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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks Tonight for 1/26/2021

Jason Schandl
NBA FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks tonight, including Nikola Vucevic, for 1/27/2021.
NBA FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks tonight, including Nikola Vucevic, for 1/27/2021. / Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The NBA season rolls on tonight, bringing fans some exciting matchups headlined by the clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. 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 Wednesday, 1/27, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA

Nikola Vucevic Fantasy

Target Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic ($9,400): Nikola Vucevic might not be the most exciting name on a huge slate, but it's hard to knock his production this year. He quietly sits No. 12 in the NBA with an average of 45.9 FanDuel points per game, and the Orlando Magic are giving him a ton of run lately. He's played north of 36 minutes in four of his last five, averaging a huge 38.3 minutes per game in that stretch. As an added bonus, he's up against a Sacramento Kings squad that is giving up the NBA's most points per game.

Brandon Ingram Fantasy

Target Brandon Ingram, SF, New Orleans Pelicans ($7,500): Brandon Ingram's recent fantasy output has been pretty underwhelming, not eclipsing 40 FanDuel points in any of his last six games, but we can expect that to change tonight. His minutes have been as high as ever, and he's had a usage rate north of 30% in three of seven. Tonight he gets a Washington Wizards team that plays at the second-highest pace in the NBA and ranks second only to the Kings in points per game allowed.

Anthony Edwards Fantasy

Target Anthony Edwards, SG, Minnesota Timberwolves ($4,500): Anthony Edwards is in an absolute funk from the field, but that actually makes him a pretty appealing value play tonight. He's shooting an atrocious 38.4% true shooting percentage (TS%) over his last five games, but he's not letting that deter him from getting up shots, averaging 13.8 field goal attempts per game in that stretch. For some context, the lowest TS% among 207 qualifying players this season is 42.4%. Put simply, unless you believe Edwards is legitimately the worst shooter in the NBA by a big margin, we can expect a significant bounce-back in his efficiency numbers from the field. Paired with his solid volume, that's a recipe for fantasy success.

James Harden Fantasy

Avoid James Harden, SG, Brooklyn Nets ($9,800): It's always going to be hard for the Brooklyn Nets to support three elite fantasy producers on a nightly basis, and James Harden is the best bet to avoid right now. In the 88 minutes he has played alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, he has just a 20.6% usage rate (trailing Kyrie's 25.0% and KD's 27.4%). Any of them have the potential to go off on any given night, but as things stand right now, Harden is a clear No. 3 in the pecking order.

Russell Westbrook Fantasy

Avoid Russell Westbrook, PG, Washington Wizards ($9,900): Russell Westbrook's current minutes restriction has clearly put a hard cap on his fantasy value. Since returning on January 24th, he's dropped 23.6 and 36.7 FanDuel points while averaging 26.9 minutes per game. His FanDuel salary hasn't fallen nearly enough to reflect the restriction, and until that limit is lifted he's someone to steer clear of.

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 1/27:

PG: Chris Paul ($7,400)
PG: Cole Anthony ($5,000)
SG: Tyrese Haliburton ($5,400)
SG: Anthony Edwards ($4,500)
SF: Brandon Ingram ($7,500)
SF: De'Andre Hunter ($5,600)
PF: John Collins ($7,400)
PF: Zion Williamson ($7,800)
C: Nikola Vucevic ($9,400)

Remaining Salary: $0

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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.