DraftKings NBA: Tuesday Cheat Sheet

DraftKings NBA: Tuesday Cheat Sheet

This article is part of our DraftKings NBA series.

Team Analysis

Defenses to Avoid:
Cleveland Cavaliers
vs. Houston Rockets
The Cavaliers would normally be the clear choice, but LeBron James is being rested, which suggests the team may not be going as hard as it could. However, the counter-argument is that without James, perhaps the team relies more on its defense than its offense. Either way, on a Tuesday where the other matchups all look offense-friendly, the Cavs still look like the toughest defense of the night.

Offense to Use:
Charlotte Hornets
at Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers have been defensive slump-busters all season, across all positions. They have a knack for playing very little defense, but still managing to keep games close enough for the opposing starters to get their full allotment of minutes.

Teams on Back-to-Backs:
First game: Warriors, Wizards
Second game: Nets, Bulls, Thunder

Daily Player Recommendations

Point Guard
Kyrie Irving, CLE vs HOU ($6,900):
The Cavs are resting LeBron James, which means Irving and Kevin Love should carry more of the offensive load. Plus the Rockets' defense is one of the league's worst, which sets the stage for Irving to put up big numbers.

Other suggestions: Elfrid Payton, ORL vs. BKN ($5,800); Kemba Walker, CHA at PHI ($8,200)

Shooting Guard
Nicolas Batum, CHA at PHI ($7,400):
Batum averaged 38.8 fantasy points per game over his last five, including 50.3 fantasy points in his last outing against the Bucks. Next up: a 76ers defense that loves to give up points.

Other suggestions: Klay Thompson, GSW vs. WAS ($7,100); J.R. Smith, CLE vs. HOU ($4,400)

Small Forward
Otto Porter, WAS at GSW ($5,400):
Porter has re-found his groove, averaging 29.1 fantasy points per game over his last five. The Warriors are terrible against opposing wings, ranking 23rd against small forwards.

Other suggestions: Robert Covington, PHI vs. CHA ($6,000); Paul George, IND vs. CHI ($8,500)

Power Forward
Kevin Love, CLE vs HOU ($6,800):
Love, like Kyrie Irving, gets a big boost in value with LeBron James sitting. He has scored at least 49.5 fantasy points in two of his last three games, and seems primed for a big game against a Rockets defense that struggles defensively.

Other suggestions: Aaron Gordon, ORL vs. BKN ($5,400); Carl Landry, PHI vs. CHA ($4,500)

Center
Ian Mahinmi, IND vs. CHI ($4,900):
The Bulls have been one of the worst defenses against centers all season, especially since Joakim Noah went down. Mahinmi is playing well right now, averaging 37.5 fantasy points per game in his last two.

Other suggestions: Brook Lopez, BKN at ORL ($7,300); Enes Kanter, OKC at DET ($4,700)

Injury Report

Out
LeBron James, CLE (rest)
E'Twaun Moore, CHI (hamstring)
Jodie Meeks, DET (foot)
Andre Iguodala, GS (ankle)
Festus Ezeli, GS (knee)
Ersan Ilyasova, ORL (collarbone)
Alan Anderson, WAS (groin)

Game-Time Decision
Iman Shumpert, CLE (knee)
Brandon Rush, GS (knee)
Nikola Vucevic, ORL (groin)
Victor Oladipo, ORL (wrist)
Nerlens Noel, PHI (knee)
Jerami Grant, PHI (knee)
Richaun Holmes, PHI (Achilles)
Markieff Morris, WAS (calf)

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire.
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Andre' Snellings
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