FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 3/28/18

With eight games on the schedule but without two marquee players, it will be a challenge to build a strong DFS lineup for Wednesday's NBA ledger.

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PG – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks

Simmons has averaged 12.0 points, 11.5 assists and 10.8 rebounds in his last eight games, recording four triple-doubles in that span, and that could have been six had he needed to score in those two lopsided victories. One of those four triple-doubles came against the Knicks on March 15 in which he totaled 13 points, 12 assists and ten rebounds.

He has averaged 11.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in Philadelphia’s three wins over New York, shooting 55.6 percent in those games, and with the 76ers having an opportunity to sweep the Knicks for the first time in nine years and post their longest winning streak in over 15 years, look for Simmons to set the tone and come near another triple-double if not record one.

Also consider: Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets vs Cleveland Cavaliers

While Walker has not put up stellar numbers against the Cavaliers, hitting just five of 20 from 3-point range and 13 of 38 overall in two games while totaling 35 points and 15 assists, he has been playing very well of late and averaged 29.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his last five games.

He also needs just 20 points, which is below his season mark of 23.1 per game, to become Charlotte’s all-time leading scorer ahead of Dell Curry. Walker has averaged 24.3 points and 5.9 assists in the Hornets’ eight-game skid to the Cavaliers, hitting 37.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

Low-cost option: Trey Burke, New York Knicks @ Philadelphia 76ers

Burke is coming off one of the best games of his career, scoring a career-high 42 points and dishing out a season-high 12 assists in New York’s overtime loss to Charlotte on Monday. He has scored 61 points in the two games he has played as a starter and is averaging 17.4 points and 4.7 assists in his last nine games while shooting 56.8 percent. 

Burke had 16 points on seven-of-11 shooting and added three assists in a loss to Philadelphia earlier this month, and there’s no reason to believe he is going to slow down anytime soon.

SG - CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers @ Memphis Grizzlies

With Damian Lillard missing this game to be with his girlfriend as she gives birth to the couple's first child, backcourt partner CJ McCollum is a solid value pick given he will be the focal point of Portland's offense against Memphis on Wednesday night.

While McCollum struggled to a three-for-19 shooting performance at New Orleans, he has been more than adequate when visiting Memphis, averaging 26.4 points and 4.2 rebounds while hitting 16 of 32 from 3-point range and shooting 49.5 percent in his last five trips near Beale Street.

He has averaged 23.5 points in his last ten overall games versus Memphis, knocking down 42.2 percent of his long-range shots (27 for 64). And it is very likely that game versus the Pelicans was a one-off considering he had scored 20 or more points in each of his previous five road games.

Also consider: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers @ Phoenix Suns

Like McCollum, Williams is trying to follow a poor shooting night with a good one, and has a favorable matchup against the hapless Suns. Williams, who was five of 16 from the field in Tuesday night's win over Milwaukee, had 35 points in the most recent meeting versus Phoenix in February and has averaged 23.7 points and 4.0 assists in the three matchups this season while shooting 49.0 percent.

Williams has recorded four 30-point games among his last ten versus the Suns, scoring 23.5 per game while shooting 30 for 63 from 3-point range (47.6 percent) and 52.0 percent overall. He also has averaged 3.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals in that span.

Low-cost option: Jordan Clarkson, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Charlotte Hornets

Clarkson continues to be an offensive force off the bench, averaging 14.9 points in his last eight games, shooting 39.0 percent from beyond the arc and 44.8 percent overall. This will be Clarkson's first game against the Hornets since joining the Cavaliers, and he had 22 points, six assists and five rebounds in a December 9 road win for the Lakers.

C - Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers vs New York Knicks

Much has been done with regards to "the process" for the Philadelphia 76ers as they are now hunting Cleveland for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Joel Embiid continues to be at the middle of it all, and his 20 points and 13 rebounds Monday night marked his first double-double in four games while also being his fifth in eight games. 

He had 29 points and ten boards in a victory earlier this month versus New York and has averaged 23.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in the three games this season. Embiid finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds in his lone other meeting versus New York last season.

Also consider: Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics

Gobert has put up consistent numbers all month, averaging 17.7 points and 13.0 rebounds in 13 March games while recording ten double-doubles. He has shot 68.3 percent in those games and also blocked 2.5 shots per contest in that span.

Gobert made an early exit in the first meeting between the teams in December, spraining his knee in the first quarter of Utah's 107-95 win at Boston. He averaged 10.5 points and 13.2 rebounds in his previous six meetings against the Celtics, also blocking 13 shots in that stretch.

Low-cost option: Enes Kanter, New York Knicks @ Philadelphia 76ers

While Embiid has been an offensive force in this Atlantic Division matchup, Kanter has not backed down when the Knicks have had the ball. He has a streak of five straight double-doubles entering this contest, averaging 13.8 points and 13.0 rebounds in that span. 

Kanter has also posted double-doubles in all three meetings between the teams this season, averaging 20.7 points and 15.0 rebounds and highlighted by a 31-22 effort in a 105-98 loss Christmas Day. He has averaged 13.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 15 career matchups with the Sixers and looks for a sixth straight double-double against them.

SF - LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers @ Charlotte Hornets

In the back end of games on back-to-back nights, LeBron James has been slightly off his stellar season averages but has totaled 24.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game in the nine previous such instances this season. He also has posted four triple-doubles and three double-doubles in those contests.

James had a triple-double in the most recent meeting between the teams, totaling 27 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists in a 100-99 win November 24. Nine days before that, James had 31 points, eight assists and six boards in a 115-107 victory at Charlotte.

In Cleveland's current eight-game winning streak over Charlotte, James has averaged 29.9 points, 9.8 assists and 8.6 rebounds in those victories while shooting 55.2 percent overall and 46.5 percent from 3-point range. He has recorded at least seven assists in all of those games while adding 12 steals and eight blocks.

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves vs Atlanta Hawks

While there is the temptation to put his counterpart Taurean Prince here, the hedge is that Wiggins is going to respond positively after the Timberwolves suffered a surprising home loss to Memphis last time out. Wiggins has not scored 20 points in his last three games, averaging 17.0 in that span, but he has averaged 8.3 rebounds in those games after totaling 10 boards combined in the previous three outings.

Wiggins had 18 points, three rebounds and three assists in the first game against the Hawks this season, and has 19.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in seven career matchups with Atlanta.

Low-cost option: Evan Turner, Portland Trail Blazers @ Memphis

Admittedly a reach here, Turner is expected to start possibly for the rest of the regular season after the Blazers announced Maurice Harkless will be sidelined following his knee surgery slated for Wednesday. He had 14 points, six rebounds and two assists versus the Pelicans on Tuesday night and has reached double figures 13 times as a starter.

With Lillard also out, everyone on Portland will likely get more shots, so Turner has an excellent opportunity to exceed his season average of 8.1 points.

PF - Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks

Lakers forward Julius Randle has a chance to get plenty of touches and shots against the Mavericks with fellow frontcourt starters Kyle Kuzma and Brook Lopez possibly missing the game with ankle and back injuries, respectively.

Randle ran his streak of 20-point games to eight in Monday's loss to Detroit and he recorded his seventh double-double in that stretch by pulling down 11 rebounds. He has averaged 24.5 points and 11.3 rebounds in that span, shooting 59.2 percent from the floor.

He recorded the fifth and most recent triple-double of his career in the most recent matchup with the Mavericks with 18 points, 13 rebounds and ten assists and has averaged 22.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists on 65.1 percent shooting in the three games between the teams this season.

Also consider: Tobias Harris, Los Angeles Clippers vs Phoenix Suns

Harris has been a steady scorer but recently has been finding the range from beyond the arc, hitting ten of 19 in his last four games while averaging 18.8 points in that span. Playing the up-tempo yet defensively challenged Suns could give Harris a chance to build up some numbers across the board as he also has five or more rebounds in five of his last eight games and four or more assists in three of his last seven.

In his lone game against the Suns with the Clippers, Harris rang up 30 points and 12 rebounds in a 128-117 victory February 23, hitting five of seven from 3-point range and also had four assists and two blocks. Harris has averaged 17.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in his last eight matchups with Los Angeles.

Low-cost option: Michael Beasley, New York Knicks @ Philadelphia 76ers

Beasley is one of those players who "gets his" regardless of what is going on around him. He has averaged 17.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 58.3 percent in his last eight games and also has thrown in 2.6 assists per game in that span for good measure.

Beasley came within three assists of a triple-double versus Philadelphia earlier this month, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and has averaged 18.7 points and 7.7 rebounds in three games between the teams this season. He has averaged 12.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in 19 career matchups.

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