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High-Upside NBA Daily Fantasy Picks for DraftKings & FanDuel Lineups Tonight | 3/19/22

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Tonight features a small three-game NBA slate that doesn’t provide much fantasy goodness. Every game has a pretty low total so this is a slate where raw points are really going to matter. The plays below are driven by Awesemo’s NBA DFS Boom/Bust Tool as we narrow down three boom and one bust play. There are only a few questionable players on this slate, but it is the weekend so anything can happen. Make sure to stay up to date on Awesemo’s NBA Starting Lineups page to find out who is in and out tonight.

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Boom: Cade Cunningham: $8,300 DraftKings/$7,500 FanDuel

24.6% DraftKings Boom/28.8% FanDuel Boom

Cade Cunningham has missed the last two games for the Pistons with an illness. He is probable to play tonight as the Pistons get a road matchup as seven-point underdogs against the Cavaliers, who are coming off an overtime victory. The Cavaliers have played in an overtime game in two of their last three games. The Pistons are only implied for a slate-low 104.25 points, but there is upside with Cunningham. He is one of five players projected for over 40% ownership in our NBA DFS ownership projections on FanDuel.

Before missing his last two games due to an illness, Cunningham was playing monster minutes. Over the last four games, he is averaging a ridiculous 41 minutes per game. He has paid it off with four straight games over 20 points while shooting 21.8 field goals per game. He has been very aggressive lately. The Pistons have covered in 11 of their last 13 games and Cunningham is a major reason why with his recent play. Monitor the NBA starting lineups page to make sure he is in, but prioritize Cunningham on FanDuel with his cheap salary.

Boom: Luka Doncic: $11,800 DraftKings/$10,900 FanDuel

46.2% DraftKings Boom/40.1% FanDuel Boom

There are two players priced over $9,100 on DraftKings and over $8,500 on FanDuel. One of them is Luka Doncic, who is the highest-priced player on the slate. The other is LeBron James. Doncic has been a little inconsistent lately, but the upside is impossible to ignore. On a short slate like this, raw points mean so much and Doncic is as good as it gets. He continues to lead the league in usage rate this season. He leads the league with the highest grades and values on the slate in our Fantasy Basketball Rankings tonight.

The matchup against the Hornets really sets Doncic above the rest of the slate as they rank 23rd in defensive rating and third in pace. They allow 114.8 points per game, which ranks as the third-highest in the league. Doncic ranks in the top five in both points and assists per game showing his upside. He missed their last game against the Hornets, but he will make up for that tonight. Doncic ranks in the top three of boom percentage in our Boom/Bust Tool on both sites and leads the slate as the highest owned player in our NBA ownership projections.

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Boom: Kyle Kuzma: $8,000 DraftKings/$7,000 FanDuel

34.9% DraftKings Boom/41.1% FanDuel Boom

Another great mid-range play is Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma. He hasn’t scored 40 or more DraftKings points in six straight games as the Wizards have lost all six of those games basically knocking them out of playoff contention. Kuzma still provides upside at this salary if the Wizards can get it going once again. They should in this spot against the Lakers, who always present a fantastic fantasy matchup. Kuzma continues to lead the Wizards in points, rebounds and assists this season and has shown upside in the past.

The Wizards are implied for a slate-high 115.25 points as they are three-point home favorites. This game also has the highest total on the slate at 228.5 points. The Lakers rank sixth in pace and allow the fifth-most points against (113.8 per game). Kuzma may also have a little revenge on his mind previously playing for the Lakers. In the last game against the Lakers, Kuzma had 23 points while shooting 9-for-18 from the field. He ranks in the top three of ownership, boom percentage and projected value on FanDuel tonight.

In a revenge spot against the Lakers, Kuzma is showing up as a great NBA DFS pick today. To see who else is shaping up as top plays, according to our NBA lineup optimizer, be sure to check out out the DraftKings NBA Cheat Sheet and FanDuel NBA Cheat Sheet before building your NBA lineups.

Bust: Terry Rozier: $8,400 DraftKings/$7,900 FanDuel

60.0% DraftKings Bust/54.3% FanDuel Bust

Finding an actual bust play for tonight was rather difficult. The best option was Hornets guard Terry Rozier, who continues to see his price jump on both DraftKings and FanDuel. He benefits from Gordon Hayward not in the lineup, but not as much as someone like Miles Bridges or LaMelo Ball. Rozier is also an extremely scoring-dependent fantasy producer. Over the last five games Rozier has one game where he had over four assists. However, in that time Rozier has averaged 23.4 points per game. He is very boom or bust.

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This game between the Hornets and Mavericks is a battle of who is going to dictate the pace? The Mavericks are the slowest team in the league and allow the second-least amount of points with 103.8 per game this season. Meanwhile as I mentioned earlier, the Hornets play extremely fast. This will be a very interesting game to watch. The Hornets are still implied for 111.25 points as they are slight home favorites. The Mavericks also lead the league in least amount of 3-pointers made per game. This is just a tough spot to target Rozier.


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

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