Daily Fantasy Basketball 2015: NBA DraftKings Studs and Duds for March 4

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIMarch 4, 2015

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, front, reaches out to block a shot from Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, back left, as Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari, second from left, of Italy, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, third from left, and Nuggets forward Kosta Koufos look on in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver, Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The Denver Nuggets fired Brian Shaw on Tuesday, per Matt Bonesteel of The Washington Post, and his old team played inspired basketball hours later to finally get a home win after a six-week drought. Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried helped to fuel the 106-95 win. Gallinari had a season-high 26 points, and Faried put in 14 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes of action.

It was the first double-double Faried has had since Feb. 9 and the most minutes he's played since then.

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Gallinari has been scoring well over his last five games. He's averaging 20.4 points per game and making 39 percent of his three-point shots in that time.

Both players are good bets to continue to shine on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Faried had seemingly fallen out of favor with Shaw, but if Tuesday's game is any indication, interim head coach Melvin Hunt is going to restore the 25-year-old's minutes.

We all know Gallinari can score, but injuries have dogged him for the last two years. He's healthy now and putting up numbers DraftKings players should pay attention to.

For $5,300 and $5,100, respectively, Gallinari and Faried are solid options for Wednesday. Here's another stud to monitor on Wednesday.

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Russell Westbrook ($11,500) vs. Philadelphia 76ers

After having surgery to repair a fractured bone in his face, Russell Westbrook is likely to play on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

He may not be human. Bleacher Report's Twitter account had fun with an over-the-top idea for a mask.

Westbrook has been on a serious tear, and the 76ers don't figure to slow him down. He's had three straight triple-doubles, and he's averaging a stunning 60.75 fantasy points in his last 10 games. You might be looking at Westbrook's $11,500 salary and wondering if you can afford to drop that kind of DK cash on one player.

With the way Westbrook has played, you have to wonder if you can afford not to draft him.

I've tabbed those three players as Wednesday's DK studs, but here are two guys who are primed to disappoint.

The Duds

Klay Thompson ($7,400) vs. Milwaukee Bucks

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Mired in a rare 3-of-19 shooting slump from three-point range, the Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson is seeing the rest of his game struggle a bit.

He's topped 40 fantasy points just twice in the last 10 games. On Wednesday, Thompson and the Warriors are hosting the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee is fourth in opponent's three-point percentage. Thus, it could limit the looks Thompson gets.

Because Thompson has been struggling overall and is facing a team that keys on his primary offensive focus, it's best to steer clear of the Warriors' young star on Wednesday.

Terrence Jones ($7,000) vs. Memphis Grizzlies

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Don't count on a big game from Terrence Jones on Wednesday. He and the Houston Rockets host the Memphis Grizzlies, and Jones should find the going pretty tough on the inside against Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.

Because of the Grizzlies' frontcourt, he'll need to knock down perimeter shots to make the biggest impact. That's been a little difficult for Jones lately.

He's made just one of four attempts from deep. The grinding style Jones usually uses won't lead to a strong game against one of the most physical big-man tandems in the NBA.

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