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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 3/24/2022

Larry Rupp
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 3/24/22, including Darius Garland, Dillon Brooks and Nikola Vucevic.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 3/24/22, including Darius Garland, Dillon Brooks and Nikola Vucevic. / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021-22 NBA season is in full swing. If you need some advice on your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.

NBA DFS 3/24/2022

Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Thursday, 3/24, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA - 3/24

Darius Garland Fantasy

Target Darius Garland, SG/PG, Cleveland Cavaliers ($9,500): It's easy to see a matchup against the Raptors and think Darius Garland is a name to avoid. After all, Toronto is giving up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing point guards. However, Garland is averaging 20.0 points and 8.7 assists across three games against the Raptors this season. The Cleveland star has also racked up at least 22 points and 10 assists in six of his last eight games. This game should end up being close with a spread set at just 5 points. That gives Garland plenty of time to put together another great performance worthy of his price tag.

Dillon Brooks Fantasy

Target Dillon Brooks, SG/SF, Memphis Grizzlies ($5,900): Dillon Brooks looked like his usual self on Wednesday night in what was his fifth game back from an ankle injury. He logged 34 minutes of action and poured in 21 points on 7-of-21 shooting. With Ja Morant's status up in the air for Thursday night, Brooks could be in line for a bigger workload once again. That's good news given he is set to face an Indiana Pacers' defense that gives up the seventh-most points to opposing small forwards this season (21.7). Keep in mind Memphis also plays at the third-fastest pace in the NBA. More possessions means more opportunities for Brooks to ball out.

Nikola Vucevic Fantasy

Target Nikola Vucevic, C, Chicago Bulls ($6,700): A five-game slate has left the center position a bit crowded at the top tonight. Sliding Nikola Vucevic into your lineup is one way to stray away from the popular options. The Chicago big man's production has picked up as of late as he is averaging 18.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game over his last seven contests. It's worth noting that Vucevic averages a double-double in 16 career games against the Pelicans. New Orleans is also allowing an opponent two-point shooting percentage of 54.3% (T-No. 25 in NBA). Look for Vucevic to have a lot of success by the rim in this one.

Deandre Ayton Fantasy

Avoid Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns ($6,800): The Suns are playing on the second night of a back-to-back and run into a hungry Denver Nuggets team on Thursday. None of that bodes well for Deandre Ayton from a fantasy perspective. Denver is giving up the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing centers this season and has reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic defending the paint. Ayton has averaged just 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games against the Nuggets this season. That is by no means disappointing production, but it is not a level of production that warrants a $6,800 price tag. There are better options at the center position.

DeMar DeRozan Fantasy

Avoid DeMar DeRozan, SG/SF, Chicago Bulls ($7,700): There is no doubt that DeMar DeRozan has rejuvenated his career in Chicago this season. That doesn't mean he need to be in your DFS lineup every game, though. The former USC standout is averaging just 22.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game over his last three outings, all of which are well below his season averages. It's worth noting that DeRozan is also dealing with a hip issue and the Pelicans are allowing eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing shooting guards. The downside outweighs the upside in terms of DeRozan's possible production tonight.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 3/24

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 3/24:  

PG: Darius Garland ($9,500)
PG: Tyus Jones ($5,100)
SG: Buddy Hield ($5,600)
SG: Jrue Holiday ($8,200)
SF: Dillon Brooks ($5,900)
SF: Scottie Barnes ($7,900)
PF: Jae Crowder ($4,400)
PF: Jaren Jackson ($6,600)
C: Nikola Vucevic ($6,700)

Remaining Salary: $100

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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.