Stephen Curry and Kristaps Porzingis headling NBA daily fantasy picks for Feb. 9.
A total of 10 teams take the floor on Tuesday, with three of them—Miami, New York and Dallas—packing it in for the All-Star break at the end of the night. The other seven all have one game left after Tuesday, so this will not be your last chance to roster Steph Curry, James Harden or John Wall before watching them in the All-Star Game. There are merits to using all three of them, but one game in particular jumps out from a daily fantasy perspective on Tuesday’s slate. That game, unsurprisingly, features two of those guys and takes place by the Bay.
PG: Steph Curry ($10,900) vs. HOU: Curry went three straight games scoring fewer than 50 fantasy points, which truly is an anomaly for the best weapon in the NBA. He has made up for that in his last two, putting up 61.4 points against the Wizards and 51.2 in a win over the Thunder. Even including those three sub-50 games, he’s averaging 49.7 fantasy points per game over his last 10. He’s an even better play than usual on a thin night like Tuesday.
SG: Rodney Hood ($5,800) @ DAL: Hood put up a dud last Wednesday against the Nuggets, but in the two games since has averaged 31.7 fantasy points. Those performances brought his 10-game average to 28.4 points, a number that has turned into more floor than ceiling for the second-year guard out of Duke. Dallas has been awfully tough on shooting guards this year, holding them to the third fewest points per game, but Hood transcends matchup, especially at his price.
SF: Evan Turner ($5,900) @ MIL: It appears that something has clicked for Turner over the last two weeks. The sixth-year player out of Ohio State, who has seemingly been a mild disappointment his entire NBA career, has scored at least 27 fantasy points in seven of his last eight games. In that same timeframe, he has posted an average of 30.6 fantasy points in just 28.1 minutes per night. The way he’s producing, he should take advantage of a Milwaukee defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points per game to small forwards.
PF: Kristaps Porzingis ($6,700) vs. WAS: Power forward is one of the weaker positions on Tuesday, with Draymond Green clearly outpacing the field. Porzingis is actually the sixth-most expensive power forward available at just $6,700, but he still provides relative value compared with the entire player pool. Washington is very good in the frontcourt, but Porzingis is on one of his hot streaks, contributing 39.8 fantasy points per game in his last two contests.
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C: Rudy Gobert ($7,500) @ DAL: Take a look at Gobert’s game logs beginning on Jan. 16, the first night on which he played at least 30 minutes for a second straight game since returning from his injury. You’ll see that in that span, which covers 11 games, he has averaged 13.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per night. That comes out to 34.3 points per night before factoring in assists and turnovers, which is a fair expectation for Gobert every time he takes the floor. Even in a tough matchup with Dallas, he’s a bankable fantasy center.