NBA Showdown Playbook March 17: Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers DFS Picks
Published: Mar 17, 2023
Updated: Mar 17, 2023
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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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.
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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