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4/11 NBA DFS: Hard(en) to Fade James

4/11 NBA DFS: Hard(en) to Fade James
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Daily Fantasy Rundown – April 11 NBA DFS Picks and Analysis

Welcome to Monday’s edition of the Daily Fantasy Rundown with “dinkpiece”, “leonem” and “TheNumbersGuy”. Each day throughout the NBA season our daily NBA scouting reports will highlight the best top, value and cheap plays of the day based on the Daily Fantasy Industry’s pricing for salary cap games.  Our goal is to bring analysis that will help you build rosters that put you in position to win consistently over the long term.

*Any time a player’s salary is reference as a discount or premium, it is relative to the average cost of a roster spot.

**Usage/Assist/Rebounding Rates courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

Slate Note: This late in the season we’re starting to move towards situations where the entire league has little to play for and injury situations and rotations are very fluid. Alerts matter as much as the content this time of the year, so if you’re playing make sure to tune into alerts. Additionally, we have to use a little more common sense and a little less data at this point in the season. You’ll see us mention where it fits in the content but a broad example is a veteran Bulls team that just was eliminated from playoff contention. Yes, it’s a good matchup with New Orleans tonight but there is large potential for an emotional letdown or for veteran players’ minutes getting managed after being extended for a stretch.

Point Guard – Our featured site for the point guard position is DraftKings

Top Play:

Russell Westbrook (OKC) – Westbrook is the default top point guard on the slate without Curry in action and he has an elite matchup with the Lakers. The Lakers rank 30th in defensive efficiency against point guards and 29th in overall defensive efficiency. The Thunder are 15.5 point favorites and have an implied team total over 115 points. The Thunder have little reason to extend Westbrook’s minutes with seeding wrapped up and two more games on the schedule but star players have shown an interest in playing in Kobe’s final game against them. Even IF the minutes are limited to 28-32 instead of 34-36, Westbrook’s incredible efficiency provides a solid enough floor that he’s viable in cash games. Ultimately news flow will determine how many star players you can fit in your lineup this evening and Westbrook is in the conversation, but currently on the periphery. Point guard is so deep with options at different price points, that we’re emphasizing spending on other stars first. If enough values open up, Westbrook will join the list.

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