To close out our NBA DFS slate this Friday, March 17th we have a DFS Showdown between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers. It should be a great game with both teams battling for playoff positioning. Unfortunately, both teams are without their star players with Luka Doncic and LeBron James both sitting out with injuries. 

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Injury Report

Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic - OUT

Kyrie Irving - Questionable

Tim Hardaway Jr. - Questionable

Markieff Morris - Questionable

JaVale McGee- Questionable

Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis - Probable

Mo Bamba - OUT

LeBron James - OUT

NBA DFS Showdown Slate Picks


Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

With Anthony Davis probable heading into this one, he is the top captain play tonight and will be the chalk of the night. In the last two games, he has scored over 50 fantasy points. Davis has grabbed 16 and 17 rebounds in those two games, and he can do that every single night, and I expect him to do it to the Mavericks tonight. In the lone previous game against Dallas this season he grabbed 15 boards. Play him tonight.

Kyrie Irving, Dallas Mavericks

Irving hasn't played in the last three games however, he fully practiced on Thursday and went through shootaround, and could see the floor tonight. Without Luka in the lineup tonight Irving has the chance to go off if he is healthy. But without him playing the last three games because of a foot, it could reaggravate, so I am a little leary playing him if he plays.

D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers

Since coming back from injury D-Lo has been extremely solid. In his past four games, he has scored at least 31 fantasy points including two games over 49 fantasy points. Russell should have no issues attacking this Dallas defense, and his ceiling gets higher with AD back in the lineup. They play off each other well.


Jaden Hardy, Dallas Mavericks

We're only playing Hardy if Irving is out once again. In the three games with Irving out of the lineup he has played at least 37 minutes and scored over 20 game points in each. He was a value in those games, but tonight priced up at $7,200 it makes him tougher to play.

Josh Green, Dallas Mavericks

With Luka and Irving out of the lineup over the past three games, Green has also been awesome. As Jaden Hardy, he has scored over 20 game points in each game. He has gone over 37 fantasy points in three straight. Even if Irving comes back tonight, he will still play a ton of minutes. Play Green tonight.

Tim Hardaway Jr., Dallas Mavericks

Hardaway is questionable heading into this one after missing the last game with a bruised calf. I would lean towards Hardaway playing tonight, and he could be a value only having to pay $6,600. He scored at least 33 fantasy points in three of his four games before getting injured. 

Jarred Vanderbilt, Los Angeles Lakers

Jarred Vanderbilt is the perfect pairing next to Anthony Davis when it comes to real basketball. But we need to get him more attempts when AD is in the game. With AD out he put up 13 shots, scoring 13 points, and grabbed 10 rebounds. However, in his previous three games, he only put up a total of 14 shots. I could see him getting more involved in the offense once again tonight.

Malik Beasley, Los Angeles Lakers

With Beasley starting I think you have to play him at his price of $5,200. The way he shoots he can go off for almost 40 fantasy points. However, when its bad it can go bad because he doesn't bring you much more than just scoring. He is shooting just under 50% from downtown over his past two games on 24 attempts. I look for the hot streak to continue tonight.

Dart Throws

Troy Brown Jr. Los Angeles Lakers

Brown hasn't been great recently scoring under 15 fantasy points in three of his past four games. He has stayed in the starting lineup so far playing 25-28 minutes a game. With him starting and getting the minutes why not take a dart throw on him as he can put up close to 30 fantasy points? You might not have to pay down for him tonight in your showdown lineups with some other values on the board. 


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