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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks Tonight for 1/25/2021

Jason Schandl
NBA FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks tonight, including Nikola Jokic, for 1/25/2021.
NBA FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks tonight, including Nikola Jokic, for 1/25/2021. / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The NBA season rolls on tonight, bringing fans some exciting matchups headlined by the clash between the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets. If you're looking for some advice for your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.

And be sure to checkout our nightly against the spread (ATS) picks as well.

Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Monday, 1/25, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA

Nikola Jokic Fantasy

Target Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets ($11,200): Leading the NBA with an average of 57.7 FanDuel points per game, Nikola Jokic has been especially dominant lately. He hasn't dropped fewer than 55.4 FanDuel points in any of his last six games, eclipsing 60.0 in five of those six and averaging 63.2 per game during that stretch. The Denver Nuggets are only slight 1.5-point favorites, per FanDuel Sportsbook, meaning this should be the kind of close game that lets Jokic play a full complement of minutes.

Lonzo Ball Fantasy

Target Lonzo Ball, PG, New Orleans Pelicans ($5,600): Lonzo Ball's salary is down thanks to the limited minutes he's played since returning from injury, but his workload is trending in the right direction. He came just shy of playing 30 minutes in his last outing, up from 23 and 27.5 minutes in his previous two. Back before his three-game absence he was being priced in the mid-$6,000 range, leaving him nice and under-priced tonight should he continue to fall back into his usual role.

Isaiah Roby Fantasy

Target Isaiah Roby, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder ($4,500): Al Horford is still away from the team after the birth of his daughter, and Isaiah Roby should continue to start in his place tonight. Since moving into the starting lineup, Roby is averaging 26.3 FanDuel points in 25.9 minutes per game. If we include his first game of the year (his other start, when Horford was also out) those averages jump to an even better 27.9 FanDuel points in 26.3 minutes per game. He's an absolute steal at $4,500.

Anthony Davis Fantasy

Avoid Anthony Davis, PF, Los Angeles Lakers ($10,100): Is Anthony Davis capable of torching the Cleveland Cavaliers? Absolutely. The Lakers are 10.5-point favorites, however, and this game could get out of hand. Davis has averaged just 29.9 minutes per game in contests the Lakers have won by double-digit points, and spending over $10k to get fewer than 30 minutes is not what you're looking for.

Jaylen Brown Fantasy

Avoid Jaylen Brown, SF, Boston Celtics ($9,000): Jaylen Brown is coming off a couple big games, but Jayson Tatum is set to return on Monday and that's going to ding Brown's DFS value. Brown has a massive 37.7% usage rate in five games he's played without Tatum this year, but that mark falls to a much more modest 29.3% when Tatum plays. That comes with a corresponding drop from 1.44 FanDuel points per minute without Tatum to 1.25 per minute with. Wait for Brown's salary to come back down before playing him again.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 1/25:

PG: Lonzo Ball ($5,600)
PG: Cole Anthony ($5,400)
SG: Kendrick Nunn ($6,500)
SG: Andrew Wiggins ($6,800)
SF: OG Anunoby ($6,200)
SF: Danny Green ($4,000)
PF: Isaiah Roby ($4,500)
PF: Bam Adebayo ($9,600)
C: Nikola Jokic ($11,200)

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.