Last night highlighted an unfortunate reality for our expert daily NBA top picks.
Blowouts are the elephant in the room when it comes to daily fantasy basketball, and sometimes there’s simply nothing that can be done for our expert daily NBA top picks. In what should have been a close game between conference rivals battling for playoff seeding, the Warriors absolutely dominated the Mavericks from the opening tip and beyond. No Golden State starter played more than 30 minutes, and David Lee never really had a chance to get it going as Coach Jackson opted to rest his first unit often, most likely in anticipation of tonight’s tilt with the Clippers. It’s part of the game when it comes to DFS hoops, but it still stings a little bit when you think what might have been.
Luckily for us we have a jam-packed Wednesday night, and a loaded slate of games should be just what we need to leave yesterday’s woes behind us. Tonight’s expert daily NBA top picks feature a few players you may not be accustomed to seeing listed as a top selection, but opportunity is everything!
Five Guys Expert Daily NBA Top Picks
Damian Lillard $10,700 - Lillard’s usage rate with LaMarcus Aldridge out of the lineup is among the highest in the league, and his bloated salary was bound to take a hit along with his production when the All-Star power forward returned. Damian suffered through a tough stretch over the past month that saw him producing well below his ability. There are reasons to believe his performance is trending upwards once again, and a matchup with the Spurs is a great chance for him to continue the ascension. Over the course of his career he’s posted 26.8 points per game against them.
Jerryd Bayless $7,700 - Rajon Rondo is still unable to play the second night of back-to-backs, and with Avery Bradley also sidelined that leaves Bayless as the lone playmaker at the guard position. I don’t think he’s a particularly dynamic option, but the Knicks perimeter defense is abysmal and Jerryd will see between 35-40 minutes this evening.
Luol Deng $8,400 - This selection is a combination deal. Deng is priced precariously low at this salary, and opposing small forward P.J. Tucker is suspended for tonight’s contest. Tucker is a solid wing defender,and without him on the court Deng should have his run of the place. Add in the up-tempo pace the Suns play with and you have the makings of a solid game that should exceed value.
Jeremy Tyler $4,500 - You may never have heard of him, but this journeyman is looking at a nice situation this evening. Tyson Chandler and Amar’e Stoudemire are both out for tonight’s contest, and that leaves Tyler as the lone big man to fill in. Boston is weak in the interior, and Tyler should have no problem squeezing out value in 20-30 minutes.
Nikola Vucevic $11,500 - The Denver Nuggets have been awful against opposing big men all season, and Vucevic has finally rounded into form after missing time with a concussion. The price tag here is more than fair, and you can expect 35-45 fantasy points from him tonight.
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