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NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 4/4/19

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 main slate.

Best of the Best

Giannis Antetokounmpo ($12,200): We have a short three-game slate on Thursday, and two of the games have point spreads of at least 9.5 points. The other is this game, in which the Milwaukee Bucks are modest 5.0-point favorites over the Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams have been stiff matchups from a fantasy standpoint this year, but with two games carrying serious blowout risk, the potential for big minutes in a close game means players in this contest are worth targeting heavily. Giannis is second in the NBA with an average of 1.70 FanDuel points per minute on the year, and while his minutes are down lately, the last five games in which he's played have all had double-digit margins of victory. That means his 30.9 minutes per game over his last five are nothing to be concerned about. He should be in for plenty of run tonight, and our models project him for 6.2 more FanDuel points than anyone else on the slate.

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