After a pretty loaded nine-game daily fantasy basketball, Tuesday calms down a bit with a tiny four-game NBA DFS slate.
This isn’t ideal for upside in DFS circles, but our lives should be easier when it comes to betting on NBA games and tracking player injury news.
For the former, hit up our NBA picks page for our favorite picks and the latest odds. I’ve got you covered with some DFS insight, as I’m highlighting the top values heading into Tuesday’s slate at DraftKings:
Best NBA DFS Point Guard Sleepers
Kendrick Nunn – Miami Heat ($5.4k)
Ish Smith – Washington Wizards ($5.2k)
Cam Reddish – Atlanta Hawks ($4.5k)
Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow remain out, so Kendrick Nunn is firmly in play. He’s pretty scoring dependent, but he’s averaged 22 points per game across two meetings with the Hawks and could let it fly again.
Reddish is cheap give his role, as he’s loggedd 30+ minutes in each of his last two games. He’s extremely hit or miss, though, so I’d rather refrain from getting cute here and just roster Ish Smith.
Isaiah Thomas is out for at least another week, placing Smith as Washington’s starting point guard for the moment. He’s responded with 31+ minutes and 24+ fantasy points in each of his last three contests.
Top NBA DFS Shooting Guard Sleepers
RJ Barrett – New York Knicks ($5.5k)
Gary Harris – Denver Nuggets ($4.2k)
Furkan Korkmaz – Philadelphia 76ers ($3.5k)
Barrett looks like he’ll be driven into the ground no matter what happens with the Knicks. He’s one of the few New York players you can actually look at. He’s not a bad price and faces the Blazers, so he’s in play.
You can also dive for a spare like Korkmaz, assuming Josh Richardson is still out. If so, Korkmaz could get the start and you never know if he’ll get hot from outside.
I’d rather go straight down the middle with Gary Harris, who should be busy in a competitive game with the 76ers. That, or just pay up at SG and seek value elsewhere.
NBA DFS Small Forward Value Picks
Kent Bazemore – Portland Trail Blazers ($5k)
Matisse Thybulle – Philadelphia 76ers ($4.3k)
Nicolas Batum – Charlotte Hornets ($3.7k)
Baze is a decent price, starting and will get good run with Rodney Hood suffering a devastating Achilles injury. You can also look to the versatile Thybulle (36 fantasy points last game) if Josh Richardson is out again.
I actually have my eye on Batum, who is getting good run right now (33 minutes in last outing) and is dirt cheap. The guy has been absolutely atrocious as a scorer this year, but if the Wizards can’t fix him for a day, I don’t know what will.
This is a total GPP play, but given his scoring ineptitude, he should be all of the unowned at this low price tag.
Top NBA DFS Power Forward Sleepers
Carmelo Anthony – Portland Trail Blazers ($5.6k)
Marcus Morris – New York Knicks ($5.3k)
De’Andre Hunter – Atlanta Hawks ($4.4k)
Marcus Morris is a solid price with a good matchup and Hunter is an even better price. But I only have eyes for Melo in this spot.
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t always been efficient since coming to Rip City, but he still has a huge role and soaks up a good amount of usage. It’s fair to wonder if Melo can save the Blazers at this point, but hopefully he can help your DFS squad on Tuesday.
He will surely want to, as he gets a revenge date versus his former Knicks team.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Center Sleepers
Mitchell Robinson – New York Knicks ($5.5k)
Damian Jones – Atlanta Hawks ($4.7k)
Kelly Olynyk – Miami Heat ($4.1k)
Center will not be the spot to pay down on Tuesday. Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic are the top spends, while Bam Adebayo and Hassan Whiteside should also be on your radar.
Damian Jones is a bit pricey, but he could be needed if Bam Bam (Questionable) suits up. The last two times he topped 26+ minutes, he registered 28 and 33 fantasy points.
Of course, if Adebayo is out, then Kelly Olynyk could be thrust into a huge role in an exploitable matchup against the Hawks. He isn’t the worst dart regardless of Bam Bam’s status, either.
Robinson is my favorite center value, though. He’s not the cheapest and he doesn’t usually start, but the guy averages 1.09 fantasy points per minute and is getting solid run at the moment.
This is a small slate, so picking one team or game stack to mostly build around isn’t the worst idea. Outside of the one-off value play, I wouldn’t have much interest in the Knicks and would probably limit my exposure to the Hawks to mostly Trae Young or Jabari Parker.
Hopefully these NBA DFS value picks nudge you in the right direction. If you want to take it to the next level and bet on the NBA tonight, check out our top basketball betting websites to get going.
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