Wednesday’s 10-game main slate on DraftKings will give DFS players plenty of options. Selecting players from so many games can be difficult when you want to build an optimal lineup for fantasy basketball, though. One strategy that can help you avoid clutter is building a core from one game.
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 Wednesday.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET
Luka Doncic ($10,700)
Jayson Tatum ($8,700)
Kristaps Porzingis ($7,900)
Update: Jaylen Brown (hip) is available to play. Robert Williams (illness) has been ruled out.
Doncic posted a solid line on Monday after returning from the back injury and illness that sidelined him by tallying 43.75 DKFP points in a blowout win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and should be ready to ramp up his production for a team with a lot more star power. Doncic and Porzingis regularly combine for more than 90 DKFP, and the Celtics have given up an average of 115 points per game over their last five outings.
Boston could be missing a key perimeter defender in this matchup, as Jaylen Brown ($7,900) is questionable because of a hip injury. His absence would benefit the Mavericks’ offense and is likely to call for more offense from Walker and other Celtics. Including a second Celtic in this matchup could be optimal, but picking the right one won’t be easy. Evan Fournier ($6,300) likely won’t garner much attention after going 0-for-10 in his TD Garden debut, but taking a chance on him could yield great results. Marcus Smart ($5,900) and Robert Williams ($6,700) are also worth considering.
Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 p.m. ET
Rudy Gobert ($8,100)
Jonas Valanciunas ($7,600)
Ja Morant ($7,300)
Mike Conley ($5,800)
Jordan Clarkson ($5,500)
We could be in for another shootout between the Jazz and Grizzlies. Utah and Memphis have combined to score more than 230 points against one another twice this month, so there's a ton of fantasy upside here. Donovan Mitchell ($8,900) is out for personal reasons in the third round of this matchup, and his absence could help Jazz guards return optimal value.
Clarkson scored 28 points in 29 minutes on 11-of-21 shooting when Utah beat Memphis without Mike Conley on March 27. He’ll likely get similar opportunities on offense with the Jazz’s leading scorer out, so he stands out as one of the best value plays on the slate. Conley is only $300 more expensive and will also carry a heavier workload on offense. Pairing these two underpriced scoring guards with one of the most consistent double-double threats in basketball —Rudy Gobert — will put you in a good spot.
Morant should be salivating at one of Utah’s worst possible starting defensive backcourts and scored 55 DKFP in a double-double performance the first time he faced the Jazz this year before busting on them in the second night of a back-to-back. Valaniunas is likely the least-desirable component in this stack because of his matchup against Gobert, but the Memphis big man is average 39 DKFP against Utah.
New York Knicks vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 8:00 p.m. ET
Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,800)
Julius Randle ($9,700)
RJ Barrett ($7,000)
Anthony Edwards ($7,000)
This doesn’t have the look of a big-time game on paper, but these two things have one important thing in common. Tom Thibodeau is known for giving his best players heavy workloads, but Minnesota core also gets a ton of exposure. Five players — Towns, Randle, Barrett, and Malik Beasley — are averaging more than 32 minutes per contest. Edwards is averaging 35 minutes per game in March. While the Knicks have a strong defense, the concentration of fantasy points in this game could lead to some big-time performances.
New York’s Mitchell Robinson is out with a foot injury, so KAT is likely to dominate whatever combination of Nerlens Noel and Taj Gibson that the Knicks throw at him. KAT has scored more than 50 DKFP in seven of his last 10 games and can keep his hot streak going against a team without a true rim protector. Edwards still has the brightest of green lights following Malik Beasley's return ($6,400) and took 22 shots for a second straight game on Monday. His efficiency has struggled lately, but he has a high ceiling because of his shot volume. Swapping him out for Beasley, who took 12 shots in 31 minutes in his first game back from a 12-game suspension, could be a sneaky strategy for GPPs.
Minnesota has the fourth-worst defense rating (114) in basketball. Hence, the players who are on the floor constantly and contribute the most of the Knicks’ offense have the best chance to capitalize on the Timberwolves’ weaknesses. Randle and Barret are first and second in total points, assists, and rebounds for New York this season and rank inside the NBA’s top 30 for minutes per game. Both were held below their DKFP averages against the Miami Heat on Monday, but there’s rarely a better opponent for a bounce-back game than Minnesota.