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For a six game slate, there could be some fireworks tonight! The LOWEST game total today is 222 in Brooklyn as the Jazz take on the again Kyrie lead Nets.

Coming in at a robust 240 game total, Houston travels to Memphis as the Rockets are without Russell Westbrook due to…rest? Ok.

The Bucks and the Clippers come in as massive favorites at -17 and -15 respectively, and four away teams are favored tonight.


Top of the Key

D’Angelo Russell ($7,900 DK / $7,300 FD) vs. Dallas Mavericks

In his first game back from injury, Russell dropped 50 fantasy points in 35 minutes so I think the minutes limit is out of the question. In that game, he fired up 35 shots but also added seven rebounds and four assists.

In his past five games, he has a 32.63 usage rate, averaging 1.38 fantasy points per minute. With Damion Lee out tonight, Russell is way too cheap for his upside tonight.

Devin Booker ($8,200 DK / $8,700 FD) at Atlanta Hawks

Booker has an excellent matchup tonight against the Hawks as they have shown they are inept at playing defense against any position. In a game that features a 230.5 game total, Booker should be the go to guy for the Suns tonight with Ricky Rubio likely to sit.

He is logging a ton of time on the court as he has seen at least 37 minutes in his last nine games. His usage rate (30.4%) and fantasy points per minute (1.2) are also solid over the past five contests.

Baseline Looks

Here are a few players and situations I will be keeping my eye that could be in good spots depending on how news breaks or players I will look into a little throughout the day.

Elie Okobo ($3,200 DK / $3,500 FD) or Tyler Johnson ($3,000 DK / $3,500 FD) at Atlanta Hawks – Ricky Rubio is likely out tonight and Okobo looks to be in line for the start. If he can crack the 20 minute mark it hard to see him not hitting value. Johnson could be a pivot off Okobo in large field tournaments. He gets a massive boost with Rubio out, but we can’t guarantee he gets much run tonight.

Damian Jones ($3,000 DK / $3,500 FD) vs. Phoenix Suns – This could easily backfire as there is a possibility that Jones ends up with more fouls then actual minutes played. The Hawks frontcourt is thin as Alex Len and Bruno Fernando are out, so if Jones stays out of foul trouble he could see 20+ minutes at minimum price. Is this tonight’s Jahilil Okafor?

Ben McLemore ($3,500 DK / $4,100 FD) and P.J. Tucker ($3,700 DK / $3,900 FD) at Memphis Grizzlies – Russell Westbrook is out. Both should see a ton of minutes as salary savers.

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