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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 3/18/2021

NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks & lineup tonight for 3/18/21, including Donovan Mitchell.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks & lineup tonight for 3/18/21, including Donovan Mitchell. | Thearon W. Henderson/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 Thursday, 3/18, NBA DFS action.

Donovan Mitchell Fantasy

Target Donovan Mitchell, SG, Utah Jazz ($8,300): Donovan Mitchell feels like a fantastic value tonight. He's the third-most expensive SG on the slate, but he's $1,200 cheaper than his opponent, Bradley Beal. Mitchell is facing Beal's Washington Wizards, who allow the NBA's most points per game (120.1) and play at the fastest pace in the league (104.4). That's a recipe for a huge fantasy night for the Jazz star.

Chris Paul Fantasy

Target Chris Paul, PG, Phoenix Suns ($6,900): Chris Paul has been a rock-solid value since the All-Star Break, averaging 37.1 FanDuel points per outing over his last three. Now facing the Minnesota Timberwolves, his production could spike tonight. Minnesota plays at a top-five pace, which could lead to an uptick in opportunities for a methodical Suns team. The Wolves also boast a bottom-five defensive rating (114.6) and allow the league's third-most PPG (117.3). That should lead to an uptick in both opportunities and efficiency, which could spell big things for CP3.

Danilo Gallinari Fantasy

Target Danilo Gallinari, SF, Atlanta Hawks ($5,700): Danilo Gallinari hasn't done much this season, averaging just 20.86 FanDuel points per game. But he's been on an absolute tear since the All-Star Break, putting up 32.7 FanDuel points over his last four appearances. Notably, he's outproduced his season averages in all four games and, put up 42.2 in his most recent outing, and notched at least 30 points in three of those four. Facing his former team in a below-average Oklahoma City Thunder defense, Gallinari looks like a great value tonight.

Russell Westbrook Fantasy

Avoid Russell Westbrook, PG, Washington Wizards: Russell Westbrook is the second-most expensive player on tonight's slate, but you're better off spending money elsewhere. He faces a Utah Jazz defense that's top-five in PPG allowed and plays at a below-average pace. Opponents are also shooting just 45.1% from the field against Utah, which is also a top-five mark. We can expect Westbrook to see a downturn efficiency and overall production, making it tough to justify the astronomical price tag ($10,500).

Nikola Vucevic Fantasy

Avoid Nikola Vucevic, C, Orlando Magic ($10,000): Nikola Vucevic is coming off yet another monster performance, having dropped 58.0 FanDuel points in his most recent outing. But that last game, combined with a brutal matchup, leaves him a bit overpriced here. He's facing the New York Knicks, who play at the league's slowest pace (96.2), allow the league's fewest PPG (105.1) and hold opponents to the second-worst field-goal percentage in the NBA (44.2%). At $10,000 Vucevic is the fourth-most expensive player on the slate, but the matchup makes him one to avoid tonight.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 3/18

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 3/18:

PG: Chris Paul ($6,900)
PG: Lonzo Ball ($6,700)
SG: Donovan Mitchell ($8,300)
SG: Jordan Clarkson ($5,200)
SF: Danillo Gallinari ($5,700)
SF: Bogdan Bogdonovic ($5,200)
PF: Zion Williamson ($8,400)
PF: Isaiah Roby ($4,800)
C: Rudy Gobert ($8,700)

Remaining Salary: $100

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.

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