Daily Fantasy Basketball Notes 3/13

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Yes March Madness is upon us, with conference tournaments in full swing. However, there is always work to be done in NBA DFS. Its a typical Thursday night in the Association, with just three games on tap. We get OKC looking to extract revenge from their Sunday loss to the Lakers. The Thunder are a huge 17 point favorite, but a high total of 228 leaves plenty of scoring to be had if you’re concerned about a blowout. There is an intriguing matchup between the Rockets and Bulls. Houston is a slight 3 point favorite, and it will be an interesting clash of styles with the high paced Rockets and the slow em down, drag it out Bulls. And then there is the Bucks and Hawks (hey Atlanta is a playoff team right now at least). At 108.5, Atlanta is the second highest team total on the board tonight.

On to some player selections for this evening:  (* NOTE: my salaries come from DraftStreet (DS)

HIGH STAKES:

Paul Millsap, ATL ($16,065)- Mentioned in the opening that Atlanta was the 2nd highest team total tonight, so why not start with their best player.  Millsap is slowly rounding back into shape after missing five games with a knee injury.  putting up 23 points and 8 boards Monday in Utah.  He often supplements his stats with some nice steal / block totals, and tonight has a nice matchup with a susceptible Buck front line.

Kevin Durant, OKC ($23,407)- I’m just obliged to put Durant in this spot, basically every time he take the court.  Nothing needs to be said statistically really.  His price is awfully high and he’ll need to return over 55 points to meet his value, but he is more than capable, even in 3 quarters, especially against the defensively inept Lakers.

Joakim Noah, CHI ($18,172)- Noah is just simply a safe upside play, with a high floor to work with.  Since the beginning of 2014, he has failed to score 30 DS points just three times in 32 games (one of which he was ejected from), topping 40 DS Points 13 times in that stretch.  An interesting game with Dwight Howard and the Rockets tonight could provide Noah even more opportunity to accrue greater counting stats than a normal Bulls game.

Russell Westbrook, OKC ($19,134)- Westbrook has been “en fuego” in March.  Averages of 23.8 points, 8.6 assists, 6.4 boards and 3.2 steals per game so far.  The downside is nearly 5.5 turnovers but that’s a small price to pay for his statistical dominance.   Like Durant, he may have to get his in about 3 quarters tonight, which doesn’t seem to big a problem considered he had a triple double in just 20 minutes against Philly nine days ago.

MIDDLE OF THE ROAD:

Brandon Knight, MIL ($12,815)-  Maybe it’s the Bucks factor, but I continue to feel Knight is a bit undervalued.  Since the beginning of February he is averaging more than 20 PPG along with 5.7 assists.  Facing a bottom 10 Hawk team against point guards the last two weeks.  On a night with limited options, use Brandon ( get it ??)

DJ Augustin, CHI ($11,225)- Augustin continues to come off the Chicago bench and this may come to his advantage just a little bit tonight as he won’t be matched up with Patrick Beverley all the time.  Even playing as a reserve, DJ still sees starters minutes, averaging 32.5 per over his last 4 games.  He’s been on fire the last two games,  scoring 24 and 22 points while shooting 15-23 from the field.  As noted with Joakim Noah, a game against the Rockets could add more offensive numbers than normal to Bull players.

CHEAPSKATES:

Ramon Sessions, MIL ($9,068)- Sessions has developed his role with the Bucks it seems.  His minutes are on the upswing,  grabbing 26 mpg over the last 4.  He’s always been a decent produce with playing time and has responded with four straight games of double digit scoring.

Pero Antic, ATL ($8,915)-  A repeat performance in my bi-weekly column from Monday, Antic stands to start again for Atlanta tonight.  As mentioned earlier with Millsap, Milwaukee’s front line doesn’t frighten anybody.  Antic looks to extend his double digit scoring streak to five tonight.  Has two straight 20+ DS point games and I like him for 25+ tonight.

Caron Butler, OKC ($6,834)- Although his overall stats haven’t been great since joining the Thunder, Butler has seen almost 27 minutes per game.  It’s about as juicy as it gets tonight in a home game vs. the Lakers.  Banking on it being his best game as a member of the Thunder.

That’s all for know on this Thursday.  Hope you’re getting to enjoy some afternoon college hoops before the NBA slate tonight and much more conference tourneys.

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