This article breaks down NBA options for tonight by which five players are the best option for your lineup at each position. It will cross over multiple salary tiers and doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive players but rather the guys you want to target for your DraftKings lineups!

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TOP 5 POINT GUARDS

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PGJohn WallWASPHI$9,200
PGRajon RondoSACLAC$8,500
PGMike ConleyMEMLAL$7,200
PGJordan ClarksonLALMEM$5,900
PGDarren CollisonSACLAC$5,000

  • Last time he played the 76ers John Wall ($9,200) put up 59.8 DraftKings points along with a triple-double. Philly has allowed the 2nd most assists and 2nd most rebounds to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks and Wall has 10 steals in his last 5 games so all things point to a big night for the dancing man.

Editor’s Note: Rajon Rondo is listed as Questionable for tonight’s game. Darren Collison has averaged 40.1 DraftKings Points per game in 2 games without Rondo this year.

  • 18 assists helped Rajon Rondo ($8,500) net 50 DK points Wednesday night while only scoring 7. His field goal attempts are always tricky but against Chris Paul he’s a good bet to be aggressive, since they absolutely HATE each other. Paul is only averaging 38.1 DK FPPG against Rondo in his career and while Rajon sits at 28.4 DK FPPG against Paul, his vision right now is on another level. This game has the highest projected point total and there will be buckets aplenty, many set up by the Joker himself.
  • The Lakers have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to Point Guards over the last 3 weeks and Mike Conley ($7,200) has taken on a bigger role in the offense with Marc Gasol injured for the year. He had 24/8/6 against the Lakers on Wednesday and is shooting 7-16 from deep over his last 4 games.
  • Jordan Clarkson ($5,900) has had at least 37 fantasy points in 4 of his last 5 games and outside of a Julius Randle post-up, he’s probably the most reliable offensive option the Lakers have. When he played the Grizzlies on Wednesday he dropped 28/6/3 and made 6 three pointers. He has at least 1 steal in 6 of his last 7 games and he does average more fantasy points playing at home.
  • Darren Collison ($5,000) may score more points than Rajon Rondo tonight and at the very least will see big minutes as he’s played 30+ in 4 straight games. The Clippers bench is pretty weak and Collison usually finds a way to do a little of everything and has 11 assists in his past 2 games. With such a fast paced high scoring game, 25-35 DK points are very attainable for Collison.


Positional Analysis from DKTV: Guards


Top 5 Shooting Guards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SGDeMar DeRozanTORCLE$7,500
SGNicolas Batum CHAIND$6,900
SGEvan Fournier ORLNY$6,000
SGJamal CrawfordLACSAC$5,700
SGWill BartonDENDAL$5,500

  • With 20+ points in 5 straight games and 30+ in 2 of those DeMar DeRozan ($7,500) is locked in offensively right now. He’s hovering around 20 field goal attempts in that stretch and his aggressiveness driving to the paint has been key and resulted in double digit free throws. Cleveland is good at slowing down the pace of opposing Shooting Guards but have allowed the 3rd most rebounds to them over the last 3 weeks.
  • Before struggling last game Nicolas Batum ($6,900) was averaging 15/8/6 with a steal and block in his previous 5. He’s a Swiss Army Knife for the Hornets and although the Pacers defend Shooting Guards well Batum’s all around game is hard to pass up. He has at least 1 three pointer made in 10 straight games and his defense against the smaller guards of the Pacers should get him a handful of turnovers too.
  • He’s played 40 minutes in 5 straight games and Evan Fournier ($6,000) is loving the Magic for trading away Tobias Harris. He’s scored over 20 points in 3 straight games and made 3 three pointers in each. His assists/steals have increased along with his playing time and the Knicks have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks.
  • Jamal Crawford ($5,700) is averaging 21 points per game in February and has dropped 3 three pointers in 3 of his last 4 games. he’s one of the only reliable options of the Clippers bench and he ends up playing Starters minutes anyway. He won’t do much outside of shooting and rebounding but this is his type of fast paced game and the Kings have allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks.
  • Will Barton ($5,500) has been steady since his poor All-Star weekend performance and is averaging 15 points and 6 rebounds over his last 13 games. He’s made at least 1 three pointer in 5 of his last 6 and has multiple steals in 4 of 5. The Mavericks have allowed the 3rd most rebounds and 4th most three pointers made to Shooting Guards over the last 3 weeks and Barton is never shy to let it fly.


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Top 5 Small Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
SFLeBron JamesCLETOR$9,500
SFPaul GeorgeINDCHA$8,500
SFCarmelo AnthonyNYORL$8,300
SFMatt BarnesMEMLAL$5,400
SFWesley Johnson LACSAC$4,300

  • LeBron James ($9,500) has continued his solid play averaging 21/8/8 with 2 steals in his last 4 games. Toronto is stingy against Small Forwards but do allow a high number of rebounds and James will still get his dimes with how efficiently the Cavs have been playing. Aside from struggling against Detroit 2 games ago, LeBron has been money with his 15-20 field goal attempts shooting 58% over his last 6 games.
  • Paul George ($8,500) has been on fire lately and put up 45 DK points last game despite going 0-7 from deep. In his last 4 games he’s averaging 25/7/7 and has taken 30 free throws. The Hornets are much weaker defensively without Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and are Top 10 in scoring points allowed to Small Forwards.
  • While his scoring has dipped a bit Carmelo Anthony ($8,300) has become a very steady rebounder and above average passer this season. Lately he’s put it all together and is averaging 22/9/5 over his last 4 games. The Magic struggle to defend the perimeter as evidenced by Chef Curry’s 51 points and 10 three pointers last night and although Melo won’t do that he should have a bounce back night offensively.


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  • Matt Barnes ($5,400) may have found lightning in a bottle against the Lakers Wednesday but fact is there’s just no one else to take his minutes at this point. He’s locked in for 30+ and is now getting way more passes for open three pointers. His rebounding and defense are very reliable and the Lakers have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks.

*Editor’s Note: Paul Pierce is out tonight. Look for increased run from Wesley Johnson, J.J. Redick, and Jeff Green.

  • The arrival of Jeff Greeen hasn’t cut into the minutes of Wesley Johnson ($4,300) yet and until then he should still produce well for his price. The Kings have allowed the most fantasy points to Small Forwards over the last 3 weeks and this game has the highest projected point total. Johnson can do a variety of things in his 25-30 minutes and has made at least 1 three pointer in 10 straight games.


Positional Analysis from DKTV: Forwards


Top 5 Power Forwards

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
PFDeMarcus CousinsSACLAC$10,600
PFPaul MillsapATLCHI$7,800
PFAaron GordonORLNY$6,500
PFMyles Turner INDCHA$6,000
PFBobby PortisCHIATL$4,700

  • DeMarcus Cousins ($10,600) has bounced between super dominant and dominant performances this season and tonight could be a super one. He has 20+ field goal attempts in 3 straight games and littered the stat sheet with everything possible. He has at least 2 assists in 8 straight games, has a steal in 4 straight, and a three pointer made in 3 straight. It’s Boogie time!
  • Paul Millsap ($7,800) hasn’t yet returned to his early season consistency but is showing signs he’s almost back to that form. He had a double-double in 2 of his last 3 games and the Bulls have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks. They’ve also let up the 4th most rebounds and 4th most blocks so unless Al Horford steals his shine Millsap should be good as new tonight.
  • The Knicks have allowed the fewest points to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks but Aaron Gordon ($6,500) has been out-hustling every matchup he faces. He has at least 11 rebounds in 4 of his last 5 games and also has 11 steals in that span. The Magic have played faster since trading Tobias Harris and anything with a higher pace benefits Gordon the most.
  • He’s not playing like a 19 year old rookie at all Myles Turner ($6,000) is just scoring buckets and putting up numbers. He has 11 blocks in his last 4 games and is averaging 17/6 during that stretch. The Hornets front court hasn’t played together all year and although they’ve won 5 of their last 6, don’t have anyone athletic enough to keep Turner off the glass.
  • With Jimmy Butler injured, Bobby Portis ($4,700) has seen his minutes rise to 25 per game and is putting up consistent rebounding numbers, averaging 10 points and 8 boards in his last 4 games. He’s also shooting 80% from 3 in that stretch and could end up with a handful of dimes tonight as the Hawks have allowed the most assists to Power Forwards over the last 3 weeks


Top 5 Centers

PosPlayerTeamOppSalary
CDeAndre Jordan LACSAC$7,900
CAl HorfordATLCHI$7,100
CMarcin GortatWASPHI$6,700
CRobin LopezNYORL$5,600
CAl Jefferson CHAIND$4,800

  • DeAndre Jordan ($7,900) has double-digit rebounds in 14 straight games and has 12 blocks in his last 4. The Kings have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks and a fast paced game means lots of shots and even more misses. Jordan should have no problem getting his rebounds and a fastbreak game like this one could mean more alley-oops/points for DJ too.
  • The Bulls defend Centers much better than Power Forwards but Al Horford ($7,100) has gone through some type of resurgence in the past two weeks. He’s averaging 18/10/4 with 3 blocks, 2 steals, and 3 three pointers made over his last 4 games. His defense has been especially impressive with multiple blocks in 6 straight games and the Bulls have allowed the 6th most blocks to Centers over the last 3 weeks.
  • Marcin Gortat ($6,700) uncharacteristically struggled last game but was steady as they come before that. When he played the 76ers in early February he had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Philly has allowed the 6th most fantasy points to Centers over the last 3 weeks, including the 2nd most rebounds. With how well John Wall is distributing the ball and the 76ers lack of having any talent whatsoever, Gortat should get back to his double-double ways.
  • Robin Lopez ($5,600) has scored over 20 points in 2 of his last 3 games and is shooting over 70% from the field in that span. He’s averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds since Derek Fisher was replaced as Head Coach and he’s played really solid defense too. The Magic turn the ball over at one of the highest rates to Centers and Lopez has 6 blocks in his last 3 games.
  • Big Al has a great matchup and a great price tag tonight and in 3 games since returning from a torn meniscus, Al Jefferson ($4,800) is pain free averaging 12 points and 6 rebounds on 60% shooting. In one of those games he dropped 18/7 in only 24 minutes and the Hornets made a clear effort to pound it to him in the post. The Pacers do have above average defenders in the paint but with Jefferson coming off the bench against the 2nd unit, he has a distinct offensive advantage on a team desperate for scoring.


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Positional Analysis from DKTV: Centers