This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. 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 while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
Take note that we are looking at the main slate (four games) starting at 7:00 ET.
De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento (at LA Lakers)
This Kings-Lakers game is easily the best fantasy environment of the night with a 1.5 point spread and 231 over/under. Both teams rank in the top five for possessions per game as well. Fox should find success within that, as the Lakers rank 22nd in defensive efficiency to opposing point guards. The Sacramento floor general has posted 43+ fantasy points in two of his past three, and I’d be surprised if he didn’t cross that threshold tonight. Fox is averaging 21-7-7 in three games against the Lakers this season, and that represents a solid baseline with room upside for more.
James Harden – Houston (at New Orleans)
We’ll need to see how certain injury situations play out (more on that later), but I believe there’s enough value to make room for Harden on this slate. The shooting guard position has less opportunity cost than usual with only four games tonight, making Harden even more of a priority. The matchup is encouraging as well, facing a New Orleans team that ranks fifth in pace and 24th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts. Harden has gotten back to his insane production levels with 77+ fantasy points (!) in each of the past two games. The last time he faced the Pelicans, fantasy backers were rewarded with 69 fantasy points. So yeah…he’s a fine DFS asset to build around here.
Jaylen Brown – Boston (vs San Antonio)
Brown has been a volatile DFS streamer with a low fantasy floor throughout most of the season. However, he stepped up with 48 fantasy points (29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) last night at Charlotte. Some of that breakout performance can be attributed to Al Horford and Gordon Hayward not playing. They are questionable tonight along with teammate Jayson Tatum. If all three of them are sidelined, Brown could step into a heightened role while armed with confidence from yesterday’s brilliant showing. Keep an eye on that development.
Nemanja Bjelica – Sacramento (at LA Lakers)
Bjelica has all the makings of an excellent fantasy player. He can post numbers in a hurry with legitimate 20 point and 10 rebound upside if he sees respectable minutes. The playing time is usually his biggest roadblock, but Bjelica is trending upward with a 30 minute average over his past three. True to his profile, he has made the most of the boost with a 35 FPPG mark in that span. Hopefully Bjelica stays in that role as long as he continues to perform. I’ll take a chance on him while playing up in pace against a bad Lakers defense this evening.
Cheick Diallo – New Orleans (vs Houston)
Diallo makes for a fine bargain lift in tonight’s abbreviated slate. Anthony Davis is probable, but he’s still capped around 20 minutes. Diallo has been productive even with Davis in the lineup, averaging 26 minutes and 26 fantasy points over the past two with Davis starting. Diallo is still reasonably cheap while representing fallback value on a shortened slate. I’ll be giving him a strong look while attempting to save enough cap space for Harden.
Marcus Morris – Boston (vs San Antonio)
Morris could benefit from Boston’s injury situation (outlined in Brown’s write-up) as well. Al Horford and Jayson Tatum are questionable, and Morris would see more solidified minutes if either of them can’t play. The matchup looks good as well, facing a San Antonio team that ranks below average (18th) in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
JaVale McGee – LA Lakers (vs Sacramento)
McGee scored 75 fantasy points on Friday vs Brooklyn. What?!? We knew he had upside, but nobody could’ve predicted that 33 point, 22 rebound, and six block outing. While I’m not expecting a similar total tonight, McGee makes for a nice mid-range pick on a slate that doesn’t have many comfortably-priced centers. The matchup looks great as well, playing a fast-paced Kings team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to centers and 27th in rebound rate.
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