Thursday, February 18, 2016

Daily Fantasy Basketball Strategy: February 18, 2016

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After what seems like a month off due to the All-Star break, the NBA finally returns Thursday with a three-game slate. What was set up to be a very competitive trio of games has been dashed a bit by Jimmy Butler‘s injury, and it’s a tough slate from a DFS perspective with little value to be had barring any big trades at Thursday’s afternoon deadline. Let’s take a look at the Vegas lines to get an idea of what to expect. 

Vegas lines and totals

Utah @ Washington (-1) – total of 197
Chicago @ Cleveland (-12.5) – total of 207
San Antonio (-4.5) @ L.A. Clippers – total of 205.5

Bulls-Cavs is the highest-scoring game, but also has a chance to be over before the final five minutes, possibly stripping the starters of 5-7 fantasy points apiece. The Spurs-Clippers’ total has dropped a few points since it was released, and I still think the under is a good bet at the current total, but it should go down to the wire in L.A. I was surprised to see the Jazz as underdogs even on the road, as they’ve been great since returning to full health, but the total of that game is in line with my projections. Let’s take a look at the top plays at each position.

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