The NBA season is coming to a close and tonight will be one of the final nights that feature a full slate of games. There are 13 games on the schedule tonight, with plenty of options at each position. FanDuel is hosting a $200,000 NBA Slam contest that is only $25 to enter. Click here to play against me in the Slam.
Here are my favorite picks for tournament play tonight.
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets (Salary: $6900, FPPG: 27.2, MPG: 31, Usage Rate: 22.4)
The Nets have won eight of their last 10 games, largely in part to the play from their point guard Deron Williams. During that stretch, he has averaged 35 fantasy points per contest, topping the 40-fantasy point mark three times. The Nets need to win to keep their lead in the Eastern Conference playoff race and we can expect Williams to see minutes in the upper 30s. His price on FanDuel has yet to catch up with his recent level of production, making him a strong play in all league formats.
Ish Smith, Philadelphia 76ers (Salary: $6400, FPPG: 13.3, MPG: 15, Usage Rate: 24.9)
Isaiah Canaan is out for the rest of the season, which leaves Smith as the only healthy point guard on the Sixers’ roster. He has played well in his last six games, averaging 32 fantasy points per contest. He should see between 32-35 minutes tonight against a Wizards defense that has struggled to contain point guards recently. Smith offers a ton of upside at his price point and makes for a great tournament play tonight against Washington.
Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $6400, FPPG: 27.5, MPG: 33, Usage Rate: 26.6)
Martin has been in and out of the lineup all season with injuries, but he has played a ton of minutes when healthy. In his last two games, he has averaged 39 fantasy points in 39 minutes per contest. He draws a difficult matchup against the defensive-minded Blazers, but he should fly under the radar tonight, making him a terrific tournament play.
Randy Foye, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $4300, FPPG: 13.5, MPG: 21, Usage Rate: 19.4)
Foye’s minutes have been difficult to predict recently, but he has played well in games where he has played 30+ minutes. He has 30-fantasy point type of upside against a Lakers defense that is ranked 25th against shooting guards this season. This will be a battle between two of the worst teams in the Western Conference and there will likely be very little defense played. Foye offers great upside at his price point.
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs (Salary: $8100, FPPG: 33.5, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 23)
Leonard has been one of the best players in the entire NBA over the last month of play. He’s not only shutting down his opponents, but he has been extremely productive on the offensive end of the floor. In his last 10 games, Leonard has averaged 37 fantasy points in only 29 minutes per contest. The Spurs are still fighting for playoff positioning in the Western Conference, so he should see minutes in the mid-30s tonight against the Rockets.
Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets (Salary: $5400, FPPG: 24, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 19.9)
Chandler is in the same boat as Randy Foye. His minutes have been up and down recently, but he draws a fantastic matchup against the Lakers, who are ranked 23rd against small forwards this season. Chandler’s price has come down on FanDuel, providing us with a terrific opportunity to buy low on the Nuggets’ small forward. He should be able to reach and exceed value with ease tonight.
Additional Plays: Wesley Johnson, Omri Casspi
Thaddeus Young, Brooklyn Nets (Salary: $6200, FPPG: 26.5, MPG: 32, Usage Rate: 21.4)
As mentioned with Deron Williams, the Nets are in a must-win situation tonight against the Hawks. Their star players will all log heavy minutes, including Thaddeus Young. In his last five games, he has averaged 29 fantasy points in 35 minutes per contest. Young also sees a boost tonight, as Paul Millsap will not suit up for the Hawks. He will match up against the likes of Mike Muscala and Mike Scott.
Mike Muscala, Atlanta Hawks (Salary: $3900, FPPG: 9.1, MPG: 11, Usage Rate: 17.4)
Muscala will draw another start for the injured Paul Millsap tonight. He played extremely well in his start last night, finishing with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals. He will likely be a very popular target tonight against the Nets, but it’s hard to pass up on the value that he provides, even in tournaments. Muscala should reach and exceed value with ease and he has an outside chance of scoring 30+ fantasy points again tonight.
Brandan Wright, Phoenix Suns (Salary: $4900, FPPG: 16.4, MPG: 19, Usage Rate: 14)
Alex Len is not expected to play tonight against the Mavericks, which means Wright will draw another start at center. In five starts this season, Wright has averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. He should see at least 30 minutes of action tonight against the Mavericks and he’ll have a little added motivation to play well, as he is facing his former team. Most people will lean to Bismack Biyombo here, which should leave Wright with a low percentage of ownership.