ThriveFantasy NBA: Tuesday Picks

ThriveFantasy NBA: Tuesday Picks

This article is part of our DFS NBA series.

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Let's examine Tuesday's eight-game slate and highlight a few options to target, as well as some to possibly avoid.

Players to Target

Jayson Tatum, BOS vs. BKN: Over 30.5 Points + Rebounds: This line seems way too low. In the scoring column alone, Tatum has averaged 34.8 points across the last six games. As far as rebounds go, he's averaged 8.8 during that same stretch. So, what gives? Well, maybe part of the reason for this deflated line is the expected return of Kemba Walker, who has missed the past five games with a knee injury. However, Walker will likely be on a minutes limit if he does play. Tatum has also been battling an illness, which has resulted in him being listed as questionable. If he plays, he could easily hit the over here.

Zion Williamson, NO vs. MIN: Over 26.5 Points: Williamson couldn't lift the Pelicans over the Lakers on Sunday, but he certainly played well with 35 points and seven rebounds. He was 12-for-16 from the field and is now shooting a stellar 59.3 percent for the season. He's scored at least 27 points in five of his last seven games and has an excellent chance to keep things rolling against a Timberwolves team that has allowed the third-most points per game in the league.

Steven Adams, OKC vs. LAC: Over 1.5 Blocks + Steals: The Thunder have had some time to ponder their 47-point loss at the hands of the Bucks on Friday. Adams logged 17 minutes in that game, so don't read too much into his muted stat line. Adams had averaged 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks across the six games prior to the blowout loss. He's been productive in both categories for the majority of the season, so taking on chance on the over here could pay off. He's faced the Clippers twice this season, recording at least two steals alone in both contests.

Players to Avoid

Nikola Jokic, DEN vs. GS: 17.5 Rebounds + Assists: Jokic was excellent in the Nuggets defeat of the Raptors on Sunday, producing 23 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists in 35 minutes. He's rebounded from a slow start to the season to once again be a valuable contributor in several categories. With the Warriors sporting the fifth-worst defensive rating in the league and a lack of size up front, this might seem like a good opportunity for Jokic to hit the over. However, this game could also get out of hand in a hurry, which would likely leave him with limited playing time. This total could go either way, so it might be best to avoid picking a side.

Jamal Murray, DEN vs. GS: 24.5 Points + Rebounds: Murray's 22 points against the Raptors was impressive, as Toronto has the second-best defensive rating in the league. He only had one rebound, though, and he's averaging just 3.8 boards per game for the season. Given how poorly the Warriors have played on defense, Murray has a legitimate shot of hitting the over on this combined total just with his contributions in the scoring column, but the potential for a blowout could possibly limit his playing time, too. Avoiding him could prove to be a wise decision.

Paul George, LAC at OKC: 9.5 Rebounds + Assists: The bad news for George is that he's been limited to only 38 games this season because of injury. The good news is that he played 30 minutes against the Sixers on Sunday and appears to be trending in the right direction. But the Clippers won't take any chances with him since they want to be sure that he's healthy for the playoffs. His minutes could be unstable moving forward, which makes him a risky option.

The author(s) of this article may play in daily fantasy contests including – but not limited to – games that they have provided recommendations or advice on in this article. In the course of playing in these games using their personal accounts, it's possible that they will use players in their lineups or other strategies that differ from the recommendations they have provided above. The recommendations in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of RotoWire. Mike Barner plays in daily fantasy contests using the following accounts: FanDuel: mbarner, DraftKings: mbarner51.
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Mike Barner
Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.
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