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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks Tonight for 2/17/2021

Isaiah De Los Santos
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks tonight for 2/17/21, including Nikola Jokic.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks tonight for 2/17/21, including Nikola Jokic. / Matthew Stockman/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 Wednesday, 2/17, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA

Nikola Jokic Fantasy

Target Nikola Jokic ($10,500), C, Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic has earned himself serious MVP consideration this season as the Denver Nuggets' do-it-all big man. He draws a favorable matchup on Wednesday, playing against a Washington Wizards defense that allows opponents to score at will. Washington is giving up the second-most points per game (119.1) to opponents this year, which is good news for Jokic, who is averaging 27.1 points and 8.6 assists per contest. Plus, the Wizards rank first in the league in pace, meaning he'll have plenty of chances to grab rebounds, which is already one of his best skills (11.3 rebounds per game).

Ben Simmons Fantasy

Target Ben Simmons ($9,600), PG, Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons exploded on Monday against one of the league's best defenses, as he put up 42 points in a loss to the Utah Jazz with Joel Embiid out. It was an encouraging sign for Simmons, who has failed to score at a high rate (15.2 PPG) this season. If he can approach 50 points facing the Jazz, he should have little trouble replicating his performance tonight against the Houston Rockets. Houston's injury troubles have landed them in a current six-game losing streak where they're allowing 118.8 PPG, which would rank as the third-most opponent PPG among teams this season.

Jae'Sean Tate Fantasy

Target Jae'Sean Tate ($5,800), PF, Houston Rockets: On the other side of the court, Jae'Sean Tate is another player benefiting from the Rockets' injuries. The current absence of breakout player Christian Wood has opened up playing time for Tate, who has registered 30-plus FanDuel fantasy points in two of his last three games. In his last outing, he saw a season-high 39 minutes, showcasing Houston's recent reliance on him with a depleted roster. While the 76ers' defense is tough, Joel Embiid likely won't be 100% with a nagging back injury, and that opens the door for Tate to outplay his current salary.

Damian Lillard Fantasy

Avoid Damian Lillard ($9,500), PG, Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard is one of the league's premier talents, and he's doing Herculean things with injuries ravaging the Portland Trail Blazers' roster once again. That being said, the New Orleans Pelicans have never been a great matchup for Lillard. The Pelicans have been successful at slowing the star down before with their lengthy guards in the backcourt. On the second night of a back-to-back and having to face Lonzo Ball and the rest of the Pelicans' long defenders, the Blazers' MVP candidate is at risk of not living up to his price tag.

Trae Young Fantasy

Avoid Trae Young ($9,500), PG, Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young is another high-profile guard with a salary that should make you look away. Young comes into this contest with three straight performances below his fantasy point average (43.4), failing to even crack 38 fantasy points once during that timespan. This isn't the opponent that screams "bounce-back game" either, as the Boston Celtics rank in the top ten for both opponent PPG and 3-point percentage, two areas Young needs to capitalize on to be of any value. For that reason, pass on the young Atlanta Hawks stud tonight.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 2/17

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 2/17:

PG: Ben Simmons ($9,600)
PG: Jamal Murray ($6,500)
SG: Lou Williams ($6,700)
SG: Dillon Brooks ($5,500)
SF: Danilo Gallinari ($4,600)
SF: RJ Barrett ($5,400)
PF: Jae'Sean Tate ($5,800)
PF: Marcus Morris ($5,300)
C: Nikola Jokic ($10,500)

Remaining Salary: $100

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