Daily Fantasy Basketball Forecaster – Jalen Brunson
Seven games on the slate for Tuesday, highlighted by an important clash in LA between the Clippers and the Trail Blazers. Elsewhere, Dallas will host a red-hot Spurs team and may be without their rookie sensation, Luka Doncic. Jalen Brunson has been playing very well of late, even with Doncic on the floor, and is worth a look across most competitive leagues. He can provide points and assists, both of which are tough to find on the waiver wire.
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Daily Fantasy Basketball Forecaster
- Mario Hezonja – Knicks (leg – questionable)
- Tyreke Evans – Pacers (illness – questionable)
- Kevin Love – Cavaliers (rest – out)
- Larry Nance – Cavaliers (chest – questionable)
- Jimmy Butler – 76ers (rest – out)
- Kyle Kuzma – Lakers (ankle – probable)
- Brandon Ingram – Lakers (arm – out)
- Lonzo Ball – Lakers (ankle – out)
- Zach LaVine – Bulls (knee – doubtful)
- George Hill – Bucks (groin – out)
- Jrue Holiday – Pelicans (abdominal strain – out)
- E’Twaun Moore – Pelicans (quad – out)
- Rudy Gay – Spurs (illness – doubtful)
- Luka Doncic – Mavericks (knee – questionable)
- Karl-Anthony Towns – Timberwolves (knee – questionable)
- Andrew Wiggins – Timberwolves (quad – questionable)
- Rodney Hood – Trail Blazers (hip – questionable
- Evan Turner – Trail Blazers (knee – questionable)
- Jalen Brunson – Mavericks
- Moe Harkless – Trail Blazers
- Damyean Dotson – Knicks (points, three-pointers)
- Allonzo Trier – Knicks (points, three-pointers)
- Ante Zizic – Cavaliers (Love absence, Nance injury)
- Moritz Wagner – Lakers (points, rebounds)
- Johnathan Williams – Lakers (points, rebounds)
- Wayne Selden Jr. – Bulls (LaVine injury)
- Kenrich Williams – Pelicans (steals, three-pointers)
- Cheick Diallo – Pelicans (points, FG%, rebounds)
- Frank Jackson – Pelicans (Holiday injury)
- Patty Mills – Spurs (points, three-pointers)
- Marco Belinelli – Spurs (three-pointers)
- Jakob Poeltl – Spurs (rebounds, blocks)
- Maxi Kleber – Mavericks (three-pointers, blocks)
- Keita Bates-Diop – Timberwolves (Wiggins injury)
- Anthony Tolliver – Timberwolves (Towns injury)
- Mason Plumlee – Nuggets (rebounds, assists)
- Malik Beasley – Nuggets (points, three-pointers)
- Ivica Zubac – Clippers (points, rebounds)
- JaMychal Green – Clippers (rebounds)
- Landry Shamet – Clippers (three-pointers)
NBA Matchups for Tuesday, March 12
Knicks @ Pacers
Both Damyean Dotson and Allonzo Trier have been scoring the ball well lately, and have even played consistent minutes on a regular basis. Either one of them could regress quickly but as long as they are hot from the field, both are worth considering for streaming purposes, if you need points and three-pointers.
The Pacers have lost three of their past four games and have slipped to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. They also sit just one win ahead of the Celtics and so this is virtually a must-win game. The Knicks have been better since the All-Star break and will be no pushover, meaning the Pacers need to be prepared for a tough matchup.
Cavaliers @ 76ers
The Cavaliers shocked the Raptors on Monday, coming away with a comprehensive 25-point victory. Kevin Love will not play Tuesday as part of his management plan, meaning Ante Zizic could be in for another big game. Zizic is coming off 17 points and seven rebounds in Monday’s win and should be viewed as a strong streaming option, especially if Larry Nance is forced to miss another game with his chest injury.
The 76ers have moved into the third seed in the East, and will look to cement their spot with a victory over the Cavaliers. Joel Embiid is back in the lineup and finished with 33 points and 12 rebounds in his last game. His playing time was down slightly but that should increase as his conditioning improves. Jimmy Butler is going to miss Tuesday’s game due to rest, however, there is no clear pickup given the talent left on the floor.
Lakers @ Bulls
The Lakers announced that both Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram are being shut down for the season, and with that, the tank is officially on. Their rotation is likely going to change from night-to-night meaning pickups are going to be hard to justify. Moritz Wagner has had a couple of strong performances and could be considered in competitive formats if you need points, rebounds, and three-pointers. That being said, he could very well play 15 minutes and put up next to nothing on the stat sheet, so proceed with caution.
Zach LaVine appears likely to miss his second straight game with a knee injury, meaning Wayne Selden Jr. could see an increased workload. Selden played 28 minutes in the last game, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Even in a bigger role, Selden doesn’t have the highest ceiling but could be streamed if you need points and assists.
Bucks @ Pelicans
The Bucks have lost three of their past five games but still, sit atop the Eastern Conference. As the playoffs approach, there is a chance the Bucks give their stars rest periods, although they will likely want to secure the number one seed first. Malcolm Brogdon has seen a dip in his playing time over the past few games, although, that could have something to do with managing an ongoing foot injury.
Frank Jackson has emerged as the primary benefactor after Jrue Holiday went down with an abdominal injury. Jackson has scored in double-digits in three straight games but does offer very little outside of points. It appears as though he is going to see big minutes moving forward and if your team is lacking in scoring, Jackson could be worth a look.
Spurs @ Mavericks
The Spurs are currently riding the second-best winning streak in the league, putting up five consecutive victories. The come up against a Mavericks team that fell just one point shy of defeating the Rockets in their last game, the team with the longest winning streak. The Spurs have actually moved within striking distance of a top-four finish and will need to ensure they win these kinds of games if they are to have any chance.
Luka Doncic is in some doubt heading into Tuesday after suffering a knee injury in the Mavericks last game. If he is ruled out, Jalen Brunson could be in for a big night. Brunson has been playing well even with Doncic on the floor, having scored in double-digits in seven of his past nine games. He has also managed to hit basically all of his free-throws and produces assists with regularity. He has played at least 30 minutes in three straight games and should be considered in most formats, no matter the status of Doncic.
Timberwolves @ Nuggets
Karl-Anthony Towns missed the Timberwolves last game with a knee injury, although, there is optimism he will be able to play Tuesday. He will likely be a game-time call which certainly makes streaming difficult. Andrew Wiggins is also questionable and could miss his third straight game. In his absence, Keita Bates-Diop has been fantastic and would be in line for another start. If you can take the risk, Bates-Diop could be worth streaming in for his ability to contribute in a number of areas.
The Nuggets have a chance to move within one game of the top-seeded Warriors when they host the understrength Timberwolves. The Nuggets themselves have lost four of their past five games and will see this as an opportunity to get things heading in the right direction once more. Despite the Nuggets being back to full-strength, Mason Plumlee continues to find a way to flirt with standard league value. He is not the sexiest pickup around but can help in multiple categories on any given night.
Trail Blazers @ Clippers
The Trail Blazers will face a Clippers team on the second night of a back-to-back in what is a key matchup for both squads. The Trail Blazers are looking to try and get back into the top four and a win here would certainly benefit that cause. Moe Harkless continues to play well despite inconsistent numbers on the offensive end. He has multiple steals in six of his past eight games and has been adding rebounds and limited blocks. He is not going to blow you away with his numbers but is a sneaky player to tack on the end of your roster if no one else is available.
The Clippers accounted for the Celtics on Monday, recording a comfortable 25-point victory. It was their fifth win in a row and elevates them to within two victories of the Trail Blazers. Ivica Zubac has played at least 23 minutes in three of his past four games, beginning to look more comfortable in the Clipper offense. He can provide points and rebounds if that fits your needs but is still the backup behind Montrezl Harrell despite the starting tag.
Adam King is new to NBA writing for FantraxHQ. He also currently writes for Rotowire and has previously written for Locked on Fantasy Basketball and Locked on Timberwolves. He has played sports his entire life with fantasy basketball becoming a passion over the past six years. By day, Adam is the service coordinator at the Autism Centre in Canberra, Australia. Adam was born and raised in Queanbeyan, Australia and currently resides in Bungendore, Australia with his wife and two children.
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