The NBA DFS Playbook will conclude tonight Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Tonight marks the end of the NBA regular season as all 30 teams will complete the 82 game schedule. Expect players from playoff teams to be rested tonight as many role players and young hopefuls will see extended minutes. Bigger than Daily Fantasy Sports are the two major headlines from tonight. The Golden State Warriors will look to shatter the NBA regular season wins record with 73, set 20 years ago by the Chicago Bulls. They will be taking on the Memphis Grizzlies at home and are expected to play their starters as long as needed to secure the victory. And the moment that NBA fans around the world have been dreading the entire season is finally here. Kobe Bryant will play his last game as a professional athlete tonight in Los Angeles. Take some time to enjoy history tonight and relish the moment as a basketball fan. Good luck tonight on Draftkings, Fanduel and other various sites. It has been a great season and a wonderful one writing for FakePigskin.
**These prices/values come from DraftKings.com. However, all players mentioned are recommended picks regardless of DFS gaming platform.
Play of the Night: Kobe Bryant ($5,000)
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The Black Mamba will call it quits tonight after 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association. Kobe Bryant has given basketball fans around the globe amazing memories. Bryant is a lock to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame and it goes without being said that he is one of the best players of all time. Rather than saying goodbye to Kobe tonight, basketball fans will celebrate his illustrious career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers take on the Utah Jazz tonight in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN2 at 10:30 EST. Bryant comes into this contest with the hopes of going out with a bang. Nothing would be more like Kobe than a huge performance to leave his fans. While it would be crazy to expect 30 points or some ridiculous stat line, Coach Byron Scott has already told the media he will give Kobe all the minutes he desires. His teammates will also cherish the moment by looking to get Kobe great looks at the basket. At $5,000 on DraftKings, The Mamba really doesn’t make for a bad play in DFS. The shot attempts will be there, and so will the drive and competitive mentality we have seen for the last 20 years.
Thank you Kobe. Farewell.
Stephen Curry ($10,600) – Stephen Curry will likely be named the league most valuable player for the second year in a row and there it a strong chance it will be a unanimous decision. Chef Curry and the Warriors will go for history with a chance at breaking the all-time wins record. In order to obtain win number 73, Curry will have to play a full game and put up counting stats. There should be no issue tonight, as he will play a Grizzlies team he just saw on Saturday. Curry had a near triple double with 17 points, 9 reb, and 8 assists.
Patty Mills ($3,800) – San Antonio is back at it again resting players. 6 players are expected to rest for the Spurs, so tonight should be interesting. Dallas will also have many resting and sitting out due to injury, which helps Mills as the competition will be down some. There are much cheaper options at point guard, and with so many starters sitting out there is no such thing as a punt play tonight. However, someone has to score for the Spurs and Mills is a pretty safe pick to put up solid numbers.
Aaron Brooks ($3,000) – Brooks will be the only true point guard healthy tonight for the Bulls. With virtually all the Bulls starters shut down for the remainder of the season, he should see 30+ minutes and a true green light at running the offense to his liking. The Bulls will miss the playoffs this season for the first time in 8 years, so expect Brooks to be somewhat auditioning for a roster spot next season.
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James Harden ($11,300) – So much value on the table tonight and here we are with the most expensive player on the slate. Harden comes in at a whopping 11.3k on DraftKings, but you should honestly have zero issue finding salary for him and a few other top stars. The Rockets must win to clinch the final playoff spot in the West, so Harden will play majority of this game against the Sacramento Kings. He should be able to cruise in this one and put up around 35-40 fantasy points by halftime. If we get lucky, and the Kings keep this game close, Harden could possibly break value. He is the only viable shooting guard play tonight aside from Kobe Bryant.
Kelly Oubre Jr. ($3,000) – Nobody will be playing in the Wizards and Hawks game. Tickets are dirt cheap, and the players will be uninterested. With all of this said, I love Kelly Oubre Jr. and his potential for this one. The competition will be relaxed, and the minutes will be there for the rookie. Lasting impressions are always a good one in the NBA and Oubre will have an opportunity at a big game tonight.
Trevor Ariza ($6,000) – Much like Harden, Ariza will see normal playing time in this game against the Kings. The Kings are terrible defensively and Ariza has been on a tear contributing in all statistical categories. With the uncertainties of other Small Forwards on the slate, it makes sense to take the safe play.
Draymond Green ($8,600) – Similar to Stephen Curry, Green will see majority of his usual playing time tonight. Unless this one gets out of hand very quickly, Draymond should have no issue racking up stats. Golden State hasn’t really blown any teams out the last month or two, so I don’t think a blowout is a real question unless Memphis benches their guys. Green has a pricy tag of 8,600 on the evening, however with value plays at every single position you should have no problem finding salary for him.
Nemanja Bjelica ($4,000) – The Timberwolves season ended a long time ago, however they continue to be aggressive by winning games and challenging teams down the stretch. The most impressive thing Minnesota has done the last few months of the year is developing their young talent. Over the last 3 games Bjelica is averaging a little over 13 points and 9 rebounds per game. Throw in a few steals, blocks and assists and he is shattering his salary at 4k. I would definitely get him in my lineup against a very weak New Orleans team.
Channing Frye ($3,600) – Frye will benefit tonight with Cleveland resting all of their starters. He is a double-double threat and is even more valuable on DK with his three point shooting. Frye should see around 28-32 minutes tonight and is extremely cheap.
Bismack Biyombo ($3,500) – Do you remember that stretch of season for about a week or two when Jonas Valanciunas missed games due to a hand injury? Well if not, I’ll remind you that Biyombo was an absolute monster. His price tag rose close to $2,600 on DraftKings before finally fizzling out. He was a double-double threat almost every night, while still providing crucial defensive stats. Biyombo will benefit tonight with Toronto resting their starters. Get him in your lineup, he is the value play of the night.
Cole Aldrich ($4,200) – The Clippers will rest their starters tonight leaving Cole Aldrich the head center in charge. Aldrich has had some huge performances recently in the wake of Deandre Jordan sitting out do to rest. Cole has even earned himself some extra minutes down the stretch with his solid free throw shooting. Regardless, the guy can perform and offers solid value on a tricky night of plays.
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