FantasyScore Daily Fantasy Basketball Primer: Tuesday 3/17/15

Anthony Davis is coming off of a historic performance. Can he stay hot tonight against the Bucks?

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With a small five-game slate tonight in the NBA, it's a perfect time to try it out. And to help you, we're giving out our FantasyScore optimized lineup, which you can find below.

PlayerPositionProjected FPCostValue
Anthony DavisF51.289400.005.46
James HardenG46.739300.005.02
Nikola VucevicC38.487500.005.13
Terrence JonesF34.086000.005.68
Giannis AntetokounmpoG30.935000.006.19
Alexey ShvedG30.234400.006.87
Elfrid PaytonG27.784200.006.61
Michael Kidd-GilchristF29.954200.007.13

After struggling through a shoulder injury for several weeks, Anthony Davis has looked incredible since returning from injury. He's averaging a ridiculous 30.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 5 blocks, 3.8 assists and a steal in 40.5 minutes of action per game over his last six games and is coming off of a historic 36-point, 14-rebound, 9-block and 7-assist performance on Sunday. Davis comes into tonight scorching hot and draws an excellent matchup against a Bucks squad who has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards over the past three weeks. The Brow is our highest overall projected player on the board for tonight's slate.

Davis isn't the only MVP candidate our algorithms love tonight. James Harden has put together a tremendous season, averaging 26.9 points, 7.1 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game with a massive 30.9% Usage Rate, and has truly carried the Rockets over the past few months while Dwight Howard has been sidelined. The Rockets' star gets a dream matchup tonight against a Magic team who has allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing shooting guards over the past three weeks in what is expected to be the highest scoring game on the slate tonight with a 203.5 over/under. Harden makes an excellent play in all formats tonight despite his expensive price tag.

As I just mentioned, tonight's game between Orlando and Houston is expected to be the highest scoring out of tonight's five games. With this in mind, our algorithms recommend you play two Magic players -- Nikola Vucevic and Elfrid Payton.

Vucevic has been an absolute beast this season. He is one of only 13 players in the league averaging a double-double this season -- the Magic big man is averaging 19.6 points and 11.2 boards per game -- and should have little trouble dominating a Rockets team who will be without their rim protector Howard. Although he hasn't been as consistently dominant as Vucevic, Payton has really come on strong as of late. Since the All-Star break, the Magic rookie point guard is averaging 10.5 points, 7.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game. Although he draws a relatively tough matchup against Patrick Beverley tonight, Payton's ability to fill up the stat sheet keeps his floor high and his ceiling higher. He is an absolute steal at just $4,200.

While a matchup with the Pelicans is only average on paper -- New Orleans has allowed the 13th most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards this season -- Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of my favorite plays on the board tonight. The Bucks' sophomore is averaging 13.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a whopping 35 minutes per game since the All-Star break and posted a massive 29-point, 5-rebound, 4-assist, 3-block, 3-steal line last time he faced off with the Pelicans. Look for the Greek Freak to have another huge game tonight in New Orleans.