NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for March 6, 2018
For the 3/6/18 NBA DFS slate, we’re laying out our top picks for guards, forwards, and centers for Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used for crafting your daily fantasy basketball strategy at 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. This time of the season, even more than usual. We post this article first thing in the morning, without the initial reports from shootaround, or reports from beat writers. So always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
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PLAYERS RULED OUT
Avery Bradley (groin)
Danilo Gallinari (hand)
Ryan Anderson (hip)
Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Kelly Oubre Jr. (foot)
Wesley Matthews (hip)
Tyler Johnson (quad)
Maurice Harkless (knee)
Dwyane Wade (rest)
Wayne Ellington (quad)
Best NBA DFS Picks for March 6, 2018
James Harden @ OKC ($11.5k DraftKings, $11.4k FanDuel)
The likely MVP faces the reigning MVP tonight in a battle of DFS heavyweights. Russell Westbrook ($11.2k, $11.5k) should keep his Thunder in the game at home, but Houston (-4.5) should prevail for a 16th consecutive win with James Harden leading the charge. Even in a game where he seemingly struggled, Harden still burned the Celtics’ top-rated defense for 26 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds to exceed value on Saturday. He dropped 29 points with 14 dimes in a meeting with OKC earlier this season and will look to put a bow on his MVP resumé tonight.
Nic Batum vs. PHI ($6.8k DraftKings, $7.3k FanDuel)
Nic Batum has been knocking on the door of a triple-double and could reach that statistical achievement against a Sixers team that ranks fifth in pace of play. The French national was two assists shy of a triple-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds in a trip to Philly on Friday. He’s been cooking for awhile with averages of 14.9 PPG, 8.6 APG, and 6.5 RPG over his last eight games. With Dwight Howard (ribs) clearly hobbled, Batum is taking on a bigger role on both ends of the floor as the Robin to Kemba Walker’s Batman.
Austin Rivers vs. NO ($5.8k DraftKings, $6.3k FanDuel)
With an astronomical 237-point over/under, the Pelicans-Clippers game is a prime target tonight. Using multiple players from each team in some tournament lineups should profit, and Austin Rivers is a relatively cheap option for the hosts. He has the green light and a clear path to playing time with his dad coaching. Plus, he’ll be motivated to face his former team. Rivers went for 19 points on 7-of-18 FG shooting in an earlier meeting with New Orleans, and the Pels are coughing up the ninth-most PPG (22.56) to opposing PGs this season.
Others to Consider: Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, D’Angelo Russell, Lou Williams, Rajon Rondo, Tomas Satoransky, Fred VanVleet
Tobias Harris vs. NO ($7.5k DraftKings, $7.9k FanDuel)
The Pelicans’ offense has taken off. Obviously, Anthony Davis ($11.6k, $12.5k) should be on the top of everyone’s wish list in what should be a shootout at Staples Center tonight. Yet Tobias Harris is a more reasonably priced option. He could benefit from New Orleans’ increased pace of play. The Pels lead the league in pace and are third in total FPPG (239.1) allowed over the last month.
Harris, meanwhile, has been a revelation for the Clippers with averages of 20.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 3.0 STL/BLK per game over his last six appearances. He dropped 25 points against New Orleans when he was still in Detroit and is seeing an increased role as part of a Clippers team that’s seventh in pace over the last month.
Robert Covington @ CHA ($4.9k DraftKings, $5.5k FanDuel)
You’ll need to find some good values to afford studs like Harden, Davis, or Westbrook tonight. Deploying Sixers sharpshooter Robert Covington could pay off. Perhaps Covington has turned a corner after a long lull in his production, as he’s averaging 10 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 2.7 SPG over his last four appearances. The Hornets rank 25th in opponents 3-point shooting percentage (.370). Of late, Covington hit 2-of-4 attempts from long range en route to 16 points against Charlotte on Friday night.
Caris LeVert @ GSW ($4.5k DraftKings, $4.6k FanDuel)
If you were waiting for signs that Caris LeVert is getting over his knee injury and ready to resume his role as a gunner, Sunday’s eruption for a career-high 27 points smacked you right in the face. Although he only played 29 minutes in that game, LeVert is a quality value with upside to consider in a matchup at Golden State. The Warriors (-14) will likely pull away in the second half, but even in blowouts, their insane pace of play inflates the opposition’s numbers. LeVert was solid with 13 points, four rebounds, and four assists in a meeting with the champs earlier this season.
Others to Consider: Anthony Davis, Otto Porter, Harrison Barnes, Taurean Prince, Wilson Chandler, Serge Ibaka, Trevor Ariza, Justise Winslow
Nikola Jokic @ DAL ($9.5k DraftKings, $9.7k FanDuel)
The fact that Nikola Jokic has come up short of value in consecutive appearances makes him a perfectly timed GPP play in tonight’s matchup. Dallas simply can’t defend the versatile big man, which make sense considering the Mavs allow the fifth-most APG (3.85) to opposing centers and most defensive RPG (36.6) overall this season. Jokic is rocking stellar averages of 20 PPG, 17 RPG, and 9.0 APG over two meetings with Dallas. He’s a great GPP option with the potential to reach that triple-double bonus on DK.
Enes Kanter @ POR ($7.0k DraftKings, $6.5k FanDuel)
He’s not a particularly safe play either, but with Portland on the second half of a B2B set tonight, Enes Kanter is worth deploying in GPP formats. Mysteriously absent from the Knicks’ rotation in previous games, he’s re-emerged with 32 points and 30 rebounds over his last two appearances. Portland isn’t a small ball team that can force Kanter off the floor necessarily. Plus, Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic sees a dip in production on zero or one days rest.
Others to Consider: Joel Embiid, Clint Capela, Steven Adams, Jarrett Allen
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