Greetings Gamers! There is a heavy ten game daily fantasy schedule which is rare for Sunday NBA action. But with tomorrow as MLB’s true “Opening Day” and the NCAA Tournament final game, it makes sense for the NBA to push hard on Sunday.
We have four slates for our gaming pleasure with the “All Day” contests tipping of at 3:30pm ET, a six game “Night” set at 6:00pm ET, a four game “Late” slate at 7:00pm and then a mini two game contest pool at 8:00pm ET. There is nearly $700K in guaranteed cash and prizes, so let’s get down to business!
♜ = Plays in Early Games
♜ Russell Westbrook – OKC at HOU – $10,700 – In three games this season against the Rockets, Westbrook has averaged a triple double with 24.0ppg, 10.0rpg, 13.3apg and 1.6 combined blocks/steals for an outstanding 60.8 DraftKings points per game. With this being late season NBA, there will be enough late scratches and value appearing that we can start our lineups with a bucks-deluxe option.
Elfrid Payton – ORL vs MEM – $5,900 – Payton continues to be a fine source of production and over his last six games he is averaging 30.4mpg and an excellent 36.2 DraftKings points per game. This is a nice matchup against recent pickup Jordan Farmar and we should again see Elfrid flirt with a poor man’s triple double (scoring is his weakness).
♜ Patrick Beverley – HOU vs OKC – $4,700 – As the only true point guard currently on the Rockets roster, Beverley is seeing heavy minutes as Houston tries to keep their playoff hopes alive. He has averaged 24.0 DraftKings points per game in the first three games of this series and that is a reasonable (70%) projection for him on Sunday. We have seen his upside in the last two games with 40.3 DraftKings points in 37 minutes on Thursday against Chicago and 34.3 DraftKings points in 31 minutes in Cleveland on Tuesday.
♜ James Harden – HOU vs OKC – $10,600 – Harden always seems to show out against his former team and in three meetings this season he is averaging 39.3mpg, 31.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 8.7rpg, 2.1 combined blocks/steals and 2.7 made three-pointers which are worth a half point bonus on DraftKings. He is an excellent option in all formats and the clear cut top shooting guard on the all-day slate.
Victor Oladipo – ORL vs MEM – $7,400 – Oladipo has been phenomenal since his return from injury and in his last two games he has topped 44+ DraftKings points. Over their last ten games, the Grizzlies have been in the bottom third of the league against opposing shooting guards from a fantasy perspective making Victor a fine consolation prize instead of James Harden in the all-day games and a top option in the late slate..
Khris Middleton – MIL vs CHI – $6,700 – Middleton looks to have shaken off the doldrums and has been a fine play over his last two games. It is always tricky trying to trust Coach Jason Kidd, however, over his last five games Middleton is averaging 33.6 minutes per game which is just a little under his season average. The Bulls are on a back-to-back after battling Detroit on Saturday night and this is a nice matchup for Khris who has averaged 39.1 DraftKings points through the first three meetings of this series.
♜ LeBron James – CLE at CHA – $10,200 – Watch the news as there is a chance someone may get a day off for the Cavs. They do not play again until Tuesday and if they get a win here, they can pretty much cement the #1 seed over the Toronto Raptors who lost last night in San Antonio with a skeleton crew. King James has been on a mission and this is a nice matchup as the Hornets just do not have anyone equipped to deal with him.
Jae Crowder – BOS at LAL – $5,400 – Crowder should be in the starting lineup for Boston after getting a night off on Friday when the Celtics upset Golden State, giving the Warriors their first loss at home on the season. As he needs to get back into game-shape for the playoffs, we can expect Jae to get around 28-30 minutes and he should be able to produce a similar number of fantasy points against the Lakers. That is a steal at this price point.
Harrison Barnes – GSW vs POR – $4,500 – Barnes has been solid in his last three games averaging 32 DraftKings points per game. He continues to get run, even in blowout situations and his is a fine discount dandy on Sunday.
Draymond Green – GSW vs POR – $8,500 – In five of his last seven games, Draymond has tallied 53+ DraftKings points. There is not much else to say. Even though the Warriors lost their undefeated streak at home, they still have a good shot at setting the NBA single season record for wins. With his ability to contribute across the box score, Green is a safe option as long as he is in the starting lineup for the Dubs.
Jabari Parker – MIL vs CHI – $5,900 – After averaging just shy of 38 fantasy points per game over his last three outings, Parker is back on the radar as an excellent mid-tier play. Chicago is on a back-to-back and the Bucks have had 48 hours to rest. With the Bulls frontcourt held together with duct tape and baling wire, Parker should be a safe option on Sunday.
Trey Lyles – UTA at PHO – $3,700 – If Lyles gets another start for Derrick Favors (knee) he is a tremendous discount play in the evening contests. The Phoenix Suns are a tire fire inside of a dumpster fire and this should be a win for the visiting Jazz.
Nikola Vucevic – ORL vs MEM – $6,600 – Vucevic is en fuego making 22 of 28 field goals since returning from his injury. He should once again take the court after 48 hours off and regardless of whether or not he is starting, he is a worth a long look in tournaments and moves into H2H format consideration if he moves back into the starting lineup on Sunday evening.
♜ Enes Kanter – OKC at HOU – $5,000 – This should be a high scoring affair and the Thunder will need offense from Kanter to keep pace with the Rockets. In three meetings this season he has averaged 31.2 DraftKings points per game and the Houston interior defense is nearly as abysmal as Kanter’s. Fortunately we only focus on offense for daily fantasy sports. Teammate Steven Adams – $4,000 is also an adequate option.
Mason Plumlee – POR at GS – $4,400 – Plumlee was outstanding on Saturday night with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block as the Trail Blazers took care of business against the Miami Heat. A reasonable projection for Plumlee in this matchup would be 25ish DraftKings points and as he showed last night he does have a chance to reach the forty fantasy point plateau. Golden State can be exploited in the paint where they are allowing the second most points in the league.