NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for March 4, 2018
For the 3/4/18 NBA DFS slate, we’ll take a look at the best picks for the guards, forwards, and centers we’re considering rostering in our Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used when crafting your strategy on the FantasyDraft.
Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.
Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice. Always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
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Kevin Love (hand)
Jimmy Butler (knee)
Josh Hart (hand)
Trevor Booker (coach’s decision)
Jeff Green (back)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Wayne Ellington (quad) – OUT (11:50am)
Tyler Johnson (quad) – OUT (11:50am)
Garrett Temple (back)
Skal Labissiere (ankle)
NBA DFS Slate Breakdown for March 4, 2018
New Orleans Pelicans (-3.5) at Dallas Mavericks (Over/Under – 223)
The headliner of this contest is sudden MVP candidate Anthony Davis ($11.7k, $12.3k), who has been on white hot with averages of 37.8 PPG, 15.8 RPG and 5.5 STL/BLK per game over his last four appearances. Dallas offers little resistance down low and has given up 73 points to “The Brow” over two meetings this season. Now he’s playing without DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) in the lineup and rocking a 35.1 percent usage rate over the past month.
Jrue Holiday ($8.2k, $7.8k) is now the secondary option for New Orleans, which is suddenly playing at the second-fastest pace and scoring the third-most PPG (112.1) in the NBA this season. He makes for a solid Cash play against the young Mavs, while Rajon Rondo ($5.8k, $6.4k) is more appealing in GPP formats against his former team.
The Mavericks could be without Wesley Matthews (hip) and might start to rest veterans Dirk Nowitzki and J.J. Barea this Sunday.
That would open things up for Dennis Smith Jr. ($6.7k, $6.2k) to try and carry the offense against a Pels team that gives up the ninth-most FPPG (47.61) to opposing PGs this season.
Harrison Barnes ($6.4k, $6.2k) remains the most reliable option in a Mavericks uniform and he should be able to produce against weak wing defender Nikola Mirotic.
Philadelphia 76ers (-1) at Milwaukee Bucks (Over/Under – 210)
Joel Embiid ($10.2k, $10.6k) produced on 0 days rest this past Friday and appears to be all systems as the Sixers chase a playoff spot. He’s a premier play to consider against a Bucks team that gives up the second-most PPG (24.17) and third-most RPG (16.47) to opposing centers this season.
You could fade Ben Simmons ($8.7k, $9.0k) in a tough matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo ($10.0k, $11.0k) consider how the rookie faded down the stretch against Charlotte on Friday. Giannis played 43 minutes on Friday despite dealing with an eye injury and blew up for 31 points, 18 rebounds and six assists in a previous meeting with the 76ers.
Khris Middleton ($6.9k, $7.5k) seems to benefit more from the presence of Antetokounmpo than his absence, as he dropped 30 points with a full line on Friday. He’s a better option than Eric Bledsoe tonight given the matchup.
Ersan Ilyasova ($3.8k, $4.5k) can serve as a fabulous value considering he scored 18 points over 23 minutes in his Sixers debut. He’s always been streaky, but doesn’t come with too much risk at this price tag. Also consider Robert Covington ($5.1k, $5.3k) as a relative value. He’s finally finding his rhythm offensively and Milwaukee struggles to defend the 3-point line at times.
New York Knicks (-2) at Sacramento Kings (Over/Under – 215)
The Knicks continue to provide value in the form of their three young PGs. Even if none of them are particularly reliable, they’re worth deploying against a Kings team that gives up the third-most FPPG (54.43) to opposing PGs over the last month.
Emmanuel Mudiay ($5.3k, $5.4k) leads the platoon in terms of playing time, but Trey Burke ($5.3k, $5.2k) has outplayed him at times and is worth a look in GPP formats.
Sacramento is still dead last in opponent’s 3-point shooting percentage (.385), so Tim Hardaway Jr. ($6.0k, $6.1k) is a great SG to deploy in any format. With Courtney Lee falling out of the rotation and Michael Beasley providing very inconsistent production, THJ has become the Knicks go-to-guy on the perimeter
And the Knicks main man down low remains Enes Kanter ($7.0k, $6.2k) with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) done for the year. He’s a prime tournament option to consider at center with the public likely gravitating towards Joel Embiid and he could see a great matchup improve further if Willie Cauley-Stein (back) misses another game.
Skal Labissiere ($4.8k, $5.2k) would step up if WCS is out and is a solid play regardless in a better matchup than last night. You can use Kosta Koufos ($4.4k, $4.4k) as a somewhat dicey punt play if WCS sits.
Bogdan Bogdanovic ($6.3k, $5.7k) continues to come on strong for the Kings, but he might be worth fading on DK at his rising price tag. De’Aaron Fox ($5.7k, $6.0k) is a bit cheaper and is very reliable in a matchup against the inconsistent Mudiay and undersized Trey Burke.
Brooklyn Nets (+8) at Los Angeles Clippers (Over/Under – 226)
Sunday’s nightcap has the highest Over/Under of the slate, but also comes with plenty of blowout potential.
DeAndre Jordan ($7.6k, $7.9k) should eat glass in a matchup between two top 10 teams in terms of pace over the last month and he’ll meet very little resistance in the form of the Nets young frontcourt.
It might be worth fading Lou Williams ($7.7k, $8.2k) given the possibility the Clippers don’t need his heroics down the stretch. But Tobias Harris ($7.2k, $7.7k) is rather reliable given his ability to board up and score in transition against a fast-paced Nets team.
Austin Rivers ($5.8k, $6.2k) is worth a look in GPP formats with Danilo Gallinari (hand) out and Milos Teodosic ($4.7k, $4.5k) has been a low-upside punt play lately.
D’Angelo Russell ($7.3k, $7.2k) is the Nets primary offensive option once again and makes sense a correlation play if you’re going to use Jordan or Lou Williams.
DeMarre Carroll ($6.1k, $6.2k) is thriving with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (groin) and Caris LeVert (knee) at less than full strength, but is not necessarily reliable enough for Cash games.
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