On tap for Tuesday night is a six-game slate. As always, be sure to watch the Awesemo NBA Starting Lineups page closely for updates on each team before making NBA picks today. Below are some NBA daily fantasy basketball picks that stand out for tonight’s slate using Awesemo’s Boom/Bust Tool and NBA DFS projections.
Boom/Bust NBA Daily Fantasy Projections & Picks Today
Boom: Cameron Payne: $5,300 DraftKings/$6,600 FanDuel
80% DraftKings Boom/50% FanDuel Boom
Plain and simple, Payne is a free square tonight. Chris Paul (finger) and Devin Booker (health protocols) will remain unavailable and in these past three games with the two guards sidelined, Payne has started at point for the Suns and produced 37 DraftKings points per game. Additionally, Cameron Johnson (quad) has been ruled out, and with him, Paul and Booker off the court this season, Payne has handled a 26.2% usage rate and a 41.2% assist percentage.
With this immense workload, Payne supplies 1.2 DraftKings points per minute. Tonight, Payne is facing a Magic defense that ranks 20th in efficiency. In this plus spot, Payne’s prop line is set at 17.5 points, 8.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds on BetMGM, which is already 32.75 DraftKings points before defensive stats and bonuses. In Awesemo’s Boom/Bust Tool, Payne holds a slate-best boom score for both DraftKings and FanDuel.
Boom: Kevin Love: $5,800 DraftKings/$6,400 FanDuel
49% DraftKings Boom/26% FanDuel Boom
With Jarrett Allen (finger) out for the foreseeable future, Love should be the primary beneficiary for the Cavaliers. In the seven games he has been available with Allen inactive this season, Love has responded with 37.5 DraftKings points per game. On top of Allen, Caris LeVert (foot) will be inactive tonight and with these two players off the floor this season, Love has scored 1.3 DraftKings points per minute, behind a 26.1% usage rate.
Tonight, Awesemo is projecting the veteran for 27.6 minutes against a Pacers’ defense that ranks 26th in efficiency. Love is averaging 37.3 DraftKings points per game for the 12 occasions he has logged at least 25 minutes this season and is an elite target for all formats on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
Boom: Giannis Antetokounmpo: $12,000 DraftKings/$11,900 FanDuel
33% DraftKings Boom/32% FanDuel Boom
Paying up for Antetokounmpo should be a priority tonight. He has generated 63 DraftKings points per game across his last 10 starts and the Bucks will be without Grayson Allen (hip) this evening. With the wing off the court this season, Antetokounmpo’s usage has risen 2.9 percentage points to a godly 38.2%, resulting in a whopping 1.8 DraftKings points per minute in a sample size of 722 minutes.
Hosting the Thunder tonight, the Bucks have the highest total on the slate with 122.25 points and this game’s total is also the third-largest on the board at 231 points. Antetokounmpo destroyed Oklahoma City for 66.3 DraftKings points back in November and is averaging 62.2 DraftKings points per game for the 15 times the Buck have competed in a total of 230 points or greater this season. In Awesemo’s Boom/Bust Tool, Antetokounmpo has the highest ceiling of any player in action tonight by a wide margin.
Boom: Andre Drummond: $5,800 DraftKings/$4,500 FanDuel
21% DraftKings Boom/46% FanDuel Boom
With LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) missing tonight, Drummond should see a larger workload that is not reflected in his current price points. Awesemo is projecting him for 23 minutes of work against the Hornets, which is plenty of time for Drummond to smash value in this excellent spot. He is contributing 1.3 DraftKings points per minute this season and 38.4 DraftKings points per game for the 14 times he has cracked the 20-minute mark. Charlotte ranks first in pace and 22nd in defensive efficiency. Furthermore, they are giving up the most rebounds in the league, which obviously bodes well for Drummond, who relies on rebounding for his fantasy production.
In this compelling matchup, the Nets have the second-highest implied team total on the slate with 121.25 points and this game’s total is far and away the largest of the night at 239.5 points. Drummond is a strong bet for a double-double in this setting and is rating as a top-three value for FanDuel at only $4,500. As for DraftKings, Drummond is more expensive, but still underpriced for his expected role tonight and is a tremendous target for GPPs, with Awesemo forecasting him for single-digit ownership.
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