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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Saturday 3/30/24

Matthew Lo
Matthew Lo@holla2mlo
FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Saturday 3/30/24

Since NBA DFS is easier to predict than baseball or football, it would likely get plenty of votes as the best sport to play on FanDuel. Basketball players usually stick to the same minutes and produce at roughly the same rate. Sounds easy, right? Trust me -- it's not!

As a result, NBA daily fantasy is highly reliant on a player's opportunity, so you'll need to ensure that you're up to date with key injuries. Our projections -- which are powered by numberFire -- update throughout the day to reflect current news. You can also turn to numberFire for player news updates as well as a matchup heat map and lineup optimizer to help give you an edge.

On top of all that, here at FanDuel Research, we'll come at you each day with this NBA DFS primer, which breaks down some of the day's top plays at each position.

Let's dive into today's main slate on FanDuel.

Betting lines via the NBA odds at FanDuel Sportsbook. Projections and betting odds may change after this article is published.

Team
Opp
O/U
Spread
Implied Total
Injuries
MEMORL206.512.597Aldama, Konchar doubtful / Bane, Morant, Smart, Rose, Vince Williams, Ziaire Williams OUT
NOBOS2235109Daniels probable / Alvarado, Ingram OUT
ORLMEM206.5-12.5109.5
ATLMIL225.54.5110.5Johnson questionable / Young, Bey, Okongwu OUT
BOSNO223-5114
MILATL225.5-4.5115Antetokounmpo, Middleton, Beverley probable / Lillard OUT

Guards

Dejounte Murray ($10,300): In a favorable against a Milwaukee Bucks' defense allowing 50.3 FanDuel points per game to point guards, Murray is fourth overall with a 42.8 fantasy projection at his highest salary this season. Atlanta's lead offensive option has accounted for an eye-popping 1.42 FanDuel points per minute and a 31.8% usage rate with today's rotation.

C.J. McCollum ($8,300): With Brandon Ingram sidelined and Saturday's injuries, McCollum's production moves up to 1.19 FanDuel points per minute and a 27.1% usage rate. Despite a 5.0% salary increase, the veteran is second among guards with a 36.8 fantasy projection versus a Boston Celtics' unit giving up 47.7 FanDuel points per game to his position.

Derrick White ($7,800): At his third highest salary in March, White is sixth among guards with a 32.4 fantasy projection in a middling matchup against a New Orleans Pelicans' team ranked 12th in FanDuel points allowed (40.8 per game) to his position.

Bogdan Bogdanovic ($7,100): After producing 0.87 FanDuel point per minute and a 20.9% usage rate in today's splits, Bogdanovic is fourth in value at his position with a 4.89 rating and a 34.8 fantasy projection.

Jrue Holiday ($7,000): Even at his third lowest salary this month, Holiday could be overlooked despite ranking sixth among guards in value with a 4.63 rating and a 32.4 fantasy projection.

Khris Middleton ($6,900): Milwaukee's current second offensive option is third overall in value with a 36.4 fantasy projection after his salary decreased by 4.1%. Among his team's starting unit, Middleton ranks second among his team in fantasy production (1.36 FanDuel points per minute) and usage (27.3%).

Scotty Pippen Jr. ($5,500): The Grizzlies' versatile playmaker is fifth among guards in value with a 4.78 rating and a 26.3 fantasy projection after recording 0.87 FanDuel points per minute in today's splits.

Malik Beasley ($5,400): The Bucks' shooting specialist sees a sneaky 6.7% boost to a 21.2% usage rate and 0.72 FanDuel points per minute in today's splits.

Jalen Suggs ($5,200): Orlando's reliable defender is today's top value option with a 5.33 rating and a 27.7 fantasy projection after his salary dropped to his lowest point this month.

Luke Kennard ($4,800): The 27-year old is tenth among his position in value with a 4.17 rating and a 20.0 fantasy projection in a potential starting role at shooting guard.

Patrick Beverley ($4,100): In an increased role with Damian Lillard out, Milwaukee's veteran is second overall in value with a 5.31 rating and a 21.8 fantasy projection. Beverley is averaging 0.81 FanDuel points per minute and a 16.4% usage rate with Saturday's rotation.

Forwards

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($12,000): Milwaukee's superstar is Saturday's top overall option with a 57.1 fantasy projection in a great spot versus an Atlanta Hawks' defense ranked 27th in FanDuel points (49.9 per game) allowed to power forwards. In 335 minutes with today's inactives, "The Greek Alphabet" is producing 1.49 FanDuel points per minute and a 35.2% usage rate.

Jayson Tatum ($10,600): Even with Boston fielding a healthy squad, Tatum still ranks second overall with 43.7 fantasy projection in a tough matchup against a New Orleans' team ranked fifth in defensive rating. Boston's leading scorer was impressive in their last meeting, recording 28 real-life points and 57.0 FanDuel points.

Zion Williamson ($9,200): The Pelicans' star is playing the best basketball of his career, accounting for an impressive 1.33 FanDuel points per minute and a team-high 33.1% usage rate with today's injuries. In a "Point Zion" role, Williamson is third overall with a 42.8 fantasy projection in a difficult matchup against a Boston Celtics' team giving up the second fewest FanDuel points (41.6 per game) to his position.

Paolo Banchero ($8,600): After recording 27 real-life points and 48.0 FanDuel points against Memphis in January, Banchero is sixth overall with a 38.4 fantasy projection at his median salary in the past week.

Jaylen Brown ($8,500): While Brown has been somewhat disappointing in his last two appearances, Boston's forward has played well in this matchup, producing 22 real-life points and 48.7 FanDuel points versus New Orleans.

Jaren Jackson Jr. ($8,300): Memphis' big could offer enormous return at his lowest salary in March, ranking fifth overall with a 39.9 fantasy projection. Jackson is averaging 1.45 FanDuel points per minute and an eye-popping 41.4% usage rate in today's splits.

Franz Wagner ($6,800): At his second lowest salary in March, Wagner is eighth among forwards in value with a 4.63 rating and a 31.5 fantasy projection against a Memphis defense giving up 42.6 FanDuel points per game to his position.

Trey Murphy III ($6,600): Among his team's expected first unit, Murphy is fourth in usage (19.8%) while recording 0.94 FanDuel points per minute.

Gregory Jackson ($6,100): The 19-year old rookie could provide sneaky value after he accounted for 1.40 FanDuel points per minute and a 39.6% usage rate with the Grizzlies dealing with so many injuries.

Jonathan Isaac ($5,000): Since March 21st, Isaac has been efficient when on the floor, averaging 1.43 FanDuel points per minute.

Lamar Stevens ($4,600): With the Grizzlies' short-handed rotation, Stevens will see plenty of minutes at the forward positions while averaging 1.0 FanDuel point per minute and a 21.1% usage rate.

Brandon Clarke ($4,400): While the 27-year old will likely be limited to a role around 20 minutes, Clarke averaged 0.82 FanDuel points when on the floor.

Centers

Clint Capela ($7,200): Atlanta's center is second among his team in fantasy production (1.27 FanDuel points per minute) with Saturday's rotation.

Brook Lopez ($5,800): After producing 0.93 FanDuel points per minute with today's splits, Lopez is fourth overall in value with a 4.91 rating and a 28.5 fantasy projection.


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The above author is a FanDuel employee and is not eligible to compete in public daily fantasy contests or place sports betting wagers on FanDuel. The advice provided by the author does not necessarily represent the views of FanDuel. Taking the author’s advice will not guarantee a successful outcome. You should use your own judgment when participating in daily fantasy contests or placing sports wagers.