The $300,000 NBA Slam at FanDuel highlights the 12-game DFS basketball card on Wednesday night.
With such a large slate, we look to top up with a superstar, or maybe even two, and try to find the best value from the plethora of games, some with and some without playoff implications.
Russell Westbrook (pictured) continues to be the headliner, especially on this type of slate. As the Thunder inch closer to the final playoff slot, they are projected to be in a high-paced, high-scoring game against the Mavericks. Oklahoma City is expected to score nearly 110 points in this one.
Considering Russell’s incredible run, which has resulted in a skyrocketing fantasy salary, a decision has to be made each time out whether to afford him or build to beat him. Because despite all those incredible nights with outrageous production, Westbrook has fallen short of projection, but still can register easily enough points to support a lineup providing all of your value plays come through.
On this night, even with a projected score that may be tough to achieve, the Thunder superstar should have more than his expected share against their closest rival above them in the standings.
Anthony Davis and the Pelicans are at the Lakers and are expected to crack over 100 points. His shoulder will be a concern for the near future, but even his “off” nights are good for nearly 50 fantasy points.
We like Davis for over 55 fantasy points on Wednesday night and would be our suggestion in the middle tonight.
Davis is 12.3k at FanDuel, and given his matchup at Los Angeles, it would be hard for us to pass. Even his sub-par efforts are still coming in near 50 points.
James Harden gets the top nod at shooter, obviously, but even with his 11.5k price tag, there is even more burden on the Rockets’ star because of a depleted roster. Houston could be missing four regulars on Wednesday night, as Terrence Jones isn’t likely to be able to return just yet despite optimism early on Tuesday.
Unlike Westbrook, Harden has been solid over his last five, and going up against the awful defense of the Kings, should make James just as complimentary as Russell.
DeMarcus Cousins is the other top-tier option at HOU, but his status is in question tonight, as the Kings wind down the great season of their big man.