Expert NBA DFS Advice: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Should Be in Most Lineups (March 16)

The NBA schedule for tonight presents an exciting chance for fans of DFS, with a five-game slate on tap. The games could offer valuable plays and injuries that require close monitoring. Our analysis will delve into each game and identify the most promising value opportunities for NBA DFS, with the aid of Stokastic’s advanced NBA DFS projections. If you are new to the platform, we have great news for you: You can take advantage of a 50% discount on your first week or first month by using the promo code ‘SCORE.’

NBA DFS Value and Advice | March 16

Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons

This game presents an excellent opportunity for DFS players to capitalize on a lopsided matchup. All of Denver’s starters look good, and they are all viable options in lineups. You can also mix in Bruce Brown off the bench for some value. On the other hand, Detroit is missing a host of players, including Marvin Bagley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Alec Burks, Cade Cunningham, Hamidou Diallo, Isaiah Livers and Isaiah Stewart. While Jaden Ivey is back in the mix, he is not a top priority in DFS lineups. James Wiseman, Jalen Duren and Killian Hayes all have GPP upside, so consider including them in tournament lineups.

Sacramento Kings vs. Brooklyn Nets

There are several players that stand out as top options. Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox are two of the top plays on Sacramento’s side, but there is some risk involved with their wing rotation, which makes players like Kevin Huerter, Harrison Barnes, Malik Monk, Trey Lyles and Keegan Murray viable options in tournaments due to their upside. On the Brooklyn side, there is a lot to like against a fast-paced Kings team that does not play defense. Spencer Dinwiddie, Nic Claxton, Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges are all viable options, and Dorian Finney-Smith and Seth Curry offer relatively inexpensive value.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors

There are no significant injuries to worry about, making it easier to construct lineups. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is the top option on the Thunder, and he should be included in most lineups. Josh Giddey, Jalen Williams and Luguentz Dort are all viable contrarian plays. On the Toronto side, all five starters look good, and they are expected to play huge minutes. Gary Trent Jr. at $4,300 off the bench is also a viable play.

Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks

This game has a few question marks, as Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, T.J. McConnell and Myles Turner are all questionable for the Pacers. If they are active, there is nothing that stands out as a top play tonight. For the Bucks, Brook Lopez is questionable, and if he sits, Bobby Portis becomes a viable option due to an increase in playing time. If Lopez is in, there is not much appeal outside of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Orlando Magic vs. Phoenix Suns

There are several secondary options to consider. Paolo Banchero, Wendell Carter Jr., Markelle Fultz, Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony are all viable options on the Orlando side. On the Phoenix side, Deandre Ayton is one of the best center options, and Devin Booker and Chris Paul are high-upside guards at reasonable prices. Josh Okogie and Torrey Craig offer some value and Cameron Payne is too cheap at $3,400, but his ownership is concerning. As Payne typically does not play alongside Chris Paul, consider avoiding playing them together.

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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