Welcome to the NBA daily fantasy basketball plays of the day for March 30th. Tune in for the On The Daily podcasts throughout the week for more in-depth analysis on a game-by-game basis.
Eric Bledsoe @ LAL – DK: $7,200 FD: $7,500
Eric Bledsoe has been incredibly consistent since joining the Bucks, and tonight’s matchup against a shorthanded Lakers backcourt shouldn’t break the trend. Bledsoe contributes to multiple stat categories and usually sees 32-35 minutes in a close and competitive game. Giannis Antetokounmpo rolled his ankle again last night, and while he did say he was good to go for tonight’s game, any limitations would help Bledsoe earn extra usage.
Isaiah Taylor vs PHI – DK: $4,800 FD: $4,800
Dennis Schroder is currently listed as doubtful for tonight’s game, leaving Isaiah Taylor as the starting point guard for the Atlanta Hawks again. Over the past couple of games, he’s demonstrated the upside he can bring to the table. With Joel Embiid’s rim protection not available, it only helps the matchup for Taylor. He’s still quite affordable given the upside, so make sure you’re paying attention to the news updates for the Hawks.
Also Consider: Damian Lillard, Jeff Teague, Ricky Rubio, Tyler Ulis
Jrue Holiday @ CLE – DK: $8,200 FD: $8,100
Rajon Rondo is listed as questionable, but I’m okay attacking Jrue Holiday no matter what happens with his backcourt running mate. The Cavs are a team we’ve been going after all season long, and Holiday has already shown we he can do against them, posting 48 DKFP in their last meeting. Holiday is a high-upside player with a 22.8 percent usage rate in a game with the highest projected game total of the night. Really the only decision is whether you can afford to pay up for him.
Damion Lee vs PHI – DK: $4,200 FD: $4,000
While I do look at Isaiah Taylor as the clear-cut No. 1 value option from the Hawks, Damion Lee isn’t too far behind. He doesn’t offer the same upside and aggressiveness that Taylor brings to the table, but Lee’s consistency can be appealing at this price point. Lee has posted at least 24 DKFP in three out of his last four, and if Atlanta can hang with the 76ers, he should continue this trend.
Also Consider: James Harden, Khris MIddleton, Wayne Seldon
LeBron James vs NOP – DK: $11,800 FD: $12,300
We don’t need to get long-winded here, as LeBron James has been a man among boys lately. His game logs look more like someone from a video game than an actual human playing basketball. That he’ll be involved in the highest-scoring game of the night only makes it that much more appealing. The Cavs need to continue to pile up wins as the season comes to a close, and they’ll need their floor general to continue to play at a ridiculously high level in the process. With all of the value available tonight, it won’t be too hard to pay up for LeBron, making it even more necessary in cash games where he could be highly owned.
Robert Covington @ ATL – DK: $5,900 FD: $6,000
After an incredibly tough start to the season, Robert Covington has turned things around and is back to contributing nightly for this Eastern conference playoff contender. Over his last 10 games, we’ve seen Covington’s production dip below 31 DKFP just three times, two of which came in complete blowouts. I love the consistency Covington is bringing to the table right now, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see his workload increase with Embiid out of the rotation. The last time Covington played the Hawks, he posted a respectable 36 DKFP, and I’d be fine with that level of production again this evening.
Also Consider: Taurean Prince, Harrison Barnes, Mario Hezonja (DK ONLY)
Dario Saric @ ATL – DK: $6,800 FD: $6,600
It shouldn’t be news to you that Embiid will miss tonight’s game, leaving a giant void in the 76ers’ frontcourt rotation. Dario Saric is the player to focus on, as he’s shown time and time again that he’s a high-upside option with Embiid off the court. You should also look at Ersan Ilyasova (DK: $4,000 FD: $4,100) and Richaun Holmes (DK: $4,200 FD: $3,800) for some savings as well. Embiid has the third-highest usage rate in the entire NBA, so multiple players will need to pick up the slack while he is away. The matchup doesn’t get much better than tonight, so let’s hope the Hawks can keep this one close as the 76ers try to figure things out.
Paul Millsap @ OKC – DK: $6,100 FD: $6,600
Since returning from his extended absence, Paul Millsap has jumped right back into his useful role with the Nuggets. He’s flashed a bit of upside here and there, but you’re looking to attack Millsap’s mid-range price for his high floor and consistency in cash. Tonight he gets a good matchup against Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder. The ball could head his way a bit more given the tough matchup for Nikola Jokic. This is a safe option with some upside, and you won’t have to sacrifice other positions in your lineup in order to gain some exposure to this game.
Also Consider: Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Jabari Parker, Noah Vonleh (DK ONLY)
Brook Lopez vs MIL – DK: $6,700 FD: $7,100
Brook Lopez has been a monster for the Lakers as of late, and tonight he heads into a matchup with the Bucks, a team in the bottom third of the league in fantasy points allowed to opposing centers. Luke Walton doesn’t appear to want to lower Lopez’s run, and that’s led to six games of at least 40 DKFP in his last 10. We’ve attacked this matchup all season long, and while Lopez will be a highly owned option, I’ll be joining the masses in playing him as well.
Jusuf Nurkic vs LAC – DK: $6,500 FD: $7,400
Jusuf Nurkic can be quite volatile when it comes to fantasy production, but he’s worth a look against DeAndre Jordan. The Blazers will need Nurkic’s size to match up with the rebounding juggernaut that is Jordan – a role that’s helped Nurkic average just under 38 DKFP through three games against the Clippers this season. L.A. gives up the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing centers, so as long as foul trouble and game flow allow it to happen, Nurkic will be a sneaky mid-range target with GPP upside.
Also Consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Nikola Vucevic (DK ONLY), Steven Adams