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4/3/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
NBA Fadeaway: $15 entry, $300k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $100K to 1st!
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $60k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $4K to 1st!
Wed. Shot: $15 entry, $200k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $50K to 1st!
Wed. Slam: $55 entry, $50k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $10K to 1st!
NBA DFS Best Picks & Plays for April 3, 2019
Best DFS Guards for April 3, 2019
Ben Simmons at ATL ($9.5k DraftKings, $9.8k FanDuel)
Simmons has averaged over 55 FPs on both sites against the Hawks over three games this season. He’s shot a sparkling 67.5 percent against them as well. Plus, he just racked up 53 DK/57.7 FD points versus Atlanta on March 23. The case for targeting the Hawks with point guards is well documented and backed up by plenty of numbers. Among them are the 52.6 DK/52.1 FD points per game Atlanta allows to PGs. The NBA-high 29.9 offensive efficiency rating they yield to the position is yet another. Finally, the Hawks’ league-leading pace of play (108.2 possessions per game) only serves to further Simmons’ already strong case. Moreover, these are quite reasonable prices for his upside.
Chris Paul at LAC ($7.2k DraftKings, $8.1k FanDuel)
Paul totaled 33.0 DK/32.2 FD points against his old Clippers teammates over 34 minutes back on Oct. 26. Los Angeles has remained vulnerable to point guards all season. The Clippers yield 48.2 DK/47.4 FD points per game to ones. They also continue to play at a top-10 pace (105.6 possessions per game), including the seventh highest (106.2) for home teams. Then, Paul checks in having scored 32 FPs or more in eight of the last nine games. That’s a stretch that includes three double-doubles. The price is particularly right on DK, and Paul should see a normal allotment of minutes with Houston still jockeying for final playoff position.
Tyler Dorsey at POR ($4.8k DraftKings, $4.3k FanDuel)
Dorsey should continue seeing plenty of run Wednesday with Avery Bradley (lower leg) already ruled out. Dorsey has averaged 13.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 3.4 APG across 31.9 minutes in the seven games Bradley has missed thus far. The second-year guard is averaging a solid 11.6 shot attempts per contest during that stretch as well. The positional matchup against the Blazers on Wednesday isn’t necessarily appealing on paper. However, it’s worth noting C.J. McCollum, who remains out with a knee strain, is the player largely responsible for Portland’s strong numbers against two-guards. Dorsey also has a pair of 40-fantasy-point tallies during his current starting stint. That makes his bargain prices all the more appealing.
Other guards to consider: James Harden, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, D’Angelo Russell, Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, DeMar DeRozan, Delon Wright, Tomas Satoransky
Best DFS Forwards for April 3, 2019
Pascal Siakam at BKN ($8k DraftKings, $7.4k FanDuel)
Siakam put up a clunker against the Magic on Monday night. However, he’s excelled recently. He’s scored over 40 FPs on two occasions and over 60 in a third instance over his last seven. Siakam has actually been a tick more productive on the road this season. Plus, he’s averaged over 30 FPs on both sites across 32.3 minutes in three previous games against the Nets. Brooklyn comes in allowing bottom-10 figures in DK points (48.9), FD points (47.3), and offensive efficiency rating (25.9) to PFs. They’re also surrendering the fifth-highest offensive efficiency rating in the paint (61.2) while Siakam logs 63.0 percent of his scoring in that part of the floor.
Shaquille Harrison at WAS ($6.3k DraftKings, $6.1k FanDuel)
Harrison is set for another start Wednesday in place of Otto Porter, Jr. (shoulder). Harrison is nursing a shoulder issue in his own right but is considered probable. The matchup versus the Wizards has been a fruitful one for fantasy purposes this season. Washington is allowing over 39 FPs per game to small forwards on both sites, along with the seventh-most rebounds (8.2) per contest to the position. In turn, Harrison has scored more than 25 FPs on both sites in six straight and seven of the last eight overall. He also has a pair of 10-rebound efforts during that span as well tallies of eight and nine boards in two other contests. Finally, the bump in pace the Wizards bring should help Harrison’s case Wednesday. Washington checks in averaging 106.0 possessions per contest, seventh most in the NBA.
Ivan Rabb at POR ($4.2k DraftKings, $4.8k FanDuel)
Rabb should be set for a nice bump in minutes, if not a starting assignment, Wednesday. Jonas Valanciunas is out for what remains of the season with an ankle injury. Then, Joakim Noah is questionable with a knee problem that’s already cost him the last four games. Rabb has been coming off the bench in recent games, but he’s produced with extended playing time on multiple occasions this season. Rabb has scored 22.5 to 42.7 fantasy points in six of the last nine contests in which he’s seen over 20 minutes. The Trail Blazers are also more vulnerable down low since Jusuf Nurkic went down with a season-ending leg injury, furthering Rabb’s case tonight at a bargain price.
Other forwards to consider: Kawhi Leonard, Julius Randle, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, Danilo Gallinari, Aaron Gordon, Richaun Holmes
Best DFS Centers for April 3, 2019
Nikola Vucevic vs. NY ($9.6k DraftKings, $9.5k FanDuel)
Vucevic has trampled the Knicks this season for an average of more than 54 FPs over three games. And he’s done it on 62.7 percent shooting, including 62.5 percent from three-point range. Vucevic’s numbers have been down overall the last three games, but he’s still exceeded 50 FPs on three occasions in his last 10 outings. New York is allowing bottom-10 DK points (58.3) and FD points (57.8) per game to centers as well. And the Knicks yield a bottom-10 three-point shooting percentage (36.3). In turn, Vucevic boasts his best three-point success rate (36.4 percent) since his rookie 2011-12 campaign.
Rudy Gobert at PHO ($8.5k DraftKings, $10.5k FanDuel)
Gobert has unsurprisingly dominated the Suns this season. Phoenix’s frontcourt is one of the most permeable in the league and is also going to be missing Deandre Ayton (ankle) once again Wednesday. That should leave Gobert in plenty of one-on-one matchups versus Richaun Holmes, who gives up three inches to the “Stifle Tower.” Gobert is already averaging over 45 FPs on both sites across 31.1 minutes in three previous games against the Suns. Phoenix also comes in allowing league-worst or bottom-five figure in DK points (61.7), FD points (61.6), points (27.3), rebounds (16.9), and steals (1.8) per game to centers. And they allow the second-highest offensive efficiency rating (62.2) and most points per game (53.1) in the paint, where Gobert logs 74 percent of his scoring.
Gorgui Dieng at DAL ($3.8k DraftKings, $4.4k FanDuel)
Dieng should be set for another solid allotment of minutes Wednesday due to both Taj Gibson’s ongoing absence with a calf injury and the big man’s own strong performances recently. Dieng has scored over 30 FPs in two of the last three games, double-doubling in one of those contests. He’s logged between 16 and 22 minutes in those games, enough for him to generate strong production in scoring and on the boards. The Mavericks have also allowed just under 20 FPs per game to Dieng over two prior meetings this season across a modest allotment of 15.4 minutes.
Other centers to consider: Karl-Anthony Towns, Andre Drummond, Nikola Jokic, Myles Turner, Clint Capela, Thomas Bryant, Joakim Noah