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NBA DraftKings & FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (3/29)

Mar 29, 2022
NBA DraftKings & FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (3/29)

This has been a fantastic season, and we’re finally getting down to the wire. There are less than two weeks remaining, and these games matter more than ever. With that said, there aren’t a whole lot of playoff implications on the line, but the Philly-Milwaukee matchup is one to watch!

After a massive slate on Monday, we have just five games on this Tuesday card. We could have some lopsided matchups, too, with only one of the games featuring two teams above .500. That’s the highlight game of the night, so let’s start there! 

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Schedule and Odds

MIL at PHI (PHI -2) O/U: 227.5

CHI at WAS (CHI -3) O/U: 225.5

LAL at DAL (DAL -12) O/U: 219

DET at BKN (BKN -13) O/U: 229

UTA at LAC (LAC -1) O/U: NA

Check out our consensus game odds as well as the odds from each sportsbook at BettingPros >>

Injury Report

Core Plays

Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF – MIL): $12,700 DraftKings, $11,400 FanDuel
Giannis ranks second in the NBA with 58 DK points per game and always plays better in the bigger games. This is undoubtedly one of those, with Milwaukee and Philly looking like the two best teams in the east. Antetokounmpo has played some of his best ball against them this season, averaging 65.4 DraftKings points per game.

Russell Westbrook (PG – LAL): $8,800 DraftKings, $8,100 FanDuel
With LeBron and AD expected to miss this game, we should be getting high-usage Westbrook. That’s the former MVP who used to sit around $12,000, making him one of the best plays out there. His recent play makes that even more encouraging, with Russ scoring at least 47 DK points in four of his last five games. Dallas does have a stingy defense, but Westbrook is averaging 41 fantasy points per game in their three matchups this season.

Kristaps Porzingis (PF/C – WAS): $8,500 DraftKings, $8,800 FanDuel
It seems strange that Porzingis is playing games for this tanking team, but Washington wants to show fans why they acquired this guy. That has led to KP running the show for the Wiz, providing a 35 percent usage rate over the last eight games played. He’s scored at least 31 fantasy points in all of those en route to a 40-point average. That should be easy to duplicate against Chicago, with the Bulls owning a 26th OPRK against opposing bigs this season.

Cash Game Considerations

Luka Doncic (PG – DAL): $11,400 DraftKings, $10,500 FanDuel
Doncic has benefited from the Porzingis trade just as much as KP. He’s got a league-leading usage rate with him off the floor, regularly posting 30-point triple-doubles. Over his last 22 games played, Doncic is averaging 62 fantasy points per game. He’ll reach that easily against the Lakers, with LA ranked 25th in total defense and sixth in pace while surrendering the most fantasy points to opposing point guards.

Joel Embiid (C – PHI): $11,300 DraftKings, $11,200 FanDuel
Much like Giannis, Joel goes off in this highlight matchup. Dating back to 2018, Embiid is averaging over 60 DraftKings points per game against the Bucks. That’s no surprise when you see his 56-point average for the season, scoring at least 40 DK points in all but three games this season. The one time he faced Milwaukee earlier this year, Embiid tallied 42 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists!

Cade Cunningham (PG – DET): $8,800 DraftKings, $7,700 FanDuel
It’s bizarre to see a rookie this expensive, but he’s earned every bit of it. The top pick has scored at least 32 DK points in 13 straight games, providing a 41-point average in that span. That’s why he was the most talented player coming out, and he’s being asked to do even more with Jerami Grant on the sidelines. It’s not like Brooklyn is a scary matchup either, ranked 24th in defensive efficiency ratings.

GPP Targets

Andre Drummond (C – BKN): $5,500 DraftKings, $6,600 FanDuel
Drum has always been one of the best per-minute producers around, and it’s hard to understand why he remains so affordable. The big man is averaging 34 DK points per game across his last eight outings, scoring 52 fantasy points in his most recent outing. Those are absurd numbers from a $6K player, and we certainly don’t expect a Detroit defense that ranks 24th in defensive rating to slow him down. It also happens to be a revenge game for the big man if you needed any more incentive to use him!

Malik Monk (SG – LAL): $5,200 DraftKings, $5,700 FanDuel
We already mentioned how LA is missing their two best players. That means it’s up to Westbrook and Monk to carry the load, with Malik looking like the focal point of the offense. He’s been productive all season as a starter, averaging nearly 30 fantasy points per game in that role. As long as he gets the 30-35 minutes and 15-20 shots we anticipate, Monk should be closer to $7,000 on both sites.

Killian Hayes (PG – DET): $3,900 DraftKings, $5,300 FanDuel
Why is Hayes below $4,000 on DraftKings? This guy has been outstanding for nearly a month now, scoring at least 27 fantasy points in seven of his last 10 games. That’s ridiculous from a sub-$4K player, and we’re talking about one of the most highly touted prospects from the 2020 draft! Facing the Nets isn’t too shabby either, with Brooklyn owning a 26th OPRK against opposing guards this season.

Value Plays

Isaiah Stewart (C – DET): $5,000 DraftKings, $5,200 FanDuel
Beef Stew has been a disappointment for most of the season, but he’s been incredible in the second half. In fact, the big man has at least 22 DK points in 19 of the last 20 games he’s finished, flirting with a 30-point average in that span. That’s all you can hope for from a $5K player, and he should be asked to play big minutes with Grant out and to oppose Drummond on the other end.

Brook Lopez (C – MIL): $4,200 DraftKings, $4,700 FanDuel
We all know Lopez can be a $7K player. He’s shown that ability in the past, and an injury is the only thing that’s kept this price so low. He’s starting to find it, too, scoring at least 24 DK points in three of his last four games. More importantly, he played 28 minutes two games ago and looks nearly ready for a full workload.

Talen Horton-Tucker (SG – LAL): $4,200 DraftKings, $3,500 FanDuel
THT has always been a talented player, but he’s been relegated to bench duties with Davis, LeBron, and Russ swallowing up all of the usage. That shouldn’t be an issue here, with two of those guys sitting. With AD and LeBron off the floor, THT has a 29 percent usage rate while averaging 1.1 DK points per minute. He should play 25-30 minutes at ease for this shorthanded team, making him one of the best value plays on the board if those rates sustain as expected.

Advantageous Pricing

Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF – MIL): $12,700 DraftKings, $11,400 FanDuel

Cade Cunningham (PG – DET): $8,800 DraftKings, $7,700 FanDuel

Andre Drummond (C – BKN): $5,500 DraftKings, $6,600 FanDuel

Killian Hayes (PG – DET): $3,900 DraftKings, $5,300 FanDuel

Bobby Portis (PF/C – MIL): $6,300 DraftKings, $5,100 FanDuel

Kyrie Irving (PG/SG – BKN): $10,800 DraftKings, $9,800 FanDuel

Saddiq Bey (SG/SF – DET): $7,000 DraftKings, $5,500 FanDuel

Terance Mann (SG/SF – LAC): $5,600 DraftKings, $6,700 FanDuel

Isaiah Hartenstein (PF/C – LAC): $4,700 DraftKings, $6,400 FanDuel

Robert Covington (PF – LAC): $4,400 DraftKings, $5,800 FanDuel

Coby White (PG/SG – CHI): $4,900 DraftKings, $4,000 FanDuel

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