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DFS NBA Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings - Tuesday 3/8/22 - The Suns are still values
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Point Guard/Shooting Guard
The Hornets host the Nets on Tuesday in what actually becomes a pretty important game for both teams when it comes to (likely) eventual play-in game seeding. These teams are knotted up right now and owning the season series could end up becoming pretty important. Ball has had some trouble maintaining consistent minutes this season which is really the one thing that’s keeping his fantasy production and salaries in check. Because when he’s actually on the court, the dude can pile it up in a big way. Against a Nets team ranked 20th in defensive efficiency and 10th in pace, I think we can easily play him here, and considering there is some leverage with this one we should see Ball get full minutes share.
Landry Shamet FD - $5100 DK - $3700
Opponent - ORL
Proj Pts FD - 23.67 DK - 26.23 Payne remains in the starting lineup for the Suns as they are still without Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Payne’s price hasn’t come even close to adjusting to what his role is with the team right now and he’s coming off excellent back-to-back games that saw him average 20 points and 12 assists. That kind of production is easily able to sustain as well considering how the Suns run their offense and these prices are kind of a joke. He will, almost definitely, be one of the higher-owned plays on this slate and with good reason. The DraftKings’ price makes things especially easy.
Meanwhile, Shamet is coming way too cheap on DraftKings at under $4K and should see plenty of minutes in this game. With the Suns without Paul, Booker, and now Cameron Johnson, the two-guard played 34 minutes last time out in the loss to the Bucks. He ended up dropping 17 points and adding five assists in that one. He might play even more against Orlando here considering Phoenix lost another role player. The FanDuel price isn’t nearly as attractive so I think we are looking at a DK-only play.
I think Cole Anthony (FD 6000 DK 6800) is interesting here, especially on FanDuel. The Suns aren’t nearly the difficult matchup right now that they’ve been all season considering all of the pieces they are missing.
Kevin Durant FD - $10300 DK - $11100
Opponent - CHA
Proj Pts FD - 51.31 DK - 54.71
The Nets need this game in a bad way considering they will have both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving available and would love to tie up the season series against the Hornets. Brooklyn has had little issue running Durant major minutes in close games, coming off a 39-minute run on Sunday against the Celtics. He dropped 37 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in that loss and has taken 21 shots in each of his two games back from the injury. He’ll face off against a Hornets team that ranks 21st on defense and runs the third-fastest pace in the league. On a day without a ton of payups, he feels pretty safe at these prices.
Miles Bridges FD - $6900 DK - $7900
Opponent - BKN
Proj Pts FD - 39.05 DK - 41.41
He’s been anything but consistent from a fantasy production standpoint this season after coming out of the gate super hot to start things off. He isn’t the first (or really even second) option in the Hornets’ offense even with Gordon Hayward out of the mix right now, but Charlotte is committed to playing him solid minutes if the games remain close. That can even push towards 40 when things are really rolling. I am not really interested in the DraftKings price which feels a little steep considering his inconsistency, but FanDuel is completely in play.
Power Forward/ Center
Deandre Ayton FD - $7300 DK - $6600
Opponent - ORL
Proj Pts FD - 41.3 DK - 43.24
While it looked like a struggle for Ayton without Chris Paul for a bit, the guy got back into the flow last game with Cameron Payne running things at the point. Ayton dropped 30 points and added eight rebounds against the Bucks, playing 30 minutes in total. Now he’ll face off against an Orlando team that plays a top-10 pace and a bottom third defensive efficiency. The big thing with Ayton here is the price which has dipped to extreme levels, especially on DraftKings. Some of that is definitely on the consistency with his box scores, but even without Paul I think we can easily play him here, especially because the Magic do trend big at times.
Jae Crowder FD - $6100 DK - $5100
Opponent - ORL
Proj Pts FD - 31.42 DK - 32.91
Mikal Bridges FD - $8800 DK - $9600
Opponent - ORL
Proj Pts FD - 32.8 DK - 34.15
It’s a Suns-themed day on Tuesday and that makes sense considering what’s going on with their roster right now. They are missing three major contributors and that’s always going to open up other opportunities around the rest of the lineup. Both Bridges and Crowder are in line for major minutes if this game stays close and the former has pushed up and over 40 when the time calls for it. While neither are major parts of the offense, the floor is plenty high here considering the potential run. I don’t mind stacking this whole situation considering the matchup against the Magic is a good one and the prices haven’t fully adjusted to the opportunity.
Aleksej Pokuševski FD - $5900 DK - $5600
Opponent - MIL
Proj Pts FD - 30.62 DK - 32.73
Pokuševski should remain in the starting lineup here for the Thunder and has been able to find moderate to strong success on the fantasy side of things since stepping into that role a few games ago. Over the last three games, he’s averaging 11 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and 2.3 blocks+steals. The 7-foot wing has the length to disrupt on the defensive end though still does lack some (understatement) strength and size to really muscle up against bigger dudes. That being said, he’s been able to find a path here when given more minutes and I think we can play him here on both sites.