Top Picks for NBA DFS on Monday, March 1 (2021)

| March 1, 2021 8:42 am PST

A new week of daily fantasy basketball arrives on Monday, with a nice seven-game slate on the table. You can dive into my NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup, but I also suggest checking out Monday’s NBA predictions.

I took a look at each game, touching on pricing, matchups, and how I think the games will go. That should bleed into which NBA DFS environments you’ll want to attack, although you definitely want to do two things.

  • Check for updated betting lines
  • Track player injuries and news

There are already some things to track, as Malcolm Brogdon, Joel Embiid, and Tobias Harris are among the star players that are questionable for Monday.

The Spurs have also already ruled out three players (Derrick White, Rudy Gay, and Devin Vassell), while more news is sure to come.

Keep in mind how fluid things are, but I still think there is use to pushing out an early look at the slate.

With that, let’s get into my NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup for March 1st, 2021.

Top NBA DFS Picks for March 1st

  • Dejounte Murray, PG, Spurs ($8.1k)
  • Kyrie Irving, SG, Nets ($9.1k)
  • Joe Ingles, SF, Jazz ($5.7k)
  • DeMar DeRozan, PF, Spurs ($8.4k)
  • Jarrett Allen, C, Cavaliers ($8.5k)

As noted, the Spurs are down some key role players. Murray is locked into monster minutes, and he’s got one of the best matchups out there in an up-tempo clash with the Nets.

Brooklyn got schooled by Luka Doncic last time out, and they probably aren’t about to shut down Murray, either. He’s been super reliable lately (45+ fantasy points in three straight), so you should be able to stomach the elevated price tag.

Despite this slate being loaded with a ton of studs, you may want to just take the guys who can get you there at a cheaper price. Murray is one of them, and Irving might be another.

He’s back after a one-game absence, and while James Harden will be much chalkier and offers more upside, Irving still has a nice ceiling. He’ll likely be less-owned than Harden, and that alone puts him in play.

Ingles stands out as a solid value and a nice guy to build around, assuming Mike Conley sits out another game. He had 35 fantasy points in his last game, and has thrived with Conley sidelined this year.

Jordan Clarkson also sees an increased scoring workload off the bench in that case, but he’s $700 more at DraftKings.

DeRozan went off for 54 fantasy points in his first game in almost two weeks. He did that in 38 minutes, so there’s zero concern about his workload right now.

San Antonio is still down some key bodies, so DeRozan will get all the burn he can handle. In a fast-paced clash with the Nets, he has 50+ fantasy points upside.

I really like Jarrett Allen on this slate. Center is loaded, and there are literally seven superstars priced up over $10k on this slate. And to be fair, Allen’s price is a bit out there.

But just look what he did the last time he faced the Rockets.

Houston has zero resistance down low, and they are a mess after losing for an 11th time last night. Allen should feast here. Of course, if you’re scared off by his price, just go with Nikola Jokic, who is perhaps the best overall stud on this slate.

Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Monday

  • Patty Mills, PG, Spurs ($4.7k)
  • Shake Milton, SG, 76ers ($4.5k)
  • Josh Richardson, SF, Mavericks ($4.9k)
  • Dean Wade, PF, Cavaliers ($4k)
  • Dwight Howard, C, 76ers ($3.5k)

Mills and any cheap Spurs you like are presently the best options to save salary on this slate. Mills is the guy that stands out the most, as there are a lot of guard minutes to be had.

He’s seen 28+ minutes in both games since the Spurs got back from their long layoff, and I’d expect him to see at least that in an explosive showdown with the Nets. His ceiling isn’t great, but the value isn’t amazing on this slate.

Trey Lyles and Lonnie Walker IV are the other two Spurs to look to for some savings, and both are viable options.

I also like Milton in the event Tobias Harris and/or Joel Embiid don’t play on Monday. He logged 32 minutes in his last game, and you have to think he keeps getting burn.

Philly doesn’t have many other perimeter players they can actually trust, so you can look at Milton, Seth Curry, or perhaps Danny Green.

Furkan Korkmaz and Matisse Thybulle save a ton of cash, but they’ve been extremely tough to trust.

Speaking of tough to trust, there’s always cheap Cavs to turn to. Dean Wade has actually been decent with 22+ fantasy points in two straight games, and he’s getting starts.

If Taurean Prince and Cedi Osman are out again, don’t ignore him when building daily fantasy basketball lineups.

I’ll also mention Dwight Howard, just because Embiid is listed as questionable, and you never know if he’ll sit. If so, Howard instantly becomes the top value play of the night, while the 76ers in general become a team you can freely stack.

Best NBA DFS Lineup for March 1st, 2021

  • PG: Dejounte Murray – Spurs ($8.1k)
  • SG: Kyrie Irving – Nets ($9.1k)
  • SF: Lonnie Walker IV – Spurs ($5k)
  • PF: Trey Lyles – Spurs ($4.4k)
  • C: Jarrett Allen – Cavaliers ($8.5k)
  • G: Patty Mills – Spurs ($4.7k)
  • F: Joe Harris – Nets ($5.6k)
  • UTIL: Shake Milton – 76ers ($4.5k)

It’s probably too early to write your NBA DFS lineup in pen. I still have eyes for T.J. McConnell if Brogdon is out, and I’ll need the news out of Philly to see if more value opens up.

As things stand, though, Mike Conley is trending toward returning, and Taurean Prince possibly being back could also curb the Cleveland value.

Obviously the likes of James Harden, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic, and so many others are appealing. But I love this team for two reasons; the three guys I’m paying for can get 50+ fantasy points, and their price tags (plus the many elites) may keep their ownership low.

The value plays are guys I’ve already largely touched on, as the Spurs remain a good source of savings, and I think Milton also could be viable.

Be sure to track news to see what else opens up, and make pivots as needed. If you want to take your NBA interest to the next level, consider hitting up the best sites for betting on the NBA to place some bets.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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