Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks, Sleepers, and Lineup for January 28, 2022

| January 28, 2022 8:28 am PDT

I hate NBA scheduling, but I love the NBA. After getting a pointless two-game schedule yesterday, the league is back in full force tonight with 11 games on the docket.

The show could go on without LeBron James, though. He’s potentially set to miss a second straight game, while this big slate is already absent of stars like Damian Lillard and others.

Monitoring which other big names take a seat will be key for NBA DFS, per usual, and you’ll also want to track line and total movement. To do that, be sure to bookmark the best sites for betting on the NBA.

If you need help with figuring out who to roster, join me for my breakdown of Friday’s top NBA DFS picks and sleepers.

NBA DFS Picks for Friday Night

  • LaMelo Ball, PG, Hornets ($8.4k)
  • Tyler Herro, SG, Heat ($6.4k)
  • Norm Powell, SF, Blazers ($6.1k)
  • Miles Bridges, PF, Hornets ($7.6k)
  • Bam Adebayo, C, Heat ($7.5k)

I am very tempted to live in the midrange tonight. LaMelo Ball is one big reason why, as he always carries monster upside, and he just got back to elite status in his last game.

Ball’s floor can be annoying, but his showdown with the Lakers projects well. The spread is thick as news on the Lakers stars is still pending, but BetOnline has this game coming in with a friendly 228.5 total.

I like Ball here, but I also have eyes for C.J. McCollum and Anfernee Simons. Their game is even better (232.5) and I am considering just stacking that Blazers vs. Rockets game.

The cheapest path to that game is Norm Powell, though, and he could be a staple in my NBA DFS lineups.

So, too, could Herro. Everyone knows the kid can fill it up, but his role could be massive if Jimmy Butler joins Kyle Lowry on the sidelines tonight.

Bridges is a palatable price and is another option in that Lakers vs. Hornets affair. He offers more upside than usual with Gordon Hayward not playing, too.

Bam Adebayo is probably my favorite center play on the board. When both Lowry and Butler are off the floor, he owns a 24.6% usage rate and averages +0.28 fantasy points per minute.

Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for 1/28

  • Jaylen Nowell, PG, Timberwolves ($4k)
  • Malik Beasley, SG, Timberwolves ($3.8k)
  • Terance Mann, SF, Clippers ($4k)
  • Cameron Johnson, PF, Suns ($4.7k)
  • Mason Plumlee, C, Hornets ($4.1k)

There isn’t a lot of amazing value right now, but news on James and others could change that. For now, I do like Cameron Johnson, as he’s been getting minutes with Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder banged up.

Jaylen Nowell and perhaps even Malik Beasley could be interesting, too. Their status hinges on whatever happens with D’Angelo Russell, who exited last night’s game with an injury.

The Clippers continue to run out weak lineups, so you can look to Terance Mann or Luke Kennard for help. Getting cheap exposure to that Hornets game via Plumdog isn’t the worst idea, either.

L.A. guys will also be in the mix, should James and/or The Brow sit. THT stands out the most, and he’ll be popular if he’s thrust into a big role.

Until better value opens up, I probably won’t force the studs into my lineups. Be ready to adjust when news drops, however.

Top NBA DFS Lineup for January 28, 2022

  • PG: Nickeil Alexander-Walker – Pelicans ($4.4k)
  • SG: Tyler Herro – Heat ($6.4k)
  • SF: Norm Powell – Blazers ($6.1k)
  • PF: Cam Johnson – Suns ($4.7k)
  • C: Bam Adebayo – Heat ($7.5k)
  • G: Jaylen Nowell – Timberwolves ($4k)
  • F: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks ($11.8k)
  • UTIL: Gabe Vincent – Heat ($5.1k)

Most of my lineups tonight will probably get away from the top studs. A lot of ownership could flock to that Hornets game, and I imagine many will be interested in The Joker, too.

That’s plenty fine, but Giannis is probably going to go overlooked. He’s an elite late-game hammer if I’ve ever seen one, and I can still fit in a lot of midrange guys I like.

Herro is a lock for me if Butler is out. The same can be said for Bam Bam, while Vincent would also look very appealing.

New Orleans is still down some key bodies, so NAW is a fine last piece in, Cam Johnson is still a solid value, and Nowell looks good with D’Lo likely out.

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