Tuesday is a weird night for daily fantasy basketball. While two of the six NBA matchups pit playoff squads against one another, the others consist of bottom-feeders lacking star power.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the only true superstars participating in the shortened schedule. Sorry, no Russell Westbrook triple-double for you tonight. To make matters worse, none of the 12 teams function at a top-10 pace.
Let's take a look at the best DraftKings options for the evening. Don't worry, I won't tell you to load up on New York Knicks this time.
|DraftKings Lineup for Tuesday, March 10|
|PG||Reggie Jackson, DET||@ LAL||$7,000|
|SG||Danny Green, SA||vs. TOR||$4,600|
|SF||Kawhi Leonard, SA||vs. TOR||$7,700|
|PF||Anthony Davis, NO||@ BKN||$10,700|
|C||Brook Lopez, BKN||vs. NO||$6,100|
|G||Tony Parker SA||vs. TOR||$5,500|
|F||Solomon Hill, IND||vs. ORL||$3,300|
|UTIL||Jordan Hill, LAL||vs. DET||$5,000|
|Prices via DraftKings.com|
PG Reggie Jackson at Lakers ($7,000)
Since getting traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Detroit Pistons, Reggie Jackson has produced 36.3 DraftKings points per contest, hoisting an average of 17.2 shots.
"I've been loving it each and every day, even the tough losses we've been having," he told MLive.com's Brendan Savage. "Trying to figure things out with guys and enjoying being in the moment."
While he's not producing efficiently for the Detroit Pistons, as noted by ESPN.com's Royce Young, the numbers are there for daily gamers:
As a result of his success, Jackson's price has soared to $7,000. That would cause some concern against a tough opponent, but the Los Angeles Lakers allow the most DraftKings points to point guards. According to 82games.com, opponents at the position manifest 25.1 points, 9.4 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game.
While playing second fiddle to Westbrook on Dec. 19, Jackson still registered 25 points from the bench against the Lakers. Now nobody is stopping him from shooting at will against this vulnerable adversary.
Other PG Plays: Kyrie Irving at DAL ($7,400), Tony Parker vs. TOR ($5,500), Alexey Schved at UTA ($3,400)
SG Danny Green vs. Raptors ($4,600)
Honestly, no shooting guard stands out as a strong play. Victor Oladipo is on a tear, but his $8,400 cost is too high against the Indiana Pacers. After piling up stats against the perfect storm of uptempo teams with lackluster defense, he'll fall to earth a bit on Tuesday night.
Rather than roll the dice on a riskier choice, let's play it safe and take the steady Danny Green, part of a San Antonio Spurs squad currently firing on all cylinders. Over the last six games, he has submitted 24.2 DraftKings points per game while going 12-of-23 from behind the arc.
With such an ugly assortment of choices, take someone with a high floor and solid chance of netting your money's worth against the Toronto Raptors, who rank No. 22 in defensive rating according to NBA.com.
Other SG Plays: Monta Ellis vs. CLE ($6,900), Eric Gordon at BKN ($5,300), Wayne Ellington vs. DET ($4,700)
SF Kawhi Leonard vs. Raptors ($7,700)
Sticking with the Spurs, Kawhi Leonard is the night's best small forward not named LeBron James. For $2,800 cheaper, he won't lag too far behind King James.
Over the last four games, Leonard is averaging 22 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals. The scoring especially stands out, as he's taking much more responsibility on the offensive end. Usually someone who picks his spots, the 23-year-old has attempted 66 shots—14 three-pointers—through his hot streak.
|Kawhi Leonard Game Log|
Not only are the Spurs undefeated over that stretch, but Leonard has provided 41.9 DraftKings points per night. James hasn't reached 40 points in his last two tilts.
Other SF Plays: Chandler Parsons vs. CLE ($5,500), Terrence Ross at SA ($4,000), Solomon Hill vs. ORL ($3,300)
PF Anthony Davis at Nets ($10,700)
This selection does not come without a caveat. Two of the slowest teams in terms of pace, the New Orleans Pelicans and Brooklyn Nets won't run the court with much urgency. Don't be surprised if neither team hits 100 on the scoreboard.
A week after returning from a shoulder injury, Davis will play the second end of a back-to-back stint. Before letting any potential restrictions steer you away, he has logged 40 or more minutes in each of his four games back, including consecutive clashes on March 6 and 7.
He's showed no rust following a two-week absence, recording 33.5 points, 11.8 boards and 4.5 blocks per contest. SI.com's Ben Golliver displayed Davis' dominance in Monday night's 43-point outing against the Milwaukee Bucks:
Along with his scorching play, the Nets relinquish the third-most DraftKings points to power forwards, making Davis the better superstar play over James.
Other PF Plays: Greg Monroe at LAL ($8,100), Tim Duncan vs. TOR ($6,500), Ed Davis vs. Detroit ($4,600)
C Jordan Hill vs. Pistons ($5,000)
If only Byron Scott could be trusted to assemble optimal rotations. Despite logging a modest 27.6 minutes per game this season, Jordan Hill provides 12.3 points, eight rebounds and 26.8 DrafKings points a night.
|Jordan Hill's Last Seven Games|
He has exceeded 20 fantasy points in each of the past seven games, living up to his season average at 26.4 points. Given a great matchup, the 27-year-old should hit value on his $5,000 price tag.
Andre Drummond certainly boasts a size advantage over Hill, but the Pistons fare worst against opposing centers in DraftKings scoring. Per 82games.com, they surrender 20.9 points and 14.8 boards to them.
Look for a Hill double-double in what could materialize into the night's highest-scoring showdown.
Other C Plays: Rudy Gobert vs. NYK ($7,500), Brook Lopez vs. NO ($6,100), Dewayne Dedmon at IND ($4,300, if Nikola Vucevic is out)