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 six-game main slate starting at 7:00 ET for Thursday.
Ish Smith - Washington (at Detroit)
Isaiah Thomas is still suspended, meaning Ish Smith should see starter-like minutes once again. He made the most of his increased opportunities with an efficient 31 fantasy points in 25 minutes at New York on Monday. Smith should hover around 30 minutes tonight, putting him in an excellent position to return serviceable value on a cheap DFS salary. It helps that he’s facing a Detroit team that ranks 21st in defensive efficiency to point guards.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - Oklahoma City (vs. Memphis)
Don’t look now, but Gilgeous-Alexander has been on fire with 43+ fantasy points in three straight games. His scoring is up, topping 32 real-life points in back-to-back games. “SGA” posted a sweet 43 FP line with 20 points and nine rebounds vs. Memphis last Wednesday, and he’s facing that same Grizzlies team tonight. Memphis ranks 24th in defensive efficiency to shooting guards, so Gilgeous-Alexander should have plenty of room to keep the heater alive.
Joe Ingles - Utah (vs. Portland)
Mike Conley will remain sidelined, which has a trickle-down effect (in terms of minutes and offensive opportunities) to wing players like Joe Ingles and Bojan Bogdanovic. Ingles is marginally cheaper while seeing heavy playing time (36-38 minutes) every night. He has posted 30-37 FP in eight of his last nine games as a result, and Ingles should fall within that range in a competitive home tilt vs. Portland.
Kristaps Porzingis - Dallas (vs. San Antonio)
Luka Doncic has missed the last five games, and Porzingis has stepped with a strong 50 FPPG average over that span. His productive ways should continue against a San Antonio team that ranks below average (17th) in defensive efficiency to power forwards. Porzingis was pretty mediocre (32 FP) in his last meeting with the Spurs, but he’s playing some confident basketball at the moment with more opportunities.
Rudy Gobert - Utah (vs. Portland)
Gobert is cheaper than Andre Drummond (who also has a strong matchup) while holding a similar projection. That makes him a better “per dollar” pick in this competitive home matchup vs. Portland - who ranks 26th in defensive efficiency to centers. Gobert has been on a roll lately, hitting 51 and 56 fantasy points respectively in his last two. He could realistically order another 50-burger in this well-aligned draw.