NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/23/18

*Mike Barner*

NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/23/18

The NBA brings a big slate Friday with 20 teams in action. There are a lot of options as a result, but it’s key to find the right cheap daily fantasy basketball sleepers to hopefully help create a winning entry. Sign up for our Newsletter and try our Playerlab tool, where you can filter the stats that matter the most and find the value players that are low-owned on FanDuel and DraftKings like Jabari Parker and Devin Harris.

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NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/23/18

Darren Collison, IND vs. LAC
FanDuel = $6,000
DraftKings = $5,800

Collison missed over a month due to injury, but is healthy now and has played at least 31 minutes in back-to-back games, which is a good sign for his playing time moving forward. He has at least six assists in three straight contests and is hot from behind the arc, shooting a combined 10-for-17 on three-pointers in his last four games. The Clippers play at the sixth-fastest pace (101.3 possessions per game) in the league, potentially giving Collison added opportunities to provide value Friday.

Cameron Payne, CHI vs. MIL
FanDuel = $5,600
DraftKings = $5,400

The Bulls are running out of healthy guards with Kris Dunn (toe), Zach LaVine (knee) and Antonio Blakeney (wrist) all out Friday. Payne will continue to start at the point and has averaged 9.3 points, three rebounds, 7.3 assists and two three-pointers in his three previous starts this season. The Bucks are a tough defensive team, but the Bulls severe lack of depth gives Payne a high enough minutes floor to consider him for your entry.


NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/23/18

Wayne Ellington, MIA at OKC
FanDuel = $4,500
DraftKings = $4,600

Dwyane Wade (hamstring) will be out again Friday, marking the sixth straight game that he has missed. Ellington has been one of the primary beneficiaries of his absence, logging at least 30 minutes in four of the first five contests that Wade missed. He’s cashed in his extra playing time, averaging 15.2 points, three rebounds, one steal and four three-pointers during that five-game stretch. If he is dialed in from behind the arc, he has the potential to outproduce this price point.

Devin Harris, DEN at WAS
FanDuel = $4,300
DraftKings = $4,000

Gary Harris (knee) will sit again Friday, likely resulting in more playing time for Devin Harris. Devin has played well with the added minutes, averaging 13.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, seven assists and two three-pointers in his last two games. He doesn’t have the same kind of offensive upside that Ellington does, but his ability to contribute in other areas might actually give him a higher upside at a cheaper price.


NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/23/18

David Nwaba, CHI vs. MIL
FanDuel = $4,400
DraftKings = $4,700

The rebuilding Bulls may have found themselves a useful bench player for the future in Nwaba, who plays with a ton of energy and attacks the rim. His jump shot still has a long way to go, but the Bulls are going to continue to give him minutes down the stretch to develop his game, especially with all of their injuries. His numbers don’t jump off the page, but Nwaba is averaging a respectable 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and one block in his last six games. He doesn’t have as much value as he did when he was starting for a stretch earlier this season, but he’s still a viable option to consider.

Shabazz Muhammad, MIL at CHI
FanDuel = $3,700
DraftKings = $4,100

The Bucks will likely be without Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) on Friday, who is listed as doubtful to play against the Bulls. That would leave a huge hole in their offense as he has the fifth-highest usage rate (31.5%) in the league. While it’s a very small sample size, Muhammad has shown he is going to be involved offensively when he is on the court since joining the Bucks, posting a 25% usage rate in four games. He played 14 minutes in the game when Giannis suffered the injury Wednesday, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. The Bulls have allowed an average of 117.2 points in their last six games, so Muhammad is someone to consider taking a chance on in tournament play.


NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/23/18

Jabari Parker, MIL at CHI
FanDuel = $5,700
DraftKings = $5,400

Parker had his best game of the season Wednesday against the Clippers, scoring 20 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. It’s no coincidence that he also played a season-high 30 minutes in that contest. Expect him to log similar minutes if Giannis does indeed sit, giving him tremendous upside against the depleted Bulls. It’s hard to pass him up considering his price on both sites.

Kevon Looney, GS vs. ATL
FanDuel = $4,800
DraftKings = $4,100

The Warriors are decimated by injuries right now, but Stephen Curry (ankle) is expected to return Friday. They will still be without Klay Thompson (thumb), Kevin Durant (ribs) and Draymond Green (pelvis) though, leaving plenty of minutes and scoring opportunities for their bench players. Looney has played at least 20 minutes in four straight games, averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.3 blocks. The Hawks allow the third-most points per game on both FanDuel and DraftKings to opposing power forwards, making Looney a great cost-effective option to consider.


NBA Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Lineup Picks for 3/23/18

Mike Muscala, ATL at GS
FanDuel = $4,400
DraftKings = $4,400

Muscala has started both of the last two games with John Collins (ankle) sidelined, averaging eight points, 4.5 rebounds, one steal, one block and two three-pointers. With Collins listed as questionable for Friday, Muscala could be in line for another start. It would be a favorable matchup if he does against a Warriors team that deploys a lot of small lineups and plays at the fourth-fastest pace (102.3) in the league.

Cristiano Felicio, CHI vs. MIL
FanDuel = $4,200
DraftKings = $4,200

Although it hasn’t always looked pretty, Felicio has produced statistically of late, averaging 14.3 points and seven rebounds in his last three games. The Bulls are tanking hard down the stretch, so expect them to continue to give Felicio added playing time. The Bucks allow the sixth-most FanDuel points per game and the second-most DraftKings points per game to opposing centers, so Felicio is someone to consider in tournament play.

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