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Wednesday NBA DFS Slate Starter: First Look DraftKings & FanDuel Lineup Advice Today | 3/9/22

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Awesemo's NBA DFS Injury News Updates, daily fantasy basketball rankings and contrarian GPP picks for DraftKings & FanDuel Tuesday, 3/22/2022

The Slate Starter is a daily first look at the day’s NBA slate to get your daily fantasy basketball lineup-building process started before lock tonight. Each day we will go through some of the best NBA DFS picks, top stacks and optimal lineup construction for DraftKings and FanDuel. Be sure to check Awesemo’s NBA Starting Lineups page, as it will be updated throughout the day as the NBA injury reports are released and breaking news surfaces. Let’s dive into some players who stand out as key options on Wednesday’s 12-game NBA slate.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, F/C, Milwaukee Bucks

Wednesday’s slate is massive, with a whopping 12 games to choose from. There are also many key names on the injury report, so monitoring the news is going to be essential. Make sure to follow along for updates leading up to lineup lock, and it could be an important night for late swapping as well.

Antetokounmpo is someone who stands out regardless of his team’s injury situation. He has been excellent all year, averaging 1.77 DraftKings points per minute, and the only thing that has slowed him down has been inconsistent minutes. Head coach Mike Budenholzer is quick to yank Giannis, so he does not see nearly the same workload as some of his fellow superstars. Overall, Giannis is averaging 51.88 DraftKings points in 28 games with less than 34 minutes this season and 64.92 in games where he plays 34+.

That makes this matchup against the Hawks appealing. The Bucks are listed as just 5.5-point home favorites, which suggests a competitive contest. The Bucks are also implied for 121.0 points, which is one of the top marks on the slate. Overall, expect Giannis to own one of the top boom ratings in the Boom/Bust Probability tool.


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Malik Beasley, SG/SF, Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves have listed virtually their entire roster on the injury report for Wednesday’s matchup against the Thunder. Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell are questionable, and both players were out of the lineup in the Timberwolves’ last game. Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Taurean Prince are also uncertain, so there could be plenty of minutes available.

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That makes Beasley an interesting value option. His price has risen considerably on DraftKings, but he is still underpriced if the team is shorthanded. Beasley has been an excellent per-minute producer recently, averaging 0.92 DraftKings points per minute over the past month, and he saw nearly 28.5 minutes in his last outing. He would be tough to avoid if he is expected to see another sizable workload in our NBA Projections, especially in a juicy matchup against the Thunder.

Cameron Payne, PG, Phoenix Suns

Payne is up to $6,500 on DraftKings and $6,800 on FanDuel, but do not let those elevated price tags scare you. Payne has been nothing short of a stud with Devin Booker and Chris Paul out of the lineup for the Suns. He has racked up a stout 1.31 DraftKings points per minute in four games since returning to the lineup, which is better than what Domantas Sabonis (1.30), Jayson Tatum (1.29), and Donovan Mitchell (1.28) have averaging this season. Payne is also seeing plenty of playing time, and he has responded with at least 39.5 DraftKings points in each of his past three games. Based on his production, he deserved to be priced above $8,000 across the industry, so make sure to take advantage while you still can.

Payne could also be worth some attention in the player prop market. Make sure to take advantage of the Awesemo Player Prop tool, which highlights the most exploitable prop bets each day.


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