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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (1/21/19): NBA DFS Lineups

We have a split slate of games with five in the early window starting at 1 pm, while we have a four-game slate starting at 6 pm. I'll hit on a few players from each slate so we have some balanced options across the board.

In this article, I will be providing you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 1/21/19. These DFS lineup picks can vary from higher-priced players and elite options to lower-priced players and value picks on DraftKings.

You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. As always, don't set your lineups to early and check player statuses prior to opening tip. Give me a follow on Twitter @DFS_Tom with questions or comments. Good luck everyone.

 

DraftKings DFS Guards

D'Angelo Russell - PG, BKN vs SAC (DK - $8.300)

Russell is balling right now and has posted 47 DraftKings points or more in three of his last four games, with two of those games being over 55 DK points. He is in a spot to continue that strong trend tonight since he is facing off against the Kings, who are surrendering 49 DraftKings points per game to point guards this season, which is sixth worst in the league. Russell has also taken seven or more three-point attempts in three straight games, so plenty of scoring upside, which should make him viable in all formats. The favorable matchup and consistency are great for cash and the upside from three-pointers is great for tournaments.

Kris Dunn - SG, CHI @ CLE (DK - $6,100)

Dunn has a very favorable matchup today and comes in very reasonably priced tonight, which can always help with roster construction since it's an only five-game early slate. He has played 30 minutes or more in four of his last five games but has produced under one fantasy point per minute in four of those games. A slight bit of inconsistency, which could turn around today since he is up against the Cavaliers, who are giving up 41 DraftKings points per game to shooting guards, which is ninth worst in the league.

 

DraftKings DFS Forwards

Kyle Kuzma - SF, LAL vs GS (DK - $7,600)

It was announced on Sunday that Lonzo Ball is going to be out for about a month, so more of the offense is going to fall onto Kuzma, as they are still without LeBron. Kuzma sees a 4.5% increase in his usage rate when those two players are off the court this season, giving him a total of 29.5%, along with producing 1.30 fantasy points per minute. He is a bit of a "value" tonight since his price hasn't been adjusted due to the recent injury news. We have an over-under set at 235 points versus the Warriors, so there will be plenty of scoring to go around and Kuzma should be firmly involved for the Lakers.

P.J. Tucker - PF, HOU @ PHI (DK - $5,300)

Is PJ Tucker and amazing fantasy player? No, but he is cheap and playing a ton of minutes right now, with over 39 in three of his last four games. Minutes equals money in NBA DFS, which is true, but we aren't getting massive numbers from Tucker, as he has over 24 DraftKings points in three of those four games. Yes, that is under one fantasy point per minute and he will always give up offensive usage to Harden, but he is up against the 76ers tonight in a game with an over-under set at 234 and will be playing full minutes yet again.

 

DraftKings DFS Centers

Nikola Vucevic - C, ORL @ ATL (DK - $9,500)

Vucevic has been a fantasy monster in recent games, posting over 43 DraftKings points in seven of his last 10, making him a very expensive, but worthwhile spend today. He is facing off against the Hawks who are giving up 56 DraftKings points per game to centers this season, along with playing some of the worst defense overall this season. Vucevic is averaging 1.45 fantasy points per minute this season, which is insanely productive, coming from the fact he is a double-double machine.

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