NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks Tonight for 2/25/2021

Jason Schandl
NBA fantasy basketball picks for FanDuel on 2/25, including Giannis Antetokounmpo
NBA fantasy basketball picks for FanDuel on 2/25, including Giannis Antetokounmpo / Stacy Revere/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 Thursday, 2/25, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA

Giannis Antetokounmpo Fantasy

Target Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF, Milwaukee Bucks ($11,400): There's always going to be some blowout risk when you play Giannis Antetokounmpo, but with the second-highest average scoring margin in the NBA (+7.7 points), that's always the case with the Milwaukee Bucks. And despite that, Giannis is averaging the NBA's second-most FanDuel points per game (55.8). This game has a staggering 242.5-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook, and even if it does turn into a blowout there should be more than enough scoring to let Giannis rack up some big fantasy production.

Jamal Murray Fantasy

Target Jamal Murray, PG, Denver Nuggets ($8,900): The Washington Wizards play at the NBA's fastest pace while also owning the fourth-worst defensive rating. You can't ask for a much better combination for a fantasy matchup. Jamal Murray is rolling, with three of his four highest FanDuel scores of the season coming in his last four games, and he's averaging 52.2 per game over his last five. Don't expect him to cool off against the Wiz.

Michael Porter Jr. Fantasy

Target Michael Porter Jr., SF, Denver Nuggets ($5,700): Michael Porter Jr's playing time has been really solid lately. Since moving into the starting lineup on Feb. 6 he's averaged 29.6 minutes per game — up from 23.6 in his seven non-starts. He's averaged 25.9 FanDuel points per game in those 10 starts, and with the same dreamy matchup against Washington that we outlined for Murray above, Porter should have no trouble producing above his average rate tonight.

Tyrese Haliburton Fantasy

Avoid Tyrese Haliburton, SG, Sacramento Kings ($7,500): Tyrese Haliburton is coming off two huge games, but now his FanDuel salary has just climbed too high. For as strong as those 49 and 53.5-fantasy point performances were, he also averaged just 27.4 per game in the seven previous contests. He's also up against a New York Knicks team that boasts the lowest pace in the NBA, meaning he won't get as many possessions to work with as usual.

Zion Williamson Fantasy

Avoid Zion Williamson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans ($8,500): Like Haliburton, Zion Williamson is rolling lately. But that could come to an abrupt halt tonight. While Giannis offers huge upside despite the blowout potential in this matchup, the possibility of being on the losing end of a blowout is obviously a lot less appealing for fantasy purposes. The last time the New Orleans Pelicans lost by double-digit points, Zion played just 31.3 minutes and dropped a season-low 30 FanDuel points.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 2/25

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 2/25:

PG: Jamal Murray ($8,300)
PG: D.J. Augustin ($3,900)
SG: Lou Williams ($5,500)
SG: Seth Curry ($4,000)
SF: Michael Porter ($5,700)
SF: Khris Middleton ($7,600)
PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,400)
PF: Al-Farouq Aminu ($3,700)
C:  Nikola Vucevic ($9,900)

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.