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Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis. Value plays on the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice so always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
The Full Roster contests on FanDuel (FD) include a new scoring system in which the lowest score of the nine selected players is dropped, allowing users to take more risks with a punt play or two. Then, DraftKings (DK) has brought back its late swap for NBA contests.
3/13/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Wed. Shootaround: $12 entry, $400k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $100K to 1st!
Rotation Player: $66 entry, $150k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $50K to 1st!
Wed. Shot: $9.99 entry, $300k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100K to 1st!
Wed. Slam: $77 entry, $100k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $20K to 1st!
NBA DFS Best Picks & Plays for March 13, 2019
Best DFS Guards for March 13, 2019
Russell Westbrook vs. BKN ($11k DraftKings, $11.7k FanDuel)
Westbrook draws a favorable matchup that he already exploited once this season. The perennial All-Star posted 71.8 DK/65.5 FD points against Brooklyn on Dec. 5. Brooklyn also comes in allowing 45.2 DK/44.6 FD points per game to ones, along with the sixth-highest offensive efficiency rating (60.6) in the paint. The latter figure is particularly relevant when considering Westbrook, who racks up plenty of offensive production on drives to the basket. Westbrook has scored over 50 FPs on both sites in seven of his last 10 games, justifying his hefty salaries.
Mike Conley at ATL ($7.8k DraftKings, $9.2k FanDuel)
Conley comes into Wednesday’s game with two full days of rest and primed to exploit one of the most favorable matchups in the league for PGs. The veteran already touched up the Hawks for 40 DK/37.3 FD points once this year. Atlanta is allowing the most DK (52.1) and FD (51.5) points per game to ones. They’re also yielding league-worst or bottom-10 figures in points (25.2), rebounds (6.4), assists (9.0), made threes (2.9), and steals (2.0) to ones, along with the highest offensive efficiency rating (29.7) to the position. That leaves the talented Conley no shortage of paths to fantasy success. Moreover, the Hawks bring a significant bump in pace to the normally deliberate Grizzlies. Atlanta is averaging the most possessions per game (108.1, including 108.8 at home).
D.J. Augustin at WAS ($4.3k DraftKings, $4.3k FanDuel)
Augustin’s price continues to be highly affordable on both sites despite the veteran enjoying one of his best seasons. The Magic guard is sporting a career high in overall shooting percentage (47.3). That figure includes an impressive 43.1 percent success rate from behind the arc. His salary is especially appealing when considering the favorable matchup the Wizards present to PGs. Moreover, a potential absence by Aaron Gordon (ribs) could result in increased usage for Augustin, who averages nearly a fantasy point per minute on both sites when his teammate is off the floor. The Wizards come in allowing the third-most DK (50.5) and fourth-most FD (48.9) points per game to ones. Then, they’re yielding bottom-five figures in points (25.2), assists (9.1), and made threes (2.8) to PGs, along with the fifth-highest offensive efficiency rating (26.8).
Other guards to consider: James Harden, Bradley Beal, Stephen Curry, Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, Klay Thompson, D’Angelo Russell
Best DFS Forwards for March 13, 2019
John Collins vs. MEM ($7.6k DraftKings, $8.8k FanDuel)
Collins is surging during the stretch run. The second-year big has scored over 40 FPs on both sites in three of his past four games, a sample that includes a tally over 60 against the Nets two games ago. Collins sports a 24.6 percent usage rate and is averaging 1.21 DK/1.18 FD points per minute. The Grizzlies have been stingy against power forwards. However, Memphis still allows 44.3 DK/42.6 FD points per game to fours, and Collins comes in shooting an impressive 57.8 percent at State Farm Arena. Additionally, the Grizzlies’ pedestrian 44.7 percent shooting on the road could afford the big man some extra opportunities on the defensive glass.
Jae Crowder at PHO ($5k DraftKings, $5.2k FanDuel)
Crowder’s production of late regularly outpaces his salaries. The veteran has scored over 25 FPs on both sites in four straight. He’s eclipsed 30 FPs on both sites on four occasions over the last 10 games overall. The Suns present an appealing matchup Wednesday. Crowder already tallied 22.3 DK/21.4 FD points across 19 minutes in his one prior meeting against Phoenix. Then, the Suns come in allowing bottom-10 figures in DK (49.5) and FD (48.2) points per game to fours. They’re also yielding the fifth-highest offensive efficiency rating (61.5) and most points in the paint per game (52.7), enhancing Crowder’s case.
Allen Crabbe at OKC ($4k DraftKings, $4.3k FanDuel)
Crabbe’s inconsistency keeps his salaries low and makes him a quintessential low-cost GPP play. The most recent example of his upside came against the Pistons on Monday night. Crabbe racked up 36 DK/ 32 FD points across 35 minutes. The Thunder come in allowing the sixth-most DK (43.1) and FD (41.8) points per game to twos, affording Crabbe a matchup he can potentially exploit. Then, it’s worth noting the veteran wing has already experienced success versus OKC this season. He totaled 34.0 DK/29.8 FD points across 37 minutes in one prior meeting.
Other forwards to consider: Paul George, Blake Griffin, Derrick Favors, Bobby Portis, Kelly Oubre, Jr., Joe Ingles, Draymond Green
Best DFS Centers for March 13, 2019
Nikola Vucevic at WAS ($9.2k DraftKings, $10k FanDuel)
Vucevic is averaging over 40 FPs in three prior encounters with the Wizards this season while shooting an impressive 60.0 percent. Washington is yielding bottom-10 figures in DK points (58.2) and FD points (57.6) per game to centers. They’re also surrendering the fifth-highest offensive efficiency rating (35.6) to the position. In turn, Vucevic sports an elite 25.96 Player Efficiency Rating. Moreover, the Wizards’ vulnerability to three-point shooting could serve the floor-spacing Vucevic well. Washington allows the third-highest three-point success rate (36.8 percent), and Vucevic is averaging a career-best 38.0 percent from behind the arc.
DeMarcus Cousins at HOU ($7.4k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
Kevin Durant (ankle) has already been ruled out for Wednesday’s contest. Cousins sports a 34.8 percent usage rate and is averaging 1.42 DK/1.46 FD points per minute without his star teammate on the floor. The big man has also been a steady contributor since making his season debut in late January, even when the starting five has been at full health. He rattled off over 45 FPs on both sites versus the Rockets in their one prior meeting this season as well, and he’s been a much better performer on the road. Cousins is shooting 53.6 percent, including 39.1 percent from three-point range in away contests. Those numbers dwarf his respective 36.6 and 13.5 percent figures at home. Then, Houston comes in allowing 54.7 DK/54.4 FD points per game to centers, furthering Cousins’ case.
Joakim Noah vs. ATL ($4.7k DraftKings, $4.8k FanDuel)
Noah has been one of the pleasant surprises for the Grizzlies during the latter portion of the season. The mercurial veteran has formed the second-unit component of a 1-2 punch at center with surprising efficacy. Noah has scored over 30 FPs on both sites on six occasions over the last 10 games. While some of those have been starts, Noah is still seeing a consistent and solid allotment of playing time when coming off the bench. He’ll be poised for success versus the Hawks. Atlanta allows over 55 FPs to centers per game on both sites. Then, they’re yielding bottom-five figures in FPs on both sites to power forwards as well, along with the third-highest offensive efficiency rating (26.9) to the position.
Other centers to consider: Andre Drummond, Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela, Jonas Valanciunas, Steven Adams, Deandre Ayton