NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Monday 4/23/18
If you're new to daily fantasy basketball -- maybe you started your DFS journey during the MLB or NFL seasons, or maybe basketball is your sport and this will be your first year giving it a shot -- you're in for a treat. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and -- depending on injury news -- even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach.
With so much changing so quickly, we're here with plenty of tools to help you out. We have daily projections, a matchup heat map, a lineup optimizer, and a ton of other great resources to help give you an edge.
We'll also be coming at you with this primer every day, breaking down a few of the day's top plays at each price point.
Let's take a look at who you should target on today's two-game slate.
Best of the Best
Russell Westbrook ($12,000): Westbrook posted a bit of a dud in Game 3, but he opened his first round series against the Jazz with 54.6 and 58.3 FanDuel points in the first two games. He has topped 37 minutes in all three, and Russ is averaging a triple-double with 20.7 points, 11.0 boards and 10.0 assists per game through three contests. There's also room for those offensive numbers to improve moving forward, despite the tough matchup. He's averaging 20.3 field goal attempts per game in the series (with a 33.4% usage rate), but he's shooting only a 38.5% effective field goal percentage. He averaged a 47.7% effective field goal percentage on the season, and even with the Jazz allowing a bottom-10 mark on the year, Russ is so far below expectation that we can expect a bounce-back. For an idea of how much effective field goal percentage can swing over a small sample, Russ' four regular season games against Utah saw him post a mark of 51.4%. Our models project him as the day's top fantasy scorer.
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