The NBA trade deadline has passed, but basketball hasn't stopped. There will be a five-game main slate on DraftKings for Thursday, and there are some higher-priced options DFS players should be wary of ahead of the action. Top-offs are set to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and run through 10 p.m. ET.
In NBA DFS, there will always be some flashy names that may tempt you to pay up — even in an unfavorable matchup. Name value sometimes comes with reliability, but the trick to cashing in on your NBA lineups is to maximize the boom while operating under the salary cap. Sometimes, this means fading the chalk plays and spending elsewhere.
Here, we’ll break down three top NBA DFS fades for the game slate on Thursday, March 25th.
Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers ($6,900)
Kuz is coming off of two strong performances without Anthony Davis (Achilles) and LeBron James (ankle) available, but his impressive stretch seems likely with Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Lakers don’t have a star, so that means Kuzma’s likely to face off against Defensive Player of the Year contender Ben Simmons. Simmons willingly guards the opposition's most dangerous offensive weapon regardless of position and has put legitimate stars in the torture chamber this season. I wouldn’t ban on hip being worth nearly $7K against a defensive stud.
DeMar DeRozan, San Antonio Spurs ($8,200)
The Spurs got blown away by Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, and their outlook hasn't gotten better on the second night of a back-to-back. DeRozan has been fairly consistent, but he doesn't match up well against a Clippers team with two elite wing defenders in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Injuries in the main slate make other small forward options more desirable for cheap.
Enes Kanter, Portland Trail Blazers ($6,600)
Kanter has enjoyed a bump in production while Jusuf Nurkic (wrist) has been out, but he’s about to match up against one of the NBA’s better defenses. While the Miami Heat are one of the NBA’s worst teams at protecting the offensive glass, they boast a top-10 defensive rating (109.1) and give up the fourth-fewest points per game. Bam Adebayo anchors Miamis interior defense, so don’t expect Kanter to take over.