Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.
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 will be looking at Tuesday’s six-game slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Kyle Lowry - Toronto (at Orlando)
Lowry has been having a tough time lately, posting 29 fantasy points or less in three of his last four. That has been due to an uncharacteristically lousy shooting spell, but the veteran has otherwise been seeing plenty of minutes and peripheral numbers. For example, Lowry bounced-back with 45 FP in 36 minutes vs. Orlando on Sunday even though he only scored 12 points. He’ll face that same Orlando team tonight, and the Magic rank 26th in defensive efficiency to point guards. The Raptors need Lowry to keep instigating the offense, and a better shooting performance could unlock his upside.
Donovan Mitchell - Utah (vs. Detroit)
This is probably the riskiest pick of the column. Most people will take a wait-and-see approach with Mitchell, as he’s still expensive on all DFS sites. Mitchell threw up a dud (16 FP in 31 min) at Denver on Sunday, which was his first game back after missing two outings with a concussion. He’s had a few more days to rest, so hopefully “Spida” is feeling more like himself. He will have a very small contingency despite facing a Detroit team that ranks 28th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards.
Nassir Little - Portland (at Washington)
Little is coming off a terrific 47 fantasy point (29 min) showing at Milwaukee last night. We need to take that with a grain of salt, as Little hasn’t done much of anything outside that breakthrough. Most of his production came in garbage time of a blowout as well. However, there’s a chance Little has earned himself more minutes in the rotation. The Blazers could use him if Derrick Jones Jr. (questionable) joins CJ McCollum on the sidelines. This is a risky pick, as Little’s playing time is far from guaranteed. However, he’s hovering around minimum salary while brimming with confidence in this nice matchup at Washington. He could turn into a respectable value if he sees around 25 minutes.
Jeff Green - Brooklyn (vs. LA Clippers)
Green has found his niche among the superstars in Brooklyn. He’s a floor-spacer who should continue to see plenty of open looks as defenses collapse on Irving/Harden/Durant. Green is also a quality rebounder who has corralled six or more boards in three straight. He broke out with 43 fantasy points against the Wizards on Sunday, posting 23 points and seven boards. While we can’t expect a repeat performance, there’s a good chance Green will continue to post serviceable DFS lines. That especially holds true in a 241.5 over/under with the Clippers tonight.
Enes Kanter - Portland (at Washington)
Full transparency: I had several shares of Enes Kanter last night. Things looked great after the first quarter, but Portland was eventually blown away by Milwaukee, leaving Kanter to finish with 19 FP in 25 minutes. I genuinely believe he can bounce back tonight against a Washington team that ranks first in pace, 22nd in rebound rate, and 25th in defensive efficiency to centers. Kanter’s range of fantasy outcomes has been between 25-55 FP with Jusuf Nurkic sidelined, but I believe he can move the needle towards the higher end in this beautiful draw.
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