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, 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.
On short NBA Playoff slates, we’re recommending three options to play, and three to fade at each position. Decisions are magnified on shorter slates, so chose your stars wisely.
4/15/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Fadeaway: $15 entry, $500k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $100,000 to 1st!
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $100k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Shot: $9.99 entry, $400k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100,000 to 1st!
Shot: $4.44 entry, $60k guaranteed (FanDuel)
NBA DFS Top Plays for April 15, 2019
Three Up for April 15, 2019
Steph Curry vs. LAC ($8.8k DraftKings, $9.8k FanDuel)
Steph Curry was our featured play ahead of Saturday’s Game 1. He proceeded to torch the Clippers for 38 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists. His price tag has barely risen on DraftKings, so he’s still a fantastic per-dollar option in any format. As mentioned in Saturday’s article, Curry averaged 32.3 PPG with a better offensive rating (142) against the Clips than against any other Western Conference foe this season. His rebounding numbers were a bit of an outlier, but the sharpshooting (8-for-12 from downtown) was no fluke. Curry said he’s seeing the basket clearer after switching to contact lenses. He was lights out all year at Oracle (44.4% from 3-point range).
Jimmy Butler vs. BKN ($7.4k DraftKings, $8.2k FanDuel)
Joel Embiid gutted out a knee injury and managed to exceed value over just 24 minutes of run Saturday. Embiid is a quality GPP play with tremendous per-dollar upside on DraftKings, but Jimmy Butler is a safer option. The seasoned veteran is built for playoff basketball due to his ability to get to the line and score in isolation sets. Embiid posted a 43.7% usage rate, Butler posted a 32.1% usage rate, and no other Sixer hit 20% in terms of usage on Saturday.
Tobias Harris won’t get completely shut down again, but this is a brutal matchup for non-shooter Ben Simmons. Butler had no issues with Brooklyn’s defense while averaging 26.3 PPG on 48% FG shooting over three regular-season meetings with the Nets. He’s averaged 20.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 3.8 APG over his last three postseason campaigns and appears ready to step up with Embiid limited.
Andre Iguodala vs. LAC ($4.0k DraftKings, $4.0k FanDuel)
The Nets will also offer a great value in this price range as long as Ed Davis (ankle) is a full go. Regardless, Andre Iguodala can help you fit studs into your lineup without much risk. The former Finals MVP averages 10.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.9 APG, and 1.8 STL/BLK per game throughout his long playoff career. He filled the box score (8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks) in Game 1. He exceeded value in all four meetings with the Clippers during the regular season and clearly thrives in a matchup featuring two of the top 10 teams in terms of pace. The Clips ranked 22nd in DvP against SFs over the last 14 days of the season and became far less athletic on the wing when they moved Tobias Harris.
Others to consider: Kevin Durant, Ben Simmons, Lou Williams, Draymond Green, Montrezl Harrell, Caris LeVert, Patrick Beverley, Ed Davis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Three Down for April 15, 2019
D’Angelo Russell @ PHI ($8.4k DraftKings, $8.3k FanDuel)
The Nets took advantage of Joel Embiid’s shaky health and stole Game 1 in Philly on Saturday. D’Angelo Russell played great, but a line of 26 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists barely allowed him to hit value on his lofty price tag. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is not willing to turn the four-year pro completely loose and was quick to turn to his bench in Game 1, giving Russell just 29 minutes of run. The Sixers (-7.5) ranked 12th in DvP against PGs over the last two weeks of the season and have the personnel necessary to contain Russell. In fact, they held the lefty to a total of 25 points with 15 assists and 10 turnovers over his previous two trips to Philadelphia.
Ben Simmons vs. BKN ($7.3k DraftKings, $9.9k FanDuel)
He’s always capable of piling up peripheral stats, but so far Ben Simmons has not looked like a high-level performer in the postseason. He managed just 9 points on 4-for-9 FG shooting in Saturday’s loss and is now averaging 13.1 PPG, 7 RPG, and 5.9 APG over six playoff appearances in his career. The Nets ranked 11th in 2-point defense and were top 10 in DvP against both PGs and SFs this season. With Embiid and Butler handling most of the scoring in isolation sets and J.J. Redick struggling to find space against Brooklyn’s third-ranked 3-point defense, Simmons has become even less of a factor in this matchup.
Danilo Gallinari @ GSW ($6.6k DraftKings, $7.5k FanDuel)
Kevin Durant has effectively become the greatest role player of all time by joining a stacked Warriors team and taking a backseat offensively at times. He was efficient all year and shot 8-for-16 to help the Warriors cruise in Game 1. But his value was even more evident in shutting down Danilo Gallinari. The most reliable scorer in the Clippers’ starting lineup managed just 15 points on 4-for-14 FG shooting. “Gallo” averaged just 13.8 PPG over four meetings with the Warriors this season and shot a measly 23.8% from inside the arc. Durant simply won’t allow him to get to the rim. The Warriors ranked 11th in 3-point defense this year and really ramped up down the stretch, allowing 108.4 PPG over the final two months of the season.