NBA DFS Plays Friday April 23

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Renee Miller
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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 7-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Ja Morant – Memphis (at Portland) - DK: $7,200 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $30

From now on, I’m just assuming we all consider Russell Westbrook a top PG play and that I don’t need to write about why. So he’s No. 1, and my blurb is about my No. 2. All things considered, Morant might not jump off the page to you tonight, but he’s got a lot going for him. His salary is one of those things – very reasonable for his high floor and the 70-fantasy point upside he offers. The matchup is another. Portland ranks 29th in defensive efficiency and is the third-best DFS matchup for point guards. Morant and the Grizzlies are just 2.5 games back of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference standings, so this is a big game for both teams. Vegas has it with the highest over/under on the slate (232.5 points) and a pretty narrow spread. With Jonas Valanciunas out, Morant should dominate for the Grizzlies tonight.

Also Consider: Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry

Bargain Options: Reggie Jackson, Payton Pritchard, Brandon Goodwin, Theo Maledon

SHOOTING GUARD

Paul George – LA Clippers (at Houston) - DK: $9,300 / FD: $9,400 / Yahoo: $41

The shooting guard position is probably the most loaded tonight, with plenty of value and some tempting names at the top. I’m torn between Paul George and Bradley Beal, since both are playing at a high level right now, and both get amazing matchups (Houston and Oklahoma City, respectively). I love both of these games, and truthfully think you’ll do well with either (or both) George and Beal tonight. I’m leaning toward PG13 because Kawhi Leonard remains out, and though the Clippers should have an easier time tonight (Vegas has them a double-digit favorite), George will be involved on most plays. He’s averaging six more points and one more rebound per game when Leonard is inactive. I think his usage rate and talent get him to the 50-plus mark I’m looking for tonight.

Also Consider: Bradley Beal, Collin Sexton, Marcus Smart

Bargain Options: Svi Mykhailiuk, Bruce Brown

SMALL FORWARD

Kelly Oubre – Golden State (vs. Denver) - DK: $5,800 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $20

I never feel comfortable writing up Oubre in a cash game article, but he fits my build perfectly tonight. His salary is great, his matchup is great (Denver is the fifth-best SF matchup for DFS) and he’s coming off a great game followed by a day of rest. Kent Bazemore has been ruled out tonight, which also helps. The Warriors are back home, where Oubre has been slightly better, and he previously posted his average stat line vs. Denver. His outing on Wednesday vs. the Wizards, in which he scored 24 points with nine rebounds and two blocks, convinces me that the rust from his wrist injury is shaken off, and he’s ready to get back to the mid-30’s level of production he was enjoying before the injury. That this is another potentially high-scoring and close game helps his case.

Also Consider: Jimmy Butler, Norman Powell

Bargain Options: Kyle Anderson, Caleb Martin, Kenrich Williams

POWER FORWARD

Kevin Love – Cleveland (at Charlotte) - DK: $6,500 / FD: $6,200 / Yahoo: $21

Targeting power forwards that are playing the Hornets has been a productive strategy this season. Charlotte currently ranks as the second-best PF matchup, behind the Thunder (see below). Love had a 17/11 double-double against them a couple weeks ago, and has continued to play well with rest and in good matchups this week. His FanDuel salary is especially nice, but assuming he plays 30 minutes, he should be worth the small expense everywhere. For the record, Love was occupying this spot in the article even before it was tweeted that he is “all in on Sexland”.

Also Consider: Jayson Tatum, Draymond Green

Bargain Options: Darius Bazley, Jaren Jackson, Daniel Gafford, Davis Bertans

CENTER

Jusuf Nurkic – Portland (vs. Memphis) - DK: $5,200 / FD: $5,800 / Yahoo: $19

As with Westbrook, I’m assuming we all know that Nikola Jokic is the top center play when he plays, and perhaps especially when he plays the Warriors (average 61 fantasy points per game in two meetings this season). If you don’t have an extra $11K in your budget, read on. I’ve been mostly avoiding the Nurkic-Enes Kanter situation in Portland since Nurkic came back. But since the beginning of April, Nurkic has been averaging almost 30 fantasy points per game, in some very challenging matchups. His minutes are leveling out in the mid-upper 20’s while Kanter’s are increasingly below 20 MPG. I noted the attractive game features here above, but Portland should additionally benefit from the fast pace of the Grizzlies (eighth in the league). Without Valanciunas in the frontcourt, the matchup is much better for Nurkic than it appears on paper.

Also Consider: Nikola Jokic, Jarrett Allen

Bargain Options: Ivica Zubac, Moses Brown

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Svi Mykhailiuk (SG – OKC) is a good play tonight depending on the status of Lu Dort, who remains questionable. Mykhailiuk is coming off a massive 20-point, 9-rebound, 4-assist, 2-block game in which he played 36 minutes. Should he see that kind of time and usage again tonight vs. the Wizards, in what is going to be one of the most fantasy-friendly games of the slate, he’s a huge bargain ($3800 DK, $12 Yahoo, $4800 FanDuel).

Payton Pritchard (PG – BOS) and Marcus Smart should both be popular plays tonight. Smart’s salary is a bit high, but that is deserved. Pritchard can fill a G or U slot for nearer minimum salary ($4200 FD, $3700 DK, and $10 Yahoo). With Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown ruled out tonight, he’ll be needed in the backcourt. The game with Brooklyn should be high scoring and close, perfect for a DFS salary-saver like Pritchard.

Norman Powell (G/F – POR) is one of those really steady mid-range guys that I’m happy to see I have enough salary to roster. It’s not like I’m building around Powell, but for the last F or U spot, I’m not thinking twice. He’s good for around 30 fantasy points, and vs. the Grizzlies earlier this season posted a 35-fantasy point game. It’s not exciting, and he’s not likely to win anyone a big GPP, but the way he’s been scoring and playing about 38 MPG makes him a solid component of tonight’s cash game lineups.