Today is a run of emotions for me. We have an epic 14-game slate to tackle which is always fun, but it also unfortunately marks the last full day of DFS (unless you count the meager two-game slate tomorrow) before we get hit with the All-Star Break and have NOTHING to watch for over a week. Let’s make the most of it this evening and get in on the action, and you’re going to want to target some key Bucks players as they get a cookie of a matchup with the Nets.
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Big Bucks | FanDuel Daily NBA 2/15
Russell Westbrook, OKC ($12,400)
Every single stud is in action tonight, so there will be some high scores to win. You can’t do TOO much of a balanced lineup and will need at least one of these guys to rack up the points. Westbrook is the highest priced but with good reason, and you should give him a serious look tonight. The Knicks have allowed the most FPPG the last ten games and have also ranked 29th in overall team defense in that time frame. Westbrook leads the league in usage rate and is averaging a triple-double. He’s underpriced even at $12,400.
Other options – Isaiah Thomas, Stephen Curry, Eric Bledsoe, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry (all are viable secondary cash options)
Mid-tier options – Mike Conley, Kemba Walker, Jeff Teague, Ricky Rubio, Dennis Schroder
Darren Collison, SAC ($5900)
There is severe blowout risk tonight in the game between the Kings and Warriors (Golden State is favored by 17), but Collison’s minutes should be stable anyway since Sacramento is so thin at the guard position. Collison has played 36, 38, 44, 41, and 40 minutes the last five games and the Warriors rank second in pace factor. Collison’s usage is usually higher than it was last night but DaMarcus Cousins shot the ball every time he touched it against the Lakers. Collison’s price is still not near high enough for his role.
Other options – D’Angelo Russell, Jameer Nelson, Tyler Johnson, Malcolm Brogdon, Austin Rivers
Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL ($10,800)
I have no issue whatsoever ranking Giannis over Harden tonight, as the Bucks are my primary focus. He’s seen a sharp spike in both usage and rebounding rates with Jabari Parker lost for the year, and has averaged 38 MPG since Jabari went down. The Bucks are only favored by five points and have a healthy team total of 116 points, and the Nets rank first in pace, 28th in overall team defense, and 29th against opposing guards. They also turn the ball over the most and Giannis can rack up steals and blocks.
Other options – James Harden, DeMar DeRozan
Mid-tier options – Nicolas Batum, Devin Booker, Klay Thompson