NBA DFS – Studs, Scrubs, and Duds For DraftKings and FanDuel (2/4)

Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets in action against the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets in action against the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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Top star players, best value picks, and guys you should stay away from on February 4 in NBA Daily Fantasy Sports on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Welcome to Studs, Scrubs, and Duds; FanSided’s daily fantasy NBA lineup helper.

Here’s what’s on the slate for tonight:

7:30 p.m. ET: Milwaukee at New Orleans
8 p.m. ET: Charlotte at Houston
9 p.m. ET: Portland at Denver
10 p.m. ET: San Antonio at LA Lakers

How this works:

Studs: Top high salary picks that you can build your lineup around.
Scrubs: Value players looking for a big night or consistent options to help fill out your lineup.
Duds: Players to avoid given their high salary and/or poor matchup.

Five players are picked on each slide, positions are not applicable, and both DraftKings and FanDuel salaries are listed.


James Harden (vs CHA – $12,000 on DK; $11,600 on FD): If Westbrook is out then that’s even better news for Harden. His shot looked back on point against the Pelicans which is an encouraging sign. And he has the best matchup for any of the top stars on the night. This is an easy take and someone you can build around with the circumstances.

Damian Lillard (at DEN – $10,300 on DK; $10,900 on FD): I’m not doubting Lillard. It’s a tough matchup against a very good Nuggets team but I am not doubting Lillard. He has scorched everyone in front of him over the past week or so and until I see him slip, I refuse to go away from him. He should be in for another big night.

Khris Middleton (at NO – $7,300 on DK; $7,200 on FD): You can always go with Giannis because he’s Giannis but the Pelicans are weak against the position and Middleton typically gets his. He’s certainly not going to lack for opportunities. The Pelicans defense still leaves plenty to be desired.

Zion Williamson (vs MIL – $7,100 on DK; $7,100 on FD): Zion is now playing more minutes and even though it’s a tough matchup, he’s proven that he can handle his own. And the Bucks are weak against the position. The Pelicans look for him plenty throughout the game and he can create his own offense. He’s around the same salary as his teammates but I prefer his overall game and contributions.