Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays on FanDuel and DraftKings. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned popular picks contributes to a viable GPP strategy.
Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
With that, let’s dive into tonight’s main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Spencer Dinwiddie – Brooklyn (vs Detroit)
Dinwiddie missed more than a month of action with a thumb injury, but he looks fully healthy at the moment. His minutes are back up around 30, translating to 42+ fantasy points in each of his past two games. Those impressive performances came against some pretty bad defenses (Atlanta & Cleveland), but facing a Detroit team that ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to opposing backcourts isn't too shabby either. Dinwiddie will probably carry a lower-than-deserved ownership rate despite posting two straight gems. De’Aaron Fox, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul could siphon ownership away from him.
Jeremy Lamb – Charlotte (at Houston)
Lamb has the “GTD” tag next to his name, but he’s actually considered probable. Most people will subconsciously glaze over his name due to the injury designation, creating a leverage opportunity with low ownership. Lamb is an interesting fantasy asset who has flexed some nice upside since coming off the bench. That includes 47+ fantasy points in three of his last seven. One of those games includes a 48 FP effort vs Houston on February 27, and he’ll face that same Rockets team this evening. Don’t sleep on Lamb when assembling multiple tournament lineups.
Danilo Gallinari – LA Clippers (vs Boston)
Gallinari has been up-and-down lately, but he’ll always have an opportunity to step with Tobias Harris traded away. He did exactly that in his last game with 44 fantasy points through 33 minutes vs Oklahoma City on Friday. Perhaps that will ignite Gallinari for the final month of the season. Either way, it’s nice that he has momentum heading into a competitive home draw vs Boston. The Celtics look like a tough defensive team on paper, but they actually rank 27th in defensive efficiency to opposing power forwards over their last ten games. Not having Jayson Tatum tonight could make for Gallinari seeing better individual matchups as well.
Marquese Chriss – Cleveland (vs Toronto)
You could take a glance at Marquese Chriss for minimum salary in tournaments. That’s probably a better strategy on FanDuel, where you can drop the lowest score. Chriss definitely has a wide range of outcomes, but there’s hope for some upside with Larry Nance Jr not playing. Remember that Tristan Thompson will continue to miss time in the Cleveland frontcourt as well. Chriss has been reasonably efficient with minutes in the teens lately, but he would hold real value if that rises closer to 25 minutes in Nance’s absence. The last two times Chriss saw 22 minutes or more, he ended up with 26 and 38 fantasy points against New York and Brooklyn (respectively) in mid-February.
Al Horford – Boston (at LA Clippers)
Which version of Al Horford will show up tonight? I’m thinking we’ll see his good side while stepping in against a Clippers team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to opposing centers. It helps that Jayson Tatum has been ruled out for Boston, which could force Horford into a heightened role while taking initiative in the Celtics’ frontcourt. It’s definitely a risk/reward proposition, but the upside is clearly present.
Bogdan Bogdanovic – SG – Sacramento (at Washington)
Is this where Bogdanovic finally breaks out? He has been held under 25 fantasy points in six of his past seven games. However, that one exception came in the form of 58 fantasy points vs Milwaukee on February 27. That’s the risk/reward proposition we are dealing with here. Bogdan’s salary has fallen due to the recent skid, and this 240 point over/under at Washington screams for a bounce-back.
Nemanja Bjelica – SF – Sacramento (at Washington)
I’m legitimately targeting nine players from this game, as it carries one of the best fantasy environments a DFS enthusiast could hope for. Bjelica is a tournament bargain with upside, but the problem comes from an unknown role. Marvin Bagley is still out, but that hasn’t always translated to consistent playing time. It’s nice to see that Bjelica has logged 28 or more minutes in each of his past two games, and maybe the 13 point 10 rebound performance at New York on Saturday earned him more time on the floor. If that’s the case, Bjelica has upside of 20 points and 10+ rebounds in this high-scoring draw.