The NBA has another full night of fantasy basketball action lined up for this Tuesday with eight games on tap after nine games on Monday. The Hawks, Heat, Kings, Raptors, 76ers and Trail Blazers are all scheduled to be on the floor for the second night in a row, so be ready for some possible adjustments to their rotations. Along with all the teams on back-to-backs, it’s worth watching the Cavs under acting head coach Larry Drew and the Wizards and Rockets, who will try to get things going after slow starts.
As always, there are some injury situations to monitor and the possibility of players getting rested, so stay up to date with the latest news before tipoff on the DK Live app or at live.draftkings.com. As you get your lineup set before tipoff, make sure to consider these top studs and values.
StudChris Paul, HOU vs. POR, $9,300 — With James Harden (hamstring) out, Paul likely will carry more of the offensive workload for the Rockets as they host the Blazers. He returned from his two-game suspension but struggled with his shot, going just 3-for-13 against the Clippers and finishing with 33 DKFP on 12 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Even though he didn’t step up and go big in that game, he has extra potential with the added opportunity and gets the Blazers on the second night of their back-to-back. Other Options — Damian Lillard ($9,600), Mike Conley ($7,600)
ValueShai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC at OKC, $4,100 — The Clippers’ first-round pick has gotten extended playing time as the leader of the second unit and has shown the ability to step up and deliver. He has 20-plus DKFP in three of his past four games, and he had a season-high 34.5 DKFP in his most recent game, which was Sunday against the Wizards. In that contest, he had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 28 minutes. He is averaging over 26 minutes per game and should get plenty of work in OKC in an entertaining matchup with the Thunder.
Other Options — Jordan Clarkson ($4,600), D.J. Augustin ($4,300)
StudKawhi Leonard, TOR vs. PHI, $9,500 — Kawhi rested last night as the Raptors faced the Bucks and suffered their first loss of the season. He’s expected to return to the starting lineup at home against the 76ers, and he’ll look to continue his hot start with his new team. In his five games, Leonard has averaged 26.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 46.2 DKFP in 34.5 minutes per game. He has over 48 DKFP in three of his past four games and should be set up for another well-rounded performance. He has an elite ceiling with a salary under $10K, and he’s always low-risk when healthy since he contributes in so many categories. Other Option — Josh Richardson ($6,600), Eric Gordon ($6,100)
ValueBuddy Hield, SAC at ORL, $5,500 — Hield is starting to take off and emerge as part of a strong core for the young Kings. Hield has scored 23, 22 and 23 points in his past three games with multiple 3-pointers and over 35 minutes in each contest, resulting in over 32 DKFP in each contest. He’s in a good matchup with the Magic as Sacramento tries to close out a seep of the Florida teams on back-to-back nights after beating Miami behind Hield’s 47 DKFP on Monday.
Other Options — Kelly Oubre Jr. ($5,200), Garrett Temple ($4,000)
StudPaul George, OKC vs. LAC, $8,700 — The Thunder finally got their first win Sunday against the Suns, and now they’ll try to make it two in a row as they host the Clippers. Despite OKC’s slow start, George has been consistent with at least 20 points and 35 DKFP in each of his five games. He is averaging 42.2 DKFP on 24.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.6 steals per game, and he reminded everyone Sunday he can flourish next to Russell Westbrook ($10,500), hitting 9-of-15 shots for 46.5 DKFP. He had 40 DKFP against the Clippers in the earlier meeting of these teams before Westbrook returned, and he should be good for more than that in the rematch at home Tuesday. Other Options — Ben Simmons ($9,100), Jayson Tatum ($6,500)
ValueEvan Turner, POR at HOU, $3,900 — Turner has stepped up coming off the bench for the Blazers and contributes across multiple categories when he’s at his best. He had 13 points, eight boards, three assists, a steal and 29.5 DKFP on Monday in Indiana, and he has over 21 DKFP in each of his six games this season. His SG/SF eligibility makes him fit nicely in many slots on your roster and be a great play under $4K that will allow you to spend salary at other spots.
Other Options — Al-Farouq Aminu ($4,500)
StudLarry Nance Jr., CLE vs. ATL, $6,200 — It’s unclear exactly what the Cavs’ rotation will look like after a coaching change this weekend, but Nance should get plenty of run with with Kevin Love (toe) expected to miss extended time. Nance played just 23 minutes Saturday but had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 39.5 DKFP. He produced more than 30 DKFP in both the games the Cavs have been without Love this season, so he’s a nice investment at this salary with tons of upside if he gets expanded minutes under Larry Drew (and hey, Larrys got to stick together, right?). Other Options — Tobias Harris ($7,800), Al Horford ($6,000)
ValueNemanja Bjelica, SAC at ORL, $5,700 — Bjelica continued to thrive in his expanded role for the Kings with 39.75 DKFP on Monday. He has at least that number in each of his past three games and has been over 30 DKFP in five of his seven games this season. Bjelica is shooting 53 percent on 3-point shots this season and 58 percent from the field while averaging 14.3 points and 32.4 DKFP per game. The only games Bjelica struggled in were blowout losses for the Kings, and that’s not a likely scenario in Orlando.
Other Options — Serge Ibaka ($5,100), Zach Collins ($4,000)
StudNikola Vucevic, ORL vs. SAC, $8,600 — Vucevic had posted three straight games with over 48 DKFP before a down game against the Bucks on Saturday. He only had 31.25 DKFP in that contest, but that was due to the fact he only played 21 minute as the game was out of reach and the Magic gave Mohamed Bamba ($4,000) extra run late. Vucevic had three straight double-doubles before that letdown, including a triple-double against the 76ers when he had a massive 70.75 DKFP. Vooch is in a good matchup against the Kings, so he should be able to bounce back with a big game against Sacramento’s young frontcourt. Other Options — Joel Embiid ($9,700), Clint Capela ($7,700)
ValueNerlens Noel, OKC vs. LAC, $4,300 — Noel and Steven Adams (calf; $6,900) are both questionable, but Noel showed he has a high ceiling if he gets playing time. He started in place of Adams on Sunday and had 20 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, a block and 52.75 DKFP in 26 minutes before he left with an ankle injury. He returned to the bench but did not re-enter the game, which was a blowout at that point. If Noel gets another start, he’ll be a must-play at this salary, so make sure to check the status of both the Thunder big men before tipoff.
Other Options — Jonas Valanciunas ($5,400), Dewayne Dedmon ($4,800)
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