Daily Fantasy NBA 3/30/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
March 30, 2014
There’s a pretty decent-sized NBA schedule on tap for today, which will bring about all sorts of fantasy implications for us owners. Before we get those lineups set, let’s take our daily look at some of the up-and-coming players out there who are making waves on the waiver wire as long-term adds or temporary pickups. If you’re looking for a sleeper or a matchup play, here’s where to start.
Nikola Pekovic, C, Minnesota Timberwolves: Suddenly, Gorgui Dieng doesn’t hold as much value as he once did. Pekovic returned to the floor on Friday, and he posted 26 points with three rebounds in just 22 minutes of action against the Lakers. It was his first action after a six-game absence (ankle).
Dieng had been tearing it up in Pekovic’s absence, which was likely the extra incentive he needed for a return. He may get shut down for the rest of the season at any time, but on a game-to-game basis he seems safe. He’s in Brooklyn today.
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Terrence Ross, SG/SF, Toronto Raptors: Ross is a frequent subject of this space recently, and here he is again. He put up a nice line against Boston in his last appearance, logging 17 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in the win. That’s four straight double-digit scoring outings for him.
Ross’ strengths are his scoring and three-point capability, so the more minutes he gets, the better. If the Raptors get into garbage time at any point, he’ll mop up and surge. The Raptors head to Orlando today.
Shaun Livingston, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets: Let’s revisit that Nets-Wolves game today and check out Livingston. He had a solid all-around game against Cleveland in his last outing, with eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals. That gives him 13 helpers in just his last two games.
Livingston won’t light it up points-wise, and he won’t deliver any three-balls, but he’s otherwise fairly strong in all other areas. He’ll give you a nice low-end effort across the board.
Jordan Hill, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers: Hill turned a lot of heads last week when he exploded for 28 points and 16 rebounds against the woeful Bucks. He followed that up with 10 points and seven boards against Minnesota, which looks to be about par for the course on him.
On average, Hill should be able to flirt with a double-double each game, and as an added bonus he’s got the capability to simply explode stats-wise at any given time. It’ll be interesting to see what he does against Phoenix today.
Jameer Nelson, PG, Orlando Magic: Here’s a high-risk/high-reward pickup for the adventurous owners out there. Nelson came back against Charlotte on Friday, following a four game absence. In that game, he managed 11 points, four rebounds and eight assists. He was out there for 32 minutes.
With the Magic’s collective tires spinning at this point, Nelson is another player who’s a potential shutdown candidate at any time. Still, if you can make sure he’s active before plugging him in, he could serve you well.
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