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 1/21/2022
Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Friday, 1/21, NBA DFS action.
FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 1/21
Joel Embiid Fantasy
Target Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers ($10,800): The Philadelphia 76ers big might be the second-highest price of any player on today's slate, but he's worth it. Embiid has been on fire in DFS action, scoring 50+ points in 9 of his last 12, including a massive 77.4-point outing on Wednesday. Nikola Jokic just put up nearly 90 points against the Clippers on Wednesday and Embiid should similarly feast against a defense that ranks just 27th in rebounding percentage. Embiid's insane 35.9% usage rate is a must-target on Friday.
Joe Ingles Fantasy
Target Joe Ingles, SG/SF, Utah Jazz ($3,700): Joe Ingles offers DFS players some sneaky value on Friday night. Ingles still averages nearly 25 minutes player per night, and at a minimum salary on the league's best offense (by offensive rating), he offers great bang for his buck. Not to mention, the Detroit Pistons allow the second-worst opponent FG percentage in the NBA and rank 24th in defensive rating.
Andrew Wiggins Fantasy
Target Andrew Wiggins, SF, Golden State Warriors ($6,300): The Golden State Warriors continue to take things slow with Klay Thompson's return and he's scheduled for a day of rest on Friday. This leaves the door wide open for Andrew Wiggins to smash his DFS salary projection. Thompson averages a a 32.4% usage rate in his six games played, and that's a massive opportunity for the remaining Warriors tonight. We trust Wiggins' average of 19.1 points and 4.5 rebounds without Thompson on the floor tonight against a Houston defense that rates dead last in defensive rating.
Nikola Vucevic Fantasy
Avoid Nikola Vucevic, C, Chicago Bulls ($9,200): While the absences of Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball projects a much bigger role for Nikola Vucevic on Friday night, this is a buyer-beware situation. The Milwaukee Bucks tout a top-10 defensive rating and rebounding percentage. We all know what a force Giannis Antetokounmpo is defensively, so Vucevic's performance man not live up completely to the price tag.
Robert Covington Fantasy
Avoid Robert Covington, PF/SF, Portland Trail Blazers ($6,200): An expanded offensive role has led to Robert Covington posting double-digit points in three of his last four. Still, he's topped out at 15 points in this stretch and must face a tough defensive test. The Boston Celtics rank fifth in defensive rating while playing at the seventh-slowest pace. This isn't a favorable matchup for Covington and the Blazers by any means, so we'll tag the nine-year veteran with an avoid mark tonight.
FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 1/21
Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 1/21:
PG: Steph Curry ($9,800)
PG: Dennis Schroder ($6,200)
SG: Josh Giddey ($6,100)
SG: Gordon Hayward ($6,200)
SF: Joe Ingles ($3,700)
SF: Andrew Wiggins ($6,300)
PF: Scottie Barnes ($5,500)
PF: Montrezl Harrell ($5,400)
C: Joel Embiid ($10,800)
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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. 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.