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FanDuel NBA Daily Picks: Select Your Best Lineup

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Finally, the NBA returns tonight with a six-game slate including same massive matchups. With the trade deadline approaching it will be interesting to see who stays, and who goes.

All NBA fans will have their eyes glued to the screen for tip-off at 8 PM ET for the matchup between the Houston Rockets (40-18) and the New Orleans Pelicans (23-34). Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will be on show for the first time while the sixth man of the year candidate, Lou Williams is also making his debut for the Rockets. If the Pelicans want to make the playoffs, they need to make a push now to grab that eighth seed.

In another intriguing matchup, the Golden State Warriors (47-9) host their rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers (35-21). The wait is finally over for the Clippers as superstar point guard Chris Paul is expected to return from a lengthy stint on the sidelines. Tipoff begins at 10:30 PM ET.

INJURIES 

OUT: Evan Turner (hand), Kevin Love (knee)

Monitor:Al-Farouq Aminu (knee), Cody Zeller (quadriceps), Patrick Beverley (groin), Terrence Jones (thumb), Courtney Lee (illness), Brandon Jennings (Achilles), Joakim Noah (hamstring), Zaza Pachulia (shoulder), David West (thumb), Chris Paul (thumb), Wilson Chandler (illness), Kenneth Faried (ankle), Emmanuel Mudiay (back), Danilo Gallinari (groin), Ty Lawson (groin)

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Top 3 Sleepers

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E’Twaun Moore (FanDuel: $3,600)

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets

With Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans no longer at the Pelicans, Moore will get the start and should receive big minutes. In Moore’s twenty starts this season, he has scored double-digit points in thirteen of them. At such a cheap price, Moore can offer great sleeper value.

Willie Cauley-Stein (FanDuel: $3,800)

Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets

Cauley-Stein is another player who should benefit from the Kings-Pelicans trade. Cauley-Stein is expected to start and play big minutes to replace DeMarcus Cousins. Even prior to the trade, Cauley-Stein was putting in work his past five games. Averaging 10.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 20,4 FD points in only 19.4 minutes. Look for Cauley-Stein’s value to increase dramatically.

Aaron Gordon (FanDuel: $4,500)

Orlando Magic vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Gordon received the start in the Magic’s previous game prior to the All-Star break against the Spurs, scoring 11 points and 6 rebounds. With Ibaka now gone, Gordon will and should be a handy sleeper to trust for the rest of the season.

Top 3 Value Players

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Gary Harris (FanDuel: $5,200)

Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings

Denver’s long list of injuries has opened the door for Michigan State guard Gary Harris. The youngster has been impressive of late, averaging 15.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.8 steals and 25 FD points in his past eleven outings. With Mudiay, Gallinari and Chandler still on the injury list, Harris will continue to have tremendous value for DFS players.

Channing Frye (FanDuel: $5,400)

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks

With Lebron James distributing the ball at an unreal rate, all Frye has to do is sit at the three-point line and shoot. Frye has seen big minutes of 30 and 33 in Kevin Loves absence and will continue this until Love returns,

Darren Collison (FanDuel: $5,500)

Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets

Someone will have to pick up the scoring that DeMarcus is leaving behind? That someone, Darren Collison. Collison was magnificent prior to the break averaging 19 points and 32 FD points in his last five games. Look for Collison to take on a much bigger role in a short-handed King’s side.

Top 3 Superstars

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Kyrie Irving (FanDuel: $9,000)

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. New York Knicks

In his two matchups with the Knicks this year, Kyrie has scored 28 and 29 points. With Love out, Irving will have to step it up offensively to help lift all that weight off LeBron James’ shoulder.

James Harden (FanDuel: $12,600)

Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Harden is a lock in every night to give DFS owners a HUGE GAME. In his previous matchup against the Pelicans, Harden posted 29 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists and 58 FD points. There should be no reason to not pick one of the best players in the league.

Nikola Jokic (FanDuel: $10,900)

Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings

This man is on fire. An average of almost 51 FD points his last five matchups. If you can afford Jokic as your big man get him in your team. The big man is doing it all averaging 23.4 points, 14.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists in those five outings.

Keegan’s Lineup

PG: Kyrie Irving 

PG: Darren Collison

SG: E’Twaun Moore

SG: Gary Harris 

SF: Maurice Harkless

SF: Kevin Durant 

PF: Willie Cauley-Stein 

PF: Nikola Jokic

C: Mason Plumlee