Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, $11,200 – The man is a freak of nature. Since returning from injury, Davis has produced 78.6, 53.8, 44.5 and 66 fantasy points in his four appearances. In addition to the elite production, Davis lands a great individual matchup with the frontcourt of the Brooklyn Nets, who have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards. On this somewhat short slate, you cannot afford to miss out on a potential monster game from the Brow.
Andrea Bargnani, New York Knicks, $5,600 – Don’t get me wrong, the New York Knicks are a very bad basketball team. As crazy as it sounds, Andrea Bargnani appears to be their best all-around player at this point in the season. He only logged 24 minutes of action last night due to the game turning into a blowout. The Utah Jazz are a team that rarely plays small, which means Bargnani should be a necessity on the court. He has shown 40+ fantasy point upside this season, making him a fine power forward option tonight.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, $8,400 – Like many Detroit Pistons players, Andre Drummond is in a great spot tonight. As previously mentioned, the Lakers have one on the league’s worst team defenses. On the season, they have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing centers. I would not hesitate to lock some Pistons into your lineups tonight.