Dorian Finney-Smith,Kyle Lowry
Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

SNEAKY NBA DFS PICKS FOR FEBRUARY 17

Mike Shara

Well it is only a small five-game schedule tonight before we take a few days off for the NBA All-Star Game, so we’re going to have to dig a bit deeper for bargains tonight. There may still be enough room here to make a roster that can come out ahead. Remember to keep an eye on your picks’ status, today especially – on the last night before the All-Star break some coaches and organizations may decide to give some of their key players an extra night of rest, so you’ll have to be quick on your feet and adjust accordingly. Just a reminder never to force yourself to make bets. I’m here to make recommendations, but don’t ever submit a bet that you don’t have full confidence in just out of habit or for something to keep you busy. 

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SETH CURRY, PG/SG, Brooklyn ($5,500 on DraftKings, $6,000 on FanDuel)
I had Curry on this list yesterday at $5,700 on DK and I kinda regret it now because I should have saved him for an even better recommendation today. Not that last night was at all bad – he still got 20 points and 6 assists against a pretty formidable Knicks defense. Tonight, Curry and his new Nets teammates will be at home again, playing their second consecutive game but this time they’re facing a bad Washington team that isn’t nearly as good defensively and didn’t arrive in Brooklyn until early this morning. There still will be no Kyrie, Simmons or KD tonight so Curry will still be carrying the freight on offense again for a bit less money and against a worse team. That seems juicy, no?

ALPEREN SENGUN, PF/C, Houston ($4,500 on DraftKings, $4,800 on FanDuel)
He was a late-developing must-roster yesterday night and he is our first must-roster of the day today. Last night against the best team in the NBA (Phoenix), he started and played 28 minutes due to Christian Wood’s illness absence and was nothing short of superb. He finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and 2 steals. His salary remains the same tonight despite last night’s output – probably because he’s against a good defensive team in the Clippers and he’s on the back-end of a road doubleheader, so temper your expectations somewhat. If Wood is still out tonight, though – at that salary you have to put him in your lineup in both formats. There’s just too much ceiling to ignore. 

TERANCE MANN, SG/SF, LA Clippers ($5,100 on DraftKings, $5,900 on FanDuel)
As you see, there is a bit of a discrepancy between these two platforms about Mann’s value tonight vs. Houston. I think he might be undervalued on both forums still. Mann had an off game on Tuesday, recording just 2 points, 1 assist and 3 rebounds against Phoenix, but tonight he and the Clippers are rested and back at home against a Houston team that had a tough loss against those same suns last night. He’ll likely be owned at about a 30% rate tonight, but there’s a good reason for that. The Rockets are the worst defensive team in the league and playing the second game of a road back-to-back and the Clippers simply don’t have enough  offensive options to look away from Mann with their current injury situation. I think the chances he struggles that badly again tonight are very slim. Redemption!

KYLE LOWRY PG, Miami ($5,600 on DraftKings, $6,600 on DraftKings)
I saw his DK price first and actually thought he was a reasonable buy-in at that price. Then I saw his FD price and thought it must have been an error. I think FanDuel has somehow deleted his file in their records so he just keeps showing up at $5,600 no matter what the situation is for him that night. Tonight he’s easily the most appealing point guard. They’re playing against a fast-paced, low-defensive intensity Charlotte team that has lost 10 of their last 13 and has allowed opponents to score between 116 and 126 points in each of their last five games. Jimmy Butler is still questionable tonight (remember the extra rest possibilities before the ASG) plus Lowry had a triple double where he led the Heat in rebounds(!) just a week ago. I suspect he will gorge himself in a lot of categories again tonight. If only there were points awarded for “Charges Taken”… 

DENNIS SCHRODER, PG/SG, Houston ($4,400 on DraftKings, $4,300 on FanDuel)
Last night “The Menace” made his debut with the Rockets after Houston acquired him in the trade that sent Daniel Theis back to Boston in a rare trade of two German-born players. Deutschland Trivia aside, Schroder wasted zero time getting adjusted to playing with Houston’s young lineup, playing over 38 minutes in a tough loss to Phoenix despite playing with a wonky achilles. Provided that foot is still okay, he seems like a guy you’d want to lean on again tonight. The Clippers are one of the worst teams in the NBA at defending the point guard position and Schroder will be playing with something to prove the rest of this season, even though the Rockets are not going to be a playoff team. He’s a free agent this off-season and will want to play well and pad his stats in order to make himself look more appealing to prospective new teams. He’s probably not thrilled to be playing for a non-contender at this point but he now has a chance to put up a lot of garbage stats on a flailing team. At those prices, that’s hard to look away from.  

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