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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks Tonight for 1/28/2021

Jason Schandl
NBA FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks tonight, including LeBron James, for 1/28/2021.
NBA FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks tonight, including LeBron James, for 1/28/2021. / Jason Miller/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 Thursday, 1/28, NBA DFS action.

LeBron James Fantasy

Target LeBron James, SF, Los Angeles Lakers ($10,700): The small forward spot is incredibly thin tonight, and LeBron James is easily the top play. The King is playing on the second half of a back-to-back, but so are the Detroit Pistons, so that's less of a concern. James' fantasy production is down this year, but "down" for LeBron has still meant an average of 46.3 FanDuel points per game. He brings that output into a plus matchup with a Pistons squad that's allowing top-12 fantasy production to opposing small forwards on the year.

DeAndre Ayton Fantasy

Target DeAndre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns ($8,300): The Golden State Warriors rank dead-last in the NBA in total rebound rate, at 47.3%. DeAndre Ayton ranks No. 4 in the NBA with 12.3 rebounds per game. He's liable to do serious damage on the glass tonight, and that should be paired with a solid offensive output, considering Ayton has attempted 13-plus field goals in four of his last five games.

Reggie Jackson Fantasy

Target Reggie Jackson, PG, Los Angeles Clippers ($5,000): The Los Angeles Clippers are playing short-handed, and that led to Reggie Jackson pushing close to 40 minutes of action in his last outing. These weren't empty minutes, either. As we've seen in each of his last five games, he had a usage rate north of 20%. That translated to a hefty 47.4 FanDuel points. Expecting that many again on Thursday may not be realistic, but he remains an elite value play against a Miami Heat team that checks in at No. 22 in defensive rating and will once again be playing without some key pieces.

Jerami Grant Fantasy

Avoid Jerami Grant, SF, Detroit Pistons ($8,400): Jerami Grant's breakout season has been a lot of fun, but he's an easy fade in DFS tonight. He's overpriced to start with, having put up sub-40 fantasy point performances in three of his last four, and now he draws a matchup with the Lakers. L.A. owns the NBA's best defensive rating.

DeMarcus Cousins Fantasy

Avoid DeMarcus Cousins, C, Houston Rockets ($8,000): With Ayton making such a great play at roughly the same price-point, it's hard to justify paying up for Boogie. He's coming off a couple huge games, but both were 4-of-8 nights from 3-point range, which isn't exactly sustainable for a career .331 3-point shooter. Add in a matchup with a Portland Trail Blazers team that has allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing centers, and Cousins should come crashing back down to earth a bit on Thursday. Plus, he's way overpriced if Christian Wood makes his return tonight, as he's expected to.

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 1/28:

PG: Reggie Jackson ($5,000)
PG: Chris Paul ($7,400)
SG: Victor Oladipo ($8,300)
SG: Terance Mann ($4,500)
SF: LeBron James ($10,700)
SF: Eric Gordon ($6,000)
PF: Draymond Green ($4,900)
PF: Marcus Morris ($4,800)
C: DeAndre Ayton ($8,300)

Remaining Salary: $100

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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.