NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 1/13/2022

Isaiah De Los Santos
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 1/13/22, including Nikola Jokic, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dennis Smith Jr.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 1/13/22, including Nikola Jokic, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dennis Smith Jr. / C. Morgan Engel/GettyImages

The 2021-22 NBA season is in full swing. If you need some advice on your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.

NBA DFS 1/13/2022

Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Thursday, 1/13, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 1/13

Nikola Jokic Fantasy

Target Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets ($11,500) Nikola Jokic continues to be a nightly triple-double threat and has put up 65-plus FanDuel fantasy points in two of his last four games. He now draws a poor Portland Trail Blazers defense that's even worse due to key absences. Portland has surrendered the fifth-most points per game to opponents this season, which should set Jokic up for a huge night as a scorer and distributor.

Jaren Jackson Jr. Fantasy

Target Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Memphis Grizzlies ($7,600): Jaren Jackson Jr.'s recent explosion on the boards has led to some huge fantasy outings. JJJ is averaging 10.3 rebounds over the last three games to go along with 20.0 PPG. Jackson is also adding value on the defensive side with 2.3 steals and a whopping 4.7 blocks per game. The big man could keep up his swiping ways against a Minnesota Timberwolves team that's committing the fourth-most turnovers per game. Minnesota is also in the top 10 for most opponent rebounds given up, boosting Jackson's upside.

Dennis Smith Jr. Fantasy

Target Dennis Smith Jr., PG, Portland Trail Blazers ($5,500): Dennis Smith Jr. looks like a candidate for steal of the night. His numbers have dropped off since his early December resurgence, but he could pick things up again as the leading man in the Portland Trail Blazers' backcourt. Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Anfernee Simons and Norman Powell are all out for Thursday's contest, leaving DSJ as the only healthy PG on the roster. Smith has the potential to boom as the Blazers' primary initiator on offense.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Fantasy

Avoid Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, SG/PG, Oklahoma City Thunder ($8,000): Shai Gilgeous-Alexander popped off on Tuesday, but his recent string of performances is hard to ignore. SGA didn't crack 30 fantasy points in any of his three previous contests, with his scoring (13.0 PPG) taking a major hit due to poor shooting from the field (27.5%) and deep (16.7%). Don't read too much into his bounce-back outing against a bad Washington Wizards defense. It's best to avoid SGA against the Brooklyn Nets, who rank top-10 in defensive rating.

Jusuf Nurkic Fantasy

Avoid Jusuf Nurkic, C, Portland Trail Blazers ($7,500): Jusuf Nurkic draws one of the toughest matchups for a big man in Jokic and the Nuggets on Thursday. Denver is holding opponents to the fifth-fewest rebounds per game, thanks to Jokic's dominance (14.1 RPG) on the boards and a strong frontcourt rotation. Nurkic hasn't done much in two meetings with the Nuggets earlier this season, recording a combined 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. One of those outings was a blowout in Denver's favor that limited Nurk to just under 22 minutes played, and that could be the same case tonight given the Blazers' short-staffed roster.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 1/13

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 1/13:  

PG: Dennis Smith Jr. ($4,400)
PG: Reggie Jackson ($5,500)
SG: Anthony Edwards ($8,300)
SG: Josh Hart ($6,900)
SF: Jeff Green ($4,600)
SF: Nassir Little ($5,300)
PF: Jaren Jackson Jr. ($7,600)
PF: Kyle Anderson ($5,800) 
C: Nikola Jokic ($11,500)

Remaining Salary: $100

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.