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Top Picks for NBA DFS on Friday, February 26 (2021)
After a drop in games on Thursday, the NBA is back in full force with a fat nine-game slate on Friday.
Like usual, there is a lot to consider here. The Clippers and Grizzlies face each other again after playing last night, and you’ll want to keep tabs on guys from that game (and elsewhere) that could be out.
I’ll work with the news I have available to me to hand out my NBA DFS picks, sleepers and lineup for Friday. Just keep in mind what I’m offering here isn’t necessarily a finished product.
So much can happen through the day on Friday, especially for a slate this size. Start with my daily fantasy basketball picks but be ready to adapt.
Also, consider the betting aspect of things. To get going, check out Friday’s NBA betting picks, and then join me for my NBA DFS breakdown here.
Top NBA DFS Picks for February 26th
- Stephen Curry, PG, Warriors ($9.7k)
- Fred VanVleet, SG, Raptors ($8.3k)
- Jerami Grant, SF, Pistons ($7.3k)
- Gordon Hayward, PF, Hornets ($6.7k)
- Pascal Siakam, C, Raptors ($7.9k)
This is a big slate, but not one necessarily dominated by elite players you should feel pressured into rostering.
That makes Curry stand out, as he’s finally back under $10k again. On a slate where many will flock to Damian Lillard or LeBron James, I am all about Curry in an up-tempo matchup against the Hornets.
I will admit that SG is a spot I plan on paying down at, but FVV still stands out as a high floor option you can trust. He’s flashed elite upside a few times this year, but the guy just doesn’t crater lineups.
VanVleet has 40+ fantasy points in each of his last three outings, and I’d bet he makes it four in a row on Friday.
I also love the price of Hayward. It’s Charlotte’s guards that are doing the damage these days, but Hayward still has a nice role. He’s put up 34+ fantasy points in his last two games, and he’s displayed solid upside at times this year.
In a smash spot, he’s way too cheap.
The same goes for Siakam, who could crush against a bad Rockets defense on Friday. Houston has gotten abused by big men lately, and Siakam has had one of the better floors this year.
He tanked in his last game, but before that he had 40+ fantasy points in seven of his last 10 games.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Friday
- Saben Lee, PG, Pistons ($4.3k)
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Lakers ($4k)
- Danilo Gallinari, SF, Hawks ($5k)
- Miles Bridges, PF, Hornets ($4.5k)
- Kelly Olynyk, C, Heat ($4.6k)
Not much time needs to be wasted at point guard. Saben Lee has been a revelation for the Pistons, topping 28+ fantasy points in each of his last three games.
Detroit should hand him the starting gig, but even as a bench commodity, he remains too cheap.
KCP does not do much beyond score, but he has a role with both The Brow and Dennis Schroder on the shelf. It makes his outside shooting more important than usual, so there is a path to 30-35 minutes and 30+ fantasy point upside.
That only is enhanced by a plus matchup against a bad Blazers defense.
Gallo needs to be mentioned, as he’s still pretty cheap and he just went nuclear in his last outing.
I don’t foresee that again, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention him. He’s still got a nice scoring role, and the Hawks remain banged up. He could stay hot enough to pay off this price tag.
Bridges could be more involved than usual. Not only is he in a nice NBA DFS environment against the fast-paced Warriors, but Cody Zeller may not suit up for this one.
That could mean a little more run for Bridges, which could make for a big night for the stat-stuffer.
Lastly, I’ll cap things off with Olynyk. He’s already getting solid run on a daily basis, but he may be needed against the bigger Jazz, and it’s possible Bam Adebayo misses this one.
Heat listing Bam Adebayo (left knee tendinosis) as questionable for tomorrow's game vs. Jazz. Tyler Herro (hip) also questionable.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) February 25, 2021
Avery Bradley and Meyers Leonard are out.
Olynyk might be viable no matter what, but if Bam is out, he is likely a must.
Best NBA DFS Lineup for February 26th, 2021
- PG: Stephen Curry – Warriors ($9.7k)
- SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Lakers ($4k)
- SF: Jerami Grant – Pistons ($7.3k)
- PF: Gordon Hayward – Hornets ($6.7k)
- C: Kelly Olynyk – Heat ($4.6k)
- G: Saben Lee – Pistons ($4.3k)
- F: Miles Bridges – Hornets ($4.5k)
- UTIL: LaMelo Ball – Hornets ($8.7k)
I want a ton of exposure to the Hornets vs. Warriors game. The Dubs will ensure this game has insane potential, and if the Hornets can answer back, this could be the game of the night.
That plays into Curry being my most coveted stud on this slate. I doubt that’s a super contrarian take, but I’ll be happy if it is. Still, I’ll bring it back with three Hornets, as Hayward is too cheap, Bridges is a nice value play, and Ball is a high-upside tourney play.
Olynyk, Lee, and KCP are necessary value picks that you at least need to consider, while Grant is right up there with Hayward as far as best pure values on this slate go.
The two things you can tweak here are maybe pivoting from Ball to a more stable Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Both guys are a bit over-priced at this point, but I like the upside they have to offer.
You could also drop down from Curry and do a full-blown balanced build. However, I love this Warriors game, and think the best daily fantasy basketball strategy for this slate is to build around a mini game stack.
Hopefully, these NBA DFS picks help you win on Friday. If you want to do even more winning, considering betting on the games and player props at the top NBA betting apps.