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So, with that, let's get started.
Goran Dragic, Miami Heat ($6,400): Dwyane Wade is back, so the ball won't be in Dragic's hands as frequently as it was in the first two games after the All Star break when Wade was out with an injury. But Dragic still managed to score 24 points and dish out eight assists Monday against the Indiana Pacers and has recorded 39 or more FanDuel points in each of his last three games. Even better: the Golden State Warriors, whom the Heat play on Wednesday, are surrendering an obscene 50 FanDuel points per game to opposing point guards, per RotoWire.
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies ($6,700): With Marc Gasol out, Conley has been forced to carry more of the offensive burden, and he's mostly excelled under that role. He's scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games and on Wednesday gets to face a Los Angeles Lakers team allowing opposing point guards to score a league-high 45 FanDuel points per game.
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors ($7,200): The Heat are great defensively, but Thompson is the type of shooter who can't be contained by even the best defenders. He's scored more than 20 points in each of his last four games. Also, he'll get to spend some time running around a hobbled Wade.
J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers ($4,900): One of the best bargains of the evening. He doesn't provide much aside from shooting, but few in the league can shoot as well as him. That the Denver Nuggets are allowing opponents to connect on 36.9 percent of their shots from deep -- the fifth-worst mark in the NBA -- only makes this play even more enticing.
LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers ($9,900): This one is more of a hunch. Some of the numbers are there -- LeBron's faced the Charlotte Hornets twice this season and is averaging 24 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in those games -- but this is more about the fact that James is coming off one of his worst games of the season, a 12-point dud Monday against the Detroit Pistons. He has, however, had a day of rest and usually comes out strong following weak performances.
Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls ($3,800): The low-cost gamble of the evening. The reason behind it: the Bulls play the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, who are allowing opponents to shoot 38 percent from behind the three-point line, the second-highest number in the league. Washington is awful at defending deep looks and McDermott, who's scored 46 points in his last two games, is great at letting them fly.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies ($6,400): No Gasol means more looks for Z-Bo. Going up against a hapless Lakers defense, one that's been unable to contain post scorers all season, means more good looks for Z-Bo. Sometimes it's that simple.
Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers ($5,700): The rookie big man has turned it on of late -- he's averaging 13.0 points, 7.3 boards and 2.1 blocks this month -- and on Wednesday gets to take on a New York Knicks team that has seemingly given up on the season.
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons ($8,300): Whether Drummond feasts on the weak front line of the Philadelphia 76ers -- a unit surrendering a league-high 50.8 FanDuel points per game to opposing centers -- is not a question. The only concern here is that Drummond doesn't see many minutes in what could be a blowout. The bet, however, is that he does enough damage in whatever playing time he does see in order to warrant this selection.