Daily fantasy basketball: Tim Duncan fundamental to today's fantasy basketball success

Daily fantasy basketball: Tim Duncan fundamental to today's fantasy basketball success

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Daily fantasy basketball: Tim Duncan fundamental to today's fantasy basketball success

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Two games NBA today leave DeAndre Jordan ($6,800; 13.6% of your cap) and Tyson Chandler ($5,800; 11.6%) are the only viable options at center.

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F Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers
$7,400 salary | 14.8% of cap

"The Big Fundamental" opens the second half with a chance to catch the strong defense of the Clippers vulnerable. Duncan has averaged 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds through three games against "Lob City" this season, and this version is without Blake Griffin (elbow). The Clippers are in the lower third of the league at defending the "4" the last three games with Griffin out, according to HoopsStats.com.

F Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks
$9,300 salary | 18.6% of cap

KD said over the break that his achy foot is feeling better, and he delivered an average of 49.5 FantasyScore points in his last two games. Dallas is in the middle of the pack against the position the last five games. A fresh Durant looks promising against any matchup thrown at him.

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F Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers
$6,000 salary | 12.0% of cap

The 2014 Finals MVP has been dogged by injuries, which has contributed to inconsistency in the stats columns. He has had a week to rest and recharge. The Clippers have been among the worst at defending small forwards over the last five games. This is as good of a time as any for a banner performance. G J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs $3,000 salary | 6.0% of cap Redick is one of the more intriguing bargain plays Thursday, as he put up 26.6 FantasyScore points per game the final two games before the break. He's strictly a shooter, so he'll always be streaky in fantasy. However, there aren't many bargain options tonight who offer his upside.

F Mitch McGary, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks
$2,800 salary | 5.6% of cap

McGary opened eyes with two 30-point outputs on FantasyScore before a 2.5-point egg entering the All-Star break. Steven Adams (hand) remains out, and McGary figures to see a good share of minutes tonight. He's anything but a sure bet, but he has upside for the price.

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