Sneaky NBA DFS Picks For February 12
A big schedule of games to choose from again today as the NBA prepares to (almost) take a day off from action tomorrow to leave room as the Super Bowl dominates the Sunday sports broadcasting landscape. Yesterday’s slate proved rewarding, so let’s hope this little heater we’re on can continue today before we take tomorrow off for ‘scheduled maintenance’. A reminder that a lot of the evening games start at 6pm today instead of 7 – so make sure you check your lineup at 5:45 before you click on it – an hour earlier than usual.
RAUL NETO, PG, Washington ($4,300 on DraftKings)
The Wizards traded starting point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to Dallas (making the Mavs’ bench mob much better, BTW) and Bradley Beal is out for the rest of the season after wrist surgery, so the ball appears to be in Neto’s hands now. A second round pick in 2016, Neto was signed by Washington as a free agent in 2020, even starting 22 games that season. Thursday night was his first start this season and he delivered nicely with 21 points and 6 assists in 31 minutes against Brooklyn. Tonight Washington is home against a Sacramento team that is among the bottom five in every significant defensive category this season. With ample court time and a weak opponent, look for Neto to be a bargain for a little while longer before his salary starts to match his output.
DOMANTAS SABONIS, C/PF, Sacramento ($9,600 on DraftKings)
In his first game with Sacramento, Sabonis seemed to fit in quite nicely and had a terrific game – 22 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists vs. Minnesota on Thursday. Tonight’s matchup should be more appetizing for him, as the Kings roll into D.C. to face a Wizards team that is barely able to manage a starting five that even resembles NBA level. Newly acquired ‘power forward’ Kristaps Porzingis may suit up for Washington tonight after missing six games with a knee contusion, but he’s hardly a defensive concern for Sabonis. This game is a matchup of two teams who do not play good defense and are shuffling a lot of new players into their lineups. The score could end up being 155-152 and Sabonis will figure into a lot of that.
DALANO BANTON, PG, Toronto ($3,300 on DraftKings)
This is a conditional sneaky recommendation (see how I’m covering my ass there?). Toronto’s All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet was forced to miss the second half of Thursday’s game vs. Houston with groin discomfort (tee hee). This meant that Banton was the recipient of 20 minutes of surprise court time, most of it coming in the second half with FVV absent. Tonight the Raps host Denver and Steady Freddie’s status is questionable as of this morning. Check your updates as the game gets closer to starting to see if he’s going to play tonight. If Toronto decides to be careful with their star point guard, Banton – a Toronto native and feel-good story in the Six this season – could see playing time that would far outweigh his current cheap salary.
KYLE LOWRY, PG, Miami ($6,800 on DraftKings)
We go from discussing Toronto’s two current point guards to recommending Toronto’s legendary former point guard. Lowry returned to action four games ago after missing time for personal reasons and on Thursday vs. New Orleans, he really returned to form, posting a triple/double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists – along with 4 steals. Tonight, he’s facing a Nets team that has lost 9 straight with a roster that is in utter disarray. The Heat, on the other hand, are almost back at full strength for what feels like the first time all season and Lowry is the Head of Distribution. After that triple/double two nights ago, his DK salary rose exactly $100 and remains just above league average. I think he’s an absolute steal again tonight and I’m riding him, even if his ownership numbers are high.
KYLE ANDERSON, SF/PF, Memphis ($4,200 on DraftKings)
The Hornets had a blowout win last night but it was in Detroit, so they’ve had to fly back to the Queen City for tonight’s matchup vs. a very good Memphis team. Charlotte uses a pretty tight rotation most nights and their starters all logged big minutes last night, so they may be a little gassed for this evening’s matchup. Anderson hasn’t had a great season thus far – he’s struggled to find a role with all of Memphis’ young players playing so well, but he’s been on a better run lately, averaging over 25 minutes and 30 DFS points over his last two games. Despite the uptick in production and a soft, road-weary opponent today (the Hornets are a bottom ten defensive team even with fresh legs), Anderson’s salary on DK has actually come down a few hundred bucks today for some reason.