One of the nine-games that were originally scheduled to tip on Sunday has been canceled because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols, but there’s still plenty of hoops to get ready for. Sometimes with a plus-matchup on the NBA game slate, we get an opportunity to slot multiple players from the same team into our DFS lineups. You can read more about the concept of stacking here, but the main goal is to take advantage of this plus-matchup and use the salary cap to your advantage.
Here, we’ll break down three of the best team stacks for the NBA slate on Sunday, February 28th.
Ideal targets: Russell Westbrook ($10,300), Bradley Beal ($9,600), Jayson Tatum ($9,100), and Kemba Walker ($6,800)
The Wizards are a bottom-five team in terms of defensive rating and give up the second-most points per game. Washington’s recent success has depended on ridiculous production from Westbrook and Beal. Westbrook has five triple-doubles in his last 10 games, while Beal remains the most lethal scorer in the league. The duo combined for 97 DKFP the last time they faced Boston.
Jaylen Brown ($8,700) is questionable to play because of a knee injury, and his absence could bolster the impact of Walker and Tatum. Walker is better suited to dominate against a Washington defense that ranks second-to-last against point guards on DraftKings. Still, Tatum could be a key variance pay if he breaks out of his latest scoring slump against a team starting Garrison Mathews at small forward. Robert Williams ($4,700), who has scored more than 30 DKFP in five of his last seven games, could also be a cheap option with considering.
Ideal targets: Trae Young ($9,800), Jimmy Butler ($9,700), Bam Adebayo ($8,900), Clint Capela ($8,400), and Goran Dragic ($5,400)
Four players in this game are averaging more than 40 DKFP per game, and both teams involved could be understaffed because of injuries. Young, Butler and Adebayo are all legitimate triple-double threats, but the two Heat stars are questionable because of injuries. Monitoring their statuses ahead of tip-off will be very important.
Young’s 31.6% usage rate gives him the highest ceiling, but his abysmal defense could allow Dragic to return significant value. Butler is right behind Young in terms of upside because of Atlanta’s lack of depth on the wing. De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish are out, and that gives Butler a significant edge on offense. Adebayo and Capela could cancel each other to some degree, but Adebayo’s playmaking makes him more appealing than Atlanta’s starting center.
Ideal targets: LaMelo Ball ($8,800), Terry Rozier ($7,900), Malik Monk ($5,300), De’Aaron Fox ($8,600), Richaun Holmes ($6,500).
Sacramento is the only team with a worse defensive rating than Washington, and the point total for this game is installed at 236 on DraftKings Sportsbook. No other contest can match that mark. Gordon Hayward (hand) ($7,400) and Cody Zeller (hip) ($4,800) are listed as doubtful, so expect a lot of guard-centric play from Charlotte. Ball is the most fadeable player despite having eclipsed 40 DKFP in three straight games. There’s too much value on the table. The Kings’ defense ranks last against shooting guards, so opting for Rozier and Monk over the rookie could make a lot of sense. Monk has scored at least 20 points in three straight games and could be just as valuable as Ball.
Fox has been far more consistent than Ball this season, and the two guards have almost identical prices. He’s gone over 50 DKFP three times in his last 10 games, and Ball might have to come close to a triple-double to match that upside. Holmes has three double-doubles in his last five games, so facing a frontcourt that Bismack Biyombo leads bodes well for his production.