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NBA DFS Advice for Tuesday, February 23 (2021) – Best Picks, Top Sleepers, and Lineup Help

| February 23, 2021 10:29 am PDT

Blowouts derailed my NBA DFS picks yesterday, so here’s to hoping game flow doesn’t dictate how things go on Tuesday.

NBA DFS gamers get a nice nine-game slate to work with, which surely means much better value, and plenty of star power.

You can get your daily fantasy basketball process started with a quick look at the best NBA picks for Tuesday, or feel free to dive right into my favorite NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup.

Top NBA DFS Picks for February 23rd

  • James Harden, PG, Nets ($10.7k)
  • Bradley Beal, SG, Wizards ($9.5k)
  • Jerami Grant, SF, Pistons ($7.6k)
  • Julius Randle, PF, Knicks ($9.3k)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, C, Bucks ($11k)

These are the best plays at each main position on Tuesday. Harden has a massive role with Kevin Durant still out, and he’s topped 67+ fantasy points in three of his last four games.

Harden is also cheaper than Luka Doncic, and he faces a bad Kings defense at home. That game seriously has a 242 game total at BetOnline , so yeah, I’m interested in Harden.

Beal is another great play in the event Russell Westbrook is out. He played on Monday, but reports suggest he may not be a lock to play on the second leg of a back-to-back set.

I don’t mind paying for Beal regardless, but no Russ would make him one of the best plays of the entire slate. A date with the Clippers on the road is frightening, but you can look past it.

Grant is just a good value. Detroit are still down Delon Wright and they jettisoned Blake Griffin into the sun, so he gets all of the usage now. He has a solid floor and a pretty nice ceiling, so he’s just too cheap to ignore.

Randle is a monster waiting to happen, and usually I just pick the most ideal setting. The last time he had a dream spot, he dropped in 64 fantasy points against the Hawks. Now he gets a shaky Warriors defense that coughed up 53 fantasy points to him earlier this year.

I’ll cap things off with The Greek Freak, but this might as well just be a placeholder. Here’s a quick look at the nasty stack job at center on Tuesday.

Player Fantasy Points Per Game Salary
Giannis Antetokounmpo 57.4 $11k
Nikola Jokic 59.1 $10.8k
Joel Embiid 54.3 $10.6k
Nikola Vucevic 49.3 $10.2k
Karl-Anthony Towns 47.7 $9.6k

You’re going to need one of these guys. There is just too much upside on this slate, so it really does feel like a “stars and scrubs” kind of night.

Ultimately, I’ll likely let the ownership do the talking. As in, whoever is under-owned, that’s who I am gravitating toward.

For now it’s Giannis, just because he’s at home against a bad Timberwolves team, and he’s been crushing as of late. I mean, the dude always crushes, but he seriously has topped 60+ fantasy points in six of his last seven games.

Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Tuesday

  • Saben Lee, PG, Pistons ($3.2k)
  • Raul Neto, SG, Wizards ($4k)
  • Bruce Brown, SF, Nets ($4.5k)
  • Zeke Nnaji, PF, Nuggets ($3.1k)
  • Dwight Powell, C, Mavericks ($3k)

These are some nasty deep dives, but given the star power at hand, it may make sense to aim high.

Lee actually could be a great play. He’s dirt cheap, and he put up 30 fantasy points in 33 minutes in his last game.

He faces the same Magic team again, and Dennis Smith Jr. is all that is standing in his way.

If everyone wants to flock to DSJ ($4.2k) again, I’ll gladly pivot here and get an unowned punt. I understandably feel much better about Lee if he starts, and wouldn’t mind if he’s the top chalk.

Ditto for Neto, in the event Westbrook is out. The matchup with the Clippers stinks, but Neto could be in for a ton of run with Ish Smith also sidelined with an injury.

Bruce Brown logged 34 minutes in Brooklyn’s last game, and something tells me he’ll come close to that again. Tyler Johnson, Jeff Green, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot are all banged up and at risk of sitting this one out.

Nnaji got the start for Denver in their last game, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he got the call again on Tuesday. He was a ghost (11 fantasy points) in his last game, but he still saw 30 minutes and the Nuggets won’t have Paul Millsap, JaMychal Green, Gary Harris, or PJ Dozier on Tuesday.

Powell is the ultimate punt on Tuesday night. It’s possible Dallas could take it easy on him on the second leg of a back-to-back set, but if not, he’s a strong candidate for a big role.

He got the start on Monday with Kristaps Porzingis out, and then Maxi Kleber got hurt. If both of those guys remain sidelined, Powell would be a smash play.

If he isn’t the guy that gets the nod, just pivot to Willie Cauley-Stein or Boban Marjanovic.

Best NBA DFS Lineup for February 23rd, 2021

  • PG: James Harden – Nets ($10.7k)
  • SG: Anthony Edwards –  Timberwolves ($5.8k)
  • SF: RJ Barrett – Knicks ($5.5k)
  • PF: Zeke Nnaji – Nuggets ($3.1k)
  • C: Dwight Powell – Mavericks ($3k)
  • G: Saben Lee – Pistons ($3.2k)
  • F: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks ($11k)
  • UTIL: Jarrett Allen – Cavaliers ($7.5k)

This is my favorite lineup so far. I get two of my favorite studs of the slate in Giannis and Harden, along with a rock solid center in Allen (39+ fantasy points in each of his last three games).

Edwards and Barrett are risky, but they both have solid game environments, and they have pretty big roles. They’re not always efficient, but Edwards has 30+ minutes logged in each of his last 10 games, and he’s hoisted 11+ shots in all but one of them.

Barrett has seen his minutes yanked around a bit, but he has been better over his last few games, and he shredded Golden State (28 real points) when he faced them earlier this year.,

The values are what they are. They’re super risky, but they also can very easily pay off their absurdly low price tags. Nnaji, Powell, and Lee all would ideally start to have you feel good about them, to be sure. 

However, Lee is the one that could still be viable regardless, and both Powell and Nnaji did start their last game. Given the stars I get, I think the punts are worth a roll of the dice on a slate that is going to be pretty bonkers.

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Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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