NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for March 8, 2018
For the 3/8/18 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.
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PLAYERS RULED OUT
Jimmy Butler (knee)
Kawhi Leonard (quad)
Pau Gasol (knee)
Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Wayne Ellington (quad)
Kyrie Irving (knee)
Andre Iguodala (knee)
David West (arm)
Jordan Bell (ankle)
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NBA DFS Slate Breakdown for March 8, 2018
Brooklyn Nets (+7.5) at Charlotte Hornets (Over/Under – 218)
After battling through a rib injury, Dwight Howard ($8.3k, $8.4k) erupted for a season-high 30 points on Tuesday night. Now, he’ll face a Nets team giving up a ridiculous 22.0 RPG to opposing centers over the last month and most FPPG (56.87) to the position this season. Needless to say, he’s one of the top options at center on this five-game slate.
While Kemba Walker ($8.7k, $9.0k) is coming off a very quiet performance, he could pick up the scoring slack tonight and might pay off in GPP formats by outperforming Howard. Then, Nic Batum ($7.1k, $7.3k) continues to score and facilitate on the wing for Charlotte. He’s a solid Cash option with more upside on DK as a triple-double threat.
The Hornets also offer values in Jeremy Lamb ($4.5k, $4.7k) and Frank Kaminsky ($4.4k, $4.3k). They could both benefit should this game get out of hand late.
D’Angelo Russell ($6.7k, $7.4k) continues to lead the Nets in usage, but Caris LeVert ($4.8k, $5.1k) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($5.5k, $5.3k) are coming on strong as they grow healthier. They’re worth consideration in any format.
DeMarre Carroll ($5.9k, $6.3k) is a solid Cash play against a Hornets team that’s been surprisingly vulnerable to SFs.
Philadelphia 76ers (-2) at Miami Heat (Over/Under – 207.5)
These teams are facing off for the third time in a month. The matchup to watch is down low between Joel Embiid ($9.5k, $9.8k) and Hassan Whiteside ($7.6k, $7.0k). Embiid has slowed down a bit lately while Whiteside blew up for a huge line against the Suns before going cold on the second half of a B2B set Tuesday. With full rest, Whiteside might be the superior option in tournaments given his price.
Ben Simmons ($8.0k, $8.8k) and Dario Saric ($6.1k, $6.3k) have both been solid, but underwhelming in meetings with Miami’s excellent defense. Perhaps Robert Covington ($5.5k, $5.6k) stays hot after exceeding value by a wide margin against the Hornets on Tuesday.
For Miami, Justise Winslow ($4.5k, $5.0k) is still in a great price range after exceeding value in four consecutive appearances. With Wayne Ellington (quad) questionable, Tyler Johnson ($5.2k, $5.2k) is also a very strong play. He’s coming off a 21-point game at Washington on Tuesday.
In GPPs, consider Kelly Olynyk ($4.7k, $4.6k), who has come back from a shoulder injury guns blazing and is a good candidate to match up with Saric.
Boston Celtics (-2) at Minnesota Timberwolves (Over/Under – 214.5)
The Celtics rediscovered their elite defense coming out of the ASB and have been blowing out lesser competition. Tonight, they draw a worthy adversary in Minnesota. Even without Jimmy Butler (knee), the Wolves should remain competitive and will likely lean on yet another appealing option at center in Karl-Anthony Towns ($9.3k, $10.4k).
Towns is the safest center play on the board. Howard, Embiid, and Whiteside are all more tournament options.
Jeff Teague ($7.0k, $7.4k) apparently avoided a suspension for body checking Ricky Rubio earlier this week and will continue to see increased usage with Butler out. He sees a team-high 5.7 percent increase (to 29.8) in usage rate when Butler is off the floor this season and is even worth using in this tough matchup.
For Boston, everything depends on the status of Kyrie Irving ($8.0k, $8.5k). He appears ready to suit up after missing Monday’s game and resting for nearly a full week.
Terry Rozier would become overpriced if Irving is active, and Kyrie would be one of the premier plays of the slate against a Wolves team that gives up the seventh-most FPPG (50.95) to opposing PGs this season.
Marcus Smart ($5.3k, $5.0k) sees a 3.7 percent increase in usage rate when Irving is off the floor. He’ll be a solid Cash play regardless. Jaylen Brown ($5.5k, $5.2k) is brimming with confidence and could be a sneaky option to consider against Andrew Wiggins.
Greg Monroe ($4.4k, $4.4k) is another solid value after nearly producing a double-double in a blowout win at Chicago on Monday. Nemanja Bjelica ($5.2k, $5.3k) is a good bet to meet value for Minnesota considering he played 45 minutes at Utah on Friday. Yet Taj Gibson ($5.5k, $5.6k) is a better upside play with the Wolves well rested.
Phoenix Suns (+11.5) at Oklahoma City Thunder (Over/Under – 226.5)
Russell Westbrook ($11.8k, $12.0k) used the Suns to bounce back after a lackluster performance against Dallas last week. He vaulted his way to 43 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists in a dominant performance. We could see a repeat tonight as he looks to bounce back from a turnover-plagued performance against Houston.
Then, it makes sense to pay up for Devin Booker ($8.9k, $8.2k) in the hopes the Suns stay competitive on the road. He’s produced 30-plus points in five of his last six appearances, including a 39-point game against OKC last week to allow Westbrook to go off.
Elfrid Payton ($7.5k, $7.3k) struggled against Miami’s tough defense this week but has plenty of GPP appeal in a game with 226-point over/under. If you believe OKC will run away with this game, give younger Suns a look. We’re talking Josh Jackson ($5.7k, $5.3k) and Marquese Chriss ($3.8k, $4.6k), who has been very productive on a per-minute basis lately.
Steven Adams ($6.9k, $7.1k) remains a reliable, but unspectacular play on the Thunder. He’s a nightly double-double threat and is often on the receiving end of great passes from Westbrook. He should get the better of either Alex Len or Tyson Chandler tonight.
San Antonio Spurs (+11.5) at Golden State Warriors (Over/Under – 218)
Steph Curry ($9.4k, $9.9k) clearly wasn’t bothered by an ankle injury on Tuesday. He dropped 34 points, and he’s a great consolation option tonight if you can’t afford Westbrook at PG. The Spurs have been vulnerable on defense due to several injuries and won’t have many answers for a Warriors squad that’s on a mission to keep pace with red-hot Houston.
Pau Gasol (knee) is out tonight, so LaMarcus Aldridge ($7.7k, $8.2k) sees a boost as the unquestioned leader of the Spurs’ offense. Yet a blowout loss seems likely for San Antonio. That makes reserves such as Davis Bertans ($4.6k, $4.4k) and Rudy Gay ($5.6k, $4.3k) more appealing as value plays. Then, Kyle Anderson ($5.1k, $6.2k) is one of the few relatively safe Cash options in this contest.
The Warriors are listing Andre Iguodala (wrist) as doubtful and David West (arm) as questionable tonight, so if you want to target a Spurs team that’s actually giving up the most PPG (27.11) to opposing centers over the last month, Javale McGee ($3.5k, $3.8k) could be worth a punt.
Warriors aside from Curry are more or less worth fading against a disciplined San Antonio defense unless you want to take a stab in a GPP with Kevin Durant ($9.2k, $9.8k) against the Kawhi-less Spurs.
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