FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 3/8/18
Here are some of the top players to consider starting on NBA DFS for Thursday night’s modest five-game slate.
PG-Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns
Westbrook is obviously the costliest player by some margin in DFS tonight, and with good reason. Russ has a terrific matchup as he takes on the tanking Suns. Westbrook just capitalized on that amazing matchup last week to the tune of 43 points, 14 boards, and eight assists. With a huge 70-point ceiling in fantasy tonight, Westbrook should be well worth the massive investment.
Also consider: Tyler Johnson, Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers
After a few games out due to a quad injury, Johnson sure looked back to his best against the Wizards. He went off for 21 points, four assists, three steals, and a block in 38 minutes. Johnson will have a similarly high upside tonight as he faces the Sixers. He had 16 points and two steals in his most recent meeting with the Sixers and could’ve had a lot more had he not suffered that quad injury which forced him out of the game.
SG-Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers
Wade was at it again as he dropped 22 points and six assists in an overtime loss against the Wizards. These 20-point games are becoming more and more common for Flash, who famously went for 27 points and hit the game-winner against the Sixers last week. Wade surely can’t keep up this consistently strong production for much longer, but his upside is such that it’d be worth the risk at least one more time.
Also consider: Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Brown is quietly regaining his consistency fantasy-wise. He’s had 25-30 fantasy points in four of his last five games and is coming off a strong 21-point, four-rebound, three-assist night against the lowly Bulls. The Wolves’ wing defense has slipped ever since Jimmy Butler went down, so Brown will have a nice opportunity to keep providing decent value at the shooting guard spot.
SF-Kyle Anderson, San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors
Anderson has weirdly had the Warriors’ number this season. The Spurs forward is averaging a remarkable line of 18.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 2.0 steals in two meetings against them, providing incredible fantasy value as a result. With the Spurs once again shorthanded with the absence of Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge possibly still hobbled with his ankle, Anderson could be called upon to continue his uncanny production against the champs.
Also consider: Josh Jackson, Phoenix Suns @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Jackson had his worst game in a long while as he was limited to just three points on 1-of-6 shooting against the Heat. That’s now back-to-back off nights for the rookie who also didn’t have such a hot night against the Hawks. However, Jackson has been terrific against the Thunder this season, putting up 18.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in two meetings against them. Given his very reasonable price coupled with that past production, he’s got a great chance to provide outstanding value.
PF-Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns
After missing a game against the Blazers, Melo looked a lot better upon his return to the lineup as he had 23 points and four boards against the Rockets. There’s obviously a risk that Anthony reverts back to his shooting slump given his season-long shooting woes. But if there was ever a matchup that can help him put up another fine performance, it’s the Suns.
Also consider: Davis Bertans, San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors
With Gasol out, look for Bertans to see a nice uptick in playing time. The young Latvian is coming off a strong game against the Grizzlies as he went off for 17 points, four boards, and three assists. With his very cheap price tag, he’ll be terrific value if he can come anywhere close to that stat line against the Warriors.
C-Dwight Howard, Charlotte Hornets vs Brooklyn Nets
Howard redeemed himself following a disappointing six-point, six-rebound outing against the Sixers by dropping 30 points, six boards, and three blocks against Joel Embiid last time out. It’s been a while since Howard had back-to-back strong fantasy outings, but the last time it happened, he did it against the Brooklyn Nets. He punished the Nets for 15 points and a season-high 24 boards. Howard hasn’t even had that many rebounds in three games this month – he has 22 – but this matchup could just be what gets him back on track.
Also consider: Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers
Whiteside was a big dud against the Wizards as he finished with just eight points and six boards. However, it was a bit understandable since it was the second night of a back-to-back. The Heat big man will have the chance to redeem himself against the Sixers. He’s averaging 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks in his last two games against them, and with his price dipping to its lowest mark in a long time, his potential value is off the charts.
What are your fantasy forecasts for tonight? Let us know in the comments below!