NBA Daily Plays 4/18

Renee Miller
Renee Miller checks out the best plays at every position for Thursday's three-game NBA DFS slate

NBA Daily Plays 4/18

Renee Miller checks out the best plays at every position for Thursday's three-game NBA DFS slate

NBA Daily Plays


This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.

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Take note that we are looking at the main playoff slate starting at 8:00 ET.  



Jamal Murray – Denver (vs. San Antonio)

Murray checks in as the third-highest priced point guard on the slate tonight. After a slow start on Tuesday, he pretty much single-handedly led the Nuggets to the comeback win and fantasy owners to a reasonable return on their investment. Murray is a safe, solid, high usage, high minutes option at PG in the mid-salary range. Though the series moves to Texas, the Spurs have been among the more generous teams in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing point guards. 

Also consider: Stephen Curry, Landry Shamet, Ben Simmons 




DeMar DeRozan – San Antonio (vs. Denver)

I preferred C.J. McCollum to DeRozan on Tuesday but tonight it’s hard to find a great alternative to DeRozan. He’s a high-floor, high-upside play that won’t disappoint you. His DK salary ($7600) is particularly attractive. 

Also consider: Lou Williams, Gary Harris, Klay Thompson




Danilo Gallinari – LA Clippers (vs. Golden State) 

Golden State has been vulnerable to opposing wings all season, and their seventh-most fantasy points allowed to small forwards is one of the best matchups on this slate. Though Lou Williams stole the show in the Clippers’ dramatic comeback win Monday night, Gallinari was a big contributor as well (24 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals). In fact, he has five steals in the last two games, and the Warriors are leading all post-season teams with an amazing 18 percent turnover rate. Expect more of the same from Gallinari, a nice salary-saving alternative to Kevin Durant, who has been stymied by Gallinari’s teammate Patrick Beverley so far this series. 

Also consider: Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick (GPP only)




Draymond Green – Golden State (at LA)

With DeMarcus Cousins done for the series, we can consider saving on Andrew Bogut or Kevon Looney, and I do think both will meet value tonight. However, Green stands to gain the most in terms of usage and could see himself in position to push for triple-double-like numbers every night. His average of 39 fantasy points per game vs. the Clippers is almost 10 more than his season average. His blocks and steals pad his stat line, making him a great candidate to hit 7-8X value. 

Also consider: Kevon Looney, Montrezl Harrell, Ed Davis (bargain, GPP only)




Nikola Jokic – Denver (at San Antonio)

If there’s one player to pay up for tonight, it’s Jokic at center. Center is a difficult position tonight and the simplest solution is to go for the sure thing. He’s been stellar against the Spurs in the first two games, and though his numbers took a small hit on the road during the regular season, the playoffs are totally different. Rostering Jokic doesn’t take a ton of convincing, but what really tips the scales in his favor is that Joel Embiid is clearly less than 100 percent and played only 21 minutes in the 76ers last win over Brooklyn. He managaed a 23/10 double-double in that game, but the 21 minutes at his top salary are tough to buy as the Sixers look to protect their star for a long playoff run. 

Also consider: Andrew Bogut, Boban Marjanovic



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