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The Starting 5 | April 14, 2018 – NBA DFS Expert Lineup Picks

Expert NBA DFS Cash Game & GPP Lineup Picks for Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Daily fantasy basketball lineup advice, picks and plays (4/14) to help you win your DFS contests.

Let’s take a closer look at some plays for tonight’s contests with our “Starting 5” picks for the day’s slate.

For the playoffs, we are going to have two articles on a daily basis. The first article will be an NBA Cheat Sheet and the other will be the Starting Five. Let us know if you have any questions about the playoff schedule for Insights.

In this column, we give you a play to consider at each position and then our 6th man who will be the one player that we believe you should spend up to. For the playoffs, we are going to be using FanDuel’s position and pricing.

PG- Kyle Lowry, TOR

The Raptors had the top seed in the East wrapped up and that allowed them to give their starters some rest towards the end of the regular season. Lowry was an example of a player who was not asked to play a whole lot of minutes as he only averaged 30.7 minutes in his six games in April. The lack of minutes has lead to Lowry seeing a price reduction to start the playoffs and I don’t see how you don’t play him at his salary. Lowry is going to play big minutes in the playoffs as in the past four seasons with the Raptors, Lowry is averaging 37.6 minutes a game in the playoffs. Lowry has also produced in those games with averages of 18.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.

SG- Jrue Holiday, NO

I am a huge fan of Holiday today as Holiday dominated the Blazers in their past two meetings. In those games, Holiday averaged 23 points, 8 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2 steals and a block. Holiday produced at least 49 fantasy points in each of those games. This game is also the game I want to target the most as it has the highest projected point total and fastest projected pace while expected to be the closest game on the slate.

SF- Evan Turner, POR

I don’t think Turner is a good player at all but if Maurice Harkless is out he needs to be on your radar. With Harkless out, Turner is likely to play minutes in the mid-30s against a Pelicans team that ranked 25th in fantasy points allowed per game. Turner is also dirt cheap as he is minimum salary on FanDuel and under $4,000 in salary on DraftKings and if you want to roster multiple studs on this slate you are going to need roster players like Turner.

PF- Amir Johnson, PHI

Joel Embiid has been ruled out of game one and that makes Johnson an excellent play. In the past eight games with Embiid out, Johnson is averaging 6.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in 21.8 minutes of action. Johnson produced at least 18 fantasy points in seven of those games and I don’t see a reason why Johnson cannot have similar production in this one despite the not so great match-up against the Heat.

C- Marcin Gortat, WAS

On DraftKings I am all in on Jusuf Nurkic at his salary but on FanDuel Nurkic is way too expensive for my tastes as I prefer to spend down at the center position on this slate. With that being said the player I like the most to spend down to is Gortat. Gortat had a season to forgot in what is one of his last if not last season in the NBA but played well down the stretch. Gortat produced at least 20 fantasy points in 10 of his past 13 games. Gortat also has had a lot of success against the Raptors and in the past three seasons, he is averaging 11.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 blocks and 29 fantasy points per game. This season in their four meetings those numbers were 10.3, 9.8, 3.3, 0.5 and 27.8 fantasy points.

The Sixth Man

SF- Kevin Durant, GS

Lots of studs on this slate but my favorite is Durant as Stephen Curry is not going to be playing in this series. This season with Curry off the court, Durant has a usage rate of 36.2% and is averaging 1.47 fantasy points per minute. In the 25 games that Durant played with Curry out, he averaged 28.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.4 blocks+steals, and 49.9 fantasy points. Not only does Durant get a huge boost with Curry out but he plays well against the Spurs. In his four meetings against the Spurs as a member of the Warriors not including the playoffs, Durant has produced at least 48 fantasy points three times. In the four playoff games last season, Durant averaged 28 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.6 steals+blocks. Curry played each of those games. Kawhi Leonard is also not going to magically play for the Spurs this series and I have no doubt in my mind that Durant dominates in what will be a sweep for the Warriors.

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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