Say no way to Dwyane Wade in your daily basketball lineup

Say no way to Dwyane Wade in your daily basketball lineup

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Say no way to Dwyane Wade in your daily basketball lineup

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(Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark D. Smith, USA TODAY Sports)

Although there are nine games on the NBA schedule Sunday, just five of them are in included in today's contests at FantasyScore. The limited player pool doesn't feature many high-priced options either, and there are just five players available with a salary of $8,000 (16.0% of cap) or higher. With that in mind, we recommend anchoring your lineup with a couple of reliable stars. Paying up for a sure thing can make a big difference on a night when there are a lot of hit-and-miss options in play.

We also recommend keeping a close eye on the backcourt of the Dallas Mavericks. There is a good chance that Monta Ellis (leg) and Jose Barea (ankle) are both sidelined tonight, leaving Devin Harris ($3,000, 6.0%) to pick up minutes at point guard and shooting guard. Harris should make a solid option in an expanded role, and the potential cap savings would provide plenty of roster flexibility.

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Featured stud

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

Westbrook has torched Phoenix's 26th-ranked scoring defense to the tune of 54.08 fantasy points per game in three meetings this season, and with Kevin Durant (foot) sidelined the last times these teams met, he delivered 77.00. Build your lineup around Westbrook tonight.

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G Reggie Jackson, Pistons at Heat
$5,900 salary | 11.8% of cap

Jackson has been on a tear since Greg Monroe (knee) went down, averaging 47.88 fantasy points in six games. With Monroe expected to be sidelined again tonight, Jackson is a must-own option.

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

He keeps putting up big numbers for a Thunder team that has been decimated by injuries. Kanter has logged eight straight double-doubles, averaging 39.84 fantasy points during the streak. Tonight, he draws a friendly matchup with a Suns team that has struggled to defend big men all season.

G George Hill, Pacers vs. Mavericks
$5,500 salary | 11.0% of cap

He's enjoying his best month of the season, and Hill has scored at least 28.75 fantasy points in eight of his last nine games and is averaging 41.88 over his last four. He offers reliability and upside for a midrange price, and a matchup with Dallas' 20th-ranked scoring defense certainly won't hurt his value.

F Jae Crowder, Celtics vs. Clippers
$4,200 salary | 8.4% of cap

Crowder has been consistent of late, topping 25.00 fantasy points in five of his last six. More importantly, he draws a great matchup tonight against a Clippers team that allows the most points, rebounds and assists per game to small forwards. Look for Crowder to stuff the stat sheet on his way to a solid game.

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G Dwyane Wade, Heat vs. Pistons
$6,800 salary | 13.6% of cap

He is questionable to play as he deals with a knee injury, but even if Wade suits up tonight, he is a risky play. He managed just 13 points on 35.8% shooting in 22 minutes Friday, and he is unlikely to live up to his price tag while playing on one healthy leg.

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