We had some decent success on Wednesday night in terms of stacks. The Charlotte Hornets demolished the Minnesota Timberwolves and scored 135 points, so if you targeted them it paid off. The Warriors-Trail Blazers contest had an exciting finish but lacked the type of scoring we needed to get there in DFS. So we went 2 for 3 with the Chicago Bulls-New Orleans Pelicans stack also coming through.
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 4th ahead of the All-Star break.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings, 10:00 p.m. ET
Damian Lillard ($10,700)
Enes Kanter ($7,400)
Gary Trent Jr. ($5,700)
Carmelo Anthony ($5,500)
If you want, you can run this back with someone like De’Aaron Fox or Buddy Hield. I’m fine just going all-in on the Blazers to bounce back a bit on offense. Sure, they picked up the win against the Dubs but only scored 108 points and Dame was cold as ice. The Kings played last night as well and are arguably the worst defensive team in the NBA. Lillard and the Blazers will want to snag another W before the break. This stack has everything you want: High ceiling guy in Dame, good floor guy in Kanter, plus two decent values with upside in Trent and Melo.
Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers, 8:00 p.m. ET
Nikola Jokic ($10,900)
Jamal Murray ($8,500)
Michael Porter Jr. ($6,800)
Will Barton ($5,500)
The Pacers are coming off a comeback win over the Cavs on Wednesday. The Nuggets are still missing a ton of rotation players. Denver still needs to get a win in the tight West standings. The Pacers had a few injuries pop up before yesterday, so there’s a chance some players rest. If they don’t, this game could be sneaky competitive and the Nuggets’ offense has been clicking. Jokic and Murray make up the majority of your scoring. MPJ and Barton should see big minutes and prior to Wednesday, Indy had lost four straight while allowing at least 110 points in each game.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Miami Heat, 8:30 p.m. ET
Zion Williamson ($9,300)
Brandon Ingram ($8,300)
Lonzo Ball ($7,100)
Josh Hart ($4,900)
The only thing that scares me about stacking the Pelicans is the Heat may just lay down by halftime in this game. If Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are sidelined, the Pels will likely be favored by a wide margin. If that isn’t the case, the Heat should keep it close and the Pels offense should have their way. Zion has been dominant down low and Kelly Olynyk can’t handle that. Ingram, Ball and Hart give us a mix of plays, though you can also opt for Steven Adams ($5,300) to save some more salary.