FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 3/4/18
Sunday should be a fun day for fantasy, especially if these select players find their way on your NBA DFS lineups.
PG – Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans
Smith has been productive from a fantasy perspective lately. He’s been right around 5x value in each of his last three games and is coming off a strong 25-point outing against the Bulls. Smith will have another highly advantageous matchup as he takes on the fast-paced Pelicans. Smith picked up his first career triple-double against the Pelicans back in December and is averaging 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 7.0 assists in two meetings against them.
Also consider: J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans
Wesley Matthews remains questionable to play against the Pelicans due to a hip injury. If he misses out, Barea will be a big beneficiary. Barea just had a four-game stretch at the end of February where he started two games and averaged 16.8 points and 10.0 assists per contest.
SG – Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks vs Philadelphia 76ers
Middleton has not exactly been the picture of consistency lately as he saw a significant dip in his production in February. However, he popped up with 30 points, five boards, and three steals against the Pacers, which should do his confidence a lot of good. The sight of the Sixers should also significantly lift Middleton’s spirits. He has really enjoyed facing Philly this season, as he’s putting up 21.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists, and 1.5 steals against them this season.
Also consider: Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks @ Sacramento Kings
After going through a horrendous shooting slump at the start of February, Hardaway is back to scoring with some consistency for the Knicks. He’s averaging 21.6 points over his last five games while hitting an impressive 49 percent of his shots. He should be a decent candidate to continue that recent hot streak against the Kings, who will be on the second night of a back-to-back.
SF – Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans
Barnes has been feeling it lately. He’s scored 26 points in back-to-back games to lead the Mavericks in what turned out to be close defeats. Barnes will like his chances of putting together another productive night as he takes on the Pelicans, whose wing defense has been porous for most of the year. Barnes knows that firsthand as he dropped 26 points on New Orleans in their first meeting of the season.
Also consider: Robert Covington, Philadelphia 76ers @ Milwaukee Bucks
Don’t look now but Covington might finally turn things around fantasy-wise. The Sixers wing has exceeded 5x value in back-to-back games as he took advantage of the shaky wing defenses of the Cavs and Hornets. The Bucks have also had their problems in those positions, and with his price still relatively low, RoCo will be a worthwhile pick that could once again provide good value.
PF – Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans @ Dallas Mavericks
Davis finally cooled off against the Spurs as he was limited to “just” 26 points, 15 rebounds, and two steals. However, don’t you dare sleep on Davis against Dallas, a team he has historically torched. The Brow has dropped 30 or more points on the Mavs in six of their last eight matchups. He’s added at least 13 rebounds six times and at least three steals and blocks four times. Don’t be the least bit surprised if Davis once again delivers an absurd line against Dallas tonight.
Also consider: Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks vs New Orleans Pelicans
Nowitzki has been providing above-average fantasy production of late. He’s reached 5x value in three of his last four games and is coming off a solid 18-point, six-rebound, two-block outing against the Bulls. Dirk had 13 points and 12 boards the last time he faced the Pelicans and should have a similarly high upside tonight given New Orleans’ defensive struggles.
C – DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers vs Brooklyn Nets
Jordan is coming off one of his most dominant performances of the season as he dropped 19 points, 20 rebounds, two blocks and a steal against the Knicks. He had a similarly remarkable night the last time he faced a team from New York. He completely bullied the Brooklyn Nets into 16 points and 17 rebounds with two blocks in his first meeting against them two weeks ago. The Nets have been hopeless against opposing big men, so Jordan should be a strong bet to have a repeat performance.
Also consider: Enes Kanter, New York Knicks @ Sacramento Kings
While Jordan had his way with the Knicks, Kanter got them back with 18 points, 14 boards, and two blocks of his own. The New York big man should fancy his chances of putting up similar numbers as he takes on a Kings team on the second night of a back-to-back. Kanter hit the Kings for 17 points and 13 boards in his first meeting against them this season.
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