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This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We’ll take a look at Saturday’s 7-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
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Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors (vs. Oklahoma City) - DK: $10,800 / FD: $10,200 / Yahoo: $50
This is a really interesting slate, with several meaningful (playoff-determining) bouts, three potential blowouts, and plenty of fantasy upside. I’m opting for a slight stars and scrubs style lineup tonight, starting with Curry. Although the Warriors are one of the teams predicted to win big tonight, the matchup with the Thunder is too good to pass on, and Golden State will be doing whatever is necessary to secure this easy win. That always starts with Steph, though I could also see looking at Wiggins and Green tonight. Oklahoma City plays almost as fast as Golden State, but ranks first in overall fantasy points allowed (second to PG), 26th in defensive efficiency, and turns the ball over at the league’s highest rate. This should be an ideal environment for Curry to replicate his two-game average of 60 fantasy points vs. the Thunder this season.
Gary Trent Jr. – Toronto (vs. Memphis) - DK: $5,500 / FD: $5,000 / Yahoo: $19
The Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, and Fred VanVleet tonight, leaving plenty of opportunity for Flynn and Trent. Trent returned from a long absence with 36 minutes and 25 real points on Thursday night, and it seems likely he’ll be able to repeat that performance in a fast-paced and relatively even matchup with the Grizzlies tonight. Flynn’s performance has dropped off lately, but I think the additional absence of FVV will open things up for him, and he is notably cheaper than Trent as well.
Bojan Bogdanovic – Utah (vs. Houston) - DK: $6,700 / FD: $5,700 / Yahoo: $19
I try hard not to succumb to recency bias when it comes to picking my headline plays, but Bogdanovic’s 48 real points last night are tough to ignore. His Yahoo and FanDuel salary sealed the deal, as the huge scoring night was not a fluke. Bogdanovic has been scoring at least 20-25 real points per game the last couple of weeks. The Jazz are huge favorites over Houston tonight, given that the Rockets are extremely short-handed and couldn’t profile more differently from the Jazz. Houston plays at a very quick pace, but ranks dead last in rebounding rate, 26th in defensive efficiency, and gives up the second-most overall fantasy points. I’d look to one of the cheap Houston SFs on DraftKings (see below), but for the salary, I think Bogdanovic reaches the 35-ish fantasy point threshold I want on the other two sites.
Domantas Sabonis – Indiana (vs. Washington) - DK: $10,500 / FD: $10,600 / Yahoo: $47
It sounds like Malcolm Brogdon has an outside chance to return tonight, in what should be an exciting and fantasy-friendly game in the East. Even if that is the case, I expect Sabonis to continue to shoulder the load in the frontcourt, which he has been doing a great job of lately, and against Washington in particular (averaging 67 fantasy points a game vs. the Wizards this season). The Wizards are the fastest team in the league, and although their defensive rating is improving, they still give up the sixth-most overall fantasy points and rank 20th in defensive efficiency. Both sides should thrive in this game tonight.
Khem Birch – Toronto (vs. Memphis) - DK: $6,100 / FD: $5,800 / Yahoo: $19
Spending on Curry and Sabonis doesn’t leave a lot of room for luxury at center. Fortunately, we can take advantage of Birch’s favorable price and good matchup (Memphis ranks sixth-most generous in DvP vs. centers). Chris Boucher is ruled out again tonight, and Birch has now played at least 30 MPG in every game since April 27. He’s had his ups and downs, but only really struggled in Los Angeles (both teams). In favorable matchups, he’s produced 40-plus fantasy point games more than once in that span. He’s a perfect high-floor, upside cash game option if you can’t find the salary for a star here.
Davis Bertans (PF – WAS) is getting a ton of minutes in the Wizards’ frontcourt, but Daniel Gafford is impressing with his efficiency. This is a nice situation to target, given that the Pacers rank just 26th in rebounding rate with favorable numbers to opposing power forwards and centers. Bertans is cheaper, so he gets the nod on a slate where every dollar likely counts, but I don’t mind using either guy here and suspect that Gafford’s minutes could increase down the stretch.
Danuel House (SF – HOU), as well as DaQuan Jeffries and Anthony Lamb, warrant consideration in the bargain bin tonight. Salaries vary across sites, and I advise watching the news closer to lock closely to help decide among them. House returned somewhat unexpectedly Friday night, playing 16 minutes and notching six points, seven assists, two rebounds and a steal. Not too bad, but can he play on the b2b? Lamb played 35-36 minutes in the last two games, and though his salary is climbing, he’s still worth it if he can turn in a third consecutive 30-ish fantasy point game. Jeffries has averaged about 20 fantasy points per game in the last four. It’s not a situation to go all-in on, because the Rockets could get a couple more bodies healthy for tonight and they do face the Jazz, but they scored 133 on the Bucks last night, showing that they are not a lay down and die kind of squad right now, no matter how bleak the season has been for them.