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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Saturday 3/9/24

Matthew Lo
Matthew Lo@holla2mlo
FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Saturday 3/9/24

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
CHABKN2086.5100.75Mann, Ball, Williams, Martin, Curry OUT / McGowens questionable
BKNCHA208-6.5107.25Cam Thomas, Sharpe available / Walker questionable / Cam Johnson, Simmons OUT
UTAHDEN227.512.5107.5George, Kessler available / Markkanen, Hendricks OUT
SAGS22710108.5Wembanyama, Osman OUT
PHXBOS226.56110.25Booker questionable / Okogie OUT
PORTOR2272.5112.25Henderson, Ayton probable / Walker. Grant, Ayton, Sharpe, Williams, Brogdon OUT
DETDAL2357114Grimes doubtful
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Guards

Luka Doncic ($12,700): At his highest salary this month, Doncic is today's top option with a 60.9 fantasy projection versus a Detroit Pistons' defense giving up the most FanDuel points (52.9) per game to his position. In his last six games, the Mavericks' superstar has been on fire, recording 1.73 FanDuel points per minute and 67.8 FanDuel points per appearance.

Kyrie Irving ($9,500): Despite a 4.3% salary bump, Irving is second among his position with a 42.4 fantasy projection against a Detroit unit ranked 25th in FanDuel points (43.8) allowed to shooting guards.

Immanuel Quickley ($8,400): In 102 minutes with today's injuries, Quickley's production sees a sizeable boost to 1.29 FanDuel points per minute with a 24.2% usage rate.

Cade Cunningham ($8,300): Since February 22nd, Cunningham ranks first among Detroit's starting unit in fantasy production (1.26 FanDuel points per minute) and usage (31.3%) while his salary has somehow not moved despite his impressive metrics.

Jamal Murray ($8,300): At his median salary in March, Murray offers underrated value with a 4.71 rating and a 39.0 fantasy projection versus a Utah Jazz ranked 27th in FanDuel points (51.9) allowed per game to point guards.

Anfernee Simons ($8,200): Portland's leading scorer has played well in his last four contests, accounting for 1.09 FanDuel points per minute and 43.7 FanDuel points per contest.

Devin Vassell ($8,000): With Victor Wembanyama ruled out with an ankle injury and today's current inactives, Vassell leads his team in usage (25.5%) while producing 1.09 FanDuel points per minute.

Bradley Beal ($7,900): If Devin Booker were to sit again after he was listed as questionable, Beal sees a sneaky increase in his metrics to 1.12 FanDuel points per minute with a 30.7% usage rate.

Chris Paul ($6,700): After Stephen Curry was ruled out, CP3 is fourth among guards in value with a 5.13 rating and a 34.4 fantasy projection. In 547 minutes this season in this split, Paul is averaging 1.04 FanDuel points per minute and a 17.7% usage rate.

Brandin Podziemski ($6,200): The 21-year old should also see more minutes with the Warriors' current rotation, producing 0.93 FanDuel points per minute and a 17.2% usage rate with Saturday's injuries.

Gary Trent Jr. ($5,700): Despite seeing his production increasing to 1.06 FanDuel points per minute and a 23.0% usage rate with Toronto's injuries, Trent Jr. could be overlooked in a revenge matchup versus a Portland Trail Blazers' unit ranked 21st in fantasy production (42.8 FanDuel points per game) allowed to his position.

Tre Jones ($5,500): At his lowest salary in March, San Antonio's point guard is fourth overall in value with a 5.26 rating and a 28.9 fantasy projection. In 309 minutes with Saturday's injuries, Jones has accounted for 0.96 FanDuel points per minute and a 17.2% usage rate.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($5,000): Denver's veteran has provided underrated production since February 23rd, averaging 26.8 FanDuel points per game.

Forwards

Kevin Durant ($9,900): After recording 43.0 FanDuel points since the start of this month, Durant is fifth overall with a 42.2 fantasy projection despite a tough matchup versus a Boston Celtics' defense ranked first in FanDuel points (41.1 per game) allowed to his position.

Jayson Tatum ($9,800): At his lowest salary since January 2nd, Boston's superstar could provide a ceiling return after his recent struggles in Denver, standing third overall with a 45.0 fantasy projection versus a Phoenix Suns' team giving up 47.0 FanDuel points to power forwards.

Miles Bridges ($8,500): With five Hornets ruled out, Bridges should continue to carry Charlotte's offense, accounting for 1.06 FanDuel points per minute and a 26.2% usage rate in this split.

RJ Barrett ($7,700): The 23-year old has scored at least 23 real-life points in 80% of his last five games while also producing 0.91 FanDuel points per minute with today's rotation.

Jonathan Kuminga ($7,200): Golden State's forward is expected to play a lead offensive role, recording 1.03 FanDuel points per minute and a team-high 28.1% usage rate with Saturday's injuries.

Draymond Green ($7,000): Even at his highest salary this month, Green deserves serious consideration after his production moves up to 1.25 FanDuel points per minute with Stephen Curry off the floor.

Kelly Olynyk ($6,700): In 88 minutes with Saturday's rotation, Toronto's versatile big man is second among his team's starting five in fantasy production (1.09 FanDuel points per minute) despite recording a 17.4% usage rate.

Aaron Gordon ($6,600): After a 2.9% salary drop, Gordon is fifth among forwards in value with a 5.13 rating and a 33.8 fantasy projection.

Isaiah Stewart ($5,200): While inconsistency has been an issue in his last four games, Stewart has still averaged 0.79 FanDuel points per minute and 25.3 FanDuel points per contest.

Davis Bertans ($4,300): Charlotte's three point specialist has been effective in a second unit role this month, accounting for 0.94 FanDuel points per minute and a 21.4% usage rate.

Centers

Nikola Jokic ($12,000): Denver's top MVP contender is second overall with a 58.2 fantasy projection in a favorable spot against a Jazz unit giving up 55.7 FanDuel points per game to centers. In two previous meetings, Jokic has crushed Utah, averaging 27 real-life points and 53.3 FanDuel points.

John Collins ($7,500): In 151 minutes with Utah's short-handed rotation. Collins ranks first among his team's starting five in fantasy production (1.32 FanDuel points per minute) and second in usage (21.9%).

Zach Collins ($6,800): San Antonio's big man should continue starting at center with today's injuries while accounting for 1.11 FanDuel points per minute and a 21.3% usage in this split.


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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.