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5 FREE FanDuel and DraftKings NBA DFS Picks 4/17

NBA DFS has a five-game slate on DraftKings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft. These are the early morning Top 5 NBA DFS Picks for DraftKings and Fanduel. Be sure to dive into the NBA DFS Rankings, Cash Picks, and Player Pool or the GPP Picks and Player Pool afterward. And of course, the Rise or Fall NBA DFS Projections, ownerships, player ratings, and data are a good place to start for daily fantasy sports.

Top 5 NBA DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks

DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF/C, MIL vs MEM O/U 238

Giannis seems to be back to normal after missing several games to a knee injury. He played just 25 minutes in his return to the lineup but showed no signs of being slowed by the knee. I’m looking for him to get back to his normal form tonight.

DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Russell Westbrook, PG, WAS vs DET O/U 226

What can I possibly add to a write up about Westbrook? At this point we can roster him every night. Yes, you need to take value and other stud players matchups into consideration but Brodie is killing fantasy this year. There’s no reason to run away from his production.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Nikola Vucevic, C, CHI vs CLE O/U 212

Vuc will run you 9K on FD tonight but with Zach Lavine out due to covid protocols, Nikola is going to be the man.

Vucevic is averaging 50.3 FD points over his last three games. I’m looking for that trend to continue tonight against the Cavs.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Jayson Tatum, PF, BOS vs GS O/U 227.5

I pumped Tatum’s tires in his last game against the Lakers so of course Jaylen Brown came out and dominated the game. Let’s jump back on that horse today.

Tatum recently made news by saying he uses an inhaler before games to help with his breathing after dealing with covid-19. It hasn’t hurt his performance as he’s been playing really well lately. I’m looking for him to have a big game tonight against the Warriors and sandwich enemy Draymond Green.

NBA DFS Lineup Winning Pick – Russell Westbrook, PG, WAS vs DET O/U 226

If I were giving out an award for “Fantasy Player of the Year” the top two vote leaders would be Giannis and Westbrook. 

Russell is pretty obviously trying to get as many triple doubles as he can this season. We can capitalize on that by rostering him until his salary just makes no sense for our builds.

Today’s Photo Credit: Laslovarga

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NBA DFS Core Builds (Building Blocks)

The NBA DFS Core Builds are also referred to as our NBA DFS Building Blocks. Each staff member identifies the core players they would build their cash or GPP lineup around for both DraftKings and FanDuel. These NBA DFS Picks are basically the Building Blocks of their NBA DFS Lineups.

NBA DFS GPP Pivots (Slate Breakers)

The NBA DFS GPP Pivots is for those chasing glory in DFS tournaments on both DraftKings and FanDuel. The goal here for our staff is to identify a GPP pivot, often a price point pivot away from a chalky player, that could potentially break the slate and win you a tournament. Have you ever seen the guy that is lower-owned and went nuclear in tournaments and you think to yourself, “I should have pivoted to him?”. Our goal is to identify those GPP Pivots.

NBA DFS Picks Rankings

The NBA DFS Picks Rankings will be a staple to your daily fantasy basketball research. This list of players is compiled by a staff member while they are making a player pool for DraftKings and FanDuel. These players then get ranked in the form of Tiered Rankings, which you often see in Fantasy Basketball or Fantasy Football. These Tiered Rankings will help you identify the value in both NBA DFS Cash Games and NBA DFS GPP’s as it shows you who they value more at each position than other players.

NBA DFS Picks and Pools (Cash Games)

The NBA DFS Picks and Pools for Cash Games is clutch for anybody who wants to play those on either FanDuel or DraftKings. These are identified in the Tiered Rankings and player notes. This small list of players gives you a road map to putting together an NBA DFS Lineup each and every night.

NBA DFS Picks and Pools (GPP Priority Picks)

The NBA DFS Picks and Pools for GPP’s is crucial for Single Entry players. This list of priority picks are players with slate winning upside each night. They aren’t just the top projected players, they are picks that take into consideration the Rise or Fall ownership projection, tournament leverage, and daily fantasy basketball roster construction.

NBA DFS Strategy and Player Notes

In the NBA DFS Picks Rankings, there is a section for strategy and player notes. These are written up in the form of analysis for the player and best use of the player for DFS. In addition to the notes, being a part of the Rise or Fall Discord Chat is a fantastic way to discuss Draftkings, FanDuel, and SuperDraft with both members and staff. Everyone is in there picking each other’s brains all day long and enjoying DFS together.

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