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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks Tonight for 1/21/2021

Jason Schandl
NBA FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks tonight, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, for 1/21/2021.
NBA FanDuel daily fantasy basketball picks tonight, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, for 1/21/2021. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

The NBA season rolls on tonight, bringing fans some exciting matchups headlined by the clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. If you're looking for some advice for your 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, Jan. 21, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight

Giannis Antetokounmpo Fantasy

Target Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,300): One of the first decisions you have to make with your FanDuel lineup tonight is whether you're playing Giannis, or saving some money by going with someone like LeBron James or Stephen Curry as your highest-priced player. Go with Giannis. The Greek Freak ranks fifth in the NBA (first among players in action tonight) with an average of 50.8 FanDuel points per game this season, and he's been as consistent as they come, ranking second (first on the slate) in games with 50-plus FanDuel points (8). This should also be the highest-paced game of the night, as the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers are two of the three teams on the slate with a pace over 100.0 on the year. That's reflected by a slate-high 229-point over/under on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Zion Williamson Fantasy

Target Zion Williamson ($8,800): Zion Williamson's efficiency is never in question, as he's averaging 1.19 FanDuel points per minute in his young NBA career. He's finally being allowed to pair that efficiency with significant playing time in his sophomore season, and he has only played fewer than 30 minutes twice in his 12 games, hitting 38 twice and averaging 34.9 per game over his last three. A matchup with the Utah Jazz certainly isn't ideal, but a three-game slate doesn't leave you with as much room to be picky about matchups as usual.

James Wiseman Fantasy

Target James Wiseman ($4,400): Speaking of combining efficiency and playing time, James Wiseman is one of the day's top value plays. The rookie is averaging 1.12 FanDuel points per minute through his first 14 NBA games, and he's now played at least 25 minutes in three of his last four games. His FanDuel salary hasn't fully captured this increase in workload, leaving him way underpriced on Thursday.

Brandon Ingram Fantasy

Avoid Brandon Ingram ($8,200): Brandon Ingram had a hot start to the year, eclipsing 50 fantasy points in three of his first seven games, but he's really fallen off since. He hasn't topped 36.1 in any of his last four, and he's averaging 35.6 per game over his last six. That's nothing special, especially for a guy priced up above $8k.

Dennis Schroder Fantasy

Avoid Dennis Schroder ($6,600): Dennis Schroder posted his second-highest fantasy score of the season in his last game, but even in this high-paced Bucks-Lakers matchup he's someone you'll want to avoid. He's been boom-or-bust all year, and at $6.6k having his "boom" upside hovering around the mid-30's and his "bust" downside looking to be around 20 fantasy points, that's just not a risk worth taking.

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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.