This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
We’ll take a look at the Friday’s 9-game Main slate starting at 7:00 ET.
Kyle Lowry – Toronto (at Brooklyn) - DK: $7,800 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $32
Let’s jump in with the hottest game on the slate. Vegas has the over/under at 241.5 points, and Brooklyn is about a five-point favorite at home. Both teams play at Top 10 pace, and while the Nets definitely have an offensive advantage, they rank just 22nd in defensive efficiency. Lowry has been amazing in his last two games (vs. Orlando), with back-to-back double-double and triple-double efforts. Even when not shooting great, he has such a high floor due to his peripherals, and he should be able to pad his stat line with a few steals against a Nets team that ranks sixth in turnover rate. He’s a mid-range player that it’s easy to build around for any kind of lineup tonight.
Zach LaVine – Chicago (at Orlando) - DK: $8,400 / FD: $8,900 / Yahoo: $40
Guards have been having their way with Orlando this season, and while neither of these teams is known for their defense, LaVine is my favorite option (I can also see using Cole Anthony, Thaddeus Young and Evan Fournier). LaVine is consistently one of the best scorers in the league, averaging 26 points per game, and in a good matchup can rack up a double-double or at least enough to surpass the 50-fantasy point mark I’m looking for at his price. At the worst, his floor is in the upper 30’s when healthy, making him a safe, albeit costly, play. My only qualms about using James Harden or Bradley Beal relate to salary; if you can afford them with ease, go for it!
Jimmy Butler – Miami (vs. Washington) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $8,500 / Yahoo: $39
Butler’s last game before he entered the COVID protocols was a 26-point, 10-rebound, 9-assist near triple double for about 60 fantasy points against the Wizards. Since returning to action, he’s posted two more 50-plus fantasy point games and another near triple-double vs. Washington on Wednesday. Clearly at the top of his game, Butler again faces the league’s fastest-paced team, a Wizards team that gives up the third-most overall fantasy points and ranks 29th in defensive efficiency. Like LaVine, he offers a perfect floor/ceiling combo for this busy slate. I like Brandon Ingram’s spot tonight too, but his 50-plus games are few and far between for a guy with a similar salary to Butler’s. Like Harden, if you can afford Kevin Durant at SF, I have no issue with rostering him tonight.
Bobby Portis – Milwaukee (at Cleveland) - DK: $5,400 / FD: $6,200 / Yahoo: $17 (C)
Who wouldn’t want to add the Greek Freak to this lineup tonight? Unfortunately, he’s prohibitively expensive. My solution is to take the good frontcourt matchup with Andre Drummond and the Cavs, and save with Portis. In his last two games, he’s put up over 41 fantasy points, and had a similarly good 42-fantasy point game against Cleveland earlier this season. A lot of his value is coming from a hot three-point shot, and multiple steals and rebounds per game. In this respect, Cleveland ranks third in turnover rate and the Bucks, the second-best rebounding team in the league, hold a big advantage on the boards. Portis isn’t as safe as Antetokounmpo or Domantas Sabonis or Zion, but he could be the key to saving enough salary to get one of them in another forward or utility slot.
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Al Horford – Oklahoma City (vs. Minnesota) - DK: $6,100 / FD: $6,300 / Yahoo: $21
The Thunder are down several starters tonight, one reason I’m high on Theo Maledon (see below) and Hamidou Diallo. They are nice fillers, but I’m actually most comfortable rostering Horford tonight. The Timberwolves give up more overall fantasy points than any other team and remain the league-best center matchup. This should be a fast-paced and low-defense game with fantasy goodness to go around on both sides. Horford is steadily putting up well-rounded stat lines to the tune of about 30-50 fantasy points per game since returning from a brief absence in January. I think he gets to that higher part of his range tonight and the only other center I’m seriously considering is Ayton.
Theo Maledon (PG – OKC) is playing heavy minutes without George Hill and now Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the lineup, not to mention Luguentz Dort is also out tonight. There are several cheap Thunder wing players to consider (Hamidou Diallo, Darius Bazley), but I’m sticking with Maledon as my favorite. He broke his double-digit scoring steak Wednesday, but made up for it with six steals, to come one point shy of my 30 fantasy point prediction for him in that game. Expect him to be popular, especially given the game factors noted about in the Horford blurb, but still worth the roster spot.
Bam Adebayo (PF/C – MIA) is a player I’d love to have in my lineup if I can make it work. His center eligibility on DraftKings and Yahoo is tricky, and it requires saving on guards to get there. The matchup with Washington has already been noted as a good one, and Adebayo has probably not yet shown his full potential against them, though his 45 fantasy points on Wednesday are certainly fine. Among the several quality power forward/center eligible players in his range, I think Adebayo will be the top fantasy scorer.
Deandre Ayton (C – PHX) My biggest concern with this game is that it gets out of hand. Detroit ranks just 25thin defensive efficiency and the Suns are 8.5-point favorites at home tonight. Ayton has been consistently good, with four consecutive double-doubles in his last four games. It is one of the best center matchups, especially on this slate, and Ayton’s DraftKings salary ($7100) stands out as a great value.