NBA DFS Picks and Sleepers – February 24, 2021
It has been a rough patch lately. My NBA DFS picks have been hit or miss, in recent days getting bogged down by studs vastly under-performing, and blowouts also becoming a problem.
Lop-sided affairs in basketball are annoying, especially for NBA DFS. However, you can actually benefit from blowouts in NBA betting.
That sounds pretty great, but personally, I just wish they’d stop. Predicting blowouts is basically impossible, and it’s bad practice in daily fantasy basketball.
You just need to react to news, trust projections, and more importantly, go with your gut. I’ll look to follow my own advice as I break down my favorite NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup for Wednesday.
Top NBA DFS Picks for February 24th
- Dejounte Murray, PG, Spurs ($7.4k)
- Collin Sexton, SG, Cavaliers ($7.4k)
- Jaylen Brown, SF, Celtics ($8.4k)
- Kyla Kuzma, PF, Lakers ($6.7k)
- Jarrett Allen, C, Cavaliers ($7.7k)
This is 100% a slate where I do not feel inclined to pay up for even one stud. I was the exact opposite last night, but for Wednesday, I am going as balanced as possible.
It starts with Dejounte Murray, who is going to be asked to do a ton with DeMar DeRozan ruled out ahead of Wednesday’s game.
Spurs announce they are practicing today but that DeRozan (personal reasons) and Gay, Johnson, Vassell, Weatherspoon and White (health and safety protocols) are not with the team and will not travel to OKC.— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) February 22, 2021
Murray is a good play regardless, but with DeRozan out, he’s a must.
Sexton is probably priced just about right, but he’s another guy I will gravitate to. Cleveland could be a bit tired after playing last night, but the guy has been a scoring monster (20+ points in five straight games).
He doesn’t fill the stat sheet every night, but the scoring is about as reliable as it gets. A soft home matchup against the Rockets bodes well for him, too.
Boston is going to be pretty appealing in the event Kemba Walker takes a seat. The Celtics played on Tuesday, so that’s very much in play.
While Jayson Tatum is the safer play, Brown is $800 cheaper, and offers a nice floor and a reasonable ceiling. I like him at his current price no matter what, but he may be a lock for me if Walker is out.
Kuz is suddenly too cheap. He is getting insane run with both Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder out, and he’s starting to produce. Just take a look at what he’s done over his last four games.
It’s important to note that he hasn’t been going crazy, and that last game was against Washington in overtime. But the minutes can’t be ignored, and Kuzma has now topped 30+ fantasy points in seven of his last eight games.
Utah is not a good matchup, so hopefully that helps keep his ownership low.
Lastly, I love Jarrett Allen. He is in a smash spot against the Rockets, who have no size or ability to defend inside these days.
Wendell Carter just had his way against them, and Allen possesses monster upside with Andre Drummond sidelined until the Cavs can find a trade partner.
There are other NBA DFS picks I like, but these guys should be a pretty good core to operate with. Shai, Allen, and Brown specifically stand out as guys priced in the midrange that could offer elite potential on this slate.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Wednesday
- Saben Lee, PG, Pistons ($3.8k)
- Svi Mykhailiuk, SG, Pistons ($3.1k)
- Lonnie Walker, SF, Spurs ($3.7k)
- Dean Wade, PF, Cavaliers ($3k)
- Justin Patton, C, Rockets ($3.5k)
Lee was extremely chalky yesterday, as he shined a few days ago (30 fantasy points), and kept on trucking last night.
He’s still way too cheap, so while you can also entertain Dennis Smith Jr. ($4.4k), I will look to Lee for some savings.
Detroit is in bad shape these days, and it’s possible they’ll also need some other guys to step up. Wayne Ellington sat out last night, and if he’s out again, Svi Mykhailiuk could start again.
Given the DeRozan news, you better believe there will be some cheap Spurs on the table. Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, and Devin Vassell are all also out, so Walker stands out as one of the better value plays of the entire slate.
Wade is a tota punt. He drew the surprise start last night, and while he didn’t impress, a second straight start would at least keep him on the NBA DFS sleepers radar.
I’ll cap things off with Patton, who turned 21 minutes into 17.5 fantasy points on Monday. His run isn’t guaranteed, but Houston has no size right now. He’s risky, but he could be needed against Jarrett Allen.
Best NBA DFS Lineup for February 24th, 2021
- PG: Dejounte Murray – Spurs ($7.4k)
- SG: Patty Mills – Spurs ($4.3k)
- SF: Lonnie Walker – Spurs ($3.7k)
- PF: Kyle Kuzma – Lakers ($6.7k)
- C: Jarrett Allen – Cavaliers ($7.7k)
- G: Saben Lee – Pistons ($3.8k)
- F: Jaylen Brown – Celtics ($8.4k)
- UTIL: Clint Capela – Hawks ($7.8k)
I am just in love with the midrange guys on this slate. Not only are there a bevvy of excellent plays with welcoming price tags, but the studs on this slate feel a bit overpriced.
Domantas Sabonis is awesome, and he went off for a wild 80+ fantasy points in his last game. But he’s priced up because of it. While he clearly has insane upside, you’re paying for his previous performance.
Stephen Curry and LeBron James are both capable of breaking a slate, too. However, James is almost $11k, and Curry is $10k. I don’t feel like you’re getting either at a discount.
There are other elites that are worth a look, and ownership can certainly dictate how things play out. For now, though, I think I’ll just stay balanced and build a strong lineup of reliable options around the chalky Spurs value (along with Saben Lee).
News could break and change things, but going into Wednesday, these are my favorite NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup.
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