NBA DFS Picks for FanDuel and DraftKings – 4/25/17

Welcome to another edition of ResearchFantasy’s NBA Breakdown. These picks are what I consider to be the best play of the day, relative to their price. One of the most important things we must consider in daily fantasy is how many points a player gets per dollar. It helps us identify value plays to pair with studs that we know will produce in order to maximize our potential points in lineups. I also try to identify plays that can be used in either cash games or tournaments. Typically, when I build my cash games, I am looking for players that have the best floor combined with good upside. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let us know!

We have a three game slate again this evening, with OKC/HOU, MEM/SA and UTA/LAC on the slate. Only one of these series could end this evening, but all three games are likely to remain highly competitive.

I’m finally resolved that Oklahoma City is going to keep these games close. Unfortunately for them, the series will move back to Houston. Russell Westbrook is going to have to have another monster triple double to win this game, so he’s my top play tonight. Andre Roberson has been so good this series, that I think you have to consider him. Steven Adams and Victor Oladipo remain potential tournament options as well.

The Rockets were saved on Saturday night by their bench play. That isn’t something I think you could count on tonight though. I do think that we’ve got a ton of guys here we can consider, but I’m just not sure how things end up panning out. To start, I think Eric Gordon and Lou Williams are still my top targets due to their price. Nene is there, but I think he’s more volatile. We cannot discount James Harden tonight, especially if we think Russell Westbrook ends up having a big game. Harden will need to match Westbrook to win. Could you run Patrick Beverley or Clint Capela out there? I think you could, but they aren’t my favorites.

Memphis came through with a pretty strong victory that meant the world to their playoff lives. They didn’t fare so well when this series was in San Antonio, where it returns to tonight. The core of Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph remain the options you want to look at here. I still think Vince Carter has some upside at his price, and I do believe he’ll crack 25 fantasy points before the series ends.

The Spurs couldn’t get past the Grizzlies, but it had nothing to do with what Kawhi Leonard was doing on the court. He’s going to need more from LaMarcus Aldridge in order for that to happen. Tony Parker has been pretty good for the most part in comparison to what he did in the regular season. I think all three of those guys are all playable tonight. If David Lee sticks in the starting lineup, I don’t hate using him at a discounted price.

The Jazz were able to tie the series with the Clippers as the series moves back to Los Angeles. I think that this game is probably the one to look away from tonight, as most of these guys just aren’t coming through. The only guys I’m really looking at tonight would be Gordon Hayward assuming that he is fully healthy and Joe Ingles. Everyone else is pretty much a toss up.

The Clippers side of the game somehow looks worse than the Jazz side. Chris Paul is the only one who has been consistent in this series, and should be near the top of your list. Outside of him, you can punt with Luc Ricard Mbah a Moute, DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford, but honestly, it’s a toss up at this point.

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