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FanDuel Best NBA DFS Picks: Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers

Breaking down the best FanDuel player selections for tonight's Timberwolves vs. Cavaliers matchup.

Minnesota Timberwolves @ Cleveland Cavaliers
March 8, 2024 7:30 pm EDT

After a defeat of the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves travel to Ohio for a matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With about a month let in the NBA season, tonight’s matchup features two teams battling for playoff seedings.

Before we dive into the Minnesota vs. Cavaliers game, let’s review the rules for FanDuel single game contest.

FanDuel Single Game Contest Rules

Here are the single game contest rules. You have $60,000 to utilize on five players from either team. However, one of those players will be designated as your team MVP. The MVP accumulates 2x times the standard FanDuel fantasy points value.

The remaining four players in your lineup will be the star, pro, and flex plays. The star player will receive 1.5x the standard fantasy points value. The pro player will accumulate 1.2x the standard fantasy points value.

The final two flex positions will receive the standard points value. Having stated that, it is important for you to identify the correct player for your MVP position if you hope to win a FanDuel single game contest.

If you have additional questions regarding the rules for the single game contest, I highly recommend that you check out the FanDuel website for more details.

Here are my FanDuel Player Selections for tonight’s Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavaliers matchup.

FanDuel Player Picks

MVP-Anthony Edwards $16,000

Earlier this month, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl Anthony-Towns suffered a knee injury that required surgery. The injury will cause Anthony-Towns to miss a significant period of time. Minnesota guard Anthony Edwards will likely be the beneficiary of Anthony-Towns unfortunate absence this evening.

In the Timberwolves first game without Anthony-Towns on Thursday, Anthony Edwards accumulated 44 points, six rebounds, and three assists in the Timberwolves 113-111 win over the Indiana Pacers. I fully expect that Edwards will continue to see a significant role in the Minnesota offense tonight.

Star-Jarrett Allen $14,500

Cleveland center Jarrett Allen has certainly been a big contributor to the Cavaliers recently. Let me be more specific. Since the beginning of March, the Cavaliers have played four games. In those four games just noted, Allen has averaged 16.5 points, 13.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1 block a game.

It should also be mentioned that Jarrett Allen will be facing a Minnesota Timberwolves defense that has clearly had issues allowing fantasy points to the center position this season. In the Timberwolves last seven games played, Minnesota is ranked a lowly 23rd in total FanDuel points allowed a game (52.96) to the center position.

Pro-Jaden McDaniels $8,500

I noted earlier in this article that talented Minnesota center Karl Anthony-Towns would be out for an extended period of time. His absence will leave a large void in the Timberwolves offense moving forward.

Although I feel Minnesota guard Anthony Edwards will be the biggest beneficiary of Karl Anthony-Towns absence, other Timberwolves players will be expected to increase offensive production tonight.

For me, the most likely player to see an increased offensive role in addition to Edwards will be Minnesota small forward Jaden McDaniels. To better illustrate my point with data, McDaniels accumulated 29.6 FanDuel points in the Timberwolves first game without Anthony-Towns versus the Pacers yesterday.

Flex Plays I like: Rudy Gobert $14,000: Darius Garland $13,500: Dean Wade $7,000.

Hans Geevers's Free Pick: See Above

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Hans Geevers

I have been an avid fan of sports since I was a kid. Additionally, I have been betting on sports for the better part of the last two decades! I have been married to my wife Dawn for over 21 years. I am also the proud father of Hannah! These ladies provide me the inspiration to live each day to it's fullest.

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