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DFS NBA Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings - Thursday 4/6
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With two games remaining in the regular season(for most teams), there is still a ton to play for in the Western Conference and the Thunder are right in the middle of things. They are currently tied for the final play-in spot and can eliminate the Jazz with a win tonight. This must-win scenario also helps us for fantasy in finding safety at very volatile part of the season. The upside for SGA has been somewhat limited since the break but the floor has been very consistent as he has averaged just over 51 DK points per game. More good news as the matchup is elite with the Jazz ranking 25th in defensive efficiency and dead last in fantasy points given up to guards. SGA is my top guard on this slate.
The Trail Blazers have already been eliminated but present us with some options for fantasy in a projected thin rotation with all the starters out and about three more players questionable. One player who has stepped into a huge opportunity is Skylar Mays who has been terrific since being signed out of the G-League. He has played at least 30 minutes in all three games while averaging 17 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 7.3 assists for just over 35 fantasy points a game. In a projected close game against an even worse Spurs team, Mays is a core play in all formats tonight.
Tre Jones FD - $7000 DK - $6100
Opponent - POR
Proj Pts FD - 30.37 DK - 32.2
While neither of these teams will be headed to playoffs, this is a near dream scenario for fantasy as the game is expected to be close, high-scoring and features two of the worst defences in the league. Jones has been a consistent option for us down the stretch averaging over 30 fantasy points a game and also flashed his upside with a triple-double against the Kings on Sunday. Like Mays, the price is on the rise but so is the opportunity as he gets a terrific matchup against a Blazers defence that allows the second most fantasy points to guards. Fire up Jones in all formats.
Talen Horton-Tucker FD - $8400 DK - $8100
Opponent - OKC
Proj Pts FD - 39.64 DK - 42.6
As you can probably tell we will be focusing a lot of energy on two games tonight and this one is at the top of the list as only one of these teams will be making it into the Western Conference play-in tournament. The Jazz have their backs against the wall with a loss eliminating them and not only that they are very short-handed due to injuries to Markkanen, Clarkson, and Kessler. That has led to a huge opportunity for Horton-Tucker and he has ran with it averaging over 47 fantasy points per game over his last five. In a terrific matchup(OKC 26th vs G, 30th vs F), I will be loading up on THT in all formats.
Paolo Banchero FD - $8500 DK - $7100
Opponent - CLE
Proj Pts FD - 33.92 DK - 36.8
The Magic have been eliminated from the playoffs but this year's first overall draft pick will be looking to continue to close out the season strong. He will face a Cavs team that he just dropped 40 fantasy points on a few days ago and that will be once again resting their starters as they are gearing up for the postseason. Despite that solid performance last game, DraftKings has dropped Banchero's price quite a bit making this a DK-only play for me as the floor is very high with him averaging 37.8 DK points per game since the break.
Zach Collins FD - $7200 DK - $6700
Opponent - POR
Proj Pts FD - 33.19 DK - 36
Collins has been dealing with naggin injuries for an extended period but comes into Thursday probable and in a great spot. The Spurs are rare favorites(-3.5) in a game against Portland who has been eliminated, very short-handed, and rank 26th in fantasy points given up to centers. That is great news as when Collins has been on the floor he has been very consistent averaging just under 36 fantasy points per game which is great value at these prices. In play in all formats.