Don’t spend too long looking for the Easter Bunny, the DraftKings main NBA slate tips off at 1pm ET. We have some incredible firepower on this four game slate with each projected to top 207 points. There will be many interesting decision points, so let’s get down to the good stuff!
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Russell Westbrook – OKC at HOU – $13,800 – Westy should be well rested having last played on Wednesday in an 18-minute cameo in the final game of the regular season. Having averaged a triple double for the full season, there is not much else to add in the way of analysis. The key thing we will all have to decide for ourselves is whether our squads look better or worse with Westbrook and his lofty price tag.
John Wall – WAS vs ATL – $9,700 – Speaking of rest, Wall certainly needed some himself after carrying the Wizards all season. He gets an outstanding matchup against the Atlanta Hawks and Dennis Schroder who have been in the bottom five all season against opposing point guards from a fantasy perspective. While Wall has not produced any eye-popping performances against the Hawks this year, things could very easily change in the NBA’s “second season” where every possession counts for Washington who is looking to make it out of the first round.
Isaiah Thomas – BOS vs CHI – $8,100 – This should be a fun series with the Celtics, who earned the number one seed in the Eastern Conference already playing the “nobody believes in us card,” and as an added bonus, former franchise darling Rajon Rondo and his lack of defense will be lining up opposite of Thomas. (Note: It was announced Saturday evening that Thomas’ sister was involved in a fatal one-car accident in Washington State. Thoughts go out to him and his family.)
Other Options – Stephen Curry (8,700), James Harden (12,000), Damian Lillard ($8,900)
Rajon Rondo – CHI at BOS – $6,000 – Hopefully Rondo’s wrist is fully recovered and he suffered no setbacks in his “tune-up” on Wednesday, which was also the only game action he has seen in the last 12 days. We know how he loves the limelight and a potential triple double very well could be in the mix on Sunday.
Other Options – Patrick Beverley ($5,400)
James Harden – HOU vs OKC – $12,000 – The Beard is $1,800 less than Russell Westbrook, he qualifies as a shooting guard (though the options are plentiful on Sunday, which is a reversal from Saturday’s player pool) and he is at home. It will be interesting to see how Westbrook and Harden handle this series, and with MVP ballots already submitted, it is too late to change the official results, but the unofficial title is certainly up for grabs!
Other Options – Bradley Beal ($7,200), Klay Thompson ($6,700)
Lou Williams – HOU vs OKC – $5,500 – Keep in mind that coaches really tighten their rotations in the playoffs with so many extra days of rest in these series. This bodes well for key reserves like Lou Williams who should approach 30 minutes per game in this series backing up both guard positions and being the main scorer on the second unit.
Andre Iguodala – GSW vs POR – $4,300 – Iguodala should be in line for nearly 30 minutes per game since this is the main reason he is on the Warriors, to be a defensive stopper. There will be plenty of opportunities for him to guard Portland’s dynamic backcourt duo, and it seems each year that gamers forget that extra minutes will be on tap for the ‘Dubs dynamic defender.
Other Options – Kent Bazemore ($4,100)
Kevin Durant – GSW vs POR – $8,800 – KD looks to be fully healthy and is back to his ever-efficient ways. We are getting him at a discount and this is no time to stay on the sidelines.
Other Options – Jimmy Butler ($10,200)
Trevor Ariza – HOU vs OKC – $5,900 – This is the perfect game style to suit the 13-year veteran who should find plenty of room to operate in the lane or for open jump shots. While he is generally regarded as a better NBA player than a fantasy player at this stage of his career, minutes are the currency of the Playoff Realm.
Kent Bazemore – ATL at WAS – $4,100 – Even though 23-year-old rookie Taurean Prince – $4,700 is drawing the start for the Hawks, I fully expect to see him get the hook when he starts to struggle on defense. This is a bit of a risky gambit, but I do like how Bazemore slots in at two different positions and I think we will see him go overlooked on tournament rosters Sunday.
Other Options – Andre Roberson ($4,000), Maurice Harkless ($3,700)
Paul Millsap – ATL at WAS – $7,100 – This is a risk/reward play as Millsap has been dealing with a nagging knee injury down the stretch. The Wizards have struggled against do-everything power forwards this season and they will be without Ian Mahinmi which further thins their frontcourt. Tournaments only, but Millsap could definitely be a difference maker on this Sunday slate.
Other Options – Draymond Green ($6,900)
Al-Farouq Aminu – POR at GSW – $5,100 – Regardless of the Jusuf Nurkic’s status, Aminu is going to be counted on heavily by the Trailblazers for his rebounding and as someone who will be tasked with occupying Draymond Green.
Markieff Morris – WAS vs ATL – $5,000 – Morris is absolutely infuriating with his propensity for foul trouble and collecting in-game injuries. However, this has helped lower his price to a hard to pass over $5,000, and with so many gamers having been “disappointed” by him multiple times this season, he is an under-the-radar option.
Taj Gibson – OKC at HOU – $3,800 – Regardless of his starting status, Gibson should see 20-25 minutes in the rotation with Enes Kanter and Steven Adams, and if he gets a couple shots to fall and hustles to corral an extra rebound or two, he will handsomely reward his supporters on Sunday.
Jason Smith – WAS vs ATL – $3,300 – Only if you are feeling frisky, but coach Scottie Brooks has already said that Smith will get the backup center minutes with Ian Mahinmi out for the next few games.
Other Options – Kelly Olynyk ($4,200)
Dwight Howard – ATL at WAS – $6,800 – Howard has averaged 14.3ppg, 14.8rpg, 1.5spg and 2.8 combined blocks/steals for 40.4 DraftKings points in four meetings this season against the Wizards. All aboard!
Other Options – Draymond Green ($6,900)
Steven Adams – OKC at HOU – $4,400 – Look at that price tag and consider his four-game averages of 29.0mpg and 27.5 DKPTs in his four tilts with the Rockets. Coupon clippers unite!
Marcin Gortat – WAS vs ATL – $4,100 – This is another tough one to pull the trigger on, but with the Wizards’ cupboard nearly bare for frontcourt options, we have to envision Gortat approaching 27-30 minutes, and he could easily flirt with a double-double.
Other Options – Kelly Olynyk ($4,200), Robin Lopez ($4,800)
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