NBA GPP Pivots: Friday 4/23

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Spencer Limbach
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Welcome to the NBA GPP Pivots article, where we’ll be looking to uncover some sneaky-good DFS plays away from the popular selections. These recommendations are usually risk/reward commodities meant to be used in large-field tournaments. Typically, blending these low-owned hidden gems with well-aligned staples contributes to a viable GPP strategy.

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 will be looking at Wednesday’s seven-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.

POINT GUARD

Darius Garland - Cleveland (at Charlotte)

Garland made an appearance in Wednesday’s GPP Pivots article, coming through with 36 fantasy points vs. Chicago. We can consider that to be his fantasy floor at the moment. Garland will run into a competitive tilt at Charlotte tonight, a team that ranks 21st in overall defensive efficiency. Most people will gravitate towards Collin Sexton from the Cavs, but don’t forget about his backcourt teammate.

SHOOTING GUARD

Marcus Smart - Boston (at Brooklyn)

Bruce Brown (depending on the injury situation) and Kevin Huerter will be popular shooting guards tonight. I’m not looking past Marcus Smart in this spot, as he’s facing a high-scoring Brooklyn team. Jaylen Brown is banged up, and Kemba Walker has been taking over as a result. However, Marcus Smart is fully capable of taking on more offensive responsibility. Smart has run up 40+ FP several times this month, and this is a good landing spot for him to get back there.

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SMALL FORWARD

Kyle Anderson - Memphis (at Portland)

Anderson is a solid mid-range play with enough upside for tournaments. It helps that Portland ranks 25th in defensive efficiency to small forwards. This is the highest-scoring game of the night with a 232 over/under, and it should be competitive with the Blazers favored by 3. That makes for an excellent game environment for Anderson to do his thing. 35-40+ fantasy points incoming.

POWER FORWARD

Davis Bertans - Washington (at Oklahoma City)

Rui Hachimura is out and Davis Bertans has been a solid fantasy asset in his absence. That has translated to 28+ fantasy points in two straight while nearing 30 minutes in both. Facing an OKC team that ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to power forwards should help. Bertans would normally be a popular play, but other value options like Xavier Tillman and Jeff Green should take some contingency away from him. Go ahead and look towards Bertans through all formats.

CENTER

Ivica Zubac - LA Clippers (at Houston)

DeMarcus Cousins is only seeing around 12-15 minutes for the Clippers, so he’s not much of a threat to take Zubac’s production. Meanwhile, Zubac has been on a nice little roll with 36 FP against Memphis on Wednesday. He’s looking at a winnable matchup at Houston tonight, who ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to centers.

ALSO CONSIDER

Armoni Brooks (SG - HOU) should see a boost with Kevin Porter Jr. out. We aren’t sure how the playing time will be divided, but Brooks figures to be part of the rotation. He saw 34 minutes two days ago, which would translate to respectable fantasy production if that’s the case again tonight.

Will Barton (SG - DEN) is on the radar tonight. You never know who is going to step up for the Nuggets on any given night (besides Nikola Jokic). Jamal Murray is out, so that opens the door for guys like Barton and Porter Jr. to become high-volume scorers. If this is a “Barton game”, then he could come through with GPP-winning upside in a great matchup at Golden State.

Marcus Morris (PF - LAC) isn’t exactly a sneaky play, but he’s someone who is on my list for both cash games and tournaments. Kawhi Leonard is out, so Morris will be called upon for more minutes and numbers overall. This game could be a blowout, but Morris would likely play a significant part if that’s the case.

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