Happy Monday everyone! We have gotten through the first weekend of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, but now its back to the professionals tonight. With that said, let’s get to the DraftKings NBA DFS picks – March 20, 2017.
Russell Westbrook – $13,300
Even at $13,300, the value for playing Westbrook is going to be outstanding on a variety of levels. Over the last week, Russell Westbrook got into a little bit of a verbal spat against Stephen Curry from the Warriors regarding MVP. Funny how that happens when they are going to play each other on national TV. When Russ is upset or annoyed, DraftKings players will flourish. Russ is going to get his numbers without question, but look for Westbrook to have a massive night against Curry to show why he is going to believe he is the MVP. It would not be out of the realm of saying that he could bring in an 80 DraftKings point night.
James Harden – $12,700
As always, there is never a bad choice when picking either Westbrook or Harden. While Harden is a tiny bit cheaper, the Rockets point guard has a better matchup going against the Denver Nuggets. Denver has one of the top 10 worst DraftKings defenses against point guards, giving up an average of 54 points per game. Harden has averaged 58 DraftKings NBA points against Denver in two meetings this season. The Beard also has 4 straight games with a triple-double. With Houston trying to solidify the 3-seed in the west & possibly work to catch San Antonio for the possible 2-seed, look for a big DraftKings night from this MVP candidate.
John Wall – $9,600
Wall has a great matchup by not going up against regular Boston Celtics PG Isaiah Thomas in a big matchup for seeding in the Eastern Conference. Wall has had a great season against the Celtics for DraftKings owners. He has averaged 42 DraftKings points in 3 games & those numbers should continue tonight. Wall is getting over a sprained ankle he suffered against the Mavs earlier in the week, but should be back at 100%, and ready for the big showdown against the Celtics.
Elfrid Payton – $7,500
Payton has been on incredible hot streak over the last 9 games for the Orlando Magic. In the last 4 games, he has double digit points & assists in 2 of 4 & his floor has only been 27 DraftKings points, while Payton had a career high 72 DK points when he had a triple double of 22 points, 14 rebounds & 14 assists. Payton’s numbers haven’t been impressive against the 76ers this year – only averaging 25 DraftKings points over 3 games – but with the 76ers in NBA Draft mode now, Payton should get plenty of opportunities to run free & have a big night against one of the worst teams in the league. Philly could help Payton in that area. In the last 5 games, the Sixers are giving up an average of 49 DraftKings NBA points per game to point guards.
Robert Covington – $6,800
On a team that has been abysmal this season overall, small forward Robert Covington has been one of the bright spots for the Sixers. 6 of his last 10 games he has gone over 30 DraftKings points & is showing that he can be one of the elite 3’s in the league & possible cornerstone for the franchise for years to come. Orlando has been terrible in giving up points to small forwards, averaging 50 DK points given up per game. The Sixers are out of the race, but Covington is looking to make a strong stamp on the league. Good play that is inexpensive.
Draymond Green – $7,900
Green is one of the most consistent DraftKings NBA power forward plays in the league. This pick has nothing to do with whether OKC can guard the position, but Draymond’s hustle & willingness to do just about anything to get points, rebounds, assists & steals. Green knows how much this game means to the Warriors because of the heat with Westbrook & Durant, and know apparently Westbrook & Steph Curry. As long as Dray keeps the emotions in check, he will have a big night here.
DeAndre Jordan – $6,900
It is a bit amazing that Jordan is available at under $7,000, but he is & definitely a must have if you are looking to save money in DraftKings NBA DFS on Monday night. Jordan has double-doubles in points & rebounds in 6 of the last 10 games. He has played around 35-37 minutes each game over the last 10, with the exception of the game against the Cavs where he played 27 minutes in a blowout loss. The Knicks will try to play Kyle O’Quinn on Jordan, but could lead to a major matchup nightmare as Jordan is most dominant when Chris Paul & Blake Griffin can be threats on offense & Jordan can rotate and help on defense.
Nikola Vucevic – $7,700
Vucevic has been a dominant center that the league doesn’t talk about much because he is with the Orlando Magic. However, in 3 of the last 4 games, he has over 40 DraftKings NBA DFS points. The Sixers are 30th in the NBA in points given up to the center position, & Vucevic has exploited that this year, averaging 45 DraftKings NBA points per game against them. He has been right around 30 minutes per game, which is a bit low for what we would like, but he is incredibly efficient with his minutes.