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This space is going to be used to give you the five best plays for the games on Wednesday, March 2. Also, for a limited time SB Nation will be competing against other sites in the FanDuel Partners Basketball Championship. You can play along and follow the contest as well.
So, with that, let's get started.
1. Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets ($8,100)
He's easy, and fun to pick on. But don't forget that he can still put up numbers. Howard went for 30 points and 13 rebounds Monday against the Miluwakee Bucks and has played at least 35 minutes in each of his last four games. On Wednesday he gets to face a New Orleans Pelicans team surrendering a ridiculous 63.8 FanDuel points to opposing centers over their last five games, per RotoWire. This game should be fast paced and feature lots of shots. All that means Howard could be in for another monster night.
2. Bobby Portis, PF, Chicago Bulls ($4,400)
Taj Gibson tweaked his hamstring Tuesday against the Miami Heat and is unlikely to play Wednesday when Chicago takes on the Orlando Magic. That should open up more playing time for rookie Bobby Portis, who's been excellent this season when given the opportunity. He's averaging 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per 36 minutes. There's a good chance he sees close to or even more than 30 minutes on Wednesday in Gibson's absence, which makes him one of the most valuable plays of the night.
3. Mike Conley, PG, Memphis Grizzlies ($6,800)
Conley's usage rate has gone up since Marc Gasol went down with a season-ending foot injury. He's averaging 17.1 points, 6.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in the seven games without Gasol and on Wednesday gets to take on a Sacramento Kings team boasting the sixth-worst defensive rating in the league. That Sacramento is allowing opposing point guards to register 43.6 FanDuel points per game, the third-worst number in the NBA, just makes this matchup more enticing.
4. D'Angelo Russell, PG, Los Angeles Lakers ($5,300)
Russell had the best game of his rookie season on Tuesday, going for 39 points against the Brooklyn Nets. He gets to follow that performance up with a game against the Denver Nuggets, one of the NBA's worst defensive teams and a group that has been unable to stop opposing point guards all season. Russell is now seeing at least 30 minutes a game nearly every night as the Lakers, finally, fully embrace their rebuild. Take advantage of his low price.
5. Will Barton, SG, Denver Nuggets ($6,000)
With Danilo Gallinari out Denver now has to look elsewhere for scoring. Usually that means an uptick in Will Barton's numbers. Barton has thrived this year in games where Gallo sat (his usage rate jumps from 20.6 to 27.4) and on Wednesday gets to take on a hapless Lakers defense.