This article aims to highlight some of the best plays at each position for today’s main NBA slate. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop. Today’s main slate on FanDuel, Yahoo and DraftKings includes all five games starting at 2:30 ET.
Kyle Lowry - Toronto (at Milwaukee) – Yahoo: $36, DK: $8,600, FD: $6800
I like a lot of point guards tonight, as you can see below, but Lowry gets the nod thanks to his FanDuel salary. I view tonight, a slate on which the top five most expensive options are out or questionable, as a great night to build off mid-range guys. While Lowry is priced for his ceiling on DraftKings, the other sites let you get his consistent, multi-category production in what could/should be an Eastern Conference Final preview game for relatively cheap tonight. It’s worth noting that even though neither team has much to play for and are the top defensive teams in the league, this game has the highest point total tonight.
Devin Booker – Phoenix (vs. Oklahoma City) – Yahoo: $37, DK: $8700, FD: $8200
Sticking with the mid-range salary build, I’m turning to Booker, who has matured into the leader the Suns needed during this restart. Booker has been consistently productive, and the Suns are the most motivated team taking the court today. They are five-point favorites in the first game to tip off at 2:30 ET. Pair Booker with one of the cheaper SG options at the position for an easy fit.
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Khris Middleton– Milwaukee (vs. Toronto) – Yahoo: $30, FD: $7200(SG), DK: $7800
I’m not inclined to trust the big names today, though some exposure to Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James, if they play, would be okay by me. The Bucks are on the first game of a back-to-back set tonight, but at this point in the restart, I’m less concerned. Middleton has been playing about 35 MPG, and is shooting 65 percent from the field (77 percent from three-point range) over the last two games. He’s a solid option on the wing.
Bam Adebayo – Miami (vs. Indiana) – Yahoo: $33, DK: $7900(C), FD: $7900
Adebayo might be my favorite play of the day. His reasonable salary, combined with a great matchup against the Pacers frontcourt, such as it is, mean he could have one of his best games of the restart tonight. The Pacers rank just 23rd in rebounding. Although this could be a slower paced game, Vegas does like it to stay close with a 220-point total. Even if Adebayo just achieves his average against the Pacers this season – 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists – he reaches value.
Also Consider: Michael Porter, Jr., Pascal Siakam
Rudy Gobert – Utah (vs. Dallas) – Yahoo: $31, DK: $7600, FD: $7800
The NBA DFS Optimizer is in love with Jokic tonight, and there is probably enough value on this slate to fit him. However, his record against the Lakers isn’t fantastic (he averages about two fantasy points less than his season average). Thus, to save a couple thousand salary dollars, I’m more comfortable with Gobert tonight. The Jazz are big favorites against a depleted Mavericks team who will be without its two stars tonight. Gobert is a lock for a double-double with a couple blocks and fits well on all three sites.
Also Consider: Nikola Jokic
Bargains of the Night
Tyler Herro (PG/SG - MIA) There is a chance that Goran Dragic and Jimmy Butler return today, but Kendrick Nunn is still out for sure. There should once again be plenty of minutes available to the versatile guard, and although his salary has caught up with his recent production, he’s still worth a look: DraftKings ($5300),FanDuel ($5100), and Yahoo ($18).
Tim Hardaway Jr. (SF - DAL) At just $4900 (FD) and $16 (Yahoo) (but $5600 (DK)), Hardaway is one way to take advantage of the absence of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis tonight. He’s not without risk, which is why I wouldn’t use him on DraftKings, because even with significant minutes he can fail to reach value. The difference today is that the usual ball-handlers won’t be on the court. Along with Seth Curry, Hardaway makes it easy to get exposure to some of the Mavs value today.
Mike Muscala (PF/C - OKC) will also be a popular salary-saver tonight ($3500 FD, $3200 DK, $10 Yahoo), because the Thunder are phoning this one in. With everyone ruled out tonight, Muscala is the only big man on the roster. The Thunder reserves get a nice pace boost from the Suns, who are playing for the chance to compete with Memphis for the eight-seed. Muscala wasn’t overly impressive in his start Sunday, with 14 points and three rebounds, but anything over 20 fantasy points for this price is fine.
GPP Pivots of the Night
Chris Paul (PG – Oklahoma City) Paul almost made my top PG play, and with the news that so many other starters are sitting tonight he might be more popular than I expect. He needs no justification given his extremely high level of play, but the matchup, his low-ish salary, and the lack of other quality Thunder ball-handlers today make him more of a priority for GPPs.
Ricky Rubio (PG – Phoenix) Rubio is likely to be truly low-owned on a slate with so many PG options. Murray, Lowry, Brogdon, and probably Paul will exceed his ownership percent, but Rubio has been playing great. As noted, the Suns need to win, and Oklahoma City is not looking likely to stand in their way. I normally don’t love guards facing off with Paul, but as a sneaky way to a possible 40-ish fantasy points today, I’ll be slotting Rubio into a tournament lineup or two.
Mike Conley (PG – Utah) Is it illegal to have three PG pivots? I don’t know for sure, so I’m doing it. Conley, like Rubio, should be owned at negligible levels today. I was wary, but the veteran guard has really shown up. With Donovan Mitchell out again, and against a Dallas team that we already noted is without its powerhouse players, Conley is quite likely to again fill the stat sheet and make 6X value. In his last three games, he’s scored over 20 real points and at least 36 fantasy points. With his salary at $6100 (DK), $21 (Yahoo) and $6300 (FD), he’s another low-mid range guard to target in GPPs.