FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 3/29/18
There are just five games on the NBA schedule for Thursday night, but a potential huge hole in the middle will have everyone scrambling for points.
PG – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder @ San Antonio Spurs
With both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony struggling offensively, it would not be surprising to see Westbrook take on more scoring responsibility (read as: more shots) as he looks for his first triple-double in four games. His streak of five triple-doubles from March 10-18 started with a 21-12-10 effort against San Antonio in a 104-94 victory, and he has totaled 58 points, 30 rebounds and 29 assists in the three matchups this season while shooting only 35.6 percent.
Westbrook has three triple-doubles in his last five games versus the Spurs, his only three in 33 career games in the rivalry, and has averaged 20.4 points, 7.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds lifetime. Westbrook, though, has shot 39.1 percent over his career against San Antonio and 35.3 percent in those last five meetings.
Also consider: Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers @ Sacramento Kings
Oladipo has topped 20 points in four of his last five games, and he started Indiana’s four-game Western Conference road swing with an impressive nine-for-12 effort and 24 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals against Golden State on Tuesday night.
He has scored just 23 points on eight-of-25 shooting in his last two outings versus Sacramento, but both of those games came at home. Oladipo had 23 points in his last road game against the Kings and has averaged 17.6 points, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals in five road games in this rivalry.
Low-cost option: Quinn Cook, Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks
Cook continues to thrive directing Golden State’s offense despite missing shooting guard Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, averaging 18.1 points and 4.9 assists while shooting 50.0 percent in his last seven games. Those assist numbers should climb Thursday night with Kevin Durant’s expected return to the lineup, and it will be interesting to see how Cook’s scoring numbers fluctuate with the return of the All-Star forward.