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

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

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
NYCLE212.56.5103Randle, Mitchell, Anunoby OUT
DETORL218.511.5103.5Sasser probable
CHATOR222.57107.75Miller available / Richards questionable / Ball, Curry, Martin, Williams OUT
CLENY212.5-6.5109.5Mitchell, LeVert questionable
TORCHA222.5-7114.75Barnes OUT / Brown questionable
ORLDET218.5-11.5115Isaac available
SAIND243.56.5118.5Champagnie OUT
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Guards

Jalen Brunson ($9,700): After producing 1.21 FanDuel points per minute in his last two games, Brunson is sixth overall with a 39.4 fantasy projection against a Cleveland Cavaliers' defense allowing 47.9 FanDuel points per game to point guards. New York's All-Star has been held in check in this matchup, averaging 21.5 real-life points and 31.4 FanDuel points in two prior meetings.

Tyrese Haliburton ($9,500): In a mouth-watering spot versus a San Antonio Spurs' team giving up the third most FanDuel points (52.3) per game to his position, Haliburton is second overall with a 46.7 fantasy projection. In his last eight games, the 24-year old has accounted for 1.19 FanDuel points per minute and 37.6 FanDuel points per contest.

Cade Cunningham ($8,300): Detroit's third-year guard has turned on his game since February 22nd, recording 44.1 FanDuel points per appearance and 1.30 FanDuel points per minute. Despite a difficult matchup versus an Orlando Magic team ranked fifth in defensive rating, Cunningham has played well, averaging 21.6 real-life points and 37.8 FanDuel points in three earlier games.

Devin Vassell ($7,900): Even at his highest salary this season, Vassell deserves consideration after he accounted for 40.4 FanDuel points per appearance and 1.19 FanDuel points per minute since February 12th.

Immanuel Quickley ($7,800): With Scottie Barnes inactive with a hand injury, Quickley should play an increased offensive role, recording 0.80 FanDuel points per minute and a 22.6% usage rate.

Darius Garland ($7,600): If Donovan Mitchell were to sit again after he was listed as questionable, Garland could be an intriguing option, accounting for 1.0 FanDuel point per minute and a team-high 28.6% usage rate.

Donte DiVincenzo ($7,100): At his lowest salary point since January 30th, DiVincenzo could offer underrated value, producing 0.97 FanDuel points per minute with Sunday's rotation.

Tre Mann ($6,000): Since Mann was dealt to the Hornets, the 23-year old is averaging 0.94 FanDuel points per minute and a 19.3% usage rate.

Tre Jones ($5,800): Despite some recent lackluster performances, Jones is third among guards in value with a 5.07 rating and a 29.4 fantasy projection at his second lowest salary in the last month.

Gary Trent Jr. ($4,900): The Raptors' three-point specialist is 11th among guards in value with a 4.71 rating and a 23.1 fantasy projection after recording 0.64 FanDuel points per minute and a 20.2% usage rate with today's inactives.

Vasilije Micic ($4,600): After producing 1.16 FanDuel points with Sunday's rotation, Micic is ranked second overall in value with a 5.74 rating and a 26.4 fantasy projection.

Forwards

Miles Bridges ($8,600): With Charlotte's short-handed rotation, Bridges ranks second among his team's starting unit in usage (26.1%) and fantasy production (1.04 FanDuel points per minute).

Paolo Banchero ($8,500): Orlando's second-year star is fourth among forwards with a 38.0 fantasy projection in an extremely favorable matchup versus a Detroit Pistons' team ranked 24th in FanDuel points (49.3) allowed per game to his position.

Pascal Siakam ($8,200): Despite a recent disappointing game on Friday night, Siakam looks like he has found his form in his last six appearances, accounting for 1.18 FanDuel points per minute.

Evan Mobley ($8,100): The 22-year old is an elite option if Donovan Mitchell is inactive, recording a team-high 1.37 FanDuel points per minute in this split.

Franz Wagner ($7,700): At his lowest salary since February 4th, Wagner is seventh among forwards with a 34.5 fantasy projection versus a Detroit defense he has averaged 36.9 FanDuel points against in three previous meetings.

RJ Barrett ($7,500): Toronto's forward should play a lead offensive role on Sunday after he produced a team-high 25.9% usage rate with Sunday's rotation while also recording 1.09 FanDuel points per minute.

Brandon Miller ($6,800): The Hornets' rookie is expected to play a lead offensive role with Charlotte's injuries, ranking first among today's expected starters in usage (32.3%) and third in fantasy production (0.94 FanDuel points per minute).

Kelly Olynyk ($5,700): In an increased role with Scottie Barnes ruled out, the veteran is today's top value option with a 5.76 rating and a 32.9 fantasy projection. Olynyk is averaging an efficient 1.13 FanDuel points per minute and a 19.6% usage rate with Sunday's expected rotation.

Isaiah Stewart ($5,400): Since his return on February 27th, Stewart has produced 0.94 FanDuel points per minute and a 16.8% usage rate. Despite a 8% salary bump, Detroit's big man is third among forwards in value with a 5.04 rating and a 27.2 fantasy projection.

Centers

Victor Wembanyama ($11,800): At his highest salary this season, San Antonio's star rookie is today's top option with a 50.0 fantasy projection. The Frenchman has been spectacular in his last eight games, producing 61.2 FanDuel points per contest and a godly 2.03 FanDuel points per minute.

Jakob Poeltl ($7,400): Despite seeing a boost in his production to 1.49 FanDuel points per minute with a 20.4% usage rate with today's injuries, Poeltl could go overlooked against a Charlotte Hornets' defense ranked 27th in fantasy production (59.0 FanDuel points per game) allowed to centers.

Myles Turner ($7,000): Indiana's defensive enforcer is fourth overall in value with a 5.31 rating and a 37.2 fantasy projection versus a San Antonio unit giving up 58.3 FanDuel points per game to his position.


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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.