NBA DFS Plays Friday April 30

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Renee Miller
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NBA DFS Plays Friday April 30
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This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game 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.

We’ll take a look at Friday’s 8-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET on FanDuel and DraftKings. Yahoo’s main slate contains seven games starting at 7:30 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Kyrie Irving – Brooklyn (vs. Portland) - DK: $9,400 / FD: $9,800 / Yahoo: $48

While Irving was resting on the front end of the b2b last night, Kevin Durant went nuts, scoring 42 real points in 36 minutes. While Irving’s groin strain is a concern and I will absolutely be scouring the news feed for any updates about his condition, I’m taking his rest Thursday as a precautionary move by a Nets team looking to have all its stars in top shape when the playoffs start in a couple weeks. Irving is costly, yes, but in a fantastic matchup with the Portland backcourt (whom I also like tonight), and in the game with the highest over/under (240.5 points, Trail Blazers minus-1), I think Irving is in for a highlight performance. Bonus enthusiasm for Kevin Durant and Bruce Brown being ruled out -- Irving is not on the injury report and should enjoy very high usage without KD.

Also Consider: Russell Westbrook, Darius Garland, Ja Morant, Jrue Holiday, Damian Lillard

Bargain Options: Coby White, Payton Pritchard, Jordan Clarkson

SHOOTING GUARD

CJ McCollum – Portland (at Brooklyn) - DK: $8,100 / FD: $7,700 / Yahoo: $33

Noting the positive factors above, my next guard pick is from the same game. McCollum and Damian Lillard are both in play here, but given that they are producing at a very similar level right now, I’m opting for the cheaper play, which is McCollum on all three sites (the gap is narrowest on FanDuel). In competitive games, as this one should be, McCollum is at his best, producing in the higher end of his range. His floor is one I feel 100 percent comfortable with at this salary too.

Also Consider: Bradley Beal, Collin Sexton (if active)

Bargain Options: Dillon Brooks, Marcus Smart, Lou Williams, Gary Harris

SMALL FORWARD

Kyle Anderson – Memphis (vs. Orlando) - DK: $6,000 / FD: $5,500 / Yahoo: $22

You know he’s one of my favorite DFS plays any given night, and on a night when he’s facing the Magic, the third-best SF matchup for fantasy and seventh-most generous fantasy opponent overall, I love Anderson even more. The Magic play at a slower pace than Memphis, but they also rank 26th in defensive efficiency; Vegas has the Grizzlies as 11-point favorites tonight. Anderson should benefit from Jaren Jackson Jr.’s absence tonight, and although he hasn’t been playing particularly well or often in the last two games, I suspect he’ll bounce back in this prime spot. The last two games have been double-digit losses for the Grizzlies, and they’ll be looking to enjoy this potential victory tonight.

Also Consider: Jaylen Brown, DeMar DeRozan

Bargain Options: Cedi Osman, Kyle Kuzma, James Ennis

POWER FORWARD

Bobby Portis – Milwaukee (at Chicago) - DK: $5,500 / FD: $4,800 / Yahoo: $13

Giannis Antetokounmpo hurt his ankle Thursday night, which resulted in a big game from Portis (and Jrue Holiday, whom I also love if you can afford him). As was the case when Antetokounmpo missed time earlier in the season, Portis stepped right up with big game after big game. For the low salary (especially FanDuel and Yahoo), Portis should be one of the best value plays of the night if Giannis rests on the b2b. Against Chicago earlier this season, Portis put up 35 fantasy points in just 25 minutes.

Also Consider: Jayson Tatum, Tobias Harris

Bargain Options: Jeff Green, Kevin Love, Brandon Clarke, Georges Niang

CENTER

Jarrett Allen – Cleveland (vs. Washington) - DK: $7,400 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $30

Speaking of outstanding efforts vs. tonight’s opponent, Allen is one of the (many) reasons why Washington’s DvP to centers is so tasty. Last week he dropped a 27/12/2/3/2 line on the Wizards for 55 fantasy points. Lightning can strike twice for what I think is FanDuel’s most under-priced player tonight. This game should be a significant pace bump for the Cavaliers, which is why you see their names throughout this article, and the Wizards give up the sixth-most overall fantasy points to opponents. The Cavs have their own defensive issues, and are pretty big underdogs at home tonight, but for fantasy purposes, this is one of the best games to target on both sides tonight.

Also Consider: Joel Embiid, Nikola Vucevic, Andre Drummond, Jusuf Nurkic

Bargain Options: Wendell Carter, Montrezl Harrell

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Jrue Holiday (PG – MIL) is a player I’d work harder to fit into my lineup, even at the expense of Irving, if Giannis is ruled out. Holiday has been playing, and playing well, in b2bs recently, and without Giannis he is off the charts, as evidenced by his 62-fantasy point effort last night. The matchup is a good one in terms of pace and defensive efficiency, but it may also help to know that the Bulls rank second in turnover rate. A couple extra steals, one of Holiday’s trademarks, are in store tonight (he had three steals vs. Chicago earlier this season despite an otherwise down game).

Coby White (PG – CHI) is another guard play to consider if you can’t quite reach Holiday’s salary level. White has been making the most of the extra usage provided by Zach LaVine’s prolonged absence to the COVID protocols. White doesn’t get it easy tonight facing off with Holiday, but he’s put up very good numbers against Miami and New York recently, and is averaging close to 35 fantasy points per game since mid-April. He’s never too highly rostered, but should be a nice high-floor, slight-upside play tonight.

Georges Niang (F – UTA) is the cheap F or Utility option you might need to finish off your lineups tonight. He started vs. Sacramento with both Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley out and returned a very solid stat line, including 19 real points. Both Jazz guards will miss tonight’s game as well, and though the matchup isn’t as easy (Phoenix rivals Utah as one of the best defensive teams in the league), when Niang has played at least 20 minutes in the last 10 days, he’s returned at least 22 fantasy points and as many as 34 fantasy points. For the salary, that’s hard to beat.