Top Picks for NBA DFS on Thursday, February 25 (2021)
After two straight days of nine-game daily fantasy basketball slates, a breather arrives with just six games on Thursday.
Despite the small-ish nature of this schedule, there are still some appetizing NBA DFS environments, and there are a good amount of superstars worth paying up for.
It’s too early to know the exact strategy to implement here, but this feels like a slate where getting a head start could be beneficial.
I’ll help you with that while taking a peek at my NBA predictions and top betting picks for Thursday also can’t hurt.
For my NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup, read on.
Top NBA DFS Picks for February 25th
- Luka Doncic, PG, Mavericks ($10.9k)
- Kyrie Irving, SG, Nets ($8.9k)
- Brandon Ingram, SF, Pelicans ($7.9k)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF, Bucks ($11k)
- Nikola Jokic, C, Nuggets ($10.4k)
If you plan on paying up at point guard, it probably comes down to Luka Doncic vs. James Harden. Lonzo Ball also stands out, and De’Aaron Fox feels a bit too cheap.
I don’t think there is really a “wrong answer,” but Doncic is $100 more expensive than Harden, and Harden is probably going to be chalkier. Give me the potentially lower-owned stud with just as much upside in Doncic.
Besides, the dude is clutch.
If I am not paying for Harden, that creates extra incentive to go get Irving. He doesn’t offer the same ceiling his teammate does, but his usage is still sky-high with Kevin Durant sidelined.
Brandon Ingram is just too cheap. He’s now under $8k, and he’s still taking 20+ shots most nights. In an up-tempo matchup with the Bucks, I think he’s a terrific midrange guy on this slate.
He’s not cheap, and it’s likely you’ll have to decide between him, Doncic, Harden, or one of the other stud centers. Ideally, you can pair two of those guys if value opens up, but if there’s one PF that stands out, he’s it.
Let’s cap things off with Joker, who is a monster in any matchup. The guy dropped 41 points in his last game and would have dropped an epic fantasy performance if the peripherals were there.
Against a bad Wizards defense in a fast-paced setting, there’s an argument he’s the top play of the night.
I’ll let the ownership projections dictate things as the night grows on, but these are the NBA DFS picks I am looking to build around going into Thursday night.
Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Thursday
- Derrick Rose, PG, Knicks ($4.6k)
- Michael Carter-Williams, SG, Magic ($5.6k)
- Bruce Brown, SF, Nets ($4.6k)
- James Johnson, PF, Mavericks ($3.2k)
- Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Mavericks ($3.2k)
I’ll be honest; the downside of submitting daily fantasy basketball picks early is that you don’t know what value will open up later in the day.
But, to be fair, the best value often isn’t common knowledge until about an hour before lock – if not much later.
In other words, it always pays to get ahead of the game and then just adjust to news as you go by.
For now, I think one of the Knicks point guards is going to be a priority for those looking to save some cash. Derrick Rose logged 27 minutes in his last game, and Elfrid Payton is doubtful to play.
Elfrid Payton is doubtful for tomorrow’s game vs SAC due to a hamstring ailment, Knicks say. Nerlens Noel (ankle) is probable.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) February 25, 2021
Obviously, Immanuel Quickley ($4.1k) is just as appealing, and I’d ultimately probably side with who starts. I’d say both are on the table, however.
MCW is still a good price, and he can be used in up to four slots. He’s in a high-octane matchup with the Nets, and basically, any other cheap Magic are in play tonight.
Bruce Brown had an unsustainably amazing shooting performance (11-of-13) in his last game, but I vouched for him. That won’t happen again, but he’s cheap and in a good offense. He’s still appealing.
Dallas is the major value source right now, should you be willing to go back to that devilish well.
Rick Carlisle trolled us left and right last game, but the Mavs are possibly down some key guys again, so you can still roll the dice with one of their big men. You can’t “just use whoever starts” and feel amazing about it, but it’s likely one of WCS, Boban Marjanovic, and Dwight Powell will pan out.
Good luck picking the right one, but for now, I’ll go with Trill.
Best NBA DFS Lineup for February 25th, 2021
- PG: Lonzo Ball – Pelicans ($6.3k)
- SG: Kyrie Irving – Nets ($8.9k)
- SF: Bruce Brown – Nets ($4.6k)
- PF: James Johnson – Mavericks ($3.2k)
- C: Willie Cauley-Stein – Mavericks ($3.3k)
- G: Derrick Rose – Knicks ($4.6k)
- F: Brandon Ingram – Pelicans ($7.9k)
- UTIL: Giannis Antetokounmpo – Bucks ($11k)
There are so many different directions to go in on Thursday, but I am probably going to work around a stack for my main lineup. The three games I have the most interest in are Milwaukee, Brooklyn, and Philly.
To me, the best spot is with the Pels vs. Bucks, and I’ll pay for Giannis to be my top spend, with Lonzo and Ingram running it back.
I still want some Nets, so I’ll pay for Kyrie as an elite leverage play on Harden and also toss Bruce Brown in there.
You can run it back with a Magic player, but I don’t feel the need.
Elsewhere, I’ll soak up the Dallas value (although we’ll know later precisely what that will be) and close things out with Rose. If I can get to De’Aaron Fox over Lonzo and it isn’t forced, I’ll be very interested in doing so.
Guys, I’ll be looking for a cheaper pivot off of include Rose and Brown. Overall, just keep an eye on player news, and adjust as needed.
Hopefully, my NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup help you in some manner on Thursday. If you want to try your hand at betting, be sure to use the best NBA betting apps.