Daily Fantasy Rundown – April 5 NBA DFS Picks and Analysis
Welcome to Sunday’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.
Point Guard – Our featured site for the point guard position is DraftKings
Stephen Curry (GS)/Russell Westbrook (OKC) – Westbrook and Curry draw favorable matchups once again on the same slate and there’s little separating the two from a projection standpoint. Curry draws the Timberwolves who rank 27th in overall defensive efficiency and 16th against the point guard position. The Warriors are once again heavy favorites (15.5 points) at home which could limit Curry’s playing time, but in their pursuit of breaking the Bulls regular season win record we’ve seen Curry’s minutes extended. Since the beginning of March, Curry has averaged 34.8 minutes per game overall and in games decided by more than 10 points Curry has averaged 33 minutes per game. In their last game, the Warriors beat the Blazers by 25 and Curry still logged 35 minutes. With the minutes a bit more secure of late, the projection is more solid. Westbrook also has a tremendous matchup against the Nuggets who rank 25th in defensive efficiency against point guards and 23rd in overall defensive efficiency. Westbrook and the Thunder are 8.5 point favorites so they come with a little less blowout risk, but perhaps a bit more rest risk. The Thunder are locked into their playoff spot (third) and they’re on the front end of a back-to-back. As a result, we’re actually a bit more confident in Curry’s playing time tonight than Westbrook. With a slight pricing discount as well, we’re more likely to deploy Curry than Westbrook though both project as really strong plays.