Daily fantasy players will have 10 NBA games to choose players from Friday night, so there should be no shortage of value to be found, especially with eight of those games getting tagged with an over/under of 200 points and up.
Here are the top NBA DFS value plays for Friday, March 4.
Raul Neto, Jazz ($6,000) – The Jazz acquired Shelvin Mack at the trade deadline and inserted him into the starting lineup just one game later. It was a good debut for the former Atlanta Hawk, as he poured in 17 points to help Utah to a 117-114 win over the Houston Rockets. Since then, though, the Jazz have lost four straight, and it’s becoming evident that Raul Neto needs more time. The team went 8-3 in Neto’s previous 11 starts and it he was beginning to form a nice bond with the starting unit. Neto played 23 minutes on Wednesday, his most since February 19, and could see similar minutes going forward. You can do a lot worse than Neto — and his minimum salary — if you’re punting the spot.
Joffrey Lauvergne, Nuggets ($6,300) – Coach Mike Malone has been a fickle sort when it comes to rotating his three foreign big men, and DFS contestants have not taken too kindly to it. However, with Malone opting to bench Jusuf Nurkic for the past five games, Lauvergne has actually been able to rack up some decent fantasy points. If you exclude his three-minute stint against the Mavericks last Friday, Lauvergne has averaged 18.5 fantasy points during that stretch and that’s exactly what you’re looking for if you decide to use him as a punt play.
Mario Hezonja, Magic ($7,700) – It’s hard to ignore what Mario Hezonja did with the 37 minutes he was afforded in Wednesday’s blowout win over the Bulls. The minutes were a career high, as were the 21 points he dropped on 9-of-17 shooting. Evan Fournier (wrist) participated in shootaround and should play tonight, but he will be monitored closely. Hezonja would benefit if Fournier’s minutes were limited, and will also thrive if this game becomes blowout. The Magic’s opponents on Friday, the Phoenix Suns, are 27th vs. opposing small forwards this season.