Friday’s massive, 11-game main NBA slate on DraftKings is approaching. It will begin at 7 p.m ET, and the final tip is set for 10:30 p.m., so there are a lot of moving pieces to sort through. Loading up one game with high fantasy upside can be risky, but it can also help yield some very positive results.
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 Friday, March 26th.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:00 p.m. ET
Jerami Grant ($7,800)
Joe Harris ($6,400)
Alize Johnson ($5,100)
Saddiq Bey ($6,100)
James Harden is in danger of missing a second straight game with a neck injury. Kyrie Irving (personal) and Kevin Durant (hamstring) have already been ruled out, so shorthanded Nets could need help from a lot of role players. Joe Harris unexpectedly got yanked from Brooklyn’s blowout loss against the Utah Jazz earlier this week after just five minutes and failed to record a single DKFP. He’s expected to bounce back as one of the Nets’ best scoring threats, so he’s a lock for this stack as long as he starts. Alize Johnson has been priced up after tallying 51.25 DKFP in his Nets debut, and the 24-year-old wing is up against a Pistons defense that ranks dead last against small forwards on DraftKings. DFS players will likely be hesitant to roster him in his second game with Brooklyn, especially with options like Bruce Brown ($5,800) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot ($4,100) available. Variance could be big in this game, and I’m not against including a third Nets player for this stack.
Jerami Grant and Saddiq Bey have paced the Pistons in minutes for four straight games and have high floors thanks to the limited depth at their positions. Both swingmen have a good chance to take advantage of a Nets defense that gives up the fifth-most points per game in the league.
Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8 p.m. ET
Nikola Jokic ($10,600)
Zion Williamson ($8,700)
Brandon Ingram ($8,200)
Jamal Murray ($8,200)
Jamal Murray has been disappointing for most of the year but has a chance to explode against one of the worst defenses in the league. The Pelicans have been bad defensively with Lonzo Ball playing, but he’s been ruled out with a hip injury. His absence should make things tough for Eric Bledsoe, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and Kira Lewis Jr. to contain the Bue Arrow. New Orleans is a strong rebounding team thanks to Steven Adams, but that won't mean much to Nikola Jokic. The Joker leads all players in fantasy points and has tallied more than 60 DKFP in six of his last 10 games.
Ingram and Williamson regularly combine for more than 80 DKFP and will have to pick up the slack as scorers and playmakers with Ball out. The Pelicans’ fantasy output should be fairly concentrated without their third-leading scorer and top assist man.
Indiana Pacers vs. Dallas, 8:30 p.m. ET
Domantas Sabonis ($9,300)
Caris LeVert ($7,100)
Malcolm Brogdon ($6,900)
Jalen Brunson ($4,500)
The Indiana Pacers have a legitimate three-headed monster on their hands now that Caris LeVert has hit his stride. He’s tallied more than 38 DKFP in two straight contests, sp pairing him with one of the league’s most consistent double-double threats — Domantas Sabonis — and the NBA’s eighth-most productive fantasy point guard — Malcolm Brogdon — is ideal. Luka Doncic is doubtful to play because of lower back tightness, so expect Jalen Brunson to smash value as chalk and orchestrate everything for Dallas on offense. The beauty of this stack is that you can easily include Kristaps Porzingis ($8,100, who will likely be asked to carry a heavier scoring load than usual with Doncic out.