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Josh Engleman’s Top 5 DraftKings NBA DFS Picks for Thursday 3/24

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Josh Engleman’s Top 5 DraftKings NBA DFS picks today, with a quick-hitter breakdown of each play, including their projected points, optimal lineup rate and why the matchup bodes well.

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Top 5 DraftKings NBA DFS Lineup Picks Today 3/24

5. Desmond Bane (SG) vs. Indiana Pacers

  • Optimal Lineup 21%
  • Projected for 38 DraftKings Points
  • Projected for 31 Minutes
  • 1.2 fantasy points per minute without Ja Morant
  • 23% Usage Rate
  • Plays the WOAT Pacers

4. Malcolm Brogdon (PG) vs. Memphis Grizzlies

  • Projected for 38 DraftKings points
  • Optimal Lineup 23%
  • 1.1 DraftKings Fantasy Points Per Minute
  • Pace-Up Spot vs. Grizzlies
  • 25% Usage Rate

3. Zach LaVine (SG) vs. New Orleans Pelicans

  • Projected for 41 DraftKings Points
  • Projected for 36 minutes
  • 1.15 Fantasy Points Per Minute
  • 1-point Favorite — Very competitive game environment
  • Optimal Lineup 23%

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo (SF, PF) vs. Washington Wizards

  • Preferred pay-up option
  • Optimal Lineup 25%
  • Projected for 64 DraftKings Points
  • Highest raw points ceiling on the slate
  • 1.89 Fantasy Points Per Minute
  • 35% Usage Rage

1. Tyus Jones (PG) vs. Indiana Pacers

  • Projected for 31 DraftKings points
  • Optimal Lineup 40%
  • Projected for 30 minutes without Ja Morant
  • Great matchup vs. Pacers
  • Best points-per-dollar play

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Looking for more NBA DFS plays today and the top NBA DFS picks tonight? Our NBA DFS projections today are updated regularly, including whenever any relevant news breaks. We also have Yahoo! ownership rankings, FanDuel ownership rankings and DraftKings ownership rankings for today's slate. View our FanDuel ownership projections, our Yahoo! NBA ownership projections and our DraftKings ownership projections. Check out our DFS NBA rankings for fantasy points and values that are derived directly from Alex Baker's own best NBA DFS projections.

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