The NBA season is about to come to an end, which means this will be one of the final nights of daily fantasy basketball that has a large slate of games. Once the playoffs start, there are only three or four games on each night.
We should take advantage of the large slate while we can, because as soon as it’s gone, we will miss it. Here are my top FanDuel plays at each position tonight:
Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets (Salary: $6600, FPPG: 26.7, MPG: 31, Usage Rate: 22.4)
The Nets have won five games in a row, largely due to the play of their point guard. In his last five outings, Williams has averaged 33 fantasy points in 30 minutes per contest. The Nets are still fighting for their playoff lives, as they host the Raptors tonight. This game has one of the highest totals on the NBA betting odds board at 207 points. Deron Williams also draws a favorable individual matchup, as the Raptors are ranked 22nd against point guards this season.
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves (Salary: $5800, FPPG: 16, MPG: 23, Usage Rate: 21.8)
Kevin Martin is probable for tonight’s game against the Magic, but the rest of the injured Wolves players will sit out. LaVine will draw another start at point guard and he should push for close to 40 minutes of action once again. In his last six games, he has averaged 28 fantasy points per contest. He is still struggling with turnovers, but the offensive production is there. He draws a terrific matchup against the Magic, who are ranked 23rd against point guards this season.
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors (Salary: $7800, FPPG: 30.6, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 28.3)
Kyle Lowry is doubtful for tonight’s game against the Nets, which means DeRozan will continue to have an increased usage rate in the Raptors’ offense. He has been a fantastic source of fantasy production recently, averaging 36 fantasy points per game in his last eight outings. The Nets have struggled to contain opposing shooting guards this season and DeRozan is a terrific cash game option at his price point of $7,800.
Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets (Salary: $5900, FPPG: 26, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 21)
Johnson is one of those hit or miss players that can be the difference between cashing and finishing just outside of the money. He’s a very streaky player and we like to target him when he is playing well. He’s currently riding a hot streak, as he has averaged 35 fantasy points per game in his last five outings. This may be the last opportunity to roster Johnson at this depressed price point. He’s a strong play in both cash games and tournaments tonight against the Raptors.
Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic (Salary: $6400, FPPG: 28.6, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 22.6)
The Magic have a lot of young talent on their roster and they are basically letting their four young stars play all of the minutes that they can handle. Harris has played at least 36 minutes in each of his last three games, topping the 29-fantasy point mark twice. Harris should see extended action again tonight, as the Magic take on the Timberwolves, who are ranked dead last in points allowed per game this season.
Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings (Salary: $4000, FPPG: 14, MPG: 19, Usage Rate: 17.6)
Rudy Gay has already been ruled out of tonight’s game with a concussion, which means Casspi will draw another start at small forward. He played well in Gay’s absence on Wednesday night, putting up a stat line of 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. We can’t expect the same production out of him tonight, but he’ll certainly have the opportunity to do so. At a price of only $4,000, Casspi is one of the best value plays at any position tonight.
Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls (Salary: $8800, FPPG: 39.2, MPG: 35, Usage Rate: 24.4)
Targeting any of the Bulls’ bigs can be a little unnerving, as all four bigs see action on a nightly basis. The one that sees the most consistent minutes of the bunch is Gasol. He is having an outstanding season and he is coming off of a strong 10-game stretch in which he has averaged 38 fantasy points per game. Gasol draws one of the best matchups on the board, as the Pistons are ranked 29th against power forwards this season. Gasol has a mismatch against Anthony Tolliver and the Bulls will look to exploit that matchup early and often.
Ersan Ilyasova, Milwaukee Bucks (Salary: $5800, FPPG: 19.6, MPG: 22, Usage Rate: 21.8)
Ilyasova has been quiet in his last three outings, but we have to give him a pass, as he had to face the Bulls, Warriors, and Hawks. He draws a much better matchup tonight against the Celtics, who have struggled to defend opposing big men all season. Ilyasova has scored at least 28 fantasy points in six of his last nine games and he should be able to reach that mark again tonight.
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic (Salary: $8200, FPPG: 36.5, MPG: 34, Usage Rate: 25.7)
As I mentioned with Tobias Harris, the Magic are giving their four young stars all the minutes that they can handle, even in blowouts. That’s great news for their potential fantasy production. Throw in a matchup against the Timberwolves and we have ourselves a recipe for DFS success. I’ve never been great in the kitchen, but I can certainly follow this recipe. Vucevic has a depressed price point on FanDuel and he gets to face a depleted Minnesota frontcourt. He should dominate the paint tonight and is a threat to post a 20/20 type of game.