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Top Picks for NBA DFS on Tuesday, March 2 (2021)

| March 2, 2021 8:37 am PDT

Monday wasn’t a great night to go studless. I felt the midrange guys were good enough to get you there, but Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic specifically went nuts.

I still nailed a stellar value play in Shake Milton, while my main core was also rock solid. If you wanted to win big, though, the ceiling just wasn’t there.

Tuesday offers up a new slate, and you can get your lineup-building process started with a look at my NBA betting picks for the day.

For all things fantasy, read on for Tuesday’s NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup.

Top NBA DFS Picks for March 2nd

  • Ja Morant, PG, Grizzlies ($7k)
  • Derrick Rose, SG, Knicks ($5.9k)
  • Jayson Tatum, SF, Celtics ($9.4k)
  • John Collins, PF, Hawks ($6.8k)
  • Nikola Jokic, C, Nuggets ($10.8k)

For the moment, this slate seems fairly clear to me. Go get your one stud, maybe get a second lower-level stud, and then go as balanced as possible.

There isn’t a ton of elite value to be had, so you may need to pick your spots. Luckily, there are some really nice options that are under-priced.

Morant, Rose, and Collins qualify as such.

Morant hasn’t been great lately, but he’s in a dream spot against a bad Wizards defense. You haven’t seen his ceiling much this year, but I get the feeling it’ll be on full display on Tuesday night.

Rose is just a rock solid option. He’s in a solid spot against a tired Spurs team, and he’s still too cheap.

Elfrid Payton is also doubtful for this one, so Rose (30+ fantasy points in each of his last four games) is a lock for me.

Tatum is one of the few studs I am game for paying up for. He’s not cheap, but he could be very busy if Jaylen Brown is again out. He’s currently listed as questionable.

Tatum has massive usage when this is the case, and he’s fresh off of a 50+ fantasy point outing in his last game. I don’t love the matchup with Kawhi Leonard, but the role and price check the appropriate boxes for me.

Collins is another great value that I can’t ignore. I used him the other day at 5% ownership, and he smoked the Heat to the tune of 58 fantasy points. He gets them again – and there’s just no way people overlook him this time – but I have zero issue using him again.

Lastly, there’s Jokic, who went nuclear against Chicago last night.

He’s just such a monster, and you know he’ll need an epic outing to have a shot at taking out the Bucks in Milwaukee. Maybe he and the Nuggets will be tired, but he did put up 62 fantasy points against The Deer earlier this year.

It’s Jokic vs. Giannis at center for me. You probably need to pay for one of them, and Jokic is cheaper.

Ultimately, I’d likely just use whoever is lower-owned, though.

Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Tuesday

  • Kendrick Nunn, PG, Heat ($5.5k)
  • Patty Mills, SG, Spurs ($4.7k)
  • Desmond Bane, SF, Grizzlies ($3.4k)
  • Trey Lyles, PF, Spurs ($4.2k)
  • Nerlens Noel, C, Knicks ($5.2k)

Miami could be a good source of value again on Tuesday, provided Jimmy Butler remains out. He had swelling in his knee and missed Sunday’s game, and he’s questionable for this one, too.

Kendrick Nunn went off in his stead, and he’s probably too cheap if given the keys to the offense again. Goran Dragic is $100 more, while guys like Tyler Herro and Kelly Olynyk could also help save some cash.

San Antonio could limit or rest a veteran or two after playing last night. Even if not, they’re already shorthanded, so their value plays remain viable options.

Patty Mills and Trey Lyles are pretty volatile, but both should see 20-25 minutes at a minimum, unless some of their guys in the league protocol make it back.

Bane is probably the best pure value on the board, as he started last game and popped off for 32 fantasy points. He could be a lock for your lineups with Grayson Allen expected to miss another game due to a concussion.

I also love Nerlens Noel, who has played 40+ minutes in each of his last two games. This guy has an affinity for scoring exactly eight points in games, it seems, as he’s done so in four straight outings.

It’s the run that I’m enamored with, of course. He does a lot of stuff when he’s out there, and Mitchell Robinson remains out, while Taj Gibson (ankle) may miss another game.

Best NBA DFS Lineup for March 2nd, 2021

  • PG: Ja Morant – Grizzlies ($7k)
  • SG: Derrick Rose – Knicks ($5.9k)
  • SF: Desmond Bane – Grizzlies ($3.4k)
  • PF: John Collins – Hawks ($6.8k)
  • C: Nikola Jokic – Nuggets ($10.8k)
  • G: Kendrick Nunn – Heat ($5.5k)
  • F: Lonnie Walker IV – Spurs ($5.1k)
  • UTIL: Nerlens Noel – Knicks ($5.2k)

Things are bound to change, whether it be values that open up with news, studs that are scratched, or ownerships and projections altering what you think.

For now, I love this team. I have my one elite player in Jokic, and I left $300 on the board so you can pivot to Giannis if you prefer. Like I said, I may do just that, depending on ownership.

Morant, Rose, Collins, and Nunn are all too cheap to me. Nunn ideally sees Butler sit, but all of these guys establish a nice little core around Jokic or Giannis.

Bane is a terrific punt with Allen out. His matchup against Washington is sublime, too. Just make sure he’s starting, and keep an eye on Justise Winslow ($3.9k).

Walker is going to continue to start and get burn for the Spurs. Whether they rest someone or their other guys are still out, I like him at this price.

The same goes for Noel. He’s getting starts and his minutes at the moment are insane.

Overall, this is a stellar lineup. You can try to grab a second stud like Giannis, Tatum, or LeBron James if more value opens up, but I think I
prefer the one-stud approach on this slate.

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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.

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