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 players are always candidates to rest towards the end of the regular season. Value plays on the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice, so always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.
The Full Roster contests on FanDuel include a new scoring system in which the lowest score of the nine selected players is dropped, allowing users to take more risks with a punt play or two. Then, DraftKings has brought back its late swap for NBA contests.
4/9/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Fadeaway: $15 entry, $300k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $100,000 to 1st!
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $50k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Shot: $15 entry, $200k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $50,000 to 1st!
Shot: $5.55 entry, $35k guaranteed (FanDuel)
NBA DFS Top Plays for April 9, 2019
Best Guards for April 9, 2019
James Harden @ OKC ($11.5k DraftKings, $12.0k FanDuel)
The Rockets are the hottest team in the NBA as the regular season comes to a close. They’ll look to maintain that momentum in their final game tonight. With the No. 2 seed in sight and the Thunder playing to avoid dropping to the No. 7 or 8 spot, this game should be competitive for four quarters. James Harden just posted a 40.9% assist rate and 32.6% usage rate with a 136 offensive rating over just 29 minutes as Houston dropped 149 points on a depleted Suns team. He’s averaging 34 PPG on 40.2% FG shooting over three meetings with OKC this season. And if he can maintain that level of efficiency, he’s in line for a huge night. This is also Harden’s final chance to make a case for MVP.
Ian Clark vs. GSW ($4.6k DraftKings, $6.5k FanDuel)
We’ve been pushing Ian Clark as a fantastic value play for a couple of weeks. He’s definitely starting to come through with averages of 24 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 3.3 APG over his last three appearances. Tonight the Pelicans host a Warriors team that has already clinched the top seed in the West and will rest Kevin Durant in a meaningless game. Clark is playing 35.8 MPG this month and is vastly underpriced for a high-motor player getting a starter’s minutes. With Julius Randle and Stanley Robinson also doubtful, Clark, Elfrid Payton, and Christian Wood can all be locked into Cash lineups as the core of the Pelicans offense.
Jamal Crawford vs. DAL ($4.3k DraftKings, $5.6k FanDuel)
Here is another cheap SG that we’ve been touting in the final days of the season, and Jamal Crawford has also come through. He’s produced 55 points and 13 assists with a 33.5% usage rate and 33.8% assist rate over his last two appearances. Crawford owns a 131 offensive rating over his last five outings and is clearly the top option for a Suns team that has shut down Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Deandre Ayton. Dallas ranks 24th in DvP against PGs over the last 14 days. Crawford is still way too cheap on DraftKings given his usage.
Other guards to consider: Luka Doncic, Steph Curry, Elfrid Payton, Collin Sexton, Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jaylen Brown, Eric Gordon
Best Forwards for April 9, 2019
Paul George vs. HOU ($9.9k DraftKings, $10.0k FanDuel)
Since it’s virtually impossible to pair James Harden and Russell Westbrook into balanced lineups (although it is an option tonight given the dearth of values), Paul George makes sense as the best stacking partner with Harden. He’s a bit underpriced since he struggled with a shoulder injury in recent weeks, but PG is back in prime form with averages of 25.6 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 4.2 APG, and 2.4 SPG over his last five appearances. He’s shooting 38.3% from downtown during that span and owns a scorching 42.5% mark from deep in home games this year. George has been a matchup problem for the Rockets with averages of 31.5 PPG, 12 RPG, and 3.7 APG over three meetings this season. And as mentioned above, this is a key game for both teams with regards to their seeding.
Josh Jackson vs. DAL ($6.7k DraftKings, $8.1k FanDuel)
Both Jamal Crawford and Josh Jackson provided huge salary returns with the Suns shorthanded last Friday and both are capable of providing 6x salary returns on DK tonight per FantasyLabs. Jackson went off for a season-high 35 points in a win over the Pelicans and faces another team that could rest key players tonight in the Mavericks. Jackson is averaging a solid 16.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 3 APG while playing a limited role over three meetings with Dallas this season. But he sees a 4.8% increase in usage rate (to 28.7%) when Booker, Ayton, Warren, and Oubre are off the floor. The Suns have also been playing with tremendous pace as they experiment toward the end of a lost season. That’s led to point totals of 263 and 262 over their last two contests.
Jemerrio Jones vs. POR ($3.4k DraftKings, $3.6k FanDuel)
If Jemerrio Jones gets good run, he could pay off as one of the best values on a slate chock-full of them. The Lakers will be without LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Reggie Bullock, and likely Kyle Kuzma (foot) in their season finale. While Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will hog most of the usage, Jones should also see huge minutes in a contributing role.
Jones, a 6-foot-5 swingman out of New Mexico State, has been piling up peripheral stats with 33 rebounds, 10 assists, and 8 STL/BLK to go along with 14 points over his last three appearances. He logged 38 minutes in a surprising win over Utah on Sunday and could find similar success against a Blazers team that’s struggled to rebound since losing Jusuf Nurkic (leg) for the season.
Other forwards to consider: Pascal Siakam, Christian Wood, Larry Nance Jr., Shaq Harrison, Bam Adebayo, Kevin Knox, Troy Brown, Mario Hezonja, Jake Layman
Best Centers for April 9, 2019
DeMarcus Cousins @ NO ($6.9k DraftKings, $9.0k FanDuel)
DeMarcus Cousins should be strongly considered in GPP formats at his current price tag on DraftKings. The Warriors may tread lightly with the lumbering center, but he could play more minutes tonight and sit out entirely on Wednesday. Cousins is likely lobbying the coaching staff to give him more rope in his first opportunity to face the Pelicans franchise that discarded him following his Achilles tear last season. Cousins proved what he can do in limited minutes with 28 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists over 29 minutes in a key win over Denver last week. Now, he’ll face a Pelicans team that’s coughed up the fifth-most points in the paint per game (57.3) over the past week. Boogie sees a 3.2% rise in usage rate when Kevin Durant is off the floor, and KD will not suit up on the front end of this B2B set. Cousins has been assigned the highest per-dollar rating on DK according to FantasyLabs models.
Robert Williams @ WAS ($3.0k DraftKings, $3.5k FanDuel)
The Celtics have ruled out Al Horford (knee), Aron Baynes (ankle), and are listing Daniel Theis (foot) as questionable. Even Guerschon Yabusele (foot) is questionable, so Robert Williams could be in line for his biggest showcase run of the season. The “Time Lord” is averaging 11.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, and a remarkable 5.2 blocks per 36 minutes this season. He essentially has the same upside as Knicks center Mitchell Robinson at a fraction of the price. Washington is still yielding the second-most PPG (116.9) and RPG (47.2) on the year. While young center Thomas Bryant has been playing well, there isn’t much resistance down low from the Wizards. Washington ranks 28th in opponents 2-point shooting (54.2%). Only Phoenix is allowing more points in the paint per game (52.2) than the Wizards.
Other centers to consider: Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela, Enes Kanter, Salah Mejri