DraftKings NBA picks March 10: A textbook Westbrook night

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets looks on during the game (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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DraftKings NBA centers:

Best Bets:

Nikola Vucevic ($9,100): The numbers and the metrics say that this isn’t a good spot for Vucevic, but Memphis is weakened up front and Vuce dropped 59.5 DraftKings points on them in the first meeting. I expect a huge game out of either Gordon or Vucevic tonight. I’m not sure they can both feast here, but it wouldn’t shock me either.

Hassan Whiteside ($9,000): Whiteside has averaged 49.2 DraftKings points in the three games against Phoenix this season. For those of you thinking that Baynes will help defensively, he played in all three of the games that Whiteside beat up Phoenix. If Ayton plays, Whiteside could have an even bigger night.

Honorable Mention:

Andre Drummond ($8,700): Drummond annihilated the fronts of both Indiana and San Antonio with Thompson out over the last two games. With Thompson out again, Drummond becomes my favorite center on the entire slate. If he plays 35 minutes against Chicago, he could drop 60 again. He’s a priority for me tonight.

Aron Baynes ($5,900): Baynes posted a lofty 40.7 DraftKings point per game average in just 27.3 minutes in the first three games against Portland. Whiteside may have torched him, but Baynes did a lot of damage at a much smaller price. Baynes is going to be really popular considering he broke the slate on Tuesday against the Blazers wtih a 69.5 DraftKings point outburst. Don’t bet on him doing it again, but Baynes is still a strong play.

Dark Horses:

Lauri Markkanen ($4,700): This is what I’ve been waiting to see from Markkanen. He put up a solid 28.5 DraftKings points in 26 minutes against the Nets. The thing to take away from that was the good shooting and passing. It’s closer to the Markkannen that we saw last year. I don’t care for the matchup here, but if Markkanen is producing with his minutes in this area, it’s only going to get better as the minutes creep upward.

Jeff Green ($4,000): Green has been one of the few bright spots for the Rockets over the last few games. Both he and Tucker could be in play here. They are essentially splitting minutes at center right now. Minnesota can’t really guard anyone. Green and Tucker are suitable punts with Green’s better offensive skills making me higher on him.