DFS NBA Lineups for March 6, 2017 at Draftkings.com & Fanduel.com
On days that there’s a nice slate of DFS NBA games, we’ll give you the game totals, point spreads, and pertinent injury news to follow for NBA daily fantasy, as well as some players that we’re considering for our lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel.
We have 12 games on the main slate in DFS NBA for Monday, 3/6/17 highlighted by a game between the Rockets and Spurs. We’ve got major blowout potential in Memphis where the Grizzlies get the Nets at home and in Denver where the Nuggets are 13-point favorites over the Kings. Boogie and Brow are priced way down at DK in a road game with the Jazz, putting them squarely on the tournament radar in a less-than-ideal matchup. Kawhi Leonard gets a big bump in pace and should be the lowest owned of the expensive guys. He’s been over 30 real points in his last three games, topping 54 DK points in each.
We’ve got a some massive DFS NBA GPP tournaments for March 6. DraftKings has their $4 buy-in, Four Point Play that’s guaranteeing $500k today. They also have qualifiers to their live final with price points of $11, $900, and $10k (yes, ten thousand dollars). At FanDuel, Jumbo Monster with a $400 buy-in and a $500k guarantee. They’re also rolling out a $50 single entry tournament with a very healthy $70k in the prize pool.
As always, be sure and monitor any of the injury news that breaks throughout the day, as value plays and player upgrades can arise in a moments notice.
PLAYERS RULED OUT
Kevin Durant (knee)
Kevin Love (knee)
Evan Turner (hand)
Ed Davis (shoulder)
Garrett Temple (rest)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Dwyane Wade (thigh) – OUT (11:15a update)
Rajon Rondo (ankle) – Game Time Decision (11:15a update)
Nikola Vucevic (Achilles)
Frank Kaminsky (shoulder) – OUT (11:00a update)
Al Horford (elbow)
Avery Bradley (hamstring)
Kenneth Faried (back)
Michael Beasley (knee)
Jahlil Okafor (knee)
NBA GAME SPREADS, TOTALS & START TIME FOR TODAY’S GAMES
Heat @ Cavs -8 (7:00p): 215
Bucks -3 @ 76ers (7:00p): 212.5
Knicks @ Magic -1.5 (7:00p): 210
Bulls @ Pistons -4 (7:30p): 208
Warriors -6 @ Hawks (7:30p): 215
Nets @ Grizzlies -12 (8:00p): 213.5
Pacers @ Hornets -3.5 (8:00p): 210
Blazers @ Timberwolves -4.5 (8:00p): 213
Rockets @ Spurs -4 (8:30p): 220
Pelicans @ Jazz -7.5 (9:00p): 197
Kings @ Nuggets -13 (9:00p): 219
Celtics @ Clippers -5 (10:30p): 216
Best NBA Picks for March 6, 2017
Stephen Curry ($10.4k DraftKings, $10.5k FanDuel)
In order for the Warriors to win, even against the sad Knicks, they need Curry to regain his MVP form and pour in 30-plus points like he did on Sunday. We should continue to see aggressive play from Steph with Kevin Durant out indefinitely and he draws a great matchup tonight against a Hawks team that coughs up the seventh-most FPPG (46.27) and fourth-most PPG (25.5) to opposing PGs over the last month. Dennis Schroder was absolutely carved up by Kyrie Irving last Friday and Curry is probably the second-best ball handler in the league behind Kyrie, while he also possesses the most lethal jumper in NBA and will likely hit the Hawks backcourt with the full arsenal in a tough road test.
Nikola Jokic ($10.1k DraftKings, $9.9k FanDuel)
While he was far from a third consecutive triple double with only 4 assists in a loss to the Hornets on Saturday, Jokic went for 31 points on nearly perfect 13-of-15 FG shooting to carry the Nuggets surging offense. He’s been the primary reason for Denver’s rise into the Top five in terms of offensive rating and he should continue to light the league on fire against a porous Kings defense that’s become far more vulnerable down low since shipping DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans. Rudy Gobert nearly posted a 20-20 game against Sacramento last night and now the tired Kings will play at altitude against one of the most versatile big men we’ve ever seen.
Mid Tier DFS NBA Plays
Kristaps Porzingis ($6.9k DraftKings, $6.7k FanDuel)
The Unicorn bounced back from a surprisingly quiet game against the weak 76ers defense to post a huge double double in a close loss to the Warriors on Sunday and he’ll definitely be worth a look as an under priced stud tonight. While Guillermo Hernangomez (ankle) returned to the Knicks lineup yesterday, he managed just 14 minutes and might not be ready for a heavy workload on the second half of a B2B set. Orlando’s interior defense has been awful all year and the Magic give up the sixth-most FPPG (51.38) along with the most RPG (21) to opposing centers over the last month after trading Serge Ibaka. With Nikola Vucevic (Achilles) iffy to play tonight, Orlando should offer very little resistance in the paint.
Jusuf Nurkic ($6.8k DraftKings, $5.9k FanDuel)
It’s pretty surprising to see Nurkic become cheaper on FanDuel considering he’s playing like an elite center and getting enough minutes to exceed value with regularity. He’s averaging 14.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 4.6 APG and 3 STL/BLK per game over five appearances since the ASB and while tonight’s matchup is a bit tougher against Karl-Anthony Towns, the Wolves actually give up the fourth-most PPG (23) and an above average 48.22 FPPG to opposing centers this season. Nurkic has produced 22 points over just 35 minutes of run against the Wolves when he was a member of the Nuggets, but he’s averaging 17.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per 36 minutes and is playing much closer to that number now that he’s with the Blazers.
Khris Middleton ($6.5k DraftKings, $5.6k FanDuel)
Middleton managed to log 30 minutes on the second half of a B2B set over the weekend and it appears that he’s fully back to speed after missing the first four months of the season to recover from knee surgery. He’s scored 64 points on 22-for-39 (56%) FG shooting over his last three appearances and will continue to see plenty of usage as the Bucks secondary scorer with Jabari Parker and Michael Beasley out indefinitely. The Sixers defense has completely fallen apart with Joel Embiid ruled out for the season, so you can expect more production from Middleton, who is a great bet to exceed value on FanDuel.
Value DFS NBA Plays
Terrence Ross ($5.7k DraftKings, $4.5k FanDuel)
Ross remains a fantastic bargain on FD and he’s worth a look as a mid-tier option on DK in tonight’s plus matchup. While he failed to exploit the Knicks porous defense last Wednesday, as he shot 0-for-5 from deep and 3-for-10 from the field, Ross has picked it up since then with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to exceed value in tougher matchups against Miami and Washington. New York is giving up the sixth-most PPG (108.7) and ranks 25th in defensive rating while giving up a healthy 38.54 FPPG to opposing SFs this season, so there’s no reason to expect Ross to struggle in this matchup at home, especially if he sees a boost in usage with Vucevic potentially out again.
The Kings remain a great source of value thanks to their reasonable price tags and the necessity that some players step up in the absence of DeMarcus Cousins. Willie Cauley-Stein ($5.1k, $4.9k) is trustworthy after exceeding value in a brutal matchup against the Jazz last night, while Ty Lawson ($4.6k, $4.6k) entered SLU for Sacramento in that game and should be productive against his former team in Denver. Buddy Hield ($4k, $4.4k) remains worth a punt, especially when you consider that Ben McLemore didn’t even play at Utah, and even Darren Collison ($5.7k, $5.5k) is cheap enough to be considered a value again. This is a great contest to target with two high-scoring offenses and poor defenses going at it in Denver.
If, Then Player
If Nikola Vucevic is ruled out, Aaron Gordon will become a much more appealing play while Evan Fournier should also see a big rise in usage.
The Bulls could be shorthanded tonight with D-Wade and/or Rondo sitting, which would vault Jimmy Butler into must-play territory while Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis wlll remain GPP plays in a shifty timeshare up front.