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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 3/17/2021

Isaiah De Los Santos
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight, including Russell Westbrook, for Wednesday, 3/17/2021.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight, including Russell Westbrook, for Wednesday, 3/17/2021. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The NBA season rolls on tonight, bringing fans some exciting matchups. If you're looking for some advice for your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.

And be sure to checkout our nightly against the spread (ATS) picks as well.

Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Wednesday, 3/17, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA

Russell Westbrook Fantasy

Target Russell Westbrook, PG, Washington Wizards ($10,400): Russell Westbrook has been on an absolute tear as of late. He's put up 50-plus FanDuel fantasy points in eight of his last 12 games, topping out at 72 fantasy points this past Saturday. His role as a playmaker within the Washington Wizards' offense has been on full display during that timespan, registering double-digit assists in nine of his past 12 games. Heading into a matchup against the Sacramento Kings, who are allowing the second-most PPG (120.0) to opponents and are in the top 10 for pace, Westbrook has a fantastic opportunity to do damage as both a scorer and distributor tonight.

Jonas Valanciunas Fantasy

Target Jonas Valanciunas, C, Memphis Grizzlies ($7,700): Jonas Valanciunas can do no wrong recently, racking up 43-plus fantasy points in three of his last four games, including a 67.5-point outing last week. While the Memphis Grizzlies have been inconsistent as a team, Valanciunas is one lineup option who's proving to be matchup-proof. His matchup tonight, the Miami Heat, lacks frontcourt options who can stop the imposing big man outside of Bam Adebayo, and they're coming off of the second night of a travel back-to-back. That sets up Valanciunas for a great night to dominate inside.

Kevin Porter Jr. Fantasy

Target Kevin Porter Jr., SF, Houston Rockets ($6,300): Kevin Porter Jr. has burst onto the scene after dominating in the G League. The Houston Rockets seem intent on letting him run loose, with the second-year player averaging 34.5 minutes over his first four games. With a depleted roster, Porter is seizing the moment and putting up 18.3 points, 8.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game while adding 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per contest. He's doing it all on the court, and he's averaging 39.8 fantasy points as a result. With Victor Oladipo and John Wall both sitting on Wednesday, this is a prime opportunity for Porter to have another huge game, given he's one of the team's few offensive weapons suiting up.

Ja Morant Fantasy

Avoid Ja Morant, PG, Memphis Grizzlies ($8,000): While his teammate is a target, Ja Morant is an avoid due to inconsistency issues. Morant has three straight games with fewer fantasy points than his season average (35.6), including an abysmal 24.6 fantasy points in his last outing thanks to managing just 15 points on the night. While Valanciunas has proven to perform despite the matchup, Morant is a lot harder to trust against the Heat, who are allowing the third-fewest PPG (107.2) to opponents this season. With Morant scoring above 20 points just once in the last three games, don't expect him to light it up against the Heat.

Jarrett Allen Fantasy

Avoid Jarrett Allen, C, Cleveland Cavaliers ($7,500): After some strong performances in February, Jarrett Allen has cooled off, falling below 30-plus fantasy points in three of his five games played during March. Once a nightly double-double threat, Allen hasn't recorded double digits in points and rebounds since Mar. 3, knocking his fantasy potential down considerably. Now, Allen heads into a matchup against the Boston Celtics, who are 10th in fewest opponent PPG and fifth in fewest opponent RPG, which makes it hard to see him lighting up the box score.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 3/17

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 3/17:

PG: Russell Westbrook ($10,400)
PG: Jrue Holiday ($5,900)
SG: Buddy Hield ($6,500)
SG: Andrew Wiggins ($5,400)
SF: Kevin Porter Jr. ($6,300)
SF: Norman Powell ($7,700)
PF: Jae'Sean Tate ($5,000)
PF: Rudy Gay ($5,000)
C:  Jonas Valanciunas ($7,700)

Remaining Salary: $100

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.