We’ve got a four-game slate in the NBA for Tuesday night, highlighted by the narrative of Carmelo Anthony facing his former team, the New York Knicks. This totally won’t cloud my judgement when recommending players for you to target on DraftKings. Nope. Won’t happen. Okay, maybe it will ... but come on! How can you ignore a juicy narrative like this? Oh, right, because narratives are stupid and don’t mean anything in DFS. Suuuuure. Okay, I’m done with that rant. Let’s get into picks at each position for tonight’s slate.
Damian Lillard, POR vs. NYK, $8,800 — This feels like a spot where all eyes will be on Melo and Dame will swoop in and drop 40 on the Knicks. Feelings aside, Lillard has been playing better lately, scoring at least 24 points in three straight games. He’s seeing more minutes and has topped 41.75 DKFP in each of those contests. Really all that needs to happen is his outside shot to start falling. Dame is 8-of-26 from downtown in this recent stretch. The Knicks really don’t have any guards to contain Lillard either.
Other Options: Devonte’ Graham, CHA vs. WAS, $8,400; Kendrick Nunn, MIA vs. ATL, $5,400
CJ McCollum, POR vs. NYK, $7,100 — Let’s run it back with Dame’s running mate McCollum and stack the two, shall we? I’m fine picking on the Knicks on a short slate and I think McCollum is in just as good a spot as Lillard. If you don’t want to use both, McCollum comes at a discount and should have lower ownership with a decent ceiling. CJ is more streaky lately, but we know what he’s capable of: 30+ points on high usage. Again, New York has a very poor back court.
Other Options: Jimmy Butler, MIA vs. ATL, $9,100; Tyler Herro, MIA vs. ATL, $5,900
Davis Bertans, WAS at CHA, $6,300 — I think on a normal slate we’d be fading Bertans at this price, but with four games we can fit him in somewhere. The Wizards will be a trendy stack and Bertans is unconscious from outside right now. Over his last 10 games, Bertans is shooting a cool 47% from 3-point range. he dropped 20 points on the Hornets the last time around and scored 41 DKFP. Somehow Bertans’ price is down $100 since a game ago... this with a better matchup vs. Charlotte.
Other Options: Tobias Harris, PHI vs. DEN, $7,000; Carmelo Anthony, POR vs. NYK, $5,600
Moritz Wagner, WAS at CHA, $6,000 — With the injury to Thomas Bryant, Mo Wagner has stepped up and is playing more minutes in the front court for Washington. A trend I’ve noticed is that Wagner tends to play more minutes in closer games, which this should be considering the spread is tight at Hornets +2. Wagner’s price is up, but I don’t think that matters on the short slate. The Hornets allow opponents to shoot 48.8% from the field, so Wizards offense is appealing.
Other Options: Julius Randle, NYK at POR, $6,400; PJ Washington, CHA vs. WAS, $5,900
Hassan Whiteside, POR vs. NYK, $8,000 — I may feel like a broken record here but Blazers stack. If you’re looking to load up on Portland, Dame, CJ and Whiteside are your top guys and I really don’t see Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle keeping Whiteside off the glass. He’s got four straight double-doubles, and eight straight appearances with at least double-digit rebounds. Also his minutes have become more consistent by staying out of foul trouble.
Other Options: Bam Adebayo, MIA vs. ATL, $8,200; Paul Millsap, DEN at PHI, $4,800