Welcome to another edition of our NBA Preview here at PlayON’s Daily Fantasy Focus.
Below is a breakdown of my favourite picks at each position for tonight’s game. Once you’ve seen who I like, be sure to lock in your line-ups and win some cash tonight.
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Point guard – Tomas Satoransky, Washington Wizards: $7.5 million
Satoransky remains the must-pick of the month. Despite a 33.9 fantasy point average over his last five games, his price still has not gone up. His price in million is therefore less than a quarter of his fantasy point average. It is not meant to be this way, so take advantage.
Point guard – Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers: $21.1 million
Lillard has kept up his pre-All-Star break momentum. With 24 and 40 point performances in his two games back, and with 44 and 50 point outing in the two games immediately prior to the midseason exhibition, Lillard has averaged 45.4 fantasy points over the past two games and 54.9 over the last four. A hot Damian Lillard can score the ball as well as anyone, so consider him as a higher-priced pick here.
Shooting guard – Nic Batum, Charlotte Hornets: $13.3 million
Batum has continued his hot streak with a 45.5 fantasy point performance last time out. He did so while recording only 15 actual points in the game. Instead, he is getting back to producing his usual versatile numbers across the board. A healthy Batum is an excellent pick-and-roll passer, and a halfcourt offensive weapon on the wing that the Hornets otherwise lack. His improvements then are timely, valuable to his team, and valuable to us in fantasy.
Shooting guard – Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets: $9.0 million
It is not for nothing that, as the Nets have had D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert return from injury, Allen Crabbe has gone on a hot streak. And be it due to basketball or financial reasons, the Nets seem to prefer Crabbe as the starting line-up’s designated wing shooter. Nevertheless, Harris is doing too much to bench. Averaging 24.6 fantasy points over the last seven games with shooting, timely driving and ever-improving defence, Harris has a role to play.
Small forward – Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets: $9.9 million
Chandler is rejecting his own very poor start to the season. Having averaged only 7.7 points per game in October and 9.5 points in November, he is up to 11.6 points in February, along with 5.1 rebounds, looking healthier and happier than before and getting back to the varied and valuable offensive game on which his career has been based. From a fantasy point of view, this has meant a 32.3 fantasy point average over the last six games, a streak very much long enough to be of notice.
Power forward – Skal Labissiere, Sacramento Kings: $8.8 million
Since coming back from injury, Labissiere has averaged 24.1 fantasy points in three games, and will start tonight as a result. At his best, Labissiere is an offensively talented face-up power forward with soft hands, touch from the mid-range areas, stretch potential and some hook shots. At his worst, Labissiere wastes those talents with pre-meditated decisions rather than reacting to defensive coverage, while missing plenty of defensive coverage of his own on the other end. Either way, the Kings are going to give him plenty of opportunities to be the former. And he is responding often enough to intrigue us as a fantasy value pick.
Power forward – Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks: $8.0 million
Unless he is benched for rest purposes – which, at the time of writing, it has not been said that he will be – Parker looks to be getting his rhythm and game legs back. With a 18 point, 6 rebounds, 31.2 fantasy point outing last time out, Parker is shaking off the rest and putting up the kind of numbers we would expect him to put up if he was fully at his best. It is coming only in fits and starts right now, but when it does come, the fantasy value is definitely there.
Power forward – Tobias Harris, L.A. Clippers: $14.6 million
Since his move to the Clippers, Harris has played well. He has averaged 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game in eight contests on 48.8% shooting, including 42.5% shooting from outside. From a fantasy perspective, that is a 37.5 average. Driving, shooting and at least trying defensively, Harris is playing well and providing the value to both his team and us.
Centre – Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets: $20.4 million
Jokic always plays better individually when not paired alongside Mason Plumlee in a two-centre line-up, as has been the case so often this season. It is therefore not a coincidence that in the past nine games, with Plumlee out due to injury, Jokic has recorded an average of 53.8 fantasy points. When Plumlee is out of the post, Jokic can play within it, and when he is playing more on the perimeter and up top, he can also take advantage of the better spacing offered by Wilson Chandler and Trey Lyles to pass in the way that only he does. Plumlee is still out, so very much consider Jokic until he returns.
Centre – Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets: $8.9 million
In last night’s game, Allen – who has been on quite the breakout tear anyway – recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks on his way to a 39.8 fantasy point performance. Considering his youth and the spring in his legs, there is no reason to assume he will be any the tireder for it tonight.
As with all NBA slates, we need to be sure to avoid certain players each night.
Here’s who you should steer clear of.
DO NOT PICK DUE TO INJURY/ABSENCE/SUSPENSION: Jeremy Lin (Brooklyn), Robin Lopez, Justin Holiday, Paul Zipser, Zach LaVine (Chicago), Kevin Love (Cleveland), Tyler Lydon, Paul Millsap, Torrey Craig (Denver), Jawun Evans, Avery Bradley, Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley (L.A. Clippers), Rodney McGruder, Dion Waiters, Kelly Olynyk (Miami), Matthew Dellavedova, Mirza Teletovic, Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee), Justin Anderson, Furkan Korkmaz, Markelle Fultz, Demetrius Jackson (Philadelphia), C.J. Wilcox (Portland), Iman Shumpert, Harry Giles, Garrett Temple (Sacramento), John Wall (Washington)
That’s all for today’s analysis. Be sure to get your line-ups in!