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Top NBA value plays on DraftKings for March 4

We go over some top daily fantasy basketball value plays on DraftKings for Wednesday’s nine-game main slate.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward James Johnson is defended by New Orleans Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore in the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

If you’re looking for value on Wednesday night’s nine-game main slate, you came to the right place. The Boston Celtics are going to be ripe with value if most of their rotation players are ruled out. We’ll wait on that news, but in the meantime, let’s pinpoint a few other bargain options on DraftKings under $5K to help you save some salary.

Svi Mykhailiuk, SG/SF, DET vs. OKC ($3,900)

The Pistons are incredibly thin in the back court. Derrick Rose is sidelined and Brandon Knight is questionable to play. That may leave just Svi and Langston Galloway to soak up minutes. Mykhailiuk has scored at least 13 points in back-to-back games and has played over 30 minutes in each contest. Another 30+ minutes seems in order tonight vs. the Thunder. Mykhailiuk had a really solid January, posting 13.3 points on 43.8% shooting from 3-point range in 16 games, averaging 29.4 minutes.

Denzel Valentine, SG/SF, CHI @ MIN ($3,800)

The Bulls are missing Zach LaVine, their top scorer, due to a quad injury. With LaVine out, there’s a lot of usage and shots to go around. Valentine started on Monday against the Mavericks and played 21 minutes, dropping 17 points while going 7-15 from the floor. The Timberwolves are on the second night of a back-to-back and just allowed 134 points to the Pelicans. Minnesota doesn’t value defense and Valentine has a penchant for chucking. He took 10 3-pointers on Monday, which gives him a high ceiling at this price.

Javonte Green, PG/SG, BOS @ CLE ($3,300)

If the Celtics injury report is lengthy, then Green should get some run off the bench — or even in the starting lineup. He played 21 minutes on Tuesday night, posting a respectable 17 DKFP at $3,500. His price is down in what should be a better spot for value. The Cavaliers are an easier matchup and Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward could be out along with Jayson Tatum. If that’s the case, I like Green as a value pivot in GPPs off of Brad Wanamaker ($3,500), who could garner more ownership.

James Johnson, PF/C, MIN vs. CHI ($4,700)

You know I love a good revenge narrative. Johnson left the Bulls a while ago, but it wasn’t on the greatest terms. I think he remembers that and the veteran is finally healthy and getting playing time in the T-Wolves’ front court. Johnson’s price is down despite a string of consistent performances. He dropped 19 points for 38 DKFP in last night’s win over the Pelicans. His ownership should be pretty low and he’s returned value in nine of the past 10 games. The Bulls are healthy in the front court, but I still think there will be a lot of scoring in this game.