NBA DFS Plays & Values: Droppin Dimes for Thursday, January 28th

SI Fantasy analyst Stephen Marsella runs through his top NBA daily fantasy plays for Thursday
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Thursday brings a nice four game slate after a massive game slate on Wednesday. 

All pricing and fantasy points are for DraftKings, but plays can be used across all sites.

Listed below are my favorite plays tonight. 


  • The Suns get a +5 bump in pace going against the Warriors.
  • Rockets/Blazers game will run at the fastest pace. Also, highest total.


Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers ($10,600)

It has been the Dame Lillard show as of late. Over the past four games, Lillard has scored 30 or more points in three of those four and exceeded 50 fantasy points in all. I love the matchup agains the Rockets. 

Also consider: Stephen Curry

VALUE: Anfernee Simons, Gabe Vincent- if any of the Heat sit out. 


Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat ($5,900)

The Heat have Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Goran Dragic and now Duncan Robinson listed as questionable. If any of these players sit out this puts Nunn in an excellent spot. This play relies on one or more of these players sitting out. If the Heat have all these players back I will be off Nunn. He has played an average of 35.6 minutes and 33.4 fantasy points over six games. The Clippers have been one of the best defensive teams, but they will be without Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Pat Beverley. These are the teams best defensive players. 

Also consider: Gary Trent jr.

VALUE: Terrance Mann, Jevon Carter


Jae Crowder, Phoenix Suns ($5,500)

The Suns will be without Devin Booker again. This allowed Crowder to step into the starting lineup and play 45 and 33 minutes the last two games. He also put up 38 and 35 fantasy points respectively. This will be a nice pace up spot for the Suns tonight against one of the worst defensive teams. The Warriors have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing teams and run at a five possession pace differential. Crowder should see similar minutes as the past two games and I expect him to exceed the 40 fantasy point mark tonight. 

Also consider: LeBron James - no Anthony Davis tonight

VALUE: Talen Horton-Tucker


Carmelo Anthony, Portland Trailblazers ($5,600)

The Blazers have been without CJ McCollum and now they are missing Robert Covington in the starting lineup. This put Anthony in the starting lineup last game. He played 35 minutes and put up 37.5 fantasy points on 8-21 shooting with six rebounds and some defensive stats. The Blazers play against the Rockets another faster paced team. Should see another solid game from Anthony tonight against one of his former teams. 

Also consider: Kyle Kuzma, Christian Wood

VALUE: Markieff Morris


Montrezl Harrell, LA Lakers ($5,800)

My favorite player on the day was Anthony Davis. Now that he has been ruled out I will pivot to Harrell. The Pistons have been one of the worst teams against big men. "Trez" has been solid when on the court averaging a fantasy point per minute and playing around 24 minutes a game. This is a spot where he should see some additional time and have one of his ceiling games. 

Also consider: Mason Plumlee, DeAndre Ayton

VALUE: Frank Kaminsky, Harry Giles