Daily Fantasy Basketball Jump Ball 3.14
March 14, 2017 | Justin Bales
Jason’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
Russell Westbrook – On a short, five-game slate, it is important to roster a fantasy player like Russell Westbrook, if possible. LeBron James is also available tonight, and it is nearly impossible to roster both Westbrook and King James, so a decision must be made. In cash games, James is the better option. In tournaments, Westbrook is the better option, as he has better upside. He has over 79 fantasy points in two of his last three games, and the Brooklyn Nets are horrible defensively.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: I prefer LeBron James tonight, but Westbrook is always a great option.
Isaiah Whitehead – Isaiah Whitehead has been playing much better of his last few games, posting over 20 fantasy points in three of his last four contests. He is expected to see around 25 minutes tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder, giving him a ceiling around 30-35 fantasy points. At his price tag, he should be able to at least hit value, which is great for salary relief. With Russell Westbrook and LeBron James available, Whitehead’s price tag is heaven-sent.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: It is impossible to deny Isaiah Whitehead’s production of recent.
Paul George – Paul George has been playing great over his last few games, posting over 45 fantasy points in four of his last five games. Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are not going to keep George from producing tonight. This should be an uptempo game, which will also benefit George. He has fantastic upside, but he has also been consistent. Roster the Indiana Pacers’ star in both 50/50 contests and tournaments.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Paul George is a great option in cash games.
Tobias Harris – Tobias Harris is red hot right now. He has not posted under 30 fantasy points in five consecutive games, and in his last contest, he posted just under 50 fantasy points in 33 minutes against the New York Knicks. Tonight, he gets a good matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he will have to produce to keep this game close. Harris is shooting much more often than usual right now, so continue to roster him during his hot streak.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Tobias Harris has huge upside. Roster him in all leagues.
Jusuf Nurkic – Jusuf Nurkic is officially a huge part of the Portland Trailblazers’ offensive game plan. He posted just under 80 fantasy points a couple of games ago, and he should see great fantasy numbers tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are great offensively, but defensively, the Pelicans struggle against opposing centers. Nurkic should take advantage of that. His upside is ridiculously high, so roster him in tournaments.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: Nurkic is a solid tournament option.
Brook Lopez – Brook Lopez should be rostered in cash games. In fact, only two centers should really be used tonight – Jusuf Nurkic in tournaments and Brook Lopez in cash games. Lopez has over 40 fantasy points in two consecutive games, and he should see significant shot opportunities against the uptempo Oklahoma City Thunder tonight. Lopez is bound to hit value.
Justin’s Rapid Reaction: There are definitely other options, but Lopez has been good of recent.
Justin’s Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks
Damian Lillard – Lillard has been playing extremely well recently, as he’s averaging 27.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.4 assists per game over the last 10 days. He has been one of the best point guards in the NBA since the All Star break, and he gets an elite matchup against a fast paced Pelicans team tonight. Lillard is still cheap enough to be used in all leauges on this slate.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Damian Lillard is a great option in cash games tonight.
Jordan Crawford – Crawford recently signed with the Pelicans, and he is averaging 26.9 fantasy points in only 24.3 minutes per game over his first three games. He’s a playing a big role in the offense, and he has scored at least 30 fantasy points in two of those three games. He gets a great matchup against the Blazers, in what should be a fast paced and high scoring game. Crawford is still cheap enough to be used in all leagues.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Jordan Crawford has been playing extremely well over his last couple of games. Roster him in all leagues.
LeBron James – Is there a reason to avoid James tonight? No. He’s averaging 30.2 points, 12.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 1.0 steal per game over the last 10 days. He has scored at least 60 fantasy points in six of his last eight games, including multiple games with at least 65 fantasy points. He gets a matchup against the Pistons, who he recently dominated for 67.25 fantasy points. James can safely be used in all leagues tonight.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: LeBron James is the best forward option on the board tonight.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – Luwawu has seen increased minutes recently, and he has scored 26.75 and 18.75 fantasy points in his last two games. Robert Covington was ruled out, but is now questionable, and Luwawu will see increased minutes if Covington is ruled out again. Keep an eye on that before making a decision on him tonight. If Covington is out, Luwawu can be used in all leagues.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: It looks like Robert Covington is actually going to play tonight.
Andre Drummond – Drummond hasn’t seen consistent minutes this season, but he hasn’t needed them recently. Over the last 10 days, he’s averaging 16.8 points, 13.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 block, and 2.0 steals per game. He has been a consistent option for his current price tag, but he also comes with elite upside. He gets a tough matchup against the Cavs, but he has dominated them in three matchups this season. He can be used in all leagues.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Andre Drummond has great upside in tournaments.
Zaza Pachulia – Pachulia is an interesting option tonight. He has caught fire recently, scoring 33.5 and 27.25 fantasy points in his last two games. He has only played 20 and 26 minutes in those games, though. He’s expected to play around 20 minutes again tonight, and he gets an elite matchup against the Sixers tonight. He isn’t anything more than a high upside tournament option, though.
Jason’s Rapid Reaction: Zaza Pachulia should be used in tournaments only.
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