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5 FREE FanDuel and DraftKings NBA DFS Picks 4/18

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.

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DraftKings NBA DFS Target – CJ McCollum, PG/SG, POR @ CHA O/U 218

Damian Lillard is out tonight for Portland so it’s CJ hours instead of Dame time. McCollum is capable of carrying the offense in Lillard’s absence.

McCollum had 29 points, six assists, and two rebounds for 44.5 DK points against the San Antonio Spurs without Lillard in the lineup. I’m looking for him to have an even better performance tonight against Charlotte. 

DraftKings NBA DFS Target – Kelly Olynyk, C, HOU @ ORL O/U 221

The Houston Rockets will be without six players tonight including John Wall and Eric Gordon. This means the Rockets will rely on Christian Wood, Olynyk, and a mash unit.

It’s just as ugly on the Orlando side as trades and injuries have left the Magic looking pitiful. I’m expecting Olynyk to have a decent game against the likes of Wendell Carter Jr. and Chuma Okeke.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Luka Doncic, PG, DAL vs SAC O/U 231 

In his last six games Luka has scored in the 40 point range three times, the 50 point range two times, and the 60 point range one time. He’s averaging 53.1 FD points over his last three games.

Doncic has a salary of 10.4K tonight and I think 6x (62.4 FD points) is in play. We just need Sacramento to do their part and keep the game tight so Luka gets a full run.

FanDuel NBA DFS Target – Kevin Porter, SF, HOU @ ORL O/U 221

Porter should be drawing the start with all of the injuries Houston has tonight. I’m not a fan at all if he doesn’t start for some reason.

Porter has been streaky and I’m counting on today being on the positive side of streaky. His last three games have seen him score 11.1 FD points in 31 minutes, 28.5 FD points in 40 minutes, and 51 FD points in 40 minutes. 

6x value would be 39 FD points and 7x value would be 45.5 FD points. I can see Porter landing somewhere between those two numbers.

NBA DFS Lineup Winning Pick – Paul George, SG, LAC vs MIN O/U 232

Paul George has been tearing it up fantasy-wise and in normal basketball. He averaged 57.6 DK points and 55.4 FD points over his last three games. There’s a chance that Kawhi Leonard doesn’t play tonight which only boosts George’s value.

Today’s Photo Credit: David Vives

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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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