NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 2/9/2022

Isaiah De Los Santos
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 2/9/22, including LeBron James, Anfernee Simons and Udoka Azubuike.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 2/9/22, including LeBron James, Anfernee Simons and Udoka Azubuike. / Ronald Martinez/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 2/7/2022

Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Wednesday, 2/9, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 2/9

LeBron James Fantasy

Target LeBron James, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers ($10,800): LeBron James hasn't missed a beat since returning from a five-game absence. He's averaging 28.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists over the last two contests, and he should keep rolling on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland's roster is in flux following a big trade, so the likes of Ben McLemore, CJ Elleby and Justise Winslow will all be tasked with slowing down the four-time MVP. The Blazers have already allowed the fifth-most PPG, so The King has a golden opportunity to feast against an under-sized defense that's also working in new arrivals.

Anfernee Simons Fantasy

Target Anferee Simons, PG/SG, Portland Trail Blazers ($6,800): The Anfernee Simons Show is in full effect with Damian Lillard out and CJ McCollum headed to New Orleans. Simons has recorded 19 points in each of the last four games while averaging 3.3 RPG and 3.8 APG. With several new players potentially making their debuts, the Blazers will look to the incumbent PG to lead the backcourt. This is a delicious matchup for the shoot-first guard, as the Lakers own the fourth-worst scoring defense in the league.

Udoka Azubuike Fantasy

Target Udoka Azubuike, C, Utah Jazz ($4,600): If you don't know who Udoka Azubuike is, you should. Utah's third-string center has played a prominent role over the last two games with Rudy Gobert sidelined, seeing a combined 50 minutes in two contests. Azubuike's playing time outpaces primary backup Hassan Whiteside (44 combined minutes) during this span, and he's been more productive (8.5 PPG, 12.5 RPG) than his teammate (9.0 PPG, 8.0 RPG) as well. Azubuike has three straight games with double-digit rebounds, making him a more attractive (and cheaper) target than Whiteside with Gobert out again.

Jakob Poeltl Fantasy

Avoid Jakob Poeltl, C, San Antonio Spurs ($7,800): Jakob Poeltl has thrived since the start of the new year, but he draws a tough matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. Cleveland owns one of the deepest frontcourts in the league with Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley and Kevin Love down low. That trio has helped the Cavs limit opponents to the eighth-fewest RPG, and they're a big part of Cleveland owning the league's best scoring defense at just 102.1 PPG allowed. Poeltl saw this intimidating defense up close on Jan. 14, when he was held to zero points on 0-4 shooting. That previous showing is too hard to ignore in this rematch.

Russell Westbrook Fantasy

Avoid Russell Westbrook, PG, Los Angeles Lakers ($7,600): Russell Westbrook's 2021-22 campaign continues to spiral downward. The former league MVP was benched in back-to-back games, first in overtime against the New York Knicks, then during the entire fourth quarter last night. As a result, Westbrook hasn't cracked even 30 minutes over his last two contests. He's also failed to record more than 32 FanDuel fantasy points in each of his last three games, so there's nothing that makes him a must-play.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 2/9

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 2/9:  

PG: Anfernee Simons ($6,800)
PG: Tre Mann ($4,700)
SG: Malik Monk ($6,100)
SG: Gary Trent Jr. ($6,600)
SF: LeBron James ($10,800)
SF: Anthony Edwards ($7,400)
PF: Bojan Bogdanovic ($5,400)
PF: Jarrett Allen ($7,600)
C: Udoka Azubuike ($4,600) 

Remaining Salary: $0

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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.