The NBA has a dozen teams in action tonight for fantasy basketball, giving us a solid six-game Tuesday night slate. The Warriors and Pacers are finishing out back-to-back road games in Minnesota and Los Angeles, respectively, and LeBron James and the Lakers are rolling into Milwaukee to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. The Hornets hosting the Sixers and the Warriors against the Timberwolves are the only matchups that contain two teams from the same conference since the other four games all have an Eastern Conference team taking on a Western Conference opponent.
Even though the matchups aren’t familiar ones, there are still some great places to try and attack as you assemble your lineup. Check out my top studs and values below and stay tuned to the DK Live app or live.draftkings.com for further analysis throughout the day as teams release injury and availability updates.
StudTrae Young, ATL vs. HOU, $7,200 — Young will get to go head-to-head with Chris Paul ($7,100) and James Harden ($11,200) as the Hawks host the Rockets. He has been surging to the finish of his rookie season with at least 20 points and 35 DKFP in three straight games and five of his past six. In February, Young had 36 points, eight assists and 51.25 DKFP against the Rockets, and in his 11 games dating back to that performance has averaged 25.1 points, 8.1 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 45.6 DKFP. He is surprisingly affordable in what should be another up-tempo game in Atlanta.
Other Options — D’Angelo Russell ($7,400), Lou Williams ($6,800)
ValueShai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC vs. IND, $4,900 — Another rookie PG finishing up his season strong, Gilgeous-Alexander had an impressive double-double of 14 points and 10 assists for 33.5 DKFP against the Nets on Sunday. He has more than 25 DKFP in six of his past eight contests and has scored in double-digits in eight of his past nine with nine points in the one game he fell short. He should continue to be very involved in the Clippers’ offense and be in a good spot to produce against the Pacers, who are in town for the late game Tuesday.
Other Options — Darren Collison ($5,800), Tyus Jones ($5,200)
StudStephen Curry, GS at MIN, $9,200 — Curry had 25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and 55.75 DKFP against the Spurs on Monday despite an off shooting night from the field (9-for-25). His multi-category balance has made him a good play lately with more than 45 DKFP in three of his past four and five of his past eight contests. He had 53.75 and 64.25 DKFP in two meetings with Minnesota earlier this year, and the Timberwolves are even shallower with Jeff Teague (foot) listed as out and Derrick Rose ($5,100, elbow) doubtful. Curry could be in line for a big workload as well since Kevin Durant ($8,900) just returned from a bruised ankle and DeMarcus Cousins ($7,000; foot) is considered unlikely to play.
Other Options — James Harden ($11,200), Khris Middleton ($6,700)
ValueAlex Caruso, LAL at MIL, $3,600 — The Lakers’ season has gone off the rails due to injury and underperformance, but from the maelstrom, Caruso has emerged as a great value play the past few games. He has played at least 24 minutes in each of his past three contests with at least 12 points and 29.75 DKFP. He had his best game of the season Sunday against the Knicks, producing 35.25 DKFP on 12 points, five steals, three blocks, three rebounds and two assists. The second-year guard from Texas A&M should continue to get plenty of playing time as the Lakers try to evaluate how he fits into their future plans.
Other Options — JJ Redick ($5,200), Landry Shamet ($4,000)
StudBen Simmons, PHI at CHA, $8,500 — Simmons let Joel Embiid ($9,900; rest, out) do much of the heavy lifting against the Bucks on Sunday and finished with eight points, nine assists and nine rebounds for 31.25 DKFP. He has been relatively quiet since Embiid’s return but should step back into a larger role against the Hornets while Embiid rests. Simmons can go off for big games as he did on Tuesday against the Cavs with 53 DKFP on 26 points, 10 boards and eight assists. He was actually close to a triple-double despite Sunday’s down performance, so he should be set up for a good night due to the bump in usage.
Other Options — Jimmy Butler ($7,100), Jeremy Lamb ($6,100)
ValueDanuel House Jr., HOU at ATL, $3,800 — House had a nice run with the Rockets earlier this year but was stuck on a two-way contract that had him in the G League until last week. Now that he’s back, coach Mike D’Antoni is finding ways to get him plenty of playing time as Houston gets different players nights off and limits workloads in games. House played 35 minutes against the Suns on Friday in his first game back and produced 18 points and 25.25 DKFP in a spot start in place of Chris Paul ($7,100). Even though Paul returned Sunday against Minnesota, House played 28 minutes and had 14 points and 25.75 DKFP. With a potential blowout, an expected up-tempo spot and plenty of minutes available, look for House to continue to be a great value against the Hawks on Tuesday.
Other Options — Andrew Wiggins ($5,400), DeMarre Carroll ($4,300)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Antetokounmpo (ankle) and LeBron James (groin) will not play tonight.
Other Options —
LeBron James ($10,200), Danilo Gallinari ($6,900)
ValueMarvin Bagley III, SAC vs. BKN, $5,400 — Bagley was rolling before a knee injury forced him to miss five games at the beginning of this month. He has looked good since returning with 22, 23.5 and 36.75 DKFP in his three contests but still is on a minutes limit. He only needed 21 minutes to have a game-high 21 points to go with nine boards against the Bulls on Sunday and should be able to play a few more minutes in a great matchup against the Nets. Bagley hasn’t been as consistently spectacular as Young or Luka Doncic but still has had a strong rookie season for the Kings.
Other Options — Thaddeus Young ($5,900), Mike Scott ($3,500)
StudKarl-Anthony Towns, MIN vs. GS, $9,700 — Towns has produced 20-plus points with at least 10 rebounds in nine of his past 10 games. Over that span, he has averaged 32.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 59.8 DKFP. He has been held under 48 DKFP just once during that span, so he brings good form into his matchup with the Warriors. Golden State likely will be without DeMarcus Cousins, so it might have to give Andrew Bogut ($3,000) his second straight start. That would seem to set up a mismatch for Towns to exploit as the Timberwolves try to hand the defending champs their second straight loss.
Other Options — John Collins ($7,500), Draymond Green ($6,300)
ValueBoban Marjanovic, PHI at CHA, $4,100 — Marjanovic should get plenty of work with Embiid out Tuesday and usually has been up to the task this season. Since joining the Sixers at the trade deadline, he made two starts, producing 38.0 and 14.75 DKFP in those two outings. He has averaged 16.8 minutes over his past seven contests and produced 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 23.7 DKFP. He missed six games during that stretch with a knee injury but should be ready for enough work against the Hornets to be able to return good value at this affordable salary.
Other Options — Jonah Bolden ($3,200), Andrew Bogut ($3,000)
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