The NBA closes out the month of March with a huge 11-game slate tonight including some games with major playoff implications. As you sort through the 22-team pool of players for your DraftKings lineup, you’ll want to make sure to get the maximum value from each of your roster slots. If you have to fill one of those slots with a player from under $4,000, check out my picks from the Bargain Bin for this Friday. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you can find my favorite four plays under $4K here. Let’s get to my picks for tonight’s busy slate:
Brandan Wright – PF/C – MEM vs. DAL – ($3,400) – Memphis has been without star center Marc Gasol for their last three games opening the door for Wright to step up and become a viable bargain bin play. Wright started the game for Memphis on Wednesday after Zach Randolph filled in during Gasol’s first two games out. The former top-10 pick out of North Carolina responded with 13 points, four rebounds, two blocks and an assist on his way to 23.5 DKFP in 28 minutes.
Tonight, he’ll get a tougher matchup against the Mavericks than he had against Indiana, but he should be extra-motivated since he’ll be facing the team he played three seasons with. Considering the extra revenge factor and the gritty style this game is expected to have, I’m making Wright my top play under $4K.
Shelvin Mack – PG – UTA vs WAS – ($3,900) – Another player with an opportunity to step up for his team due to an injury to a starter is Shelvin Mack who will get extra time with George Hill injured again in Utah.
Mack just returned from an injury of his own, but he played 29 minutes against the Kings and coach Quinn Snyder looks ready to give him extra minutes to get his rhythm back before the playoffs. In those 29 minutes on Wednesday, Mack had 14 points, four rebounds and 23 DKFP. Whether he starts or comes off the bench behind Dante Exum, Mack should get enough run with Hill out to be a relatively safe value play tonight against Washington.
Yogi Ferrell – PG – DAL @ MEM – ($3,900) – Even with Seth Curry back in the starting lineup on Wednesday, Ferrell still found ways to spark his offense off the bench and totaled a solid 15 points and 25.75 DKFP. Obviously, his ceiling was higher the previous game when he stared in place of Curry playing 32 minutes and producing 31.5 DKFP.
He’s expected to come off the bench tonight against Memphis, but I still think he’s worth a look. He has at least 23 DKFP in five of his last six games, and he continues to contribute even though the Mavericks’ backcourt can be crowded with J.J. Barea, Devin Harris and Curry all healthy.
Kelly Oubre Jr. – SG/SF – WAS @ UTA – ($3,300) – The Wizards have been getting great numbers from Oubre on their road trip which continues tonight in Utah. Oubre has scored in double-digits in three straight games with 26.75, 24.75 and 21.0 DKFP in the three outings. After almost disappearing from the Wizards’ rotation early this month, he has averaged 24 minutes a game over his last five games while contributing 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per contest.
Oubre is in a tough matchup tonight against the Jazz who defend opposing wings very well. However, if you want to get the most upside from a player under $3.5K, he would be the first option that I would target.
Overflows from the Bargain Bin
(Other cheap options worth considering)
- Patty Mills – PG – SA vs. OKC – ($3,800)
- Taj Gibson – PF – OKC @ SA – ($3,700) (QUESTIONABLE)
- Marcin Gortat – C – WAS @ UTA – ($3,800)
- Danny Green – SG – SA vs. OKC – ($3,800)
- Jamal Murray – PG – DEN @ CHA – ($3,800)
- Norman Powell – SG/SF – TOR vs. IND – ($3,600)
- C.J. Miles – SG/SF – IND @ TOR – ($3,500)
- Manu Ginobili – SG – SA vs. OKC – ($3,600)
- James Ennis III – SG/SF – MEM vs DAL – ($3,200)
- Dewayne Dedmon – C – SA vs. OKC – ($3,400)
- Patrick Patterson – PF – TOR vs. IND – ($3,200)
- Garrett Temple – SG/SF – SAC @ NO – ($3,600)
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