DraftKings NBA Daily Fantasy Helper: Friday 4/10/15
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 12-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 Oklahoma City currently tied with New Orleans for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, tonight becomes a virtual must-win for the Thunder. That means you should expect a heavy dose of Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has been unguardable since the All-Star break, averaging 30.2 points, 10.2 assists, 8.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 36.6 minutes per game. Over that span, the Thunder point guard has amassed an absurd 39.1% usage rate as well. Westbrook gets a spectacular matchup against a Kings squad who has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing point guards and should be in for a heavy workload in a game with a massive over/under of 218.5. The Thunder star is our number one overall projected player on the board tonight.
As I just mentioned, tonight's game between the Thunder and Kings is expected to be incredibly high scoring. With this in mind, our algorithms recommend two other players from this game as well -- Dion Waiters and Omri Casspi.
Waiters' production has been somewhat inconsistent since joining the Thunder, but he continues to log heavy minutes as of late. Over his last 12 games, the Thunder guard has averaged 33.5 minutes per game and has played at least 33 minutes in 9 of those 12 games. Look for Waiters to see another massive workload for the banged up Thunder tonight in a dream matchup against Sacramento, who has allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards this season.
Just like the Thunder, the Kings will be very short-handed tonight. Both Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins are unlikely to suit up, which means that Casspi will be forced to shoulder the load for Sacramento on the offensive end of the floor. The Kings' swing man has been red hot as of late, averaging 19.2 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in a whopping 34.2 points per game over his last five outings, and should see minutes in the mid-30s once again tonight. Considering the fact that this is expected to be the highest scoring game on the slate and the Thunder have allowed the eight most fantasy points per game to opposing small forwards this season, Casspi is an absolute steal at just $4,800.
Waiters and Casspi aren't the only players who should provide excellent fantasy value at a very low price. With Al Jefferson unable to suit up for the Hornets and Paul Millsap still sidelined with his shoulder injury for the Hawks, both Bismack Biyombo and Mike Scott should make strong value plays as well.
Biyombo has looked spectacular over his last three games while filling in for Big Al. In those three outings, Bizzy B has averaged 9 points, 9.1 rebounds and an impressive 3.3 blocks per in 34.3 minutes per game. Biyombo's ability to defensive prowess both on the boards and as a rim protector give him a huge boost in value, and if he can add around 10 points each game, he should reach value easily. Although his price tag has come up quite a bit, the Hornets' big man should continue to see all the minutes he can handle and should have little trouble exceeding value at his $5,000 price tag.
Although it will be Mike Muscala drawing the start tonight, Mike Scott is actually the preferred play at power forward tonight for the Hawks. The Hawks' forward is coming off of a 20-point, 8-rebound, 2-assist outing where he was on the court for 31 minutes compared to Muscala's 24. Scott's ability to stretch the floor is critical to how Atlanta wants to run their offense and, even though they already have the number one seed locked in, the Hawks will want to get Scott as many reps as they can to get him ready for the playoffs following his long layoff with a toe injury. Look for the Hawks' big man to see minutes in the 30s for the second straight game and to continue to impress in Millsap's absence.