FanDuel & DraftKings NBA Daily Picks: Fantasy lineup & advice 4/21/18
Here are five of the top players to seriously consider for NBA daily fantasy in this Saturday’s exciting four-game playoff slate.
PG – Rajon Rondo, New Orleans Pelicans vs Portland Trail Blazers
Playoff Rondo has been amazing thus far. The veteran point guard has been putting up nearly 13 points, eight rebounds, and 12 assists on the clueless Blazers. He’s coming off arguably his most impressive performance yet as he racked up 16 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals, and a block in just 28 minutes in Game 3. With the Pelicans on the cusp of a sweep, it’s hard to see Rondo slowing down now. Look for him to continue running the show and filling up the stat sheet in Game 4.
SG – Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers
Much like the rest of the Heat, Wade fell back down to earth in a big way in Game 3 as he finished with just eight points on 2-of-10 shooting. But even with that off night, the tremendous upside remains there for Wade, which, given his price, still makes him a tremendous option at the shooting guard spot. He’s well worth picking if you’re not comfortable shelling out for the likes of James Harden, Donovan Mitchell, or Jrue Holiday.
SF – Josh Richardson, Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers
It’s been an inconsistent series for Richardson, who has just the one good game sandwiched in between two stinkers. He was limited to just 27 minutes in Game 3 as Justise Winslow had it going for the Heat. But Winslow will probably fall back down to earth and Richardson will be asked to take on a bigger role. It’s not an absolute lock he delivers, but he’s still a fine option given his price point.
PF – Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers @ Miami Heat
The likes of Westbrook, Harden, and Davis may have a higher fantasy upside than Simmons, but the rookie has been remarkably consistent for these entire playoffs. He handled his business when Joel Embiid was out, and he kept right on producing in the big man’s first game back as he dropped 19 points, 12 boards, seven assists, and four steals. Simmons is now putting up a virtual triple-double of 20 points, ten rebounds, ten assists, and two steals, which is absurd considering he’s just a rookie. Don’t be surprised if Simmons drops another 50-plus fantasy point performance in Game 4.
C – Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Gobert has been pretty much his usual solid self through two games against OKC. He’s averaging 13.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks, which are basically his regular-season numbers. But Gobert filled the stat sheet in Game 2 with 13 points, 15 boards, three blocks and two steals, in part because of the ineffectiveness of Thunder big man Steven Adams due to injury. If Adams remains limited, Gobert and frontcourt partner Derrick Favors should continue to be major beneficiaries.
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