DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 4/3/15
With the NBA season winding down and season-long fantasy basketball leagues finishing up, why not change it up a bit and play daily fantasy hoops over on DraftKings.com?
DraftKings has contests going on each night where you can win real cash prizes. With tonight's 10-game NBA slate, it's the perfect chance to join and play.
Not sure who to select? Don't worry, we've got you covered with tonight's optimal lineup.
With a critical matchup against the Thunder on the docket, the Grizzlies will likely look to their two star big men to carry the load against a banged-up Oklahoma City frontline tonight. Memphis power forward Zach Randolph draws one of the premier matchup on the board tonight against Enes Kanter and a Thunder squad who has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards this season. In three games against Oklahoma City this season, Z-Bo is averaging 17.7 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 33.6 minutes per game and should see another heavy workload tonight.
Oklahoma City's best interior defender -- Serge Ibaka -- is still sidelined with a knee injury and Steven Adams is struggling with an ankle injury right now. Although Adams is expected to suit up tonight, the Grizzlies will likely look to attack the paint early in order to test the young Thunder big man. Gasol's price has dipped all the way down to $7,200, which makes him an excellent play in a game that is expected to be pretty high scoring.
If one Gasol brother is good, two is better. The Pistons feature one of the worst defensive front courts in the league and Greg Monroe is still out with a knee injury. That means that Marc's brother Pau Gasol makes an elite play at power forward tonight. Although the Bulls' big man rotation is sometimes hard to predict, Gasol is the player who sees the most consistent minutes and should absolutely dominate a Detroit squad who has allowed the second most fantasy points per game to opposing power forwards.
Raptors' point guard Kyle Lowry will remain sidelined with his back injury tonight. With this in mind, our algorithms recommend you play two Toronto guards who will see a boost in workload tonight -- Louis Williams and Greivis Vasquez.
Although he continues to come off the bench, Williams has seen a lot more action with Lowry sidelined as of late. Over his last six games, the Raptors' guard is averaging 16.5 points, 2.6 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 27.5 minutes per game. With a price tag of just $5,400, Williams makes a strong value play against a Nets squad who has struggled to slow down opposing backcourt players all season long. Unlike Williams, Vasquez will slide into the Raptors' starting lineup with Lowry sidelined. In 25 starts this season, the Toronto's backup point guard has posted 10.9 points, 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 30 minutes of action per game. At just $5,000, Vasquez has an excellent chance to reach value against Brooklyn and their porous perimeter defense.
The last value play our algorithms recommend is a guy who is probably dollar for dollar my favorite play on the board tonight. Omri Casspi will once again start for the Kings at small forward with Rudy Gay recovering from his concussion. Casspi has been incredibly productive when given the opportunity this season, averaging 13.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists on a per-36 basis, and is coming off of an impressive 18-point, 7-rebound, 4-assist, 3-steal performance in 38 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday. Although a matchup with the Pelicans is not ideal, given his expected huge workload and very low $4,000 price tag, Casspi is an absolute steal tonight.