Yes, there are two games on Thursday, but this feels like the last real night of basketball before All-Star Weekend. Wednesday’s slate features 12 games and 17 of the of the 24 players who will suit up in the All-Star Game on Sunday (18 of 25 if you include the injured Jimmy Butler). As such, there are myriad ways to build your DFS lineups on Wednesday. This is the sort of night where the top two finishers in a tournament could possibly not share any common players, given how many options there are to daily fantasy owners.
PG: Ish Smith ($7,000) vs. SAC: Yes, we’re going to eschew Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard and Kyle Lowry for Smith, who might have had an outside shot at the All-Star Game had he been in Philadelphia all season. He has averaged 32.9 fantasy points per game in 20 contests with the 76ers, and should be in a great scoring environment Wednesday. The over/under on this game is 216, and the Kings have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to point guards.
SG: E'Twaun Moore ($4,200) vs. ATL: In three games without Butler on the floor, Moore has averaged 17.7 points, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 30.5 fantasy points. He should be the main beneficiary of a knee injury that will keep Butler out for another three to four weeks. Atlanta is just 22nd in the league in defense, from a fantasy perspective, against shooting guards, opening the door for Moore to go into All-Star Weekend on a high note.
SF: Evan Turner ($5,900) vs. LAC: Turner scored just six points in Boston’s loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday, but still had 26.2 fantasy points. He pulled down six rebounds and dished out 10 assists, showing off the multiple ways he can beat a defense. The Clippers are just about league average in defense against small forwards and shooting guards, so Turner should approach or surpass his usual point-per-minute pace on Wednesday. The over/under for this game is 209, and with the Celtics favored by just one point, there is a significant chance for fireworks.
PF: Paul Millsap ($8,100/$8,000) @ CHI: Millsap tweaked his ankle a couple weeks ago, and while the injury didn’t cost him any games, it was clear that he needed to shake out the cobwebs in his first few games after it happened. He got back to his old self over the weekend, putting an exclamation point on that with a 50.6-fantasy-point outburst against the Magic on Monday. He has put up an average of 40.9 fantasy points in his last three games, and gets a Chicago defense on Wednesday that has exactly one defender—Taj Gibson—potentially capable of handling him.
C: DeMarcus Cousins ($10,600) @ PHI: None of the 17 All-Stars in action Wednesday night are more attractive, from a daily fantasy standpoint, than Cousins. First of all, Philadelphia has allowed the most fantasy points per game to centers this season, and third most to power forwards. The 76ers are surrendering more than 50 points per game to centers, and now have to try to slow down the best in the game. That’s going to be an issue for them. The only thing, in fact, that has been able to slow down Cousins this season has been the second leg of back-to-backs. In his last eight games that didn’t come on the back end of consecutive nights, he has averaged 47.5 fantasy points.