3/4 NBA DFS Picks: KATs Out of the Bag
3/4 NBA DFS Picks: KATs Out of the Bag
It's pre-Spring Break Friday for me. You know what that means? Nothing really, because I'm one of those weird college kids that just goes home for the free food. Does that mean I'll get wild tonight and do a bunch of dumb stuff I'll regret? Nope. What will I be doing? Oh, I'll probably just be watching Karl-Anthony Towns and the rest of the NBA players that are three years younger than me dominate their respective games.
PG: D'Angelo Russell
Oh Byron Scott, how we loathe you. If you've been following along with the Lakers rookie in recent games, you'll have been blown away by how he's been treated by Byron Scott all season. After being put through the ringer, Russell has finally firmly grasped the starting role and is truly starting to blossom for a bad Lakers team. While the matchup with Atlanta tonight isn't incredibly appealing, I'm merely taking advantage of Russell's price and his opportunity. Russell has averaged over 23 points in his last five games, while finally consistently seeing 30+ minutes in those games. In that stretch, the Lakers have actually managed to stay competitive and it's largely been thanks to Russell. DAR as you might see him called on Twitter, has been chucking it up from beyond the arc (7.2 attempts per game in last five) and has been taking a bunch of shots for a Lakers team that still has Kobe Bryant. I expect the Hawks to have their way with the Lakers, but also expect Russell to continue his solid play.
SG: Victor Oladipo
I know this is irrelevant, but everytime I say “Victor Oladipo” I try to flush out my Italian roots and use a Mario-esque accent. Before we go on, please try it. It's fun, right? Anyway, Oladipo has been through quite a lot this season under head coach Scott Skiles. Oladipo has had his role changed more than once this year, but right now he's leading a fun and youthful Magic charge. Recently, Oladipo has been awesome and is seeing a ton of minutes and an uptick in minutes thanks to the void left by Tobias Harris and the injury to Evan Fournier. Oli, as I call him, will have every opportunity to produce tonight against an atrocious Suns team that cannot stay with anyone. Over the last ten games, no backcourt has allowed more fantasy points to opposing shooting guards than the Phoenix Suns. The Magic are nearly 14 point favorites, but with a total of 215 I'm not scared away from this game.
I'd try to say Giannis' name in an Italian accent too, but I can hardly pronounce it correctly. The Alphabet has blossomed into a star in Milwaukee and leads another youthful and energetic team, much like Oladipo. He's carved out the highest usage rate of his career (21.6) this season, but a lot of his value is tied to his incredible ability to collect peripheral statistics. Seriously, if you just watch a Bucks game, you'll quickly be able to determine who he is by the insane energy he plays with. He flies in for boards, makes great passes for assists and frequents getting to the rim. Per-36 minutes this season, Giannis is averaging 16.5/7.8/3.3, but in recent weeks he's been unfathomably better and has become a triple-double threat every single night. Although his price tag has risen and Jason Kidd has been a DFS nightmare, I'm trusting Giannis tonight against a Minnesota team that has been in the bottom five of the league in their last ten games against opposing SF.
PF: Thaddeus Young
You've probably noticed by now that I'm using a fairly balanced approach to lineup building tonight. Thad fits that mold as he's continually underpriced relative to his opportunity and generally his production. Over the course of his last five games, Thad has averaged nearly 36 minutes of play, averaging a double-double in points and rebounds over that span. Better yet, he's taken advantage of a lot of great matchups and tonight he gets another great matchup with a fairly weak Denver frontcourt. Thad will rarely blow you away with a crazy statline, but he has been fairly consistent this year and does an excellent job of picking up an extra few peripheral statistics while averaging nearly two steals per game. The Nets offense will continue to run through Brook Lopez, but with Joe Johnson now out of the fold there are some extra shots available for Thad. He's firmly on my radar tonight.
Towns caps off a star-studded youthful DFS movement for tonight's slate. I don't even know what to say about him. He's awesome and I love him. But about his play, tonight he has an awesome matchup with the frontcourt of the Milwaukee Bucks. In his first season in the league, Towns has already become one of the league's best centers. He's carved out a usage rate of 24.6, while building per-36 minute averages of 20.3/12.1 to go along with over two blocks. While his play, plus his accessible price tag are great reasons to put him on your radar tonight, I'm also taking advantage of the way Vegas projects this game. Currently, The Bucks and Wolves matchup has a total creeping towards 214 in which the Bucks are nearly five point favorites. In a game that expects to feature plenty of scoring and a competitive score, Towns (and Giannis) should see plenty of minutes and should be the focal points of both their respective teams. In his one game against Milwaukee this season, Towns was a dud, but don't expect that to happen again.
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