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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks Tonight for 2/23/2021

FanDuel NBA daily fantasy basketball picks for the Tuesday, 2/23 DFS slate, including James Harden.
FanDuel NBA daily fantasy basketball picks for the Tuesday, 2/23 DFS slate, including James Harden. | Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

The NBA season rolls on tonight, bringing fans some exciting matchups. 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 Tuesday, 2/23, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA

James Harden Fantasy

Target James Harden ($11,000), SG, Brooklyn Nets: James Harden carries the second-highest price tag on the DFS slate, but not without reason. With Kevin Durant out for the past four games, Harden is averaging an astounding 60.6 FanDuel fantasy points per game as the Brooklyn Nets' main source of offense. Against the worst defense in the league when it comes to opponent points per game (119.6), Harden should feast tonight, both as a scorer and distributor.

Jamal Murray Fantasy

Target Jamal Murray ($8,300), PG, Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray is another guard on fire as of late, scoring 41 or more FanDuel fantasy points in each of his last four games, with a whopping 65.2-point performance on Feb. 19. Murray is lighting opponents up with an average of 35.0 PPG to go along with 6.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists over his last four contests. Oh, and he's shooting 55.6% from deep in that same timespan. Portland gives up the fourth-most PPG (115.8) to opponents this season and will now travel from Phoenix to Denver for the second night of a road back-to-back, giving Murray a prime opportunity to tear up the Blazers' tired defense.

Richaun Holmes Fantasy

Target Richaun Holmes ($6,400), C, Sacramento Kings: Richaun Holmes is a value pick tonight. In his return from a three-game absence, Holmes put up a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes. The Sacramento Kings center is a threat to rack up double-digit rebounds on a nightly basis, but his scoring is what can really boost his contribution to any lineup. Against a Nets defense manned by a washed up Deandre Jordan and surrendering 117.0 PPG (third most in the league), this is a great night for Holmes to exceed expectations.

Russell Westbrook Fantasy

Avoid Russell Westbrook ($9,200), PG, Washington Wizards: The Washington Wizards needed every bit of Russell Westbrook's energy to overcome the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime on Monday night. It was a vintage Westbrook performance, with him nearly earning another triple-double. However, that was against a struggling Lakers defense without Anthony Davis, and now he'll have to face the Clippers' defensive stalwarts in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. With Westbrook coming off of a season-high 44 minutes, it's hard to see him having the same kind of output tonight against tougher competition.

De'Aaron Fox Fantasy

Avoid De'Aaron Fox ($7,900), PG, Sacramento Kings: While his teammate is a target tonight, De'Aaron Fox is an avoid. His scoring has fallen off of a cliff since missing one game due to a knee injury, with the point guard averaging 17.2 points over his last five contests, which is a notable drop off from his season average of 22.3 PPG. He's also struggling with turnovers as of late, with 4 TOs in each of his last three games, which is further cutting into his value. With more intriguing PG options out there, don't put your trust in Fox until it's clear he's out of this rough patch.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 2/23

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 2/23:


PG: Jamal Murray ($6,500)
PG: Elfrid Payton ($4,900)
SG: James Harden ($11,000)
SG: Tyrese Haliburton ($6,300)
SF: Derrick Jones Jr. ($5,300)
SF: Joe Harris ($5,300)
PF: Jerami Grant ($7,600)
PF: Daniel Theis ($4,900)
C: Richaun Holmes ($6,400)

Remaining Salary: $0

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