NBA DFS Plays: Monday 4/22

Spencer Limbach
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Spencer Limbach outlines the best NBA DFS Plays for the two-game playoff slate on Monday, April 22.

NBA DFS Plays: Monday 4/22

Spencer Limbach outlines the best NBA DFS Plays for the two-game playoff slate on Monday, April 22.

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.

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

POINT GUARD

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Ricky Rubio – Utah (vs Houston)

I’ve looked towards Rubio every game this series, and the results haven’t been disappointing with a 34 FPPG average through three games. Teammate Donovan Mitchell played better in Game 3, but I’m still expecting the Rockets to key on him defensively. That should leave Rubio with plenty of opportunities for fantasy production. Utah should come out strong in this home matchup while trying to avoid the sweep, and Rubio will play a key part in that.

Also Consider: George Hill, Ish Smith (punt)

SHOOTING GUARD

Wayne Ellington – Detroit (vs Milwaukee)

Yes, I highly recommend clicking James Harden into your lineup. He posted 59 fantasy points despite having a terrible shooting performance in Game 3, so that tells you pretty much everything you need to know … In order to make Harden’s salary work, you’ll need to find some value. Ellington makes for a fine candidate in that regard, as he’s seeing heavy minutes for the Pistons. That has translated to a 22 FPPG average over his past two, logging 35 and 39 minutes respectively. Consider Ellington a reasonable bargain filler on both FanDuel and DraftKings.

Also Consider: James Harden, Eric Gordon, Khris Middleton (better on DK)

SMALL FORWARD

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee (at Detroit)

The Bucks didn’t need Giannis to do much in Game 3’s win, but don’t hold that against him. On DraftKings, it’s possible to squeeze Antetokounmpo, Harden, and Middleton in the same lineup – and I highly recommend that strategy. You probably won’t be able to make Middleton work on FanDuel, but Giannis is an even higher priority over there with almost no opportunity cost at the small forward position.

Also Consider: Jae Crowder, punt on FanDuel

POWER FORWARD

PJ Tucker – Houston (at Utah)

Tucker is a strong bargain pick who will help you squeeze Harden and Giannis in the same lineup. The Houston forward is averaging 33 minutes and 27 fantasy points through three games in this series, which makes for adequate value on a $5,700 FanDuel salary (and $4,500 on DK). He’s one of the few cheap forwards who actually finds respectable playing time (and production), so definitely make him a priority through all formats.

Also Consider: Ersan Ilyasova, Blake Griffin (questionable)   

CENTER

Brook Lopez – Milwaukee (at Detroit)

Lopez gets the nod by default, as he’s a few thousand cheaper than the other legitimate centers in this slate. However, I like his fantasy profile with a 28 FPPG season average alongside profit potential in blocks and three-pointers. He had both of those categories working in Game 3, posting 44 fantasy points through 33 minutes.

Also Consider: Clint Capela 

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