Six games take place on the first day of March, a big month for basketball! Get your March off on the right foot and check out our NBA coverage and apps, and my predictions below to earn some money tonight.
Here are my Plays of the Day:
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (DK: $10,900; FD: $11,200)
He’s on his way to his second straight MVP award and he’s on his way to leading his team to a repeat. There is no reason why Curry isn’t the best player in the league. He made a franchise-record twelve three-pointers against the Thunder on Saturday and it’s self-explanatory as to why he’s on this list. Keep in mind that he did injure his ankle against OKC and is questionable, but likely to play. Just be sure to have a backup plan if you choose to place Curry on your roster.
*PLAY OF THE NIGHT*
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (DK: $9,600; FD: $9,300)
The only player that you could argue that had a better February than Curry was Damian Lillard. He scored 30 points seven times in the month of February, which is only once less than all of last season. He’s the Play of the Day over Curry because of his lower price and Curry’s ankle injury. Curry and Lillard are interchangeable, but Lillard will allow you to spend a little more money elsewhere.
Deron Williams, Dallas Mavericks (DK: $5,800; FD: $5,700)
D-Will has shown positive signs in his homecoming to Dallas this season. One of those moments was his 25-point night against the Magic on February 19. His second meeting could provide those same results, considering he performs better at home and the Magic just aren’t good at defending point guards. The Magic are in the top five in DK points allowed by opposing point guards, so look for Williams to have a big night.
Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic (DK: $7,200; FD: $7,000)
Oladipo is having a seesaw season, but he is currently on the top of the seesaw. He’s been averaging 19 PPG and 39 DK PPG since the All-Star break and has regained his spot in the starting lineup. He had 17 points and 13 boards in the last meeting against the Mavs. Oladipo’s had a hot hand, and on a night with injuries all around the position, Oladipo is a top option.
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (DK: $7,100; FD: $7,600)
Wade had an outstanding February, and it should hopefully lead to a great March. He averaged 20.7 PPG last month and with the Heat likely without Chris Bosh for the rest of the season, Wade has taken on a larger responsibility in the offense, and it has lead to a spike in DFS production. On a weak night for shooting guards, taking ‘old reliable’ might be the best option.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (DK: $4,900; FD: $4,800)
Booker is continuing to prove that he is one of the better rookies. With possibly four of the top ten shooting guards out of action tonight, SG #11 could be one of the biggest bargains. You won’t see many shooting guards with Booker’s production playing in tonight’s games, and his low price should allow you to pay up at other positions.
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (DK: $8,500; FD: $8,900)
Anthony is tonight’s most expensive small forward by roughly $2,000, but he is also the most productive by a wide margin as well. He is facing a Blazers team he dropped 37 on in his last meeting and since then Anthony has continued to be the Knicks’ top scorer. Since the All-Star break, he has experienced a spike in production, and represents the best chance you have to get any production out of any small forward tonight.
*SLEEPER OF THE NIGHT*
Mirza Teletovic, Phoenix Suns (DK: $5,600; FD: $4,700)
Note: Teletovic is listed as a PF on FanDuel.
Teletovic has scored in double digits in each of his last nine games. Most of this success has been due to a good shot from long distance, making at least three long balls in each of his last five games. And the recent buyout of Kris Humphries could earn him more time in the rotation. Teletovic has played better minutes since the break and with the team’s lack of solid forwards, he could be a bargain.
Joe Johnson, Miami Heat (DK: $5,500; FD: $5,400)
Note: Johnson is listed as a SG on FanDuel
Two weeks ago, Johnson was playing out his season with the Nets, but now he finds himself in a playoff race with the injury-ridden Heat. He saw action in the starting lineup in his first game against the Knicks, where he scored 12 points in the win. He will push his new teammate Luol Deng to the power forward spot and inherit the small forward spot in the starting lineup. Johnson is a better play than Deng given his cheaper price and his success against the Bulls this season. He is a better play at shooting guard given the thinness there. It is only his second game with the team but he’s worth the risk and the price; find room for Johnson.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors (DK: $8,600; FD: $8,400)
Green is the night’s most expensive power forward, and with good reason. He has not been scoring well lately, producing only six points against the Hawks in their last meeting and just two points against the Thunder on Saturday. However, his 14 assists and 14 rebounds earned him a double-double and he still had himself a 60-DK-point night. He had a solid game against the Hawks where he was one assist shy of a rebound/assist double-double in the last meeting. Both of those games were on the team’s six game road trip, but now he returns home where he scores more PPG. Green is consistently one of the top power forwards, and it would be a wise move to roster him.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic (DK: $6,800; FD: $6,500)
Gordon has used the All-Star break as an opportunity to elevate his game to a new level. Since then, he has averaged 14.3 PPG and 9.3 RPG, which is much higher than his 8 PPG, 6 RPG averages this season. His 35 DraftKings PPG since the Break have made him a much more enticing play. He played well against Dallas in the first game after the break, and given his hot streak recently, look for Gordon to continue that against the Mavs.
Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers (DK: $6,200; FD: $6,000)
Randle has been relatively consistent for most of this season. He’s averaging a double-double with 11.3 PPG and 10.1 RPG, worth roughly 28 DraftKings points per game. He’s been playing consistent minutes and he faces a Brooklyn team that does not cover well inside. He had a solid game against the Nets in Brooklyn in their last meeting, putting up 14 points and 7 boards. Randle isn’t the best play, but there aren’t many options better than this.
Hassan Whiteside, Miami Heat (DK: $8,300; FD: $8,400)
Whiteside has been demoted to the bench since his ejection on Feburary 9 against the Spurs. However, he’shas responded as a great contributor off the bench. He has recorded a double-double in all five games since the All-Star break and now he draws a favorable matchup against the banged up Bulls. It’s interesting to see a bench player as the night’s top center, but that’s how tonight’s games are working out. Few centers will get you the production Whiteside will provide.
Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets (DK: $7,500; FD: $8,400)
Other than Whiteside’s matchup against the Bulls, nobody has a better matchup than Lopez against the Lakers. The Lakers allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing centers, and Lopez happens to be an above average center in the league. He’s averaging 20 points and 8 boards this season, and he has been averaging roughly 23 points in his last six games. It’s the fourth game of a long road trip, but given the light crop of centers for tonight’s action, Lopez looks like a good bet.
Zaza Pachulia, Dallas Mavericks (DK: $5,300; FD: $5,300)
Believe it or not, in his 13th NBA season, 32-year-old Pachulia is averaging nearly a triple double. Tonight’s contest has Pachulia’s Mavs take on the Orlando Magic team he scored 43.25 DraftKings points against. He’s a cheap purchase, and for someone who performs better at home than the road, and facing a team he has had success against in the past, it looks like it could be a smart move to roster Pachulia.
Good luck tonight and make some money!