For Tuesday, the main NBA slate contains five games. Every one of them is worth consideration with point totals higher than 220 points in each case (Portland at New Orleans is at 240 points) and fairly narrow spreads. The best matchups overall for fantasy go to Chicago, New Orleans, Portland, Oklahoma City and Boston, with all of those teams enjoying fast-paced opponents too. Injury statuses to be aware of are Brandon Ingram, DeMar DeRozan, and Jaylen Brown, while Patrick Beverley, Eric Gordon, Thomas Bryant and Kris Dunn remain out. Teams often choose to change up the rotation to get players an extra 2-3 days of rest ahead of the All Star Break, so it’s more important than ever to confirm lineups before lock. In this column, I generally set $6000 FD/$5000 DK as the bargain threshold, and I try to indicate when I think a position is particularly well-suited--or not--to using the cheap plays given the landscape of the particular slate. Tonight’s slate tips at 7:00 pm EST.
Coby White, Chicago Bulls at Washington ($4100 FD, $4200 DK)
It was all I could do to limit the number of Bulls appearing in this article today and I didn’t do all that well. Starting with White or Tomas Satoransky ($5500 FD, $4900 DK), within bargain range as well, takes advantage of the third-best PG matchup in the league with both guys playing ample minutes for a team shorthanded with injuries. White is certainly more variable, but that’s what the extra savings does.
Landry Shamet, LA Clippers at Philadelphia ($4300 FD, $4100 DK(SG/SF))
Shamet hasn’t really impressed that much despite plenty of court time with Beverley out lately, but I’m not giving up on him. His best game in February came in another tough East Coast matchup with Miami, in which he took 15 shots from the field and scored 23 real points (35 fantasy points). Can he rise to the challenge again here? Vegas has this as a Pick’em with a 225-point total, and there aren’t many cheap options to roll with besides Shamet. Tournament lineups only.
Josh Hart, New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland ($4800 FD, $5100 DK)
Enthusiasm around Hart will depend largely on whether Brandon Ingram plays or not. I’m counting on not, but we have to wait and see. Some will be out regardless, given Hart’s lackluster performance on Saturday vs. Indiana. Before that he was going strong, however, and I think he gets back at it in the highest potential scoring game of the night.
Lonnie Walker, San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City ($3500 FD, $3000 DK)
Again, we have to wait on word of whether DeRozan will play tonight for the Spurs. Walker got the surprise start Monday night and made a bit of an impression. Luckily for us – if DeRozan is out again – salaries were already set for tonight. His efficiency stinks, but in 27 minutes Monday night, Walker was able to rack up enough rebounds, steals and assists to exceed value.
Gary Trent, Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans ($4600 FD, $4400 DK)
Trent is one of the hottest names in fantasy basketball as he has turned heads with his production and, in the last two games, his extreme minutes (33, 38 MPG). He has scored double-digit points in each of the last four games, and has four steals and four rebounds in each of the last two. He’s looking like the answer to the question of which Portland aging veteran is better on the wing…in other words, I’m not buying Trevor Ariza’s Sunday outburst (or resultant price hike).
Chandler Hutchison, Chicago Bulls at Washington ($4600 both)
There’s not a lot to get excited about in the bargain range of SF on FanDuel, though you have more flexibility in filling this spot on DraftKings. Hutchison is kind of an auto-play when I’m looking to save here, as he is starting, consistently returning about 5X value, and gets a nice forward matchup with the Bulls tonight.
Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards vs. Chicago ($5800 FD, $5400 DK)
Bertans is your boring low-mid range power forward option tonight. Again, the absolute league-best PF matchup for fantasy, and Chicago ranks seventh in turnovers, upping the likelihood of an extra steal or two from Bertans, who generally puts at least one mark in the steal column. He’s playing about five more MPG now than he was the last time Washington played Chicago, when Bertans scored 24 fantasy points.
Thaddeus Young, Chicago Bulls at Washington ($5600 FD, $5300 DK)
Seriously, I can’t get away from this game. I actually like the idea of going Bertans and Young tonight at PF, since they make high floor with upside salary savers. Zion Williamson is the only PF I’m excited to pay up for, and I think Jayson Tatum is overpriced on both sites. Young has been turning back the clock for Chicago, almost always hitting the double-digits on the scoreboard and finally notching his first double-double of 2020 on Sunday. Washington ranks seventh in fantasy points allowed to PF.
Robert Covington, Houston Rockets vs. Boston ($6000 FD, $5200 DK)
I’m not a huge Covington fan, so as noted above, he’s not making my lineups and I’m not too excited about the matchup with the third-best defense in the league. That said, he’s cut out for this kind of game and Houston seems committed to his starting and playing an active role, especially on defense. I think around 30 fantasy points is possible tonight (but I also think you can get there for less on FD with either of the other two guys listed).
Moritz Wagner, Washington Wizards vs. Chicago ($4200 FD, $4300 DK)
Chicago has just been a gift to opposing bigs this season when it comes to fantasy. Wagner has been ramping up in his three games back from an extended injury absence, but the coast seems clear for him going forward. He impressed Sunday against the Grizzlies with a near double-double (19 points, nine rebounds) and should play over 25 minutes tonight. He’s one of my favorite values on the slate.
Steven Adams, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio ($5200 FD, $5500 DK)
I’ve been called an eternal optimistic and it’s a label I’m ok with. Adams has not been himself since returning from a brief absence and maybe sometimes playing through his ankle injury. But it wasn’t so long ago that 35-40 fantasy points per game was a given for the big man. He’s got decent numbers vs. the Spurs this season, and is back up to nearly 30 MPG. Will he break out of this slump with a double-double? At this price and assuredly low ownership, he’s worth a flier in my GPP lineups tonight.