NBA DFS: FanDuel’s and DraftKings Top Fantasy Basketball Picks for Tonight

NBA DFS: Tonight’s top daily fantasy basketball lineups

January wraps up a six-game NBA DFS main slate that tips off at 7 p.m. ET Thursday night. There are two games with huge implications which are on national TV, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers is my favorite NBA basketball team. These for teams are in the playoff picture right now. Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Toronto are the best in the East and Golden State is one of the best in the west. In these six games, you have a lineup that you can use. Philadelphia has Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons, Golden State has Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson. Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins are no slouch. Milwaukee has Giannis Antetokounmpo and Toronto has Kawhi Leonard. Those are a few players you can put on your roster tonight.

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On Thursday’s slate, they are high on Warrior guard Stephen Curry $9200 on FanDuel and $8900 on DraftKing for the 76ers vs. Warriors match up. He has a whopping 240 points, easily can be the highest of the evening. He’s 12 of 230 from the arc in that last two games. He’ll pile up 30 or more points and return value on both sites.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is thPart of the NBA DFS strategy includes targeting LA Clippers guard Lou Williams ($7300 on FanDuel and $7200 on DraftKings), who extends actions against the LA Lakers due to Avery Bradley’s knee as questionable. Williams is known for his ability to come off the bench and lots of points in large quantities. He’s putting up impressive numbers across the board recently putting his first triple-double against Chicago last week and at least had nine assists per game in his last three outings.

Targeting a player who can give you 50 or maybe 60 points could be good. Sometimes, those players could come at a big price like a Joel Embiid and a Kevin Durant. You also have to put cheap ballplayers on your squad like a JJ Redick who is usually $5500 and gets you close to 30 fantasy points every night. Visit the SportsLine website to get your full NBA fantasy lineup.


I have a lineup for every night of the week. I love to make a little money putting these lineups together and hope these ballplayers perform well that night. When my favorite team plays that night, I’m going to select four players from my favorite team. If I select a ballplayer that is playing against my favorite team then I’ll do a second fantasy for that night. If not then I’ll do just one unless I won the night before. I do that in all sports. I have favorite teams in all the four major sports. I’m from Maryland so most I’ll select players who play for the teams around here. Even though I’m from Maryland, I still like the Philadelphia 76ers. I do not like the Washington Bullets (Wizards). I still call the Bullets. They were in Baltimore about 45 years ago. That explains why I don’t like the Washington Bullets. I just went to the next city up (Philadelphia). I liked the 76ers since Dr. J, Moses Malone, Mo Cheek, and Bobby Jones and company. I liked the Sixers before anyone in the NBA who is playing now was even born.

Since the Sixers are playing tonight and I also selected a ballplayer from the Warriors also here is lineup #1. At the point guard spot from Philadelphia Ben Simmons ($9500) and TJ McConnell ($4300), at shooting guard from Golden State Klay Thompson ($6900) and from Orlando Terrence Ross ($5200), at small forward from Philadelphia JJ Redick ($5500), and Corey Brewer ($3800), at power forward from Detroit Blake Griffin ($9300) and from Brooklyn Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($4500), and at center from Orlando Nikola Vucevic ($10,200). Even though that Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler are playing tonight, I did not pick them to my lineup because one has just come from an injury. Joel Embiid has a back injury and I’m afraid that he might get hurt. He hurt himself the other night against the Lakers coming down awkwardly, so I did not select him. I put the prices next to their name because with FanDuel, you have a salary cap which in the NBA, there is a $60,000 cap. You can only select a few superstars and that’s it. You can’t pick all superstars. Players who are in the $9000 or $10,000 areas are your superstars, like in this lineup it happens to be Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, and Nikola Vucevic

Here is lineup #2. At point guard from Toronto Kyle Lowry ($8000) and from Detroit Reggie Jackson ($5400), at shoot guard from Orlando Terrence Ross ($5200) and Evan Fournier ($5600), at small forward from Milwaukee Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,500), and from Golden State Kevin Durant ($9400), at power forward from Brooklyn Rondae Holland-Jefferson ($4500) and Ed Davis ($4300), and at center also from Brooklyn Jarrett Allen ($5700). Sometime when I do two lineups I would pick some of the same players. You can do that in FanDuel. Soon as the games come on it will tell you the percentage of people who picked those players. Sometimes 100% of the people would pick that player or maybe 10% would pick that player. Majority of the time it’s at least 15 or 20% of the people would pick that player. That’s good the lower the percentage is because if that player racks up lots of fantasy points there is a big possibility that you can win some money.


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