DeMarcus Cousins poised to shine vs. Suns' inferior interior

DeMarcus Cousins poised to shine vs. Suns' inferior interior

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DeMarcus Cousins poised to shine vs. Suns' inferior interior

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(Bill Streicher, USA TODAY Sports)
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There is a healthy mix of big names and value picks available tonight, but we recommend checking on the status of New Orleans Pelicans G Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Toronto Raptors G Kyle Lowry (back) leading up to tip-off time. Evans is questionable tonight, and Lowry left last night’s game early and said afterwards that he doesn’t plan on rushing back.

If Evans sits out tonight against the Rockets, G Eric Gordon ($4,700 salary, 9.4% of cap) should make a solid addition to rosters. He delivered 34.00 FantasyScore points with Evans sidelined Sunday. And tonight, Houston will be missing its top perimeter defender, Patrick Beverley (wrist).

If Lowry doesn’t suit up against Chicago, Greivis Vasquez ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) should make a safe bargain play. He started in place of Lowry against the Bulls last Friday and finished with 26.00 fantasy points.

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Featured studs

G Russell Westbrook, Thunder at Spurs
$9,500 salary | 19.0% of cap

Westbrook is coming off his worst game in more than a week, and even on an off night, he still managed to score 51.00 FantasyScore points against the Lakers. When a player's floor is 50-plus fantasy points, there is no excuse not to have him in your lineup.

C DeMarcus Cousins, Kings at Suns
$9,200 salary | 18.4% of cap

With its undersized frontcourt, Phoenix has struggled to defend big men all year. Cousins has done his fair share of damage already. He is averaging 48.75 fantasy points in two previous matchups against the Suns, and there is no reason to expect Phoenix to be able to slow him down tonight.

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F Nikola Mirotic, Bulls at Raptors
$5,500 salary | 11.0% of cap

Despite the Bulls welcoming back Jimmy Butler (elbow) and Taj Gibson (ankle), Mirotic keeps posting big lines. He has managed at least 36.25 FantasyScore points in seven of his last eight games, and he exploded for 51.25 against the Raptors last Friday.

C Enes Kanter, Thunder at Spurs
$6,000 salary | 12.0% of cap

Kanter continues to be a force for the injury-ravaged Thunder, and in two games since returning from an ankle injury, he has logged 50.50 and 43.00 fantasy points, respectively. Kanter is also averaging 42.67 over his last six games, providing elite production at the center spot for a discounted price.

G Zach LaVine, Timberwolves vs. Lakers
$3,200 salary | 6.4% of cap

With Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Kevin Martin (hamstring) both battling injuries, LaVine figures to see an increased role again. The rookie is averaging 29.8 FantasyScore points in his last five starts in place of Rubio, and no team allows more points per game to point guards than the Lakers.

F Evan Turner, Celtics vs. Heat
$4,400 salary | 8.8% of cap

The Celtics have been using Turner in more of a point-forward role recently, and he has responded by averaging 35.75 fantasy points over his last seven games. He has delivered 50.50 and 47.50 in his last two starts alone, and he offers plenty of upside at a cap-friendly price.

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G Elfrid Payton, Magic vs. Hawks
$5,000 salary | 10.0% of cap

Payton has been red hot recently, but a meeting with the Hawks could cool off the rookie. Atlanta is allowing the third fewest points per game to point guards, and in three previous meetings, Payton has averaged 3.7 points per game on 25.0% shooting.

F David West, Pacers at Wizards
$5,300 salary | 10.6% of cap

Mired in a slump for a couple of weeks now, West has failed to reach 25.00 FantasyScore points in eight straight games. Don't expect him to turn things around when Indiana faces a Washington team allowing the fewest points per game to power forwards.

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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