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NBA DraftKings & FanDuel DFS Primer: Tuesday (4/19)

Apr 19, 2022
Ja Morant

The Monday card was slightly disappointing. We had a great game between Utah and Dallas, but the other two matchups were ugly blowouts. That’s rare on a three-game playoff card, but it could happen again here. All three matchups have spreads above seven points, and it could lead to some bizarre rotations.

After a three-game card on Monday, we’re looking at another three-game slate here. We mentioned above that it could be unappealing, with all three matchups expected to be lopsided. That could be frustrating for DFS managers, but we’re going to hope that these starters play a full allotment of minutes!

CTAs

Schedule and Odds

ATL at MIA (MIA -7.5) O/U: 219.5
This marks Game 2 of this series, with the Heat up 1-0. Miami smashed Atlanta in Game 1, 115-91.

MIN at MEM (MEM -7) O/U: 241
Minnesota had the biggest upset of the playoffs thus far, beating Memphis in Game 1, 130-117.

NOP at PHX (PHX -10.5) O/U: 222
Phoenix dominated New Orleans in Game 1, 110-99.

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Injury Report

Core Plays

Ja Morant (PG – MEM): $9,800 DraftKings, $9,700 FanDuel
It was shocking to see Memphis lose Game 1, but that makes them one of my favorite bets of the season in Game 2. If I think they’re going to blow out Minnesota, Morant will go nuts. We love that with his recent form, scoring at least 36 DraftKings points in each of his last 37 games. He’s also posting an absurd 49-point average in that span, and that should be his floor with Minnesota playing at the fastest pace in the NBA.

Jimmy Butler (SF/PF – MIA): $8,400 DraftKings, $8,200 FanDuel
Jimmy has been a beast all season, and there’s no reason he should be sitting around $8K. He’s scored at least 27 DK points in 51 of 57 outings this season, averaging 44 DK points per game in those fixtures. He showed that in his playoff debut, dropping 40 fantasy points across 33 minutes of play. That’s easy to understand when you see that Atlanta ranked 26th in defensive efficiency in the regular season.

Cash Game Considerations

Chris Paul (PG – PHX): $8,300 DraftKings, $9,600 FanDuel
CP3 was feeling it in Game 1, and he always shows up when the lights are the brightest. He finished that masterpiece with 64.3 fantasy points, one of the best games of his career. He also averaged over 41 DK points per game in the regular season, which is still incredible from an $8,300 player. We don’t anticipate this putrid Pelicans defense to slow him down, with Paul providing a 52-point average in their three meetings this season.

Kyle Lowry (PG – TOR): $6,300 DraftKings, $7,000 FanDuel
Lowry has been up and down all year, but this pricing is too low. The former Raptor has scored at least 30 DK points in five straight fixtures, dropping 34 fantasy points across 29 minutes in the Game 1 blowout. We expect him to get closer to 40 minutes if this stays close, and we love with against one of the worst defenses in the NBA. In his four matchups with the Hawks this season, Lowry is averaging 33 fantasy points per game!

GPP Targets

Mikal Bridges (SF – PHX): $5,000 DraftKings, $5,400 FanDuel
Bridges is one of the most reliable options out there, and it’s strange to see his price so low with the workload he’s receiving. He was one of the league leaders with 35 minutes a night in the regular season. Bridges will likely play 40 minutes regularly in the postseason, dropping 26 DK points across 38 minutes in Game 1. He’s killed this 19th-ranked Pelicans team all year, too, averaging over 28 DraftKings points per game in their five matchups.

Kevin Huerter (SG/SF – ATL): $4,500 DraftKings, $4,700 FanDuel
Uncle Kevin was horrid in Game 1, but pretty much every player on Atlanta was terrible. Before that, Huerter had at least 21 DK points in 10 of his previous 12 games, scoring over 34 fantasy points in half of those. That’s amazing from a sub-$5K player, especially since he will be asked to do more in this must-win Game 2. He’s also had success against this stingy Miami defense, averaging 25 fantasy points per game in their five meetings this year.

Value Plays

Patrick Beverley (PG – MIN): $5,600 DraftKings, $5,700 FanDuel
Pat-Bev has been in this section more than any player all season. The feisty guard has scored at least 29 DK points in four of his last five games, establishing a 23-point floor for the final two months of the regular season. Those are fantastic totals from a sub-$6K player, and he will be asked to play a ton to oppose Morant. In his five meetings with the Griz this season, Bev is averaging 29 DK points per game!

Onyeka Okongwu (C – ATL): $5,000 DraftKings, $4,800 FanDuel
This is slightly risky, but we’re anticipating Onyeka getting the start for Capela here. We’re talking about a guy who’s averaging 20 DK points per game across 20 minutes a night for the season, playing even better when handed this starting role. In fact, Okongwu is averaging 27 DK points per game in his seven starts this year. If you get that from a $5K player, you have the best value of the day!

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