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 Thursday’s five-game main slate starting at 7:30 ET.
Damian Lillard - Portland (vs. San Antonio)
Lillard probably should’ve won Western Conference Player of the Month for January, but the award went to LeBron James. Either way, “Dame” has been on fire with a 62 FPPG average over his past ten games. That heater should continue in a home contest vs. San Antonio - who ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency to point guards. Needless to say, Lillard is a priority expenditure through all DFS formats.
Zach LaVine - Chicago (vs. New Orleans)
LaVine is significantly cheaper than fellow shooting guard James Harden with a better matchup to boot. The Bulls will be playing up in pace against New Orleans, who ranks 25th in overall team defensive efficiency. LaVine is averaging a solid 39 FPPG on the season, and he should surpass that total tonight. The slam dunk champion has poured in 44 FPPG over his last five, and this is an excellent spot for him to maintain that recent average.
Brandon Ingram - New Orleans (at Chicago)
Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James are fine overall plays tonight, but I’m going to look cheaper at small forward with Brandon Ingram. The New Orleans’ forward has come through with 43 and 48 fantasy points respectively in his past two games. Ingram’s salary has decreased due to a cold stretch to close out January, but he has looked great so far in the month of February. This is a decent landing spot to keep him going, as the Bulls rank 20th in defensive efficiency to small forwards.
Aaron Gordon - Orlando (at New York)
Gordon could finally be turning a corner. He has disappointed throughout most of this season, but “AG” is heating up with 43 and 45 fantasy points respectively in his past two games. The 45 FP effort at Boston last night is particularly encouraging, as the Celtics are one of the better defensive teams in the league. Gordon should have an easier time in New York tonight, as the Knicks rank 29th in defensive efficiency to power forwards.
Hassan Whiteside - Portland (vs. San Antonio)
If you don’t have enough salary to make Whiteside work, then pivoting down to Brook Lopez is a fine alternative. Having said that, I believe Whiteside will pay fantasy dividends against a San Antonio team that ranks 19th in defensive efficiency to opposing big men. Whiteside flopped (16 FP in 23 minutes) in a blowout loss vs. Denver on Tuesday, but we can’t forget that he’s averaging 55 FPPG in four games leading up to that. This is a competitive game (3.5 spread, 229 over/under) for Whiteside to bounce back.
Also Consider: Brook Lopez