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DraftKings Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks (1/26/21): NBA DFS Lineups

Happy Tuesday, Rotoballers! The league is giving DFS three games to choose from during tonight. However, the limited games don't necessarily limit our excellent options. There will be some terrific offensive talents in tonight's player pool, and a couple of injuries will also open the door to some sneaky values plays to fill out your DFS roster.

As of this writing, the only game with a point spread is the New York versus Utah matchup. The Jazz is favored by 11 points over the visiting Knicks in what should be a low-scoring affair. Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards travel to Texas to take on the Houston Rockets. Both teams are top-seven in the league in terms of pace, and it could turn into a track meet at the Toyota Center tonight. Bradley Beal will be the main focus of the Wizard's offense on their side of the court. Simultaneously, the Rockets will have a few options, with John Wall, Victor Oladipo, and DeMarcus Cousins all having opportunities to rack up fantasy points.

This article will provide you with my daily fantasy basketball lineup picks for DraftKings on 1/26/21. You can also check out today's FanDuel lineup picks. With COVID-19 a significant factor, remember to monitor injury news as the slate can completely change before lineups lock.

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DraftKings DFS Guards

Lou Williams - PG/SG, LAC at ATL ($5,800)

Williams should be a primary option in the Clippers offense tonight, with Kawhi Leonard (health protocols) and Paul George (health protocols) unable to suit up. With both superstars on the sideline, Williams will see an increase in shot attempts, and that will raise his fantasy floor against the Atlanta Hawks. The 34-year old shot the rock at least 10 times in four games this season, and those contests were his best statistical outputs of the season. In that quartet of matchups, Sweet Lou averaged 17.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and shot 53.2 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent from three-point land, and 88.9 percent from the charity stripe. Fire up Lou and see what he can do for your DFS chances in a high-volume opportunity.

Alec Burks - SG, NYK at UTA ($5,300)

This is a case of value versus matchup. Burks has topped 20 DraftKings fantasy points in every game this season and reached 29 DKFP in four of those six contests. However, the Knicks and the Jazz project as the lowest over/under of the three games. Plus, the Jazz comes in as 11 point favorites, leaving New York with an implied team total barely hovering above 100 points. The low count could scare some DFS managers away from the Knicks all together, but Burks still slides in as a valuable piece of my lineup tonight. The team is still dealing with some injuries, and it will continue to gift the 29-year old some playing time. He will look to build off his 18 points, and five made threes performance on Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers.


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DraftKings DFS Forwards

Nicolas Batum - SF/PF, LAC at ATL ($6,300)

If I could figure out how to insert gifs into these articles, this is where I would place the "Is this real life?" gif of the kid coming out of tooth surgery. Yes, this is 2021, and we are somehow talking about the DFS relevancy of Nicolas Batum. The Frenchman has 23 DKFP in six of his last 10 contests and is up to 23.8 FPPG this year. It's not the most attractive play on the slate, but the opportunity is there with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both scheduled to miss another game. The Hawks give up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing power forwards, and that's likely where the veteran will slot in for most of his minutes on Tuesday. I prefer the next option at small forward or power forward, but Batum is far from the worst option on the schedule tonight, especially with the opportunity he has and the salary he costs.

De'Andre Hunter - SF/PF, ATL vs. LAC ($6,200)

Hunter is in a similar boat to Lou Williams tonight. Some of his more offensively-gifted teammates (Trae Young, Danillo Gallinari, and Cam Reddish) are questionable for this contest, and it will line up for the second-year forward to get a lot of looks in the Atlanta gameplan. He's scored at least 30 DKFP in six of his last ten games and is averaging 30.7 fantasy points per game this season. The 23-year old will be looking to keep the good times rolling after he poured in a career-high 33 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.


DraftKings DFS Centers

Rudy Gobert - C, UTA vs. NYK ($7,200)

Gobert deserves to be mentioned as an option at the center spot tonight because he is in a steady run of form. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has produced at least 33 DKFP in nine of his last ten games and reached 35 points in five-straight contests. He barely cracks double-digits in the scoring category each night, but over the previous ten days, the Frenchman is averaging 13.2 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, and is shooting 76.5 percent from the floor. The following option at the center position may have a higher ceiling, but Gobert has an appropriate salary, which is enough to make him worth the roster spot. I may even put together a lineup that consists of Gobert and this next player.

DeMarcus Cousins - C, HOU vs. WAS ($6,000)

Christian Wood (ankle) is doubtful for tonight's contest, and his absence should pave the way for another big game for Cousins. The big man is averaging a massive 47.25 DKFP in his last two contests while posting monster stat lines. Over the weekend against the Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks, Boogie averaged 16.5 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, one block, and 2.5 made threes. The Wizards defense is bottom-10 in opponents points per game, opponents field-goal percentage, opponents three-point percentage, and offensive rebounding percentage. The 30-year old is in line for a buffet of fantasy points and is a useful play at the center spot for Tuesday's slate.

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