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NBA DFS Picks for Thursday, March 24th

Thursday’s NBA slate is filled with playoff implications. The Bulls try to regain their footing with a home game and try to avoid slipping into the play-ins. The Grizzlies and the Suns are both in action pining for that number one spot in the West. And Milwaukee looks to make ground up on the Heat as they press for that top spot in the East. Whether or not you and your favorite team have the top spot right now, tag along with our NBA DFS lineup for tonight, and we’ll help you get into that green.

(NOTE: This NBA DFS lineup was made ahead of time. Always check for the latest injuries and inactives prior to lineups locking. )

NBA DFS Picks for Thursday – March 24th

PG – Darius Garland ($9,700) – CLE

Earlier this month, you could put Darius Garland on your NBA DFS roster at just $7,700. It takes a lot for a player to go up by two grand in a single month, but the crazy part of all of this is that he still is possibly undervalued. In this past month, we’ve seen Garland break 50 fantasy points five times, break 60 three times, and crack 70 once. In addition, he’s never dropped below 40 in that run. A high floor and a big upside are the perfect foundation for a winning lineup.

SG – Devin Booker ($9,300) – PHX

Devin Booker has simply been letting them fly as of late. It’s been two weeks since he attempted less than 15 shots in a game, and a majority of those games have been above 20. The reason I really like him as one of my big-ticket NBA DFS plays this week is Denver’s defense. While it’s been good most of the season on three-pointers, it’s been rough as of late. In the last three games, they’ve given up nearly 15 threes a game. If Booker takes advantage of this, we might see a gaudy scoring number.

SF – Deni Avdija ($4,700) – WAS

Don’t look now, but we may finally be getting some consistency out of Deni Avdija here in his second year. His minutes are increasing, having not dropped below 24 in his last five games. His fantasy value is there too. He’s gone for at least 30 fantasy points in three of his last four. The only thing that worries me is that there isn’t any real trend to the way he’s getting these points – he has a high scoring day followed by a big day on the boards. However, coming anywhere near 30 with this kind of salary makes him an obvious NBA DFS target.

PF – Chris Boucher ($5,000) – TOR

Speaking of guys who are real hot right now, Chris Boucher is also coming off of back-to-back games with 30+ fantasy points. His is a little more stable of a NBA DFS play than the aforementioned Avdija though. Boucher has done so with back-to-back double-doubles. It’s not a fluke either. We’ve seen a real uptick in his rebounding numbers over the last month, so I like these to keep coming.

C – Jonas Valanciunas ($8,200) – NOP

Okay, so Jonas Valanciunas’s rebounding numbers have always been good. He’s consistently flirting with, or getting, double-doubles every time he touches the floor. In the last four games, he’s found a new level though. He’s averaging 13.5 boards a game in that span, which includes an 18 rebound effort on Monday. The Bulls are looking down as of late and they’re 24th in the league in allowing points to centers – making Jonas a real easy NBA DFS play.

G – Bones Hyland ($5,200) – DEN

For every Chris Boucher and Deni Avdija, where we’re riding the hot hand, there is a Bones Hyland. Hyland ripped off four straight 30 fantasy point games and looked to be a can’t miss NBA DFS play. He’s since followed that with a couple of rough outings. I like him for a bounce back tonight for a couple reasons. Firstly, the Suns give up the majority of their fantasy points to guards. Secondly, one of the relative weak spots for the Suns is rebounding, which is one of the things that helped prop up Hyland’s higher totals.

F – Brandon Clarke ($4,600) – MEM

In the last couple games, Brandon Clarke has been seeing more of the floor. He has cracked 20+ minutes in each of the last two games and in four of the last six. When he does so, he’s easily ripping off double-digit points and at or near double-digit boards. The double-double last night is a nice indicator that he might be on the path to get some more time tonight. As long as he hits that 20 minute mark, I’m happy with him as a NBA DFS play tonight.

UTIL – Austin Rivers ($3,200) – DEN

I like Austin Rivers here for the same match-up reasons that I like Bones Hyland. Some people might doubt that there is enough points to go around for both of the two, but I think they should be fine. Denver is scoring 115.7 per game over the last three games. Both guys should make enough of a splash to make their NBA DFS salaries worth the squeeze.

Make sure to check out all the great NBA coverage we have to offer and be sure to listen to the NBA Gambling Podcast, which airs twice a week. This week the guys are breaking down all the best plays for the coming days.  

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Daniel "Gumby" Vreeland has been an MMA writer for over a decade. His credits include FloCombat, Fight! Magazine, The UG and MMA-Manifesto. In addition to writing, "Gumby" hosts the Top Turtle Podcast and is a member of the UFC's ranking panel. In addition to having a purple belt in jiu jistu, Gumby was also a seldom used D3 relief pitcher.

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