NBA Showdown Playbook March 14: Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns NBA DFS Picks
Published: Mar 14, 2023
Updated: Mar 14, 2023
Tonight’s NBA DFS Showdown game is a rematch of the NBA Finals two years ago against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns. We will have no Kevin Durant, but this game still won’t lack for star power unless these teams rest players after both playing competitive games yesterday. Finding the right value plays will be key to being able to cram in as many studs as possible. Here are the NBA DFS top plays we can invest in for our lineups on FanDuel and DraftKings!
NBA Injury Report
Milwaukee Bucks Injuries:
- Khris Middleton – TBD/Questionable
Phoenix Suns Injuries:
- Kevin Durant – OUT
- Landry Shamet – OUT
NBA DFS Showdown Slate Picks
Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF/C, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis put up an absolutely monster performance last night with 69 fantasy points and 46 actual points in a hard-fought win over the Kings. He seemed fully healthy from his hand injury and right now we don’t have any indication that he will sit on the second leg of a back-to-back. The Phoenix Suns have actually been the best team against power forwards over their last 15, but even at these upper-tier salaries, it will be impossible to leave Giannis out of a lineup if assuming he suits up.
Devin Booker, PG/SG, Phoenix Suns
Booker’s first game against the Bucks this year was a good-not-great one with 40 fantasy points. But it was marred by 42% shooting from the floor including 20% from beyond the arc. If those numbers can creep up tonight, I see no reason why Booker can’t continue his stretch of six straight games with at least 42 fantasy points, including five with 50 or more. Over the last 10 games, the Bucks have allowed the eighth-most three-pointers to opponents, so I expect Booker to be firing away early and often tonight.
Jrue Holiday, PG, Milwaukee Bucks
Chris Paul may be thought of to be a tough one-on-one defender, but point guards have been doing what they want against him this year for long stretches. Case in point: Jrue Holiday lit up the Suns for 49 fantasy points the last time these teams played and that was in just 35 minutes on the court. If Giannis should rest for any reason tonight, Holiday will have a case for the top pick in MVP spots in our DFS lineups.
Deandre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns
The Bucks have actually been a bottom-10 team against centers in their last seven games which lines up well for Ayton considering he has scored more than 40 fantasy points in four of his last six games and put up 41 fantasy points the last time these two teams played. Ayton has also not shot under 50% for a game since January 26th and is averaging over 11 rebounds per game in his last four. He is hot at the right time and the Suns will need to rely on him to help pull this one out.
Chris Paul, PG, Phoenix Suns
Despite his advanced age and slight slip on the defensive end, Paul is playing some of the best offensive basketball of his season right now. In the last 10 days, he averages 40.9 fantasy points per game including a 13-point, 10-assist double-double while chipping in almost five rebounds and two steals per night. He gave us almost 36 fantasy points last time he faced Milwaukee and there is certainly a path to him being able to 5x his salary tonight with no Kevin Durant around.
Brook Lopez, C, Milwaukee Bucks
One of Lopez’s best games of the season came on February 26th against this same Suns team. He dropped 48 fantasy points on them with 22 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, and 53% shooting. He is one of the few centers in the league who can use his combination of size plus outside shooting ability to keep Deandre Ayton off balance and force him to follow him out to the perimeter. Lopez did play the most minutes on the team last night with 37, so it’s worth monitoring if we hear about any limitations or restrictions for him tonight.
Pat Connaughton, SG/SF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have indicated the Khris Middleton may still not be ready to play in both halves of a back-to-back situation yet. He played 34 minutes (his most of the season) last night so he looks like a prime candidate to hit the bench tonight. That would mean Connaughton likely is reinserted into the starting lineup or at least into a major role off the bench. He played the most minutes of any reserve last night and would likely jump up to 30+ if Middleton is out. When Middleton does not play, P-Conn puts up 0.75 fantasy points per minute.
Torrey Craig, PF, Phoenix Suns
Craig is filling the power forward starting slot until Kevin Durant is ready to come back to the lineup, so it doesn’t make much sense that he is just $3,600 on DraftKings tonight. Craig has played at least 21 minutes in five of his last seven games and averages 17 fantasy points per game over his last three. He has been in the midst of a horrific shooting slump over the last 10 days, shooting just 24% from the floor and 12% from three. So if he can turn that around tonight, there are minutes and opportunities for him to reach 20 fantasy points at a very cheap salary on both sites.
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