Eight games on tap for tonight, so let’s save the introductions and dive into which players can put a little spring into your wallets.
Bulls at Raptors, 7:00 PM (Eastern)
It’s Jimmy Butler or Bust when it comes to the Bulls and DFS players. Butler’s averaging 40.6 Fantasy points per game over his last five and should be worth the $16,400 you’ll pay for him at FantasyDraft.com in order to get his stat-stuffing. I’d avoid the Nikola Mirotic/Bobby Portis soap opera for now despite the latter’s ($7,700) 22-point, five-rebound outburst against the Jazz this past Saturday. Keep an eye on Denzel Valentine ($8,800), who’s benefiting from Dwyane Wade‘s absence. As for the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan ($14,300) remains a solid play despite averaging just 31.2 FP over the last five. Jonas Valanciunas is a nice bargain at $9,800 and has three double-doubles over his last five outings. Rookie Jacob Poeltl ($6,000) starts next to JVal tonight and is an intriguing Clip ‘N Save down the stretch.
Pistons at Nets, 7:00 PM
Whatever Stan Van Gundy did to light a fire under Andre Drummond‘s ass after his lethargic outing against the Jazz last Wednesday paid off with 18 points and 18 rebounds in Sunday’s win over the Suns. Andre Drummond ($14,700) has 46 double-doubles this season and is a near-lock for 47 as the Nets are 29th in rebounds allowed per game. Reggie Jackson ($11,200) would have more value if he gets more than the 24.7 minutes per game he’s had over the last two weeks. With Jeremy Lin (ankle) doubtful tonight, the Nets’ offensive focus remains squarely on Brook Lopez (37.4 FP in his last five), who has scored at least 20 points in five of his last eight. The usage rate in Brooklyn is all over the place, so selecting anyone outside of Lopez is bordering on a fool’s errand.
Suns at Heat, 7:30 PM
Devin Booker (ankle) is questionable and with Eric Bledsoe done for the season, T.J. Warren ($13,600) is the best play on the Phoenix roster. Warren is averaging 16.8 points, eight rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks per game this month and will see an increased usage rate if Booker is in street clothes. Alan Williams ($11,200) has been just as productive in March with 13.1 points, 10.5 boards and 1.2 blocks. He’ll be tested by the presence of Heat swat king Hassan Whiteside ($15,600), who has been boss over his last five with 45.8 FP per game. Goran Dragic ($15,000) has been equally productive at a 38.8 FP clip in the same span. With Dion Waiters (ankle) out the next two weeks, the main beneficiary should be Tyler Johnson ($11,100).
Grizzlies at Pelicans, 8:00 PM
Mike Conley has put Memphis on his back as they seek to bolster their playoff standing. Over his last five, Mike Conley ($14,000) has a blistering 44.2 FP per game while keeping a steady usage rate. Marc Gasol ($13,800) has 31 assists in his last four, just four shy of Conley’s pace. The courtship of Anthony Davis ($18,000) and DeMarcus Cousins ($17,200) has been anything but smooth. However, Davis is averaging 56 FP in his last five, while Cousins’ 36 FP in the same span has been hampered by Boogie’s 44 percent shooting mark. Jrue Holiday ($12,300) put up 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the previous meeting against Memphis and has been a steady third wheel for the Pelicans.
Warriors at Mavericks, 8:30 PM
Curry v. Curry takes center stage as Stephen Curry faces off against younger brother Seth Curry. The elder Curry can be had for $16,900, while the youthful one is $10,200. Pairing them up could be an interesting play. However, the one player to own on either team is Klay Thompson, who comes in averaging 28 points while shooting 51 percent from beyond the arc over his last five. Klay Thompson ($13,300) has scorched the Mavs in two previous games this season, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field while averaging 24.5 points per contest. Dirk Nowitzki ($12,300) still averages 31 FP in the last two weeks even though he’s virtually in a timeshare at center with Nerlens Noel.
Spurs at Timberwolves, 9:30 PM
With the T’Wolves allowing 121 points per game in their current three-game losing streak, this could be a potential stack with Spurs, beginning — of course — with Kawhi Leonard ($18,100), who has owned Minnesota this season. In three games, Leonard has averaged 33 points, six boards and 4.7 assists against the Timberwolves. Translation: he’s on your roster tonight. Pau Gasol will do Pau Gasol things with the $10,800 he’ll cost you. Karl-Anthony Towns ($17,800) needs no explanation, but do ride the hot streak of Ricky Rubio ($13,700) and his 19.4 points and 10.2 assists in his last five.
Bucks at Trail Blazers, 10:00 PM
Do find the roster space for Damian Lillard ($16,300). Only Russell Westbrook has a better scoring average than Lillard’s 31.2 since the All-Star Break while also shooting 54.8 percent from beyond the arc over the last five. Jusuf Nurkic has averaged 15 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.5 blocks in his first ten games with Portland and is a great play at $12,900 considering the Bucks are 29th in rebounds per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo ($17,300) recorded a triple-double (15 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists along with four blocks and two steals) in the previous meeting against the Blazers this season and should bounce back strongly after a sluggish outing against the Warriors. Khris Middleton ($12,600) will offer scoring, but like the rest of his teammates not nicknamed the Greek Freak, will give you little else.
Clippers at Lakers, 10:30 PM
With DeAndre Jordan ($13,200), Blake Griffin ($14,700) and Chris Paul ($15,600) each surging with at least 36.5 FP in in their last five, this could also be a nice stack at FantasyDraft.com as they face a Lakers team allowing 111.9 points per game (28th overall). Julius Randle ($12,700) is quietly becoming the best DFS option on the Lakers although Jordan Clarkson ($12,700) has hogged much of the team’s usage rate of late.