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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 2/24/2022

Adam Taylor McKillop
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 2/24/22, including Anfernee Simons, Nikola Jokic and Zach Lavine.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 2/24/22, including Anfernee Simons, Nikola Jokic and Zach Lavine. / Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

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

NBA DFS 2/24/2022

Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Thursday, 2/24, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 2/24

Anfernee Simons Fantasy

Target Anfernee Simons, PG, Portland Trail Blazers ($7,600): Jusuf Nurkic's recent injury update leaves the Trail Blazers with a massive hole in production, considering the injury to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum now with the Pelicans. Enter Anfernee Simons, who should be a Blazers player to target for the foreseeable future thanks to his 29.4% usage rate in the past three games. That number will climb without Nurkic and makes him a safe target even against the Warriors' No. 1 rated defense. Simons is pouring in 30.7 points per game on 52.3% shooting in the last three and will continue to ball out given an extremely-favorable level of usage.

Nikola Jokic Fantasy

Target Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets ($11,400): DFS players should not shy away from Nikola Jokic's price tag coming out of All-Star break. He touts an impressive 34.1% usage rate in his past five games with 26.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. Not only is Jokic a stat-stuffer, but the Kings are a mess defensively. Sacramento ranks bottom-10 in opponent rebounding and field goal percentage, and 29th in defensive rating. Expect some fireworks from the do-it-all big man.

Zach LaVine Fantasy

Target Zach LaVine, SG, Chicago Bulls ($7,900): Disclaimer - it's safe to target any of the stars in this Bulls vs Hawks matchup. Both teams stack up top five rated offenses while ranking in the bottom-10 of defensive ratings and middle-top of the pack in pace. FanDuel Sportsbook has the over/under for this matchup at 240, by far the highest on the slate, and for good reason. LaVine is our choice because of the friendlier price tag, compared to DeMar DeRozan at $10,600. The two-time All-Star LaVine averages 37.35 FanDuel DFS points in his last 10, and puts up a healthy 22.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game in that stretch.

Domantas Sabonis Fantasy

Avoid Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, Sacramento Kings ($7,600): Domantas Sabonis has looked decent in four games with the Kings, averaging 17.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. While that's good production for the price tag, those numbers are down from his production with the Pacers where he averaged 18.9 points and 12.1 rebounds per night. De'Aaron Fox still far-outpaces the big man in usage rate (30.3% compared to 23.1%) and the Nuggets are a tough matchup for any opposing bigs. Denver ranks sixth in opponent rebounding percentage and ranks top-10 in turnovers forced by opposing centers. Don't expect Sabonis to fully find his groove against the Nuggets.

Andre Drummond Fantasy

Avoid Andre Drummond, C, Brooklyn Nets ($6,700): We'll target another big man to avoid, newly-acquired Nets center Andre Drummond. Drummond piled up a combined 77.6 DFS points in his first two games with Brooklyn and that has some thinking he's a safe target. But, that was against the lowly Sacramento Kings and struggling New York Knicks. Tonight's matchup is a true test, the defensive-minded and excellent paint-defending Boston Celtics. Boston rates second overall in defensive rating and excels at slowing down opposing bigs, allowing the lowest field goal percentage (42.6%) and second-fewest points in the paint to opponents this year. Even with the Nets still searching for answers until the returns of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons, there's not enough upside for Drummond tonight.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 2/24

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 2/24:  

PG: Anfernee Simons ($7,600)
PG: De'Anthony Melton ($5,200)
SG: Zach LaVine ($7,900)
SG: Desmond Bane ($6,500)
SF: Kyle Anderson ($4,500)
SF: Will Barton ($5,400)
PF: John Collins ($6,600)
PF: Kevon Looney ($4,800)
C: Nikola Jokic ($11,400)

Remaining Salary: $100

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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.