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Daily Buckets - Wednesday

Editor's Note: Daniel Dobish, an award-winning writer and veteran in the Fantasy industry, has joined the team. Be sure to check out his Daily Fantasy Analysis throughout the entire NBA season!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Brooklyn Nets at Charlotte Bobcats
7:00 p.m. - Phoenix Suns at Washington Wizards
7:30 p.m. - Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics
7:30 p.m. - Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
8:00 p.m. - Atlanta Hawks at Minnesota Timberwolves
8:00 p.m. - Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans
8:00 p.m. - Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers (ESPN)
8:30 p.m. - Denver Nuggets at San Antonio Spurs
10:00 p.m. - New York Knicks at Sacramento Kings
10:30 p.m. - Memphis Grizzlies at Utah Jazz (ESPN)

BIG-TICKET ITEM (Salaries $8,000 and Above)

John Wall, PG, Washington (vs PHO): Wall will be facing a Suns scoring defense which allows 102.8 points per game, so he'll likely see a lot of room to operate and plenty of open looks. He really picked up the pace on the team's four-game road trip, averaging 20.3 PPG, 10.0 APG, 3.0 RPG and 2.3 SPG. Look for him to carry over the momentum against another west coast team which struggles on the defensive end.

MID-LEVEL VALUES (Salaries between $5,100 and $7,999)

If you spend big up top, you’re going to need some fillers to bring down your average per player salary. Check out these steals from the bargain bin:

Marcin Gortat, C, Washington (vs PHO): Gortat has been on fire lately, posting three straight double-doubles, and six double-doubles over his past seven games played. The 'Polish Hammer' should play with a little extra intensity against his former team Wednesday. Over his past three outings, he is averaging 16.0 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 2.3 APG and 2.3 BPG. He should have a big-ticket item kind of salary, but he is still rather affordable.

Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio (vs DEN): Leonard continues to be one of the best daily values, as he posts solid, yet unspecatular numbers at a great price. Over the past four games, Leonard is averaging 17.0 PPG with 7.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.3 BPG and 1.0 SPG. The Nuggets are not quite as terrible as the Philadelphia 76ers on defense, but it's close. Denver allows 105.9 points per game. Unless head coach Gregg Popovich elects to rest Leonard, something he tends to do with his key members down the stretch, Leonard is a great value. Just double-check on Twitter about an hour or so before lineups lock.

Tiago Splitter, C, San Antonio (vs DEN): Splitter was rested last time out, something Popovich tends to do at this late juncture of the season to keep key cogs of his offense fresh for the playoffs. Splitter will be back in the lineup, and that's a good thing for Daily Fantasy players. The Nuggets are horrific at the defensive end, and Splitter has three double-doubles over the past four games. Splitter has a very low salary, but he has been producing Fantasy numbers at a level which would warrant a much higher salary. Take advantage.

Dion Waiters, SG, Cleveland (at DET): Waiters has picked up the slack with PG Kyrie Irving (biceps) sidelined. Waiters has 10 or more points in eight straight games, and he is averaging 23.8 PPG with 6.4 APG and 3.6 RPG over his past five outings. He comes with a very reasonable mid-level price, but lately he has been performing at an elite level. With a matchup against the Pistons, a team allowing 103.8 points per game, the good times will likely continue to roll.

THE BARGAIN BIN (Salaries less than $5,000)

Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento* (vs NY): There is an asterisk next to McCallum's name, because he is only recommended if PG Isaiah Thomas (quadriceps) is sidelined. Thomas missed practice Tuesday, and is a question mark heading into Wednesday's game. If Thomas sits, McCallum picks up starter's minutes at a Daily Fantasy salary minimum price. If Thomas is active, McCallum's appeal is extremely minimal.

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