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Top Picks for NBA DFS on Tuesday, March 23 (2021)

| March 23, 2021 6:46 am PDT

Monday was about as straightforward as a daily fantasy basketball slate gets. Until lock, that is, and then all hell broke loose.

That just goes to show you, even when things look super predictable, the NBA can throw a wrench in your plays.

Despite just eight games to work with and no clear-cut stud to pay for, yesterday was still one of the weirdest slates in recent memory.

Things shift considerably on Tuesday, as the game count drops to six, but this slate is loaded with elites worth paying for.

For assistance in how to approach Tuesday, let’s dive into my favorite NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup.

Top NBA DFS Picks for March 23rd

  • James Harden, PG, Nets ($11k)
  • Dennis Schroder, SG, Lakers ($6.6k)
  • Andrew Wiggins, SF, Warriors ($6.6k)
  • Kyle Kuzma, PF, Lakers ($6.8k)
  • Nikola Jokic, C, Nuggets ($10.7k)

There are a lot of elite options despite this being just a six-game slate, but the top spend is clearly James Harden.

He’s safely topped 51+ fantasy points in seven of his last eight games, and he’ll have a massive role with Kyrie Irving out for this one.

Next up are the Lakers, who have to look elsewhere with superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis sidelined. You can dig deep in their bargain bin, too, but both Schroder and Kuzma feel like locks for 35+ minutes each night.

A date with a fast-paced Pelicans offense that also struggles defensively feels like a match made in heaven. Stock up on your Lakers, kids.

Wiggins also projects well, as he’s looking at a third straight game without the help of Stephen Curry.

He went off two games ago, dropping 40 points on the Grizzlies.

You can’t expect that every time out, but he churned out a very respectable 37 fantasy points in his very next contest. If Curry is still out, he’s got to be on your radar at an approachable salary.

There might not be room for two studs on this slate, but that doesn’t stop The Joker from being the best spend at center.

Jokic kept it going in his last game, where he registered a 29-point triple-double. He’s now safely topped 64+ fantasy points in three of his last four games, and only Harden feels like the better play on this slate.

Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Tuesday

  • Jordan Poole, PG, Warriors ($5.6k)
  • Nickiel Alexander-Walker, SG, Pelicans ($4.4k)
  • Talen Horton-Tucker, SF, Lakers ($5.5k)
  • Markieff Morris, PF, Lakers ($5.2k)
  • Alex Len, C, Wizards ($3.9k)

You can consider a lot more than just Andrew Wiggins if Curry remains out. Pool would be a smash play, as his price is still reasonable, and he’s been wrecking lately.

NAW is the better overall play, of course, and he’s a little more likely to be relevant if Curry returns. I would imagine Alexander-Walker keeps it going, seeing as Lonzo Ball is involved in trade rumors.

I am not enthralled with the Lakers value, while their prices actually spiked. That said, THT and Morris both should be seeing 25-30 minutes for the moment, and that’s enough to garner my interest in a great matchup with the Pels.

Lastly, there is the corpse of Alex Len, who seemingly only works out when nobody dares to roster him.

I’m sure he fizzles out the second you lock him in, but he’s too cheap to ignore if he’s going to sniff the 36-point fantasy gem he handed people on March 21st.

Best NBA DFS Lineup for March 23rd, 2021

  • PG: James Harden – Nets ($11k)
  • SG: Nickiel Alexander-Walker ($4.4k)
  • SF: Andrew Wiggins – Warriors ($6.6k)
  • PF: Kyle Kuzma – Lakers ($6.8k)
  • C: Alex Len – Wizards ($3.9k)
  • G: Jordan Poole – Warriors ($5.6k)
  • F: Draymond Green – Warriors ($7.6k)
  • UTIL: Alex Caruso – Lakers ($4k)

It’s early, and my lineup largely hinges to Curry being out. If he’s out, I love stacking Lakers against the Pels, and soaking up that Curry usage through three Dubs players.

Harden is Harden. You can drop to Jokic, Damian Lillard, or Russell Westbrook, but that may be getting too cute.

NAW is an obvious value, and while Len is risky, for now he’s the punt that puts it all together.

This does feel a bit chalky, so at some point, you’ll want to mess with ownership projections, or take advantage of late news to differentiate this squad.

That said, this serves as a rock-solid starting point, and should nudge you in the right direction.

Hopefully, these NBA DFS picks and sleepers help you win. If you’d like to up the ante a bit, consider placing some bets at the top NBA betting sites.

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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