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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks Tonight for 2/8/2021

Jason Schandl
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks tonight, including Zach LaVine, for Monday, 2/8/21.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks tonight, including Zach LaVine, for Monday, 2/8/21. / Douglas P. DeFelice/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 Monday, 2/8, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA

Giannis Antetokounmpo Fantasy

Target Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF, Milwaukee Bucks ($11,200): A matchup with the Denver Nuggets may not seem great, but tough matchups can actually help Giannis Antetokounmpo's fantasy production. One of the biggest risks in spending up for Giannis is that he may end up seeing limited minutes in a blowout. He's topped 37 minutes in each of the Bucks' last three games that finished with single-digit scoring margins. Antetokounmpo has averaged 61.7 FanDuel points per game when seeing at least 36 minutes, which crushes his season-average of 52.2.

Zach LaVine Fantasy

Target Zach LaVine, SG, Chicago Bulls ($8,800): With a slate-high over/under of 239 points, the Chicago Bulls vs Washington Wizards matchup is one to target in DFS tonight. Both teams rank top-3 in the NBA in pace, and the Wiz own the second-worst defensive rating. Zach LaVine's offensive volume is up lately, tallying over 20 field goal attempts in each of his last three games. That workload should easily translate into big fantasy production tonight.

Deni Avdija Fantasy

Target Deni Avdija, SF, Washington Wizards ($3,700): When we're targeting the highest-priced player on the slate, it pays to go cheap with your value plays. As mentioned above, this Bulls-Wiz game is one of the most intriguing on the slate for fantasy. Deni Avdija's minutes are down lately, but that's because he's sat out the fourth quarter in blowouts. The last Wizards game that was decided by fewer than 20 points saw him play almost 33 minutes, and he's averaged 22.4 FanDuel points per game in his last two such contests.

Nikola Jokic Fantasy

Avoid Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets ($11,600): While paying up for Giannis in this matchup is appealing, the same can't be said for the highest-priced player on the slate. Nikola Jokic has been an absolute force this season, but now he's up against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are one of the two teams in the NBA that rank ahead of the Nuggets in rebound rate on the year, and their opponents average the league's sixth-fewest rebounds per game. Jokic can obviously do damage in other areas, but his career-high 11.5 rebounds per game have been a big part of his production, and at $11.6k you don't want to be paying up for a player likely to be limited in any area.

Pascal Siakam Fantasy

Avoid Pascal Siakam, SF, Toronto Raptors ($9,300): Pascal Siakam's production is picking up recently, but it's still hard to justify the $9,000 price-tag. Teammate Fred VanVleet is $300 cheaper and has eclipsed 50 FanDuel points in three of his last five games, but we need to extend our view back to the last 12 games to see Siakam top 50 three times. His improvements are encouraging, but this is still a guy who has fallen below 40 FanDuel points in seven of his last 10, with fewer than 30 in five of those.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 2/8

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 2/8:

PG: Monte Morris ($4,200)
PG: Ish Smith ($4,800)
SG: Zach LaVine ($8,800)
SG: Anthony Edwards ($5,800)
SF: Deni Avdija ($3,700)
SF: LeBron James ($10,800)
PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,200)
PF: Patrick Williams ($4,500)
C: DeMarcus Cousins ($6,000)

Remaining Salary: $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.