Daily Fantasy Basketball: Lineups for April 8th

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Only five games left this season. It’s crazy to know that everything comes down to these final five games for some teams. It seems like the season just started last month, can’t believe how time flies. It’s been a fun one for daily play and roto leagues, at least for me. But let’s not dwell on something that isn’t lost yet. Not to mention we will have daily play picks for the playoffs as well, so no need to worry. We will be here for all your daily fantasy basketball needs up until the very end of the season.

Tonight, we have six games slated after a day off yesterday. I went to play set my lineup and completely forgot the NBA had the night off. But tonight should be a fun one, with five of the six games over the 200 point mark. Miami/Brooklyn is the only one below that threshold, but it’s not too far off with it being over 190. No need to worry either, because there is still plenty of value out there that are cheap enough to really return great value. All of my prices are according to DraftKings. Good luck, and allons-y with my picks:

Start ‘Em

Ray McCallum ($5,700) vs the Thunder – McCallum has been a nice gem these past two weeks in fantasy play. You never want to see a guy go down with an injury, but he has definitely stepped it up with IT2 being out. The Kings are still not sure if Thomas will return this season. Since Ray got the starting job, he has played 43+ minutes in all seven games, while averaging 33 fantasy points over that span. OKC isn’t a bad defensive team, but Ray should have another great night where he can outplay his value.

Patty Mills ($3,800) vs the Timberwolves – Here’s an insane stat that I learned yesterday from our own @RSanderRX: Patty Mills averages 18 points per 36 minutes. That’s incredible for a guy who has started a total of six games in his career. So the bottom line is simple: the more minutes he gets, the better he plays. Tonight, he should get a ton of minutes against a bad Wolves team with Parker being out. I love his price tonight to put up solid numbers while also allowing you to save money in your lineup.

Omer Asik ($5,500) vs the Lakers – With Dwight Howard being out again tonight, Asik will get the chance to continue his hot streak. Since taking over for the injured Howard, Asik has grabbed 10+ rebounds in every contest and has two games with 45+ fantasy points. Those are great numbers for a guy who will be facing a Pau-less Lakers team tonight. I’m expecting another big night from the Turk to dominate against the worst defensive team in the league.

Sit ‘Em

Josh Smith  ($7,000) vs the Hawks – For this season as a whole, I don think there has been a more disappointing team than the Detroit Pistons. Josh Smith has been one of the main factors in the Pistons not doing well. His numbers are down across the board, and it seems like he has given up a long time ago. In his last ten games, he has only grabbed double-digit rebounds once. In fact, his last game he didn’t grab a single rebound. I can see no reason to have him on any roster tonight.

Dirk Nowitzki ($8,400) vs the Jazz – Like I have written before, Dirk has been playing incredibly well lately to try to push Dallas into the playoffs. I do think Dirk has another solid night tonight, but not big enough to justify his price tag. Utah has been a much better defensive team as of late, and have been playing much better than people give them credit for all season. For that price, I would want to see a guy put up at least 50 points, and that is something Dirk has only done twice in his last ten games.

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