After starting the week with a light, five-game slate Monday, the NBA has seven games on tap for fantasy basketball Tuesday with the Nets finishing up a back-to-back and 13 more teams joining them to make a solid player pool. In one of the top storylines of the night, the Pelicans will travel to Houston and play their first game since Anthony Davis’s trade request against the Rockets, who are playing their second game since the return of Chris Paul ($6,900). Elsewhere, the Bucks and Pistons clash for the fourth and final time this season and the 76ers make their only visit to the Lakers in Los Angeles.
As you get your fantasy basketball lineup together, check out my top studs and values from this seven-game slate to help you pinpoint the best plays. Make sure to keep a close eye on the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for any late-breaking news that could also impact your lineup.
StudRussell Westbrook, OKC at ORL, $10,600 — The Thunder roll into Orlando to take on the Magic, and Westbrook goes for his fourth straight triple-double. He had 67 DKFP against the Blazers, 75.25 DKFP against the Pelicans and 53.25 DKFP against the Bucks in his past three home games and has more than 50 DKFP in 12 of his past 14 contests. He hasn’t faced Orlando this season but racked up 69.75 DKFP when Oklahoma City visited the Magic last season. Westbrook still is averaging a triple-double on the season and is a great piece to build around almost every time he is on the slate. Other Options — Rajon Rondo ($6,700), Tomas Satoransky ($6,000)
ValueShabazz Napier, BKN vs. CHI, $4,900 — Napier continues to play an expanded role off the bench with Spencer Dinwiddie (thumb) out. He played 26 minutes Monday against the Celtics and had 34 DKFP on 20 points, five assists two rebounds and two steals. He had 25 DKFP in his previous contest against the Magic despite 3-for-13 shooting. With the extra workload, Napier should continue to be a good play, especially in a favorable matchup against the Bulls and the Nets still dealing with multiple injuries.
Other Options — Derrick White ($5,700), Elie Okobo ($3,500)
StudJrue Holiday, NO at HOU, $8,600 — Since Davis (finger) has been sidelined, Holiday has become an even more important contributor in the Pelicans’ offense. He has more than 45 DKFP in each of his past four contests including a monster game against the Thunder, when he had 22 points, 13 assists and 63.25 DKFP. He has averaged 19.75 shots over that four-game span and now has more than 45 DKFP in seven of his past eight. He has a high ceiling in what should be an up-tempo attack, but his heavy usage makes him fairly low risk. Other Options — James Harden ($13,600), Bradley Beal ($9,200)
ValueTerrence Ross, ORL vs. OKC, $5,100 — Ross has at least 24 DKFP in eight of his past nine contests, averaging just less than 30 minutes a game coming off the bench. He has produced 28.8 DKFP on 16.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Ross’s shot still comes and goes on some nights, but he typically finds ways to make solid contributions. He could end up getting moved at the trading deadline, but as long as he stays in his current role with Orlando, he’ll be a solid midrange option.
Other Options — Alec Burks ($4,900), Frank Jackson ($3,400)
StudBrandon Ingram, LAL vs. PHI, $6,400 — Ingram shot a scorching 9-for-11 from the field Sunday against the Suns on his way to 22 points and 39.75 DKFP. He has shot over 50 percent from the field in three of his past four contests and has more than 30 DKFP in each of those outings. Without LeBron James (groin), Kyle Kuzma ($6,800; hip), Lonzo Ball (ankle) and Josh Hart (knee), Ingram should continue to carry a huge part of the load for the Lakers on offense. He also has been doing good work on the boards, averaging six rebounds per game over his past nine. Other Options — Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10,700), Jimmy Butler ($6,900)
ValueWayne Selden Jr., CHI at BKN, $4,200 — The Bulls got Selden back from the Grizzlies in the trade for Justin Holiday, and he got his first first start for Chicago on Sunday against the Cavs. Selden played 38 minutes and had 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal for 32.0 DKFP. He started at SF in place of Chandler Hutchison (toe), who will be out at least through the All-Star break. Selden made a strong case to keep getting plenty of playing time and gets a favorable matchup against the Nets to continue his success.
Other Options — Kelly Oubre Jr. ($5,700), Davis Bertans ($4,100)
StudLaMarcus Aldridge, SA vs. PHO, $8,700 — Aldridge has been playing through a sore wrist, but the injury hasn’t kept him from carrying the team while DeMar DeRozan (knee) has been out. DeRozan will miss his third straight game, but San Antonio won the first two he missed against the Pelicans and Wizards behind strong games from Aldridge, who posted 47 and 55.25 DKFP, respectively. He had 30 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Wizards and should dominate a banged-up Suns interior defense as the Spurs host the Suns. The only risk factor with relying heavily on Aldridge is he might have a reduced role if the Spurs turn the game into a rout. Other Options — Blake Griffin ($9,300), Lauri Markkanen ($6,600)
ValueCedi Osman, CLE vs. WAS, $5,200 — The Cavs’ rotation is still a little crowded on the wings, but Osman is one of the team’s few young players who has flashed potential, which should earn him good usage the rest of the season and especially in this matchup with the Wizards. Osman has at least 34 DKFP in each of his past three games, including setting a new career-high in scoring twice. He had 29 points and 45 DKFP in his best game over that stretch last Friday against the Heat. Osman is getting heavy usage and has a good matchup against the Wizards.
Other Options — Jeff Green ($4,700), Jonathan Isaac ($4,500)
StudJahlil Okafor, NO at HOU, $6,100 — Davis being out of New Orleans both short and long term makes Okafor a solid play. The former No. 3 overall pick has shone in his recent run with New Orleans, posting more than 40 DKFP in three of his past four games. He had 24 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks for 52.25 DKFP in his most recent game on Saturday and is expected to remain in the starting lineup for at least the next few games and possibly longer if Davis is traded. Okafor could get slightly fewer minutes if Julius Randle ($7,800; ankle) returns but still offers plenty of upside given his recent run of points, boards and blocks in his expanded minutes. Other Options — Joel Embiid ($10,200), Kenneth Faried ($6,300)
ValueRichaun Holmes, PHO at SA, $4,700 — Holmes returned from a four-game absence and immediately stepped into a large role with Deandre Ayton ($6,500; ankle, doubtful) still sidelined. Holmes played 27 minutes and had 12 points, 10 boards, four blocked shots and 37.5 DKFP against the Lakers. He still came off the bench but has been a great per-minute producer while also stepping up when given extra time. He has a nice floor and high upside for as long as Ayton is out.
Other Options — Ivica Zubac ($5,600), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($3,800)
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