Top star players, best value picks, and guys you should stay away from on February 25 in NBA DFS on DraftKings and FanDuel.
Welcome to Studs, Scrubs, and Duds; FanSided’s NBA DFS lineup helper.
Here’s what’s on the slate for tonight:
7 p.m. ET: Charlotte at Indiana
7:30 p.m. ET: Milwaukee at Toronto
8 p.m. ET: Oklahoma City at Chicago
9 p.m. ET: Detroit at Denver
10 p.m. ET: New Orleans at LA Lakers, Boston at Portland
10:30 p.m. ET: Sacramento at Golden State
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.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (at TOR – $11,600 on DK; $11,600 on FD): Giannis always delivers and I will trust him even more when he has a tough matchup in front of him. These are statement games for the best player in the league and I have no doubt that he will deliver given everything we know about him. Don’t worry about the price, build around him with confidence.
Domantas Sabonis (vs CHA – $9,000 on DK; $8,300 on FD): Sabonis has been a little up and down recently as the Pacers are struggling but I have to trust him about this Hornets team. Look for a lot of guys on the Pacers to step up with Lamb being hurt and as they try to bounce back from embarrassment. Sabonis is usually good for a double double and then some.
Jayson Tatum (at POR – $8,800 on DK; $8,800 on FD): Tatum has been excellent for the majority of the season and I have no reason to doubt him against a weak matchup like Portland. The scoring should be there without an issue and he’ll chip in in other categories. There’s some good value across the Celtics given the opponent and their respective prices compared to the top guys on the night.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (at CHI – $7,300 on DK; $ on FD): SGA is starting to pick up double doubles easily and he’ll chip in with assists as well. You can rarely go wrong with one of the three OKC guards. Maybe you like Chris Paul more as he’s been more aggressive since the break. He’s a strong option as well. It’s a good matchup and you should grab one of the OKC guards.
Lonzo Ball (at LAL – $7,000 on DK; $7,000 on FD): Lonzo always seems to raise his game against the Lakers. This time he’ll have to share some opportunities with Zion, which is a little worrisome and could take away from his value, but his price has dropped to a good spot to account for Zion being around. The Lakers bring out the best in Lonzo so I’m comfortable taking him again in this scenario.