The NBA has four games on Tuesday, featuring only a few elite performers but several mid-range players who could be difference-makers, as well. Last year’s fantasy MVP Russell Westbrook faces off with current contender Giannis Antetokounmpo in the game of the day, but weak defenses in the Lakers, Suns, Nets, Kings and Pacers suggest that there could be big numbers going across the board. Let’s explore.
Russell Westbrook, OKC at MIL ($11,100): Westbrook’s price has dropped a bit, as it is starting to reflect this season instead of last. As a result, he’s actually a pretty good buy on Tuesday. He is still averaging 24.5 points, 12 assists, 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals over his last four games with a floor of 48.1 fantasy points and a ceiling of 66.
Victor Oladipo , IND vs SAC ($7,900): Oladipo has been consistently strong for his new team this season, averaging 25.5 points with 4.5 boards and 3.2 assists. His consistency earned him this spot over Devin Booker ($7,200), though both are worthy prospects at their prices for Tuesday. The Kings are a young team that doesn’t make a defense a priority, which could help with Oladipo’s fortunes.
Avery Bradley, DET at LAL ($5,700): First of all, shout out to both Spencer Dinwiddie ($5,300) and Tyler Ulis ($4,700), who both could have easily been in this spot. Bradley earns it by dint of seeming to finally settle into his new role in Detroit, with three straight solid games in which he has averaged 18.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.7 steals ahead of a match-up against a Lakers squad that doesn’t play a lot of defense.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL vs OKC ($12,600): Antetokounmpo’s production level is self-explanatory at this point. His “worst” fantasy game of the season had him producing 33 points, 11 boards and five assists. On Thursday, there is a huge gap in expected value between Antetokounmpo and any other small forward, which makes it difficult to justify not investing in the Greek Freak.
Carmelo Anthony, OKC at MIL ($7,400): Anthony’s production is solid, if slightly beneath his price point. But, he’s clearly the most productive and safest power forward choice, which speaks to his favor.
T.J. Warren, PHO at BKN ($5,100): This is a risk/reward pick. Warren has a low floor, as evidenced by back-to-back games in which he averaged only 6.5 points, 3.5 boards and 1.5 assists. However, he also has a high ceiling as evidenced by a 24-point, eight-rebound, four assist effort against the Lakers earlier in the season or a 27-point, five-rebound effort against a tough Jazz defense last week. If he catches fire, he could drop a big number on the Nets on Tuesday.
Andre Drummond, DET at LAL ($9,200): Drummond has been rebounding and playing defense like a monster, which makes him an elite option on Tuesday night. In his last four games, Drummond is averaging 16 rebounds, 13 points, 4.5 combined steals/blocks and even 2.8 assists. The Lakers are weak in the paint, so Drummond should be able to get what he wants on Tuesday.
Domantas Sabonis, IND vs SAC ($6,000): Sabonis is questionable on Tuesday with an upper respiratory infection, making him a risk whose status should be checked before Tuesday’s game. With that said, Sabonis is coming off of a 22-point/12-rebound effort against the Spurs and has averaged in the mid-30s of fantasy points in the last four games while starting in place of the injured Myles Turner, who will remain out Tuesday.
Alex Len, PHO at BKN ($4,300): Len has shown consistent signs of both production and upside over the last 10 days, scoring over 26 fantasy points in three of his last four games including all three where he played at least 24 minutes. The Nets are weak in the middle, so Len has a good chance to continue to perform at least at that level if not higher on Tuesday.