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NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for April 10, 2018

For the 4/10/18 slate tonight, we’re listing our top NBA DFS picks for guards, forwards, and centers in Cash and GPP lineups on DraftKings and FanDuel. The info below can also be used for crafting your daily fantasy basketball strategy at FantasyDraft.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.

Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis, and value plays at the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice, even more than usual this time of the season. We post this article first thing in the morning, without the initial reports from shootaround or news from beat writers. So always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.

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PLAYERS RULED OUT
Harrison Barnes (rest)

Joel Embiid (face)
Steph Curry (knee)
Dennis Schroder (ankle)
Devin Booker (hand)
Brandon Ingram (concussion)
Marcus Smart (thumb)
Kyrie Irving (knee)
T.J. Warren (knee)
J.J. Barea (oblique)
Kent Bazemore (knee)
Elfrid Payton (knee)

INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Eric Gordon (foot)
Dennis Smith Jr. (knee)
Josh Jackson (quad)
Marquese Chriss (hip)
Ricky Rubio (hamstring)
Lonzo Ball (knee)
Kyle Kuzma (ankle)

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Best NBA DFS Picks for April 10, 2018

Guards

John Wall vs. BOS ($8.5k DraftKings, $9.2k FanDuel)

When John Wall is motivated and given a full slate of run, he’s still one of the most productive PGs in the league. Wall proved that by dropping 28 points with 14 dimes in a loss at Cleveland last Thursday and he’s had tons of rest since he sat out the Wizards loss to Atlanta the following night. The Wizards and Celtics absolutely despise each other and that spurred Wall to go for 21 points and 14 assists in a meeting with Boston earlier this year. Now the Celtics are nowhere near full strength with Kyrie Irving (knee) and Marcus Smart (thumb) out, while Brad Stevens made a clear statement by giving starters and bench players virtually equal time in Sunday’s loss to Atlanta, as the Celtics prepare to enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the East, whereas Washington is jockeying with Miami and Milwaukee for position.

Donovan Mitchell vs. GSW ($8.0k DraftKings, $8.0k FanDuel)

With Ricky Rubio (hamstring) clearly limited and Rudy Gobert getting some maintenance towards the end of a long season, Donovan Mitchell has been handed the keys to Utah’s offense. The likely runner-up in a loaded Rookie of the Year field, Mitchell dropped 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in a win over the Lakers Sunday and could lead the charge in another shootout tonight. Golden State is giving up the second-most APG (5.87) and eighth-most FPPG (43.45) to opposing SGs over the last month and doesn’t have too much to play for other than maintaining a rhythm. Perhaps Klay Thompson or other starters that have dealt with injuries are rested in the Dubs last game of the year, opening things up for a fearless rookie in Mitchell.

Josh Hart vs. HOU ($5.9k DraftKings, $5.6k FanDuel)

There’s a trend in the final games of the season in which players who spent significant time on the shelf with injuries are suddenly asked to play huge minutes to spell those who are worn down. Josh Hart logged 41 minutes and led the Lakers with 25 points in a loss to Utah Sunday and is averaging 33.8 MPG, 13.7 PPG and 8 RPG over six appearances since returning from a hand injury. He could be given the tall task of guarding James Harden tonight, but if he can avoid foul trouble, the Villanova product has a great chance to at least meet value with Lonzo Ball (knee), Brandon Ingram (concussion) and perhaps Kyle Kuzma (ankle) inactive during an uptempo contest.

Others to Consider: James Harden, Bradley Beal, Dennis Smith Jr. (if active), Tyler Ulis, Jaylen Brown, Malik Monk, Danuel House, Marco Belinelli

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Forwards

Kevin Durant vs. UTA ($10.8k DraftKings, $11.2k FanDuel)

His playing time wasn’t necessarily limited, but Kevin Durant was a bit deferential with Klay Thompson catching fire for 34 points in an easy win over the lowly Suns on Sunday. The fact that he still played 30 minutes on the second half of a B2B set would indicate that HC Steve Kerr is willing to ride the superstar in the Warriors season finale against a tough opponent. Utah is second in defensive rating, yet KD often finds ways to burn the toughest units in ways no other players can. He’s averaging 28.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 5.4 APG over 13 appearances the last two months and is the best candidate to carry the Dubs in a tune-up for the playoffs. 

Taurean Prince vs. PHI ($7.3k DraftKings, $6.5k FanDuel)

If the Hawks are to have any chance tonight against a red-hot Sixers team, it will be because they give Taurean Prince a full slate of run and hope he gets hot. He’s been the unquestioned leader of Atlanta’s offense since Dennis Schroder (ankle) was ruled out along with Kent Bazemore (knee) for the rest of the year, and is averaging 18.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 3.6 APG over his last 19 appearances. Philadelphia is playing at the fastest pace in the league and giving up the eighth-most PPG (22.33) to opposing SFs over the last month. After going off for 33 points over 39 minutes to lead Atlanta in a win at Boston Sunday, Prince might provide one more herculean effort for his season finale.

Domantas Sabonis vs. CHA ($5.2k DraftKings, $5.9k FanDuel)

You can’t necessarily expect the returns to be as good in the same matchup, but Domantas Sabonis is definitely worth a look after burning this same Hornets team for 30 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks on Sunday. Myles Turner has been bothered by injuries or otherwise ineffective and Sabonis simply seems to pair better as a pick-and-roll partner with Victor Oladipo. He’s been ramping up since missing six games with an ankle injury and the fact that he logged 38 minutes Sunday indicates that he’s ready to rock in the Pacers regular-season finale.

Others to Consider: Ben Simmons, Julius Randle, Jayson Tatum, Ersan Ilyasova, Jonathon Motley, Kelly Oubre Jr., Dragan Bender, Royce O’Neale

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Center

Greg Monroe vs. WAS ($6.1k DraftKings, $6.2k FanDuel)

Most of the Celtics roster is a hardship exception the way they’ve been ransacked by injuries this year, and Greg Monroe is king amongst their late-season additions. He’s turned up lately with averages of 15.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG and 4.8 APG over his last four appearances, notably dropping a triple-double against the tanking Bulls Friday night. While Washington has more to play for, the Wizards have struggled against skilled centers all year and Monroe is averaging 12.2 PPG and 8.2 RPG and 3.1 APG over his last seven meetings with the Wiz. He’s seeing a bump in usage with Kyrie Irving (knee) out and Al Horford winding down at the end of a long season, while more Celtics could rest with their playoff positioning solidified.

Alex Len @ DAL ($5.7k DraftKings, $4.6k FanDuel)

Two tanking teams meet tonight in Dallas and the Suns are underdogs as you might expect. But they still have appealing value options in Alex Len as well as young PF Dragan Bender ($4.7k, $4.3k) since Marquese Chriss (hip) and Josh Jackson (quad) are likely to sit out this season finale along with Devin Booker (hand), T.J. Warren (knee) and Elfrid Payton (knee). With those five players absent, Len and others will see a significant bump in usage and that makes the hulking big man a solid value play against a Dallas team that allows the fourth-most RPG (18.23) and seventh-most FPPG (56.36) to opposing centers over the last month.

Others to Consider: Rudy Gobert, John Collins, Dwight Powell, Wily Hernangomez

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