The NBA continues a busy week with an eight-game Tuesday night fantasy basketball slate. The Spurs are the only team playing for the second night in a row as they visit the Hornets while the two nationally spotlighted games feature the Nets visiting the Celtics, and the Sixers finishing their Los Angeles stay by taking on the Lakers. There are some good matchups to target in those games and across the rest of the slate, so let’s take a look at some top studs and values at each position. As always, make sure to check out the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news and injury updates that should switch up your lineup.
TOP OPTIONS TO CONSIDER
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StudD’Angelo Russell, MIN at NO, $9,000 — Both the Timberwolves and Pelicans have been playing high-scoring games lately, which should mean plenty of fantasy points in a game with an over/under of 248. Russell should be set up for a good piece of that action as the focus of the Timberwolves’ offense. He has played seven games since being traded to Minnesota and is averaging 23.7 points, 7.7 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 45.2 DKFP in 33.9 minutes per game. He had 44.75 DKFP and 43.25 DKFP in two games against New Orleans when he was with the Warriors. The Pelicans have been one of the best matchups for opposing PGs this season, so Russell should be set for a busy and productive game.
Other Options — Kyle Lowry ($8,100), Chris Paul ($7,500)
ValueShake Milton, PHI at LAL, $6,300 — Milton exploded for a career-high 39 points on Sunday against the Clippers and finished with 54.75 DKFP in 40 minutes. He has been stepping into a much larger role with Ben Simmons (back) out and picked up even more offensive work with Joel Embiid (shoulder) also sidelined. The second-year guard from SMU has over 25 DKFP in each of his four starts and over 35 DKFP in each of his past three. His hot shooting and heavy workload may not last forever, but for now, he’s the focus of the Sixers’ offense and has a very high ceiling for a player just over $6K.
Other Options — Monte Morris ($4,500), Patty Mills ($3,300)
StudJaylen Brown, BOS vs. BKN, $7,100 — With Jayson Tatum (illness) unlikely to play, Kemba Walker ($7,300; knee) on a minutes limit and Marcus Smart ($7,300) available but battling an illness, Brown and Gordon Hayward ($7,400) could be in for more work than usual when the Celtics host the Nets. Brown has been playing very well in his five games since the All-Star break, with over 33 DKFP in each contest, averaging 22.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 37 DKFP in 37.5 minutes per game. He matched his season-high with 23 shot attempts in his most recent game against the Rockets and could be poised for another heavy workload against Brooklyn, especially with Tatum trending in the wrong direction.
Other Options — Jrue Holiday ($7,900), Terry Rozier ($6,100)
ValueNorman Powell, TOR at PHO, $5,700 — Powell has only been back for two games after missing a month with a fractured finger, but he has jumped right back into the Raptors’ rotation and been a key contributor logging heavy minutes. Powell had 22 points and 29.25 DKFP against the Hornets while playing 36 minutes in his first game back and followed that with 24 points and 34 DKFP in 40 minutes against the Nuggets. A bit part of the extra work has been the absence of Fred VanVleet ($6,600; shoulder), who is questionable again for this contest. Powell has had a breakout season for the defending champs and should be a great play under $6K if he keeps getting so much run.
Other Options — Jordan Poole ($4,900), Gary Harris ($3,900)
StudBradley Beal, WAS at SAC, $10,400 — Beal has carried the Wizards’ offense all season and has been on fire over his past five games. He has over 60 DKFP in four of those contests and has averaged 42.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 63.0 DKFP in 39.0 minutes per contest. The Wizards continue their trip to the West with a stop in Sacramento tonight and Beal will look to stay hot in a very favorable matchup against the Kings. While he doesn’t reach levels of multi-category dominance that LeBron James ($11,400) offers at the top of the SF pool, he also is more locked into his usage since Anthony Davis ($9,900; knee, questionable) could return to take some of the burden off LeBron. Both are definitely elite plays, but Beal has a safer floor unless Davis is ruled out before lock.
Other Options — LeBron James ($11,400), Andrew Wiggins ($7,600)
ValueFurkan Korkmaz, PHI at LAL, $4,000 — With Josh Richardson (concussion) joining Simmons and Embiid on the sideline, it may be time for the Sixers to unleash the Korkmaz. Korkmaz logged 29 minutes on Sunday but only shot 2-for-9 and finished with eight points. Coming into that contest, though, he was shooting over 50% from the field over his previous nine games and averaging over 15 points per contest. If he plays around 30 minutes again in this contest, he should be in a good place to return excellent value.
Other Options — Eric Paschall ($5,300), Jarrett Culver ($3,500)
StudZion Williamson, NO vs. MIN, $7,700 — The Timberwolves may have a hard time matchup up with Williamson’s size since they’ve been going smaller recently, and Zion has looked unstoppable over his past few games. He has over 40 DKFP in three of his past four contests and has 11 straight games with at least 20 points. He had a career-high 35 points on Sunday against the Lakers and added seven boards for 40.75 DKFP. Williamson’s non-scoring stats haven’t quite been there yet, but he’s enough of a scoring threat to be a good target at under $8K in a game with so much scoring expected.
Other Options — Brandon Ingram ($7,800), Gordon Hayward ($7,400)
ValueTrey Lyles, SA at CHA, $5,200 — Lyles has stepped up with LaMarcus Aldridge (shoulder) and Jakob Poeltl (knee) out, and both are expected to miss the second game of the back-to-back in Charlotte. Lyles had 20 points and 44.75 DKFP against the Magic on Saturday and followed that with 20 points and 35.0 DKFP in 37 minutes against the Pacers. With San Antonio short-handed in the frontcourt and in a good matchup with the Hornets, look for Lyles to keep producing.
Other Options — Juancho Hernangómez ($5,500), Michael Porter Jr. ($4,300)
StudMontrezl Harrell, LAC at OKC, $6,200 — While Kawhi Leonard ($9,200), Paul George ($7,100) and Lou Williams ($5,900) have been getting most of the fantasy hype, Harrell has been a solid producer for the Clippers most of the season as a key piece coming off the bench. He has scored double-digit points in all but one of his past 25 games and is averaging 17.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 33.6 DKFP in five games since the All-Star break. He had 18 points, 10 boards and 44 DKFP last Friday against Denver and fell just one rebound short of another double-double with 24 points, nine rebounds and 38.25 DKFP against the Sixers Sunday. Harrell posted 55 DKFP and 29 DKFP in two matchups with the Thunder earlier this season and offers both low risk and a high ceiling from his salary just over $6K on this slate.
Other Options — Nikola Jokic ($9,400), Al Horford ($7,000)
ValueAlex Len, SAC vs. WAS, $4,300 — After joining Sacramento at the trade deadline as part of the Dewayne Dedmon deal, Len will continue to share time with Harry Giles ($5,600) while Richaun Holmes (shoulder) is sidelined. He was injured at the time of the trade but has been working his way into a larger role in the rotation. He had 11 points and 11 boards against the Thunder on his way to 27.75 DKFP last Thursday. He only had 22.75 DKFP against Memphis the following day, but he had a big game with eight points, 13 boards, five blocks and 34.25 DKFP against the Pistons in his most recent game on Sunday, when he also logged 28 minutes. Len is an affordable way to fill the middle who should get good run in a favorable matchup.
Other Options — Daniel Theis ($5,500), Guillermo Hernangómez ($3,800)
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