The fact that there are just two NBA games Thursday night shouldn't discourage you from playing daily fantasy at DraftKings. The betting public is anticipating wild, wide-open action with two very large totals of 215 and 217, per Odds Shark.
The lineup options might be thin, but the production likely won't be. We help you set the best lineup with these picks by position.
PG Brandon Knight, Phoenix Suns ($6,200)
Just a few games in, Knight already looks comfortable with his new team, scoring 20 and 19 in each of the past two games. Knight has worked particularly well with Eric Bledsoe ($7,900).
"We'll make a dynamic backcourt," he told Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com. "I know it's tough in the West, but I think with two guards that can defend and create and get in the paint, I think it's a positive."
Knight is the cheapest of the premium point guard options Thursday night, and almost half the price of scorching Russell Westbrook ($11,300).
- Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder ($11,300)
- Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers ($7,700)
SG Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns ($7,900)
Bledsoe has posted two very good games since Knight has started playing with him, a sign that he is headed for a strong second half. Bledsoe told Grialou of Knight's addition:
He's a hell of a player. He was having an all-star year. I was surprised that he got traded, but at the end of the day, it's a plus for us. He's a great point guard. Because of him, Milwaukee was in the position they were in, so he's going to come help us perfect.
The Suns are a home underdog in the game that has the highest Las Vegas total (217) of the night, per Odds Shark. That bodes well for the Suns' combo guards, even if they have to deal with the MVP candidate Westbrook.
- Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns ($3,500)
- Anthony Morrow, Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,400)
SF P.J. Tucker, Phoenix Suns ($5,400)
We hate to hype all of the Suns backcourt options, but they figure to have more of the legs in the back-to-back Thursday night. Tucker is coming off a great game, too, going for 12 points and eight rebounds with five steals. Also, the Thunder are 22nd at DraftKings against small forwards. You need to try to afford LeBron James ($10,300), who is a better deal than Westbrook, but Tucker is the fallback option.
- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers ($10,300)
- Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors ($3,900)
PF Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder ($7,900)
Kevin Durant's (foot) absence has been Ibaka's gain, almost as much as Westbrook's. Ibaka has held down the inside game for the Thunder, going for more than 40 fantasy points in all four games after the All-Star break. He is Westbrook's best target for offense and has averaged 13 rebounds in that recent stretch. The rebounds are important at DraftKings, because they are good for 1.25 points per.
- Mitch McGary, Oklahoma City Thunder ($3,900)
- Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors ($6,700)
C Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder ($5,900)
He went for just 15-5 after back-to-back double-doubles coming out of the All-Star break, but we like his potential to reach 30 minutes and 30 fantasy points Thursday night against the Suns, whose big men are going to be breathing deeply on their back-to-back. The Suns are just 17th at DraftKings against centers, too.
- Alex Len, Phoenix Suns ($4,900)
- Timofey Mozgov, Cleveland Cavaliers ($5,300)
Eric Mack, one of the giants among fantasy writers, is the Fantasy Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, where you can ask him endless questions about your team, rip him for his content and even challenge him to a head-to-head fantasy game.