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Tuesday NBA DFS Slate Starter: First-Look DraftKings & FanDuel Lineup Advice Today | 1/25/22

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2022 NBA Trade Deadline News Rumors today tonight NBA on ESPN Trade Machine James Harden BEn Simmons when is the trade deadline Knicks Celtics warriors Lakers Kings Pacers Pelicans BLazers

The Slate Starter is a daily first look at to get your daily fantasy basketball lineup-building process started before lock tonight. Each day, we will go through some of the best NBA DFS picks, top stacks and optimal lineup construction for DraftKings and FanDuel. Be sure to check Awesemo’s NBA Starting Lineups page, as it will be updated throughout the day as the NBA injury reports are released and breaking news surfaces. Let’s dive into some players who stand out as key options on Tuesday’s nine-game main slate.

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James Harden, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are probably the only team in basketball with a home-team disadvantage. Kevin Durant is sidelined with a long-term injury, while Kyrie Irving is only illegible to play in road games. That leaves Harden as the team’s lone superstar when playing at home.

That’s a role that Harden can thrive in. He’s increased his usage rate by +7.2% in five full games without Durant and Irving this season, and he’s averaged 39.1 minutes in those contests. Overall, he’s averaged a stout 63.2 DraftKings points per game in that situation. Harden should have no problems racking up fantasy points vs. the Lakers, who rank just 19th in defensive efficiency.

Harden is a strong option across the industry, but he stands out as an elite value at just $10,500 on FanDuel. He should own one of the top marks in our NBA Projections.

Tyrese Haliburton, PG/SG, Sacramento Kings

Haliburton is another backcourt option that could do some serious damage on Tuesday. De’Aaron Fox missed the Kings’ last game due to an ankle injury, and he’s currently questionable vs. the Celtics.

If Fox is forced to sit again, Haliburton should see a massive boost in value. He’s played in five games without Fox this season, and he’s averaged a blistering 47.4 DraftKings points per game. He’s averaged 39.5 minutes per game in those contests, and he’s increased his usage rate by +6.7% and his assist rate by +13.5%. That gives him substantial upside, especially at just $7,700 on DraftKings.

It will be interesting to see what Haliburton’s ownership projection looks like if Fox is ruled out again. He figures to be one of the most popular options on the slate, but that’s clearly deserved. However, if his ownership projection gets out of control, it will result in a negative leverage rating in the Boom/Bust Probability tool.

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Jakob Poeltl, C, San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are at essentially full strength at the moment, but they benefit from one of the best matchups on the slate. They’re taking on the Rockets, who have been a fantasy goldmine for opposing teams this season. They rank dead last in defensive efficiency and first in pace, and the Spurs’ implied team total of 119.25 ranks first on the slate.

Poeltl stands out as one of their best options. He’s been a fantasy monster recently, exceeding salary-based expectations by an average of 11.29 points over his past 10 games, and he’s coming off 51.0 DraftKings points in his game. He played more than 39 minutes in that contest, and he’s increased his production to 1.22 DraftKings points per minute over the past month. If he sees that much playing time again on Tuesday, he could have a field day vs. the Rockets.

Poeltl could also be worth exploring in the player prop market. Make sure to take advantage of the Awesemo Player Prop tool, which highlights the most exploitable player prop bets each day.


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View our FanDuel NBA ownership projections, our Yahoo! ownership and our DraftKings ownership. Our NBA DFS projections today are updated regularly, including whenever any relevant news breaks. Check out our NBA DFS rankings for fantasy points and values that are derived directly from Alex Baker's own NBA projections DFS. Looking for more NBA DFS advice FanDuel and the top NBA DFS picks for today? We also have FanDuel NBA rankings, DraftKings NBA ownership rankings and Yahoo! NBA ownership rankings for today's slate.

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