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Elfrid Payton offers excellent upside for the price

(Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)
(Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)

Tyreke Evans (ankle) is questionable for the New Orleans Pelicans as they take on a Denver Nuggets team that could be without Ty Lawson (illness). If Evans sits, G Norris Cole ($2,600 salary, 5.2% of cap) becomes a player worth owning tonight, and if Lawson is sidelined, Jameer Nelson ($2,800, 5.6% of cap) is a viable sleeper option. Both Cole and Nelson topped 30.00 fantasy points last time out when forced into the starting lineup.

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F LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers at Orlando Magic
$9,100 salary | 18.2% of cap

James has topped 50.00 FantasyScore points in back-to-back games, and he draws a great matchup tonight against an Orlando team that struggles to defend the small forward position. In two previous meetings with the Magic this season, James is averaging 54.63 fantasy points points.

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G Alexey Shved, New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns
$2,200 salary | 4.4% of cap

Shved has seen his playing time increase recently, and he has managed to deliver at least 32.50 fantasy points in three straight games. Although there is no guarantee how long he will remain in his current role, he makes a great upside play tonight in what should be a fast-paced, high-scoring game between two poor defensive teams.

G Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
$4,200 salary | 8.4% of cap

The rookie stayed hot Friday, logging 41.25 fantasy points and upping his average to 35.50 over the past six games. He offers excellent upside for the price, and Payton is a steal on a night when there are just six games to pull from.

G Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
$5,800 salary | 11.6% of cap

After suffering through a month-long slump, Parker is suddenly red hot. He has topped 40.00 fantasy points in four straight, and he should be able to continue his recent surge tonight against a Minnesota's 30th-ranked scoring defense.

Make your team. Hit the hardwood. Win cash.

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F Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans
$4,800 salary | 9.6% of cap

He is coming off back-to-back big games against tough opponents, delivering 38.25 fantasy points against Atlanta Wednesday and 36.25 against Golden State Friday. Tonight, he faces a New Orleans team allowing the fourth most points to small forwards, and Gallinari should provide safe, solid production while freeing up plenty of cap space.

C Andrea Bargnani, New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns
$4,500 salary | 9.0% of cap

Bargnani continues to be a steady source of offense for the last-place Knicks, and he has topped 20.00 fantasy points in six straight games, averaging 27.50 during the same stretch. Facing a Suns team allowing the fourth-most points in the NBA, Bargnani should make a solid source of cap relief tonight.

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F Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets at New Orleans Pelicans
$5,200 salary | 10.4% of cap

Faried has been playing well, topping 30.00 fantasy points in six of his last seven games. However, he draws a brutal matchup tonight against a Pelicans team that has stifled power forwards this season, and when these teams met March 1, Faried finished with just three points and six rebounds.

HoopsHype and USA TODAY Fantasy Sports offer daily fantasy basketball advice throughout the 2014-15 season. Play for free or for prizes at FantasyScore today.

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