This article is part of our DraftKings NBA series.
Defense to Avoid: Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies
The Jazz have grown back into the dominant defensive unit they were last year, ranking fourth in the NBA against point guards, first against shooting guards, sixth against power forwards and third against centers, according to DraftKings.
Offense to Use: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have devolved into as bad of a defense as expected this season, ranking 22nd against point guards, 27th against shooting guards, 29th against small forwards, 23rd against power forwards and last against centers.
Teams on Back-to-Backs:
First game: Mavericks, Wizards
Second game: none
DeMar DeRozan, TOR at ORL ($8,200): DeRozan has averaged 29.2 points, 5.2 boards and 3.4 assists per game over the last five and is fresh off 34 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in his last outing. He also has the best matchup among elite guards, facing a Magic defense that ranks 18th against shooting guards.
Goran Dragic, MIA vs. BOS ($7,200): Dragic is averaging 20.5 points, 6.8 assists, 4.3 boards and 1.0 steals per game over his last six outings, including 21 points, 11 assists, six boards and two steals in his last game, and he has a reasonable matchup against a Celtics team that ranks 15th against point guards.
Rodney Hood, UTA at MEM ($5,100): Hood has been very consistent, scoring between 25.25 and 30.50 fantasy points in his last five non-injured games, and he has a good matchup Sunday against a Grizzlies defense that ranks 29th in the NBA against shooting guards.
Kawhi Leonard, SA vs. NO ($8,400): Leonard has averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.8 treys and 1.5 steals per game over his last four, and he has a great matchup against a New Orleans defense that is weak against small forwards.
Serge Ibaka, ORL vs. TOR ($6,300): Ibaka has averaged 19.3 points, 6.3 boards, 2.3 blocks, 2.0 treys, 1.3 assists and 0.5 steals per game over his last four and has a plus matchup Sunday against the Raptors.
Terrence Jones, NO at SA ($4,700): Jones is a solid play if he comes off the bench, averaging 11.3 points, 9.7 boards and 2.3 combined steals/blocks per game over his last three games. However, Anthony Davis left his last game with a leg bruise and is listed as questionable, and if Davis sits, Jones would be much more valuable.
Hassan Whiteside, MIA vs. BOS ($8,300): Whiteside is on yet another huge run, averaging 17.8 points, 14.5 boards and 2.6 combined steals/blocks per game over his last four. Next up is a Celtics team that has improved up front with the signing of Al Horford but they can still be exploited by dominant centers.
Nikola Vucevic, ORL vs. TOR ($6,200): Vucevic returned from a back injury last game and had 21 points, 10 boards, four assists, three blocks and two steals in 31 minutes. On Sunday, he faces a Raptors defense that ranks 29th in the NBA against centers.
Jonas Valanciunas, TOR at ORL ($5,100): Valanciunas had some down games earlier in the month, but he has bounced back of late, averaging 13.0 points, 9.6 boards and 1.2 combined steals/blocks per game over his last five.