NBA DFS Top Plays for Thursday 3/16/23
On Thursday’s NBA DFS slate, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie is a player to keep an eye on. Dinwiddie has been performing well, with at least 50 DraftKings points in three of his last five games. Along with Mikal Bridges, Dinwiddie is a key piece for the Nets, and they both present safe options against the Sacramento Kings.
The Nets are a team to watch, as they are small home favorites in a game with the highest total (237.5) on the slate. They have a favorable matchup against the Kings, who rank 25th in defensive efficiency, 8th in pace, and are playing on a back-to-back on the road. While Dinwiddie had a couple of poor performances before and after the All-Star break, he has bounced back nicely and is almost averaging a double-double with 20.1 points and 9.3 assists over his last nine games. He has also provided over 40 fantasy points in five of his last six games.
With a salary of $7,900 on DraftKings and $8,700 on FanDuel, Dinwiddie is a top PTS/$ guard option to consider for Thursday’s slate. The Kings’ weaknesses defensively make Dinwiddie an even more attractive option. All in all, Dinwiddie is a strong choice for DFS players on Thursday.
Toronto Raptors forward/center Pascal Siakam is an All-Star who has struggled somewhat over the last two weeks, but his price tag makes him an attractive DFS play for Thursday’s slate. Despite his recent struggles, Siakam is still averaging over 45 DraftKings points per game, with a floor of 35 points for most of the year. He should have no trouble reaching those numbers against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who rank 29th in OPRK against opposing power forwards. In their previous meeting, Siakam scored an impressive 60 DK points.
While Siakam has had some quieter performances lately, he has a good chance to bounce back against the Thunder, who don’t have much size up front and have allowed the most rebounds per game in the league. This could be a perfect spot for him to break out, given that the Thunder give up the most rebounds, fourth-most points, and fifth-most three-pointers per game to power forwards.
On Thursday’s slate, Siakam is priced at $8,400 on both DraftKings and FanDuel. While he has struggled lately, his track record and the favorable matchup make him a good value play. With a potential ceiling of 60+ DK points based on his previous performance against the Thunder, Siakam is a player to consider for DFS lineups.
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Jalen Williams is a player to keep an eye on in tonight’s game against Toronto. Despite facing a tough matchup, Williams has been on fire lately, scoring at least 15 points in nine straight games, including seven games with over 20 points. He has also demonstrated versatility on the court with double-digit assists and rebounds at different times. Despite his impressive form, Williams still seems underpriced for his potential.
With the Raptors focusing on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Williams might have a chance to shine. Over the last seven games, he has delivered at least 43 DraftKings fantasy points in six of those games, with a high of 55.25. Regardless of the challenge, Williams is a player worth considering in all formats for tonight’s games.
Mikal Bridges has basically become the franchise player for the Nets since arriving in Brooklyn. With nine out of his last 12 games producing at least 43 DraftKings points, Bridges has proven to be a consistent performer. Facing a weak Sacramento defense, ranked 28th in the league, only adds to his appeal. Bridges’ last game against the Thunder saw him produce a whopping 34 points, and since joining the Nets, he’s averaging 26.3 points per game with a 50.6 percent field goal percentage. With the Kings ranked inside the top-10 in pace of play and inside the bottom-10 in defensive rating, Bridges is a great option for DFS players.
Bridges has been on fire recently, scoring at least 40 DKFP in eight of his last 14 games since joining the Nets, with a 61 and 71 DKFP game on his resume. He’s scored over 30 points in five of the last seven games, has a usage rate in the range of 25% to 41%, and is averaging 35 minutes per contest. Although he had a slower start to his time with the Nets, Bridges’ fantasy output has been steadily improving, and he’s now an extremely appealing option due to his well-rounded game.