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The NBA Slate Starter: NBA DFS Strategy for DraftKings + FanDuel | Friday, 4/2

Eric Lindquist



Awesemo brings you yesterday's optimal winning NBA DFS lineups for DraftKings, FanDuel & Yahoo daily fantasy basketball. 1/19/2022

The best part about Friday’s upcoming 10-game slate is there are no Los Angeles Clippers to throw us into a tailspin with their incompetent injury reporting. Seriously, how does one get ruled out, then miraculously get upgraded to questionable and play? Hopefully the league puts an end to their foolishness, but it is unlikely considered it only helped the profile of their primetime TNT matchup. Fortunately, that’s none of our concern for today, so let’s turn our attention towards finding some NBA DFS picks on DraftKings and FanDuel for Friday.

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Friday’s NBA DFS slate looks eerily similar to every other slate from these past few days. With Kyle Lowry ruled out already, just play Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam. If Donovan Mitchell doesn’t return from his personal matter, we’ll have the usual Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley conversation to fire up as well. And so long as the New Orleans trio continues to sit, play any Pelican with a pulse.

That is a ton of high-end value we should be able to rely on already, and that’s before factoring in any of the other 17 teams in action tonight. In other words, there is virtually guaranteed to be a bunch of incredible plays on this slate already. Plus, pricing didn’t adjust for any of the spots enough, so it will be the same cast of characters as there has been all week sitting atop Awesemo’s ownership projections.

So let’s not bore you with the obvious (see: Raptors, Jazz, Pelicans) and instead focus on three potentially less-obvious avenues to value on this slate:

  • Domantas Sabonis enters Friday questionable. While some might say Myles Turner becomes the priority in this instance, his price is pretty appropriate on both sites already. That is not to say there shouldn’t be any interest in going there, but priorities should be Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert in this instance due to the increased usage that would become available. Getting Jeremy Lamb out would also provide a slight uptick in minutes for both.
  • Derrick Rose and R.J. Barrett are questionable for Friday, opening up a potential surplus of minutes at the two and three. Reggie Bullock is the least sexy name of all-time, but he got up to 39 minutes of run in Rose’s previous absence, making him the priority play. And while it’s hard to envision Julius Randle seeing even more usage than he already does, Rose and Barrett off the floor this season shoots his usage up to 30.3% from his 28.2% season average. Randle is already in play for FanDuel, but he becomes one of the best contrarian spend-ups on DraftKings at $9,600 if he’s the only offensive player whatsoever in that rotation.
  • Maybe neither of those were off the board, but this one sure is. Jordan Poole injured his ankle on Thursday, and Stephen Curry is two weeks removed from a tailbone injury. This is the first back-to-back opportunity for him, and there’s a greater-than-zero chance he will sit. That makes Damion Lee a play to circle as a super-low-owned contrarian play should all the news break in his favor. Don’t play him at a stacked shooting guard position on FanDuel, but his $3,700 salary on DraftKings is advantageous enough to have interest in large-field tournaments.

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