NBA DFS Picks & Building Blocks: Tyus Jones & Nick Richards (March 28)

Coming off a wild eight-game Monday night slate, we are back to the madness on Tuesday with six more NBA games on the docket. Using Stokastic’s NBA DFS projections, let’s take a deeper dive into the player pool to discuss the top NBA DFS building blocks for both DraftKings and FanDuel. Be sure to check out the Stokastic NBA DFS & Fantasy Basketball home page, where you can find NBA DFS picks and analysis for each slate of games.

NBA DFS Picks & Building Blocks Today: Tuesday, March 28

Core Play of the Day — Tyus Jones: Memphis Grizzlies-Orlando Magic

With Memphis star Ja Morant doubtful tonight due to soreness in his right thumb, it should come as no surprise that Tyus Jones is a core building block in all formats today. Everyone has read this book over and over again: With Morant out, Jones gets a huge boost in nearly every statistical category. Priced at only $5,300 on DraftKings, he looks like the top overall play on the slate.

Jones is now the cheapest he has been on DraftKings in weeks because Morant was active for the past three games. While he is slightly more expensive on FanDuel at $5,600, he still projects as an elite value play.

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Nick Richards: Charlotte Hornets-Oklahoma City Thunder

Even cheaper than Jones on both DraftKings and FanDuel, Charlotte center Nick Richards is right there with Memphis’ point guard as the top point-per-dollar play on the slate. With Mark Williams out of the rotation tonight, Richards finds himself in a great spot in Oklahoma City against the Thunder, and at $4,700 on DraftKings and $5,300 on FanDuel, he is too cheap on both sites for his projected role tonight.

Richards has been productive when given minutes and should play all he can handle with Williams out and Kai Jones backing him up. Like Jones, Richards is projected for massive ownership tonight. Considering they have by far the highest optimal percentages on the slate, it just makes sense to plug them in and get different in tournaments elsewhere.

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New Orleans Pelicans-Golden State Warriors

The Warriors and Pelicans meet in the Bay with only a half game separating them in the wild Western Conference. As both teams fight for their playoff lives, expect the best they have to offer tonight in a game with major implications.

Starting with Golden State, the Warriors come into tonight’s action relatively healthy. Andrew Wiggins remains out for personal reasons, but other than that, the Warriors are good to go. While Golden State doesn’t offer any core building block pieces like Tyus Jones or Nick Richards, pretty much everyone on the Warriors has seen a price drop on DraftKings recently, making them appealing in tournaments.

Stephen Curry is only $9,600 while fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson has seen his price fall all the way down to $6,600. Jordan Poole is inexpensive at $5,900. Even Donte DiVincenzo looks like a solid value play in all formats at only $3,900.

The Pelicans also come into this game relatively healthy, with only star forward Zion Williamson on the injury report as of this writing. But even with no one else out, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas remain two of the best plays on the slate. C.J. McCollum is also worth looking at, as the sharpshooter has fallen below $8,000 on DraftKings.

Final Thoughts on NBA DFS Picks Today

There are 12 teams on the main slate tonight, so make sure to be up on news leading up to lock. Be sure to check out Stokastic Deeper Dive and Live Before Lock shows to see who is in and who is out on tonight’s slate.

Matthew Belman
Matt Belman graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Consumer Behavior. He has been playing and analyzing DFS full time since 2018. He has qualified for the 2023 DraftKings NBA World Championship (5x), the 2023 DraftKings MLB World Championship (2x), the 2023 FanDuel MLB World Championship (2x) and the 2023 DraftKings NFL World Championship. You can find him on X at @fantasytipsmatt.

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