Tuesday night presents a four-game slate for DFS players to attack. Still with only eight clubs competing, NBA fantasy lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel will be flush with high-level talent and value plays. The Awesemo NBA Starting Lineups page will provide breaking news when starters are announced as well as a full injury report on players who might be missing in action. Below are some NBA daily fantasy options that stand out for tonight’s slate using Awesemo’s Boom/Bust Tool and NBA DFS projections.
NBA Fantasy Projections & Optimal Lineup Picks Tonight
Boom: Talen Horton-Tucker: $5,900 DraftKings/$6,000 FanDuel
23.6% DraftKings Boom/17.7% FanDuel Boom
Even at season-high price tags on both DraftKings and FanDuel, Horton-Tucker is an excellent value with LeBron James serving his one-game suspension. In the three games Horton-Tucker has played without James this season, he has averaged 40 DraftKings points in 34.2 minutes per game. When James has been off the floor since the start of last season, Horton-Tucker has produced 1 DraftKings point per minute and a 23.6% usage rate. For Tuesday night, Awesemo is projecting Horton-Tucker for 35.1 minutes in the second-highest total on the board against the Knicks (214 points). For his career, Horton-Tucker is averaging 39.4 DraftKings points per game when he has logged at least 30 minutes, and he boasts a top-five boom score for both DraftKings and FanDuel tonight.
Anthony Davis (illness) was downgraded from probable to questionable ahead of this date with the Knicks. If he were to join James on the inactive list, Horton-Tucker would enter must-play status. Albeit a small sample, Horton-Tucker has scored 1.1 DraftKings points per minute and posted a 27.8% usage rate with James and Davis off the court this season. Also, Russell Westbrook would become a building block for all formats. Westbrook has led the Lakers in usage rate (35.2%) and DraftKings points per minute (1.4) sans James and Davis.
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Boom: Nerlens Noel: $4,200 DraftKings/$4,800 FanDuel
32.2% DraftKings Boom/29.6% FanDuel Boom
With Mitchell Robinson (concussion) out and Taj Gibson (groin) doubtful, Noel is one of the top values for this short slate. Noel started at center for the Knicks with those two out on Sunday and tallied 20.75 DraftKings points across 26 minutes against the Bulls. He picked up three fouls in the first half and would have likely seen more work had he avoided the foul trouble. Noel averaged 39.3 minutes in the three games that Robinson and Gibson missed last season, which resulted in 34.3 DraftKings points per game. Facing the Lakers tonight, the Knicks have the second-highest implied team total on the slate (110.25 points). With Westbrook at the helm, no team has played at a faster pace than Los Angeles this season. Additionally, they have given up the most points in the paint and the fifth-most rebounds. This is a near perfect matchup for a big man, and Noel is a threat for a double-double in this spot.
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Boom: Julius Randle: $10,000 DraftKings/$8,400 FanDuel
16.9% DraftKings Boom/27.1% FanDuel Boom
Randle is a worthy pay-up option on both sites but is simply unavoidable at only $8,400 on FanDuel. With Robinson and Gibson inactive Sunday, Randle finished with a huge double-double worth 45.5 FanDuel points in the difficult matchup against the Bulls. In all the time Randle has played without Robinson and Gibson this season, his usage and assist rates have risen 2 and 2.3 percentage points, respectively, translating to 1.34 FanDuel points per minute.
Plus, in the four games Robinson and Gibson have missed over the last two seasons, Randle has produced 47.1 FanDuel points per game. He should dominate in this beautiful matchup against the Lakers and is rating as a top-five FanDuel value in Awesemo’s projections tonight.
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Boom: Hamidou Diallo: $3,500 DraftKings/$5,500 FanDuel
18.4% DraftKings Boom/1.4% FanDuel Boom
Diallo is an interesting punt to consider for GPPs on DraftKings tonight with the Pistons so short-handed. With Killian Hayes (thumb) and Kelly Olynyk (knee) inactive and Isaiah Stewart (suspension) getting ejected after logging 18 minutes, Diallo recorded a season-high 32 DraftKings points against the Lakers on Sunday. The 21 minutes he saw off the bench also set a new season high for Diallo, and Awesemo is forecasting him for 23 minutes tonight against the Heat, with Olynyk, Stewart and Hayes all ruled out.
While this does not seem like much, Diallo averages a team-best 1.15 DraftKings points per minute when these three players have been off the floor this season. Furthermore, he has scored over 20 DraftKings points in 27 of the 32 games he has received at least 20 minutes over the last two seasons. Diallo brings much better upside than his low DraftKings salary suggests, and he is expected to come with low ownership for this short slate.
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