DraftKings NBA Lineup: Wednesday March 8 Optimal Picks

After a relatively quiet Tuesday night in the Association, there are 11 games on the NBA slate for Wednesday, March 8. With a focus on DFS, let's take a closer look at what's on tap.

The highest projected total of the night is 224 points between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. When they met back in November, though, the final tally was just 192 points (104-88, Golden State), as Klay Thompson led the way with 28 points, while Isaiah Thomas struggled with 18 points on 4-of-12 shooting and four assists.

The most interesting matchup, at least in terms of contrast of style, has to be the up-tempo, ultra-efficient Rockets (fourth in the NBA in pace; second in offensive rating) taking on the slow-down, defensive-minded Jazz (29th in pace; third in defensive rating). Both teams have surpassed 100 points in each of the two matchups this season, so while Utah is usually a scary team in terms of DFS, there should still be plenty of scoring in this one.

Outside of Kyle Lowry and Kevin Durant, the biggest absences due to injury look to be Dwyane Wade (doubtful) and Ryan Anderson (doubtful), while the status of the Nikola's (Jokic and Vucevic, both questionable) will also prove crucial in lineup construction, so pay attention to those.

There is one team on a back-to-back: The Washington Wizards, who played in Phoenix on Tuesday and now travel to Denver to take on the Nuggets. In 11 back-to-back games this season, the Wiz have a 109.7 defensive rating, compared to 105.2 for the year. While the Nuggets' rotation can sometimes be difficult to sort out, especially when their best player is questionable, they look to be a compelling team to target on a busy night.

With all of that in mind, you can click through the gallery for my optimal DraftKings lineup, while you can head here for more NBA DFS strategy and picks. (Getty)