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NBA DFS Picks: FanDuel Plays and Strategy for Wednesday, February 14

INJURIES


LAC Kawhi Leonard (adductor) - OUT

Leonard's absence means that an auto-pivot to Paul George ($8,200) and James Harden($8,800) is recommended.

IND Tyrese Haliburton (hamstring) - QUESTIONABLE

The Pacers could give Haliburton the night off so he can be fresh for the Alll-Star Game. The Pacers host the event and would like their star player to have a nice showing this weekend. Monitor the starting lineup for the best pivot, if applicable.

DEN Jamal Murray (leg) - QUESTIONABLE

DEN Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (hamstring) - QUESTIONABLE

I've recommended staying away from Caldwell-Pope's pivot, but Murray is another matter entirely. If he misses, Reggie Jackson ($5,400) would emerge as a viable option immediately.

PHI Tobias Harris (hip) - OUT

In Harris' absence, more output will flow to KJ Martin ($4,600) and Kelly Oubre ($6,700).

NYK Donte DiVincenzo (hamstring) - QUESTIONABLE

DiVincenzo's absence could slide over Josh Hart and allow Bojan Bogdanovic ($5,700) to have a substantial impact with his new team.

PHO Bradley Beal (hamstring) - OUT

The Suns will hold Beal out, leaving Eric Gordon ($5,000) as a solid pivot option.

ATL Onyeka Okongwu (toe) - OUT

The Hawks become incredibly thin up front with Clint Capela still sidelined. Jalen Johnson($8,400) moves to the forefront with Bruno Fernando ($4,000) also providing support.

NYK Ben Simmons (rest) - OUT

Pivot to Dennis Schroder ($6,100) here. I like him a bit better than Dennis Smith ($5,900).

LAL LeBron James (ankle) - OUT

Rui Hachimura ($5,400) represents a decent pivot Wednesday, especially if Anthony Davis is also sidelined.

ELITE PLAYERS

We are stacked at the top with nine players above 10k for Wednesday's slate. The player that comes closest to matching value for me is Kevin Durant ($10,000), who sits at the bottom of the 10k list. With Beal out, Durant and Devin Booker ($9,800) have an excellent opportunity against the Pistons, who have given better opponents some competition recently, ensuring sustained usage and making a blowout less likely. Alperen Sengun ($8.900) is my first elite center off the board, as he is in a soft matchup against Memphis and is currently off the injury report.

As previously stated, Paul George and James Harden are great options.

Also consider: Jarrett Allen, CLE ($8,000) vs. CHI

EXPECTED CHALK AND OTHER TARGETS

Tyler Herro, MIA ($7,700) vs. PHI

Herro's salary may be a tad too high, but with Buddy Hield getting accustomed to Philadelphia's defensive setup, there may be an opportunity for Herro's position to exploit the 76ers. Terry Rozier (knee) is out, which will also help Herro's cause.

Precious Achiuwa, NYK ($7,400) @ ORL

Achiuwa has been one of the best DFS surprises in recent weeks, and he is certainly stepping up amid Julius Randle's absence. I love the dual eligibility here, so we can use him at PF while keeping the center spot open.

Jabari Smith, HOU ($6,700) @ MEM

Smith's numbers have been remarkably consistent lately, and 30-plus FDPFs are certainly possible for the forward, who sets up well opposite the Grizzlies.

Michael Porter, DEN ($6,100) vs. SAC

The Nuggets are glad to have Porter off the injury report, and he'll be a critical piece of the puzzle against Sacramento, especially if Murray misses. The Nuggets dropped one to the Kings without Porter, and the team will be highly motivated to avenge the loss at home.

Russell Westbrook, LAC ($6,000) @ GSW

Although Westbrook won't be a direct pivot for Leonard, I can easily see the Clippers moving to a small-ball lineup against the Warriors, and at this salary, Westbrook could beat 5x value. I can envision Harden and Westbrook sharing the court, firing on all cylinders at various points in the game.

Also consider: Deni Avdija, WAS ($6,900) @ NOP

VALUE PLAYS

As usual, refer to the injury report for the best pivots.

Rui Hachimura, LAL ($5,400) @ UTA

LeBron James has said he won't play Wednesday, and we have no current news about Anthony Davis. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see a slight dip in minutes for Davis, especially if the Lakers go into the second half with enough of a lead. Both players will be in the mix for the All-Star game, and Hachimura is more than capable of propping up the interior if Davis decides to take an extended break before the weekend.

Norman Powell, LAC ($5,200) @ GSW

Powell is valuable whenever Leonard and George are off the floor, so we should expect increased involvement from the prominent sixth man against the Warriors amid Leonard's absence.

Duncan Robinson, MIA ($5,000) @ PHI

Robinson's sharpshooting skills could come in handy against Philadelphia, and increased opportunity is evident with Rozier out. The three-point threat could garner the start again after filling in Tuesday night.

Jordan Goodwin, MEM ($3,800) vs. HOU


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