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FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks and Helper: Sunday 3/24/24

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

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
CLEMIA2034.599.25Mobley questionable / Mitchell, Strus, Wade OUT
MIACLE203-4.5103.75Martin, Jaquez Jr. questionable / Herro, Robinson, Richardson, Love OUT
GSMIN2193.5107.75
MINGS219-3.5111.25Edwards, Gobert questionable / Towns OUT
OKCMIL231.52.5114.5
MILOKC231.5-2.5117Antetokounmpo, Middleton probable
INDLAL2424119Mathurin OUT
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Guards

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($11,100): In an underrated spot versus a Milwaukee Bucks' defense ranked 24th in FanDuel points (50.5 per game) allowed to his position, SAG is fifth overall with a 47.6 fantasy projection at his second lowest salary this month.

Anthony Edwards ($10,000): After a recent disappointing performance on Friday, Edwards has seen a dip in his salary to his lowest point in the past week versus a stingy Golden State Warriors' team giving up 39.2 FanDuel points per game to shooting guards. In 837 minutes with today's injuries, "Ant-Man" is averaging 1.35 FanDuel points per minute and a 35.9% usage rate.

Tyrese Haliburton ($9,500): Even at his second highest salary in March, Haliburton is third in value among guards with a 4.95 rating and a 47.0 fantasy projection. Despite his recent shooting struggles in his last 11 games, Indiana's star is still producing 1.22 FanDuel points per minute and 40.5 FanDuel points per contest.

Damian Lillard ($9,400): Since March 8th, "Dame Time" has recently found hit his stride, accounting for 1.30 FanDuel points per minute and 48.0 FanDuel points per game while his salary has jumped by 10.5%.

Jalen Williams ($8,000): In his last four contests, "J-Dub" has provided underrated metrics, recording 1.26 FanDuel points per minute and a 27.0% usage rate.

Caris LeVert ($7,900): The 29-year old has handled more responsibilities in Cleveland's offense since he was given a starting role on March 18th, producing 1.17 FanDuel points per minute and a 24.9% usage rate.

D'Angelo Russell ($7,500): Despite some inconsistent performances and a tough matchup against an Indiana Pacers' unit ranked sixth in FanDuel points (46.7 per game) allowed to his position, "D-Lo" is sixth among guards in value with a 4.71 rating and a 35.3 fantasy projection

Darius Garland ($7,300): After producing 0.94 FanDuel points per minute and 28.5% usage rate with Cleveland's current injuries, Garland is fourth overall in value with a 4.98 rating and a 36.4 fantasy projection.

Terry Rozier ($7,100): In 129 minutes in today's splits, Rozier sees a sneaky boost in his production to 1.03 FanDuel points per minute and a 27.9% usage rate.

Austin Reaves ($6,800): The Lakers' third-year guard has been a consistent producer in March, accounting for 0.92 FanDuel points per minute and 31.3 FanDuel points per game.

T.J. McConnell ($5,600): Even in a bench role, the Pacers' veteran has been extremely efficient when on the floor, recording 1.34 FanDuel points per minute in his last 11 appearances.

Forwards

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($11,600): At his lowest salary in March, Milwaukee's superstar is second overall with a 52.4 fantasy projection versus an Oklahoma City Thunder defense giving up 46.5 FanDuel points per game to his position. In his last seven games, Antetokounmpo leads his team in usage (34.6%) and fantasy production (1.58 FanDuel points per minute).

Anthony Davis ($11,400): Despite a 1.7% increase to his highest salary point this month, AD is first overall with a 57.3 fantasy projection against an Indiana Pacers allowing the second most points in the paint. In his last encounter in this matchup, Davis destroyed the Pacers, producing 41 real-life points and 80.5 FanDuel points.

LeBron James ($10,100): The future Hall-of-Famer continues to churn out impressive metrics in March, ranking first among his team's first unit in usage (29.4%) and and second in fantasy production (1.37 FanDuel points per minute).

Jarrett Allen ($8,600): Even if Evan Mobley is active on Sunday after he was listed as questionable, Allen is still been efficient with today's other injuries, recording 1.09 FanDuel points per minute.

Jimmy Butler ($8,500): After recording 1.03 FanDuel points per minute and a 25.9% usage rate with today's rotation, Butler is seventh overall with a 40.9 fantasy projection at his second lowest salary this month. In three prior meetings against Cleveland, Butler has averaged 18.6 real-life points and 39.2 FanDuel points.

Pascal Siakam ($8,400): Indiana's big man is settling in with his new team in March, leading his team's starting five in fantasy production (1.26 FanDuel points) and usage (25.9%).

Draymond Green ($7,000): Since his return on March 16th, the Warriors' outspoken leader is averaging 1.09 FanDuel points per minute and 33.3 FanDuel points per game.

Aaron Nesmith ($5,400): Despite producing a 17.7% usage rate in today's splits, Nesmith is first among forwards in value with a 5.13 rating and a 27.7 fantasy projection.

Jaden McDaniels ($5,400): Even at his highest salary this month, McDaniels still rates a viable value option, accounting for 0.75 FanDuel points per minute in today's splits.

Rui Hachimura ($5,300): While Hachimura's minutes have been all over the place in his last seven games, the Lakers' forward has been effective during this time period, recording 0.83 FanDuel points per minute and a 20.0% usage rate.

Luguentz Dort ($4,700): Oklahoma City's reliable defender is fourth among forwards in value with a 4.83 rating and a 22.7 fantasy projection at his second lowest salary in March.

Centers

Chet Holmgren ($8,200): The Thunder rookie has been in beast mode in his last three games after a recent slump, accounting for a robust 1.75 FanDuel points per minute and 52.0 FanDuel points per appearance. In a matchup versus a Milwaukee defense giving up 53.4 FanDuel points per game to centers, Holmgren is ninth overall with a 38.6 fantasy projection.

Rudy Gobert ($8,000): "The Stifle Tower" is fourth among centers in value with a 4.65 rating and a 37.2 fantasy projection after producing 1.12 FanDuel points with Minnesota's expected rotation.


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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.