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NBA DFS Best Picks & Plays for April 10, 2019
Best DFS Guards for April 10, 2019
Luka Doncic at SA ($9.6k DraftKings, $9.1k FanDuel)
Doncic should be in the lineup for the Mavericks’ season finale Wednesday after racking up a 21-point, 16-rebound, 11-assist triple-double Tuesday versus the Suns. He’ll look to capitalize on a Spurs team that could certainly be resting some first-unit players. The sensational rookie is already averaging over 40 FPs on both sites over 36.3 minutes in three prior meetings against San Antonio this season, shooting 45.6 percent, including 36.4 percent from three-point range. The Spurs come in allowing over 46 FPs per game to point guards, along with a bottom-10 offensive efficiency rating (26.2) to the position. What’s more, the Spurs are allowing a bottom-10 success rate from three-point range (36.0 percent). That could certainly spell trouble versus Doncic.
De’Aaron Fox at POR ($7.2k DraftKings, $8.5k FanDuel)
Fox bounced back from a minor foot injury to explode for over 55 FPs against the Pelicans on Sunday night. His minutes should be at their normal allotment for the Kings’ season finale. Damian Lillard could well sit or play limited minutes for the Trail Blazers on Wednesday as well, which would give Fox an even clearer path to fantasy production. Fox has averaged 29.9 DK/ 30.8 FD points over two games against Portland thus far this season. And the Blazers come in allowing the fifth-most points per game (25.0) to point guards.
Cory Joseph at ATL ($4.9k DraftKings, $4k FanDuel)
Joseph has scored over 20 FPs on both sites in three straight games. He could see some extra run Wednesday if coach Nate McMillan opts to limit Darren Collison’s minutes. The Hawks generate plenty of extra possessions, and Joseph has averaged over 24 FPs against them in three games this season. The veteran guard has shot an impressive 47.4 percent in those contests, including 42.9 percent from three-point range. Atlanta also comes in allowing the most DK (52.7) and FD (52.2) points per game to PGs. Plus, they’re yielding the second-highest shooting percentage (47.1) and the highest offensive efficiency rating (30.1) to the position.
Other guards to consider: Kemba Walker, Trae Young, Delon Wright, Buddy Hield, Walter Lemon, Jr., Goran Dragic, Jeremy Lamb, Seth Curry, Ish Smith, Quinn Cook, Grayson Allen
Best DFS Forwards for April 10, 2019
John Collins vs. IND ($7.7k DraftKings, $7.7k FanDuel)
Collins received the day off Sunday but will be back and well rested for Wednesday’s finale. He’s averaged well over 30 FPs across three prior games against the Pacers this season. He’s notably shot 58.8 percent, including 50.0 percent from three-point range, in those contests. The Pacers are also allowing over 44 FPs per game on both sites to power forwards. Collins has scored over 40 FPs on both sites in two of his last three games and may see plenty of minutes against what could be a short-handed and/or resting Indiana frontcourt.
Domantas Sabonis at ATL ($7k DraftKings, $7.3k FanDuel)
Thaddeus Young is one Pacers veteran who could see some time off Wednesday. That would afford Sabonis even more run than usual. The third-year big already comes into the contest running hot. He’s averaged 14.5 points (on 60.5 percent shooting), 10.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists across 25.6 minutes across the last eight games. That’s led to five tallies of well over 30 FPs on both sites in the eight-game run. Then, Sabonis is already averaging over 35 FPs across three prior games versus the Hawks this season. Atlanta has also allowed the second-most DK (51.0) and the most FD (49.5) points per game to power forwards, along with bottom-five figures in points (23.2), rebounds (11.8), made threes (2.5), and steals (1.8) to the position.
Frank Kaminsky vs. ORL ($5.9k DraftKings, $6.3k FanDuel)
Marvin Williams is likely to sit for the final game of the season with his foot injury. That should afford Kaminsky extra minutes for a fifth straight contest. He’s scored over 30 FPs on both sites in three of the last four games and over 25 in his most recent contest against the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The Magic have been stingy against power forwards all season. But they reside just outside the bottom 10 in offensive efficiency allowed to second units (43.6). Kaminsky has taken between 13 and 17 shot attempts in three of his last four as well. That level of usage paired with elevated playing time should lead to another strong return.
Other forwards to consider: JaKarr Sampson, Kevin Knox, Terrence Ross, Jae Crowder, Joe Ingles, Harrison Barnes, Dwayne Bacon, Rodney Hood, Zhaire Smith, Luke Kornet
Best DFS Centers for April 10, 2019
Mitchell Robinson vs. DET ($7.6k DraftKings, $8k FanDuel)
Robinson has averaged 11.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 3.0 blocks, and 1.4 steals across 34.0 minutes in his last five games as a starter. He’s also recorded multiple blocks in a jaw-dropping 29 straight games and scored over 30 FPs on both sites in nine of his last 10 contests. The Pistons will come in highly motivated to secure a victory and nail down the East’s No. 8 seed. Yet Detroit has allowed over 50 FPs per game to centers on both sites. What’s more, they’re tied with the Cavaliers for fifth-most blocks per game (2.6) allowed to fives. That plays right into the 7-foot-1 Robinson’s ball-swatting hands.
Hassan Whiteside at BKN ($5.1k DraftKings, $6.2k FanDuel)
Whiteside has remained in a bench role during this stretch run, but he’s thrived while doing so. He’s scored over 20 FPs on both sites in five of the last six games and should have no trouble churning out a strong return against a Nets team he’s already trampled for over 45 FPs on both sites over two prior contests this season. Brooklyn ranks in the bottom five or 10 in multiple statistical categories versus centers. They also come in allowing the fifth-most points in the paint per game (51.4) of any home team. Whiteside is well equipped to exploit that weakness. He’s logging a career-high 83.0 percent of his scoring down low. Finally, the mediocre 45.0 percent shooting of both the Heat and Nets should afford the big man some extra opportunities on the glass at both ends.
Kevon Looney at MEM ($3.6k DraftKings, $4k FanDuel)
There could well be several attractive values at center Wednesday by the time final lineups are announced. However, one big who figures to see a guaranteed bump in minutes is Looney. Coach Steve Kerr test-drove DeMarcus Cousins’ stamina Tuesday against the Pelicans ahead of the postseason, affording the big man a season-high 35 minutes. That sets up a likely rest day for Cousins in the finale. Looney flashed some nice upside in starting opportunities prior to Cousins making his season debut. He’s also impressively tallied over 25 FPs off the bench in two of the last four games despite averaging just 12.5 minutes in those contests. The Grizzlies are much easier to permeate down low without Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) patrolling the paint. That makes Looney an appealing alternative on a night when the Warriors figure to be missing the majority, if not all, of their starters.
Other centers to consider: Andre Drummond, Enes Kanter, Alex Len, Willie Cauley-Stein, Bam Adebayo, D.J. Wilson, Tyler Zeller, Greg Monroe, Boban Marjanovic