Expert NBA DFS Advice: Bucks Injury Report Looking Great for Jrue Holiday (March 24)

Today’s NBA DFS slate features a massive 10 games, providing ample opportunity to uncover value plays. With various injury updates and potential profitable picks, it is essential to scrutinize each matchup. Our thorough analysis, utilizing Stokastic’s advanced projections, will help you make informed decisions while identifying the best NBA DFS value opportunities. Moreover, new users can enjoy a significant offer by entering the code ‘SCORE’ to obtain a 50% discount on the first week or first month.

NBA DFS Value and Advice | March 24

San Antonio Spurs vs. Washington Wizards

The San Antonio Spurs are the first team to examine, and we need more information on their key players. Devin Vassell and Zach Collins are questionable for this matchup, and if they play, there is not much to like from San Antonio. However, if they are out, the remaining starters will be more appealing.

On the Washington Wizards side, Kristaps Porzingis is a priority in a great matchup without Bradley Beal or Kyle Kuzma. Deni Avdija should start and play significant minutes, and Daniel Gafford is likely to get increased playing time. Monte Morris or Delon Wright could also offer value, but it is not advisable to play them together.

Indiana Pacers vs. Boston Celtics

Tyrese Haliburton is questionable for the Indiana Pacers, and if he sits out, T.J. McConnell is a viable option. Buddy Hield and Myles Turner are reasonably priced but not priorities. The Boston Celtics have a good matchup, but with a healthy team, their players are only secondary plays. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart would be the first three players to get into a lineup.

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Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors

Nothing stands out from the Detroit Pistons, as they are the healthiest they have been in a while. Precious Achiuwa, Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. are questionable for the Toronto Raptors. If they are all out and Malachi Flynn replaces Will Barton in the starting lineup, there could be potential value. Or if Barnes and Trent sit and Achiuwa starts, he could offer value at minimum salary.

Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

The Houston Rockets starters have upside since they play big minutes in competitive games, but they have low floors since they are 13-point road underdogs. Keep an eye on the Memphis Grizzlies starting lineup, as Ja Morant played 24 minutes off the bench in his first game back and is just $8,900 on DraftKings. If he returns to the starting lineup, it could signal that he will play enough minutes to be a viable option in DFS. Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks are all secondary tournament plays.

Charlotte Hornets vs. Dallas Mavericks

Kelly Oubre Jr., Terry Rozier and Dennis Smith Jr. all left yesterday’s game early, and we need an injury report to determine their availability. There is a high chance that the Charlotte Hornets will be extremely shorthanded, making them the highest-owned team on the slate. However, this will depend on the injury report. Kyrie Irving and Tim Hardaway Jr. are questionable for the Dallas Mavericks. If they are in, nobody else is appealing. However, if they are out, Luka Doncic is an excellent option. Josh Green, Jalen Hardy and Christian Wood look a bit better if Irving and Hardaway sit, but they would still be secondary plays at best.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Utah Jazz

Khris Middleton is out, making Jrue Holiday look very good at only $7,200. Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best pay-up options on the slate. Grayson Allen offers value at $4,000, and Bobby Portis appears to be getting overlooked at $5,600 despite Middleton’s absence and a matchup against a big frontcourt that could open up more minutes. Jordan Clarkson and Lauri Markkanen are out for Utah. Kris Dunn projects as a strong NBA DFS value. Ochai Agbaji and Simone Fontecchio should get plenty of playing time, but they are a bit more expensive than they were last game. Rudy Gay’s absence opens up more minutes for Juan Toscano-Anderson, but he will likely be an afterthought once we get all of the pending injury news elsewhere on the slate. Walker Kessler and Talen Horton-Tucker both offer upside in tournaments.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors

The Philadelphia 76ers are dealing with injuries to Joel Embiid and James Harden, who are both questionable for the game. If one of them sits, the other will become a more attractive play. However, if both play, there may not be much to like here. In the event that they are both out, look to Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris as solid options. De’Anthony Melton could also benefit, and Paul Reed will be a strong value if he starts.

On the Golden State Warriors side, there are no clear priorities, but Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all viable tournament plays.

Phoenix Suns vs. Sacramento Kings

This game has the highest total on the slate, but both teams are relatively healthy, leading to low ownership percentages. This creates an opportunity to gain an edge with contrarian plays like Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox.

Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers

DeMar DeRozan and Alex Caruso are both questionable for the game, which could lead to increased production for Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine if DeRozan sits. More minutes would also be available for Patrick Williams and Coby White if Caruso sits, but they have become more expensive. The Trail Blazers are without Jerami Grant and Anfernee Simons, and Jusuf Nurkic is questionable. Damian Lillard is a strong play, as his production increases when key players are out. However, he only played 33.5 minutes in the last game, so it is worth noting that he may see fewer minutes going forward. If Nurkic sits, Drew Eubanks will likely start and offer value. Shaedon Sharpe started the last game and played nearly 40 minutes. Although his salary has increased, he still has upside at his current price and could be a better play on the late slate than the main slate.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Oklahoma City Thunder are on a back-to-back, so there is no injury report. Assuming everyone who was active yesterday is active today, there are no clear priorities. However, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams and Luguentz Dort are all fine tournament plays. Anthony Davis is a strong play from the Lakers, but he is projected for more than twice the ownership of Sabonis. If that holds, the Sabonis pivot could be a smart play in tournaments. Although D’Angelo Russell offers upside, he is at a loaded position and price point. Austin Reaves joined the starting lineup in the last game and played 38.8 minutes. He has averaged 1.02 DraftKings points per minute in 13 games played without LeBron James or Russell Westbrook and with Davis this season. Although he is difficult to fit into lineups at his new price point, he should not be written off too quickly. Reaves could be another play that is better on the night slate than the main slate.

Adam Scherer
Adam "ShipMyMoney" Scherer has been playing and analyzing DFS full-time since quitting law school in 2016. He has qualified for the 2016 FanDuel MLB Playboy Championship, the 2016 DraftKings Fantasy Baseball World Championship (3x) and the 2019 DraftKings Fantasy Basketball World Championship. You can find him on Twitter at @ShipMyMoneyDFS or by emailing [email protected].

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