This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game 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.
We’ll take a look at Tuesday’s six-game main slate starting at 1:30 ET.
Russell Westbrook - Houston (at Portland) - DK: $9,400 / FD: $9,600 / Yahoo: $48
This Western Conference tilt between the Rockets and Blazers makes for the best fantasy environment of the night. Westbrook is an excellent lift within the whopping 243 over/under while checking in with a slightly cheaper price point than his teammate, James Harden. The Blazers rank 25th in defensive efficiency to opposing point guards, and they were extremely generous to Ja Morant in the restart opener. You could argue that Westbrook is the “polished version” of Morant, and he should have even more success in this intriguing battle.
Luka Doncic - Dallas (at Sacramento) - DK: 11,700 / FD: $11,000 / Yahoo: $53
You are going to see numerous top-dollar recommendations throughout this article. I believe there’s enough value to stack most of these guys into the same lineup. That especially holds true on FanDuel, while you’ll need to pick your spots on DraftKings and Yahoo. Make no mistake about it, Doncic is a headline pick while facing the Kings, who rank 21st in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts. Dallas really needs a win after going 0-2 to begin the restart, so they should be pushing their stars in this tight battle against Sacramento.
Kawhi Leonard - LA Clippers (vs. Phoenix) - DK: $9,100 / FD: $8,600 / Yahoo: $45
This is a nice landing spot for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, who are marginally cheaper than the other superstars on this slate. In fact, you should probably concentrate on all the games with an over/under north of 230 total points tonight, which includes LAC-PHX, HOU-POR, and DAL-SAC. The only problem with Kawhi comes via flimsy minutes in the low 30’s. That’s baked into the salary right now, and I believe he can come through with another 45+ FP effort in this confident draw.
Robert Covington - Houston (at Portland) - DK: $7,100 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $30
The Rockets depend on Covington to do a little bit of everything: make threes, protect the rim, rebound, guard the perimeter, etc. He makes for an intriguing fantasy lift because of that, especially on FanDuel where blocks and steals count for three points. As mentioned earlier, this is the highest over/under of the night, and you better believe “RoCo” will find production within that. He’s not a 100% must play on this slate (you could look towards value here), but Covington should definitely be on your short list through all formats.
Jusuf Nurkic - Portland (vs. Houston) - DK: $8,500 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $33
Nurkic has been absolutely dominant with 55+ fantasy points in back-to-back games. He’s playing 32+ minutes while showing no signs of slowing down. I’m expecting him to fall back within that gaudy fantasy range against an undersized Houston team that doesn’t have any answers for keeping him off the glass. He’s a cornerstone option for all of my fantasy squads tonight.
Also Consider: Nikola Vucevic
The Nets have a tough matchup with Milwaukee this afternoon, but you can actually stack several Brooklyn players for value. They were already shorthanded, then Caris LeVert, Joe Harris, and Jarrett Allen were ruled out of today’s matchup. That leaves Tyler Johnson (PG - BKN), Rodions Kurucs (PF - BKN), and Garrett Temple (SG - BKN) to see a ton of minutes while absorbing heavy rates across the board. DraftKings did a good job pricing them accordingly, while Kurucs makes for the better play over there. All three are firmly in consideration through all formats on FanDuel and Yahoo.
Gary Trent Jr. (SG - POR) has looked great in Orlando while posting 24 and 30 fantasy points with 26 and 33 minutes respectively. He has a wide range of fantasy outcomes that depends on making three-pointers, so this is definitely a risky play. However, Trent finds himself in a high-scoring tilt vs. Houston, which could give him plenty of opportunities (and more minutes to counter the “small ball” HOU lineup) to keep the hot hand.
Cameron Johnson (SF - PHX) has a difficult matchup against the Clippers, but he’s seeing plenty of minutes in the starting lineup. He has a well-rounded game exemplified with a sweet 19-12-4 line on Sunday against the Mavs. I’m not expecting him to rekindle that upside, but Cam could represent decent fantasy value while pushing for heavy playing time.
Danuel House (SF - HOU) isn’t a sexy option, as he’s usually overlooked due to having James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the same team. However, the Houston forward is seeing full starter minutes that have translated to 33 and 25 fantasy points in the first two games of the restart. I believe he can get back to the former in this high-scoring matchup against the Blazers tonight.