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NBA GPP Pivots: Thursday 3/14

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: March 14, 2019, 2:39 pm ET

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.  


Jalen Brunson – Dallas (at Denver)

Brunson has really turned it on for the Mavericks while averaging 33 minutes and 36 fantasy points over his last three games. That includes a remarkable 34-5-4 (48 FP) showing vs San Antonio on Tuesday. Tonight’s matchup is more challenging at Denver, but Brunson still carries capable upside that’s now backed by momentum. There are numerous value point guards to choose from tonight (Augustin, Sexton, maybe Jones, maybe Lin), and Brunson may fly under that radar because of that.


Jaylen Brown – Boston (vs Sacramento)

This is more of a hope than a statement that Brown will have a low ownership rate. If Marcus Smart (questionable) is out, people will probably flock to him at a shallow shooting guard position. However, I’ll be looking towards Brown’s economical salary regardless of Smart’s status. Sure, Brown flopped the last time he played Sacramento (3/6), even with Kyrie Irving sidelined. We still can’t ignore the matchup potential against a Kings team that plays fast while ranking 25th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards. Brown came up huge with 39 fantasy points through 31 minutes against the Clippers on Monday, and this draw profiles similarly.  


Joe Ingles – Utah (vs Minnesota)

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will siphon ownership to the top, while the red-hot ways of Bojan Bogdanovic and Cedi Osman will absorb those looking in the mid-range at small forward. However, let’s not forget about Mr. Joe Ingles. He’s a capable fantasy producer who can contribute in every category. Facing an injury-plagued Minnesota team that ranks dead last in defensive efficiency to small forwards should certainly help. Keep him in the back of your mind when assembling tournament lineups.


Maxi Kleber – Dallas (at Denver)

Kleber came away with only 11 fantasy points on Tuesday against the Spurs. Having said that, it’s nice to see him logging 30 or more minutes in back-to-back games. That level of playing time will likely lead him to a strong DFS return more times than not. Tonight’s matchup at Denver looks tough on paper, but Kleber makes sense as a near-minimum punt play who can hopefully make the most of his minutes. The power forward position is somewhat uninspiring on this slate, so Kleber gains consideration as a filler on FanDuel – where your lowest score is dropped.


Nikola Vucevic – Orlando (vs Cleveland)

This is a game theory approach more than anything. Assuming “the crowd” looks to Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, they probably won’t have enough funds to make Vucevic work. That calls for a leverage opportunity for tournament participants who assemble their lineups differently. Vucevic has been a beast with 50 or more fantasy points in six of his last ten. The last time he faced Cleveland (3/3), 62 fantasy points showed up next to his name. That’s really not a surprise, considering the Cavaliers are pretty bad up front while ranking below average in defensive efficiency and rebound rate. Not having Larry Nance in the mix doesn’t help. In other words, Vucevic’s monster 62 FP outing from a few weeks ago could be duplicated.


Brandon Knight – PG - Cleveland (at Orlando)

Matthew Dellavedova will miss his fourth straight game, and Knight has helped pick up the slack while averaging a consistent 25 minutes and 27 fantasy points over three games without “Delly”. The cost has jumped a little bit from minimum price points, but Knight is still dirt-cheap on both FanDuel and DraftKings. The matchup looks good against a subpar Orlando defense, and Knight could keep providing solid returns with a larger spot in Cleveland’s rotation.

Spencer Limbach

Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.