There will be a small, five-game NBA main slate on DraftKings on Thursday. The slate is small but there’s a lot to consider on deadline day. Trades will affect the rotation and could give some players more exposure than usual, so it’s important to be mindful of that. We’ve put together some notes for stacking games ahead of the action.
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 Thursday, March 25th.
Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET
Russell Westbrook ($10,900)
Julius Randle ($10,200)
Bradley Beal ($9,200)
RJ Barrett ($6,800)
This foursome combined for more than 160 DKFP on Tuesday despite below-average performances from Westbrook and Beal. While the Knicks do have one of the NBA’s better defenses this year, it’s not a reach to expect the scoring leader and Westbrook to bounce back. Both players consistently eclipse 40 DKFP. The WIzards are comically bad on defense, so the Knicks’ short rotation has significant fantasy upside. Randle and Barrett play the most minutes and could have more value than usual because of their team’s banged-up point guard group. but Alec Burks ($5,800) and Immanuel Quickley ($5,500) could also be viable options. Burks has scored at least 20 points in three straight contests.
Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings, 10 p.m. ET
De’Aaron Fox ($8,700)
Draymond Green ($7,700)
Richaun Holmes ($7,300)
Jordan Poole ($6,100)
Stephen Curry is still out with a tailbone injury and that means Poole will continue running the show at point guard against the team with the worst defensive rating (117.9) in the league. Poole has the green light on offense and has taken at least 15 shots in four straight games. If he’s efficient, he’ll return big-time value. Green will operate as Golden State’s primary playmaker and is sure to take advantage of a team that’s undersized because of Marvin Bagley’s hand injury. The Kings will start three guards who are 6’5” or shorter, so I expect him to rebound and exploit mismatches with his passing in this matchup. There’s no need to explain why Fox is an optimal choice, as he’s eclipsed 48 DKFP in six of his last 10 games. Holmes is a constant double-double threat and James Wiseman has been thrust back into the starting lineup unexpectedly. If Holmes has his usual energy, the rookie could get into foul trouble early and give up some big numbers. The Warriors don’t have convincing rim protection behind him.