As the first round winds down, we have plenty of data and trends to go off of. Which ones are just noise, and which should we be following? We wade through it all to give you a daily fantasy lineup that we think will get you into the green this Wednesday. Go here for latest on NBA 1st quarter, 1st half betting.
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NBA Daily Fantasy Lineup for Sunday – April 26th
PG – Jordan Poole – GSW – $5,000
Poole getting into the starting lineup may not seem like all that big of a deal – after all, the Warriors rotate their main guys fairly well. However, Poole’s usage in the last two games has shot way up. In the first two games, he averages just 18 minutes, and he’s now up to 27 in the last two. He’s also nearly doubled his fantasy output in that time and is coming in at a lower salary.
SG – Caris LeVert – CLE – $5,200
Another guy jumping into the starting lineup is Caris Levert, who took the spot of Isaac Okoro. With the production he’s had in the last two starts (and three games), he should stay there. Logging 40 minutes is something you’ll rarely get out of someone with this DFS salary. In addition, I love that he’s getting to the glass more – including a nine-board game last time out.
Caris LeVert’s night:
40 minutes #LetEmKnow pic.twitter.com/vw7sG19qxU
— Its Cavalier (@ItsCavalier_Pod) April 19, 2023
SF – Jimmy Butler – MIA – $9,400
Call me a believer in “Playoff Jimmy.” If you’re going to go after one of the big salaries to build out your daily fantasy lineup, you should do it with absurd numbers so far. He’s averaging over 36 points a game and is always good for a plethora of other things in the stat sheet as he gets more comfortable shooting (up to 28 attempts last game) and has a chance to close out a one-seed – expect another big one from Butler.
PF – Jaren Jackson Jr – MEM – $7,800
Jackson’s work on the defensive side of the floor has really turned him into an asset for daily fantasy lineups this post-season. In the first four games, he’s averaged one steal a game and 2.5 blocks. That gives him a seven-point boost from the defensive side of things. Unfortunately, he’s been pretty average on the offensive side of things, with his rebound numbers creeping up. However, even average offense with this defense should cover his salary.
C – Brook Lopez – MIL – $6,400
Brook Lopez is the first in my run of players that I love due to injuries. With Giannis Antetokounmpo banged up, somebody had to step up for the Bucks, and that person was Lopez. He scored 36 with 11 boards and did work on the defensive side, too (3 blocks and two steals). Giannis will likely be more like his old self, but the Bucks may lean on Lopez more anyways.
G – Josh Hart – NYK – $5,100
Hart is another who got some extra burn thanks to an injury. Quentin Grimes was out for Game 4, and Hart stepped right in with 15 points and just three rebounds short of a double-double. While Grimes being out helped (and he’s currently listed as doubtful for Game 5), Hart has been valuable anyways. He’s gone for ten or more points with at least five rebounds in three of the four games.
Josh Hart gets after those boards 😤 pic.twitter.com/OBA7TPP9wE
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 26, 2023
F – Draymond Green – GSW – $6,300
Despite losing his starting role to Poole in Game 4, Green still put up his best fantasy performance yet. He notched a double-double and was only three dimes away from a triple-double. As long as he keeps spreading the stat sheet and these Warriors vs. Kings games keep racking up the points; Green is rosterable at this salary.
UTIL – Keegan Murray – SAC – $4,800
There is a big question mark surrounding the finger of De’Aaron Fox. It appears he will play, but I imagine the Kings will need more production from those around him. So why not lean on the guy who just went 5/7 from downtown in Game 4? It makes logical sense that we see a big Keegan Murray game right here.
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