Thursday, March 3rd, is a slow day in the NBA, but because there are four games scheduled, there’s still enough going on for there to be daily fantasy basketball leagues in action. Days like this might seem like easy days to draft a roster for, but that isn’t entirely true. Yes, there will be fewer top talent choices to select from, but this also opens up opportunities for mid-tier players to step up and score big. Hopefully, we can help you to better spot those chances here and make your roster as strong as possible.
Looking at the Guard Position
The big game for Thursday night is the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Golden State Warriors. The big name at guard is Golden State’s Steph Curry, but hold off on drafting him for how. Last time he played OKC, he put up 46 points, which is spectacular against a team of their caliber, but Curry is not listed to play in a game earlier this week because of an ankle injury. Right now, he is questionable for Thursday.
Instead of Curry, you should be looking to Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. Since Chris Bosh started having medical problems again, Wade has stepped up his game considerably. The 19.1 points he’s averaging right now is on the low side of what he’s capable of putting up for this game against the Phoenix Suns. He scored 26 points against the Knicks over the weekend, and had a stunning 32 points when he played Golden State last week. He’s capable of far more than 19.1 this game.
If Steph Curry is out on Thursday, you almost need to draft Russell Westbrook of the Thunder at PG. Westbrook is averaging 24.4 points per game, but if the Warriors are weaker than normal, he could have more shooting opportunities. His 10.2 assists per game are also very attractive at this position. Only Rajon Rondo of the Sacramento Kings has more than this in the PG slot throughout all of the NBA. You should also consider drafting Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans. With his 15.6 points per game, he’s definitely not the best PG in the NBA, but he is playing on a slow night, and his mid-tier ability should shine through here. Plus, his 5.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game can help boost his fantasy value, too.
At forward, the top player to go with is Kevin Durant, of Oklahoma City. Durant will be expensive, but he should pay off here, especially if Curry doesn’t play. Durant has Westbrook to help supply the ball to him for points, and that’s boosted his points per game number up to 27.9. The Warriors have already qualified for the postseason, too, so if Curry is in, the effort on their behalf might be a little lacking here. That puts Durant in a great position of control.
Rudy Gay of the Sacramento Kings could be a good backup here, as could Chandler Parsons of the Dallas Mavericks. Gay has been averaging 18.0 points per game and Parsons stands at 13.3. However, Parsons leads him in assist numbers. The two will be going head to head on Thursday, and Gay has the edge here, so he’s probably the best choice of the two.
At center, the top pick of the night is Enes Kanter of Oklahoma City. He’s averaging 11.8 points per game and 7.6 rebounds. His other stats are pretty weak, but that’s normal at center. You can also draft Zaza Pachulia of the Dallas Mavericks and see very similar fantasy results. He has 9.7 points per game, 10.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. Because these two players have similar fantasy point totals per game (depending on the league, of course), your best bet is probably just to go with whichever one is cheapest just so that you can conserve your money for other positions where more points are possible.