NBA Showdown Playbook February 25: San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz DFS Picks
Published: Feb 25, 2023
Updated: Feb 25, 2023
Things could get very interesting tonight as the San Antonio Spurs travel to Utah tonight to take on the Utah Jazz. The home team is favored by 10.5 points tonight, and with an over/under of 240.5, we can expect there to be a large amount of offense heading our way. San Antonio is dealing with some injury issues so value might be readily available on their side of the ball, but on a slate lacking for real star power, you can really take your build in any direction. Let us dig into some options for your NBA DFS Showdown Slate picks for tonight.
San Antonio Spurs Injuries
Devin Vassell – Out
Tre Jones – Out
Jeremy Sochan – Probable (quadricep)
Romeo Langford - Out
Utah Jazz Injuries
Kelly Olynyk – Questionable (ankle)
Collin Sexton – Out
NBA DFS MVP/Captain
Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz
With salary cap not really an issue tonight, why not go after the best player? If there was any doubt about Markkanen coming back strong after the All-Star break, he put that to rest as he finished with 40 points and ten rebounds in an overtime victory against the Thunder. At 25.2 points per game this season, the forward certainly deserved his All-Star game berth as he continues to score at a high level while also doing a solid job of crashing the boards.
Jordan Clarkson, Utah Jazz
Between the trade of Mike Conley and the absence of Collin Sexton, Utah’s backcourt is wide open for the taking. After scoring 24 points on Thursday, it is clear that Clarkson is going to get all of the run he can handle as it was the fourth straight game he finished with at least 20 points. Perhaps more intriguing, as we know that he can score, is the fact that Clarkson has six assists in each of his last two games.
Keldon Johnson, San Antonio Spurs
By default, someone needs to score for the Spurs, and they are certainly going to be in need of offense tonight as they try and keep up with the Jazz. The problem though, is that there seems to be a limit on the upper half of Johnson’s production as while he will consistently break the 20-point mark, I’m not sure how often he will go for 30 as double-digit rebounds are also not in his wheelhouse.
NBA DFS Utility Plays
Walker Kessler, Utah Jazz
While it only stands to be obvious that we shouldn’t expect crazy rebound totals for Kessler on a nightly basis after he grabbed 18 on Thursday, it was the third game of his last four in which he had at least 14 rebounds. The good news is that Kessler should not meet much resistance in the paint against the Spurs in what is a favorable matchup and Kelly Olynyk being limited at best also helps.
Malaki Branham, San Antonio Spurs
Branham figures to be starting once again for the Spurs in their backcourt tonight, and while it is all about opportunity, he has proven to be up to the task as of late. The guard has scored 23 points in each of his last two games while consistently taking double-digit shots, and tonight will certainly allow for that.
Devonte' Graham, San Antonio Spurs
We are going to see a lot of Graham again tonight, and the hope is that he has a good shooting night after a few rough performances as of late. At the very least, Graham should hit double figures offensively, but given the shot volume, another 31-point performance as we a saw earlier this month is certainly possible.
NBA DFS Dart Throws
Charles Bassey, San Antonio Spurs
The baseline for Bassey should be around 15-to-20 minutes off the bench, but tonight with the game potentially getting out hand, he could be in for a little more run. On Thursday, Bassey scored 16 points along with seven rebounds after he had picked up 11 rebounds.
Blake Wesley, San Antonio Spurs
Wesley should have a firm spot in the Spurs’ rotation once again, and game flow certainly can be his friend. He has shown the ability to be a solid scoring option for San Antonio and that should continue tonight.
Ochai Agbaji, Utah Jazz
Even though Agbajl moved back to the bench on Thursday, he still saw 22 minutes of playing time. Perhaps even more important, is the fact that the forward was productive with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists and the rookie has proven capable of handling the extra run.
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