The NBA Rundown – FanDuel & DraftKings NBA DFS Picks – April 3, 2021 (4/3/21)
In this article, we will be breaking down some of our favorite plays on the slate at their positions. Please note that players on DraftKings have multi-position eligibility and may not always match their position on FanDuel. Remember to always keep your eye on the news as the day progresses as NBA news changes the slate frequently.
Theo Maledon – The breakout is happening right before our eyes, and we have a Shai Gilgeous-Alexander injury to thank in particular. Luguentz Dort is expected to be out again today, so Maledon’s stock should continue to be sky high. He’s scored at least 30 FP in 3 of his last 4 games and in back to back affairs, playing 32.3 MPG across those 4 with a 28.5% usage rate (20-6.5-3.5 triple stat line). That’s a great baseline yet again given the circumstances remain the same for the Thunder.
Jordan Clarkson – Even with a fairly mid-tier role in terms of minutes output, Clarkson’s an elite value on this slate for the price and ridiculous usage rate he’s rolling with off the bench. His last 7 games have seen him hold an elite 34.3% usage rate in 24 MPG, and he’s chipping in nicely with points (16.1) and rebounds (4.7) as well. In an excellent matchup where the Magic are easily one of the worst defensive teams in the league, the Jazz and their second unit should absolutely roll here. He has 30+ FP potential.
CJ McCollum – Another guy that I’m high on today is McCollum, who not only has a solid 25.9% usage rate in his last 4 games, but is playing nearly 37 minutes a night as well. His 21.8-4.3-6.3-1.5-1.5 numbers in the last 4 are phenomenal and well-rounded, and if you’re watching the Blazers play you’re noticing that he’s become absolutely dominant creating off the dribble. He’s been playing great and is not quite priced up yet to where his production should bring him. For those reasons, he’s one of the better all around play at SG this evening.
Anthony Edwards – There are some values like Ty Jerome, Svi Mykhailiuk and Josh Jackson that should be on your radar today, but I also have no problem recommending a spend-up approach for Edwards. He’s had at least 26% usage in 4 straight for the Wolves and has scored 36+ FPPG in each as well. The Sixers are right around average defensively vs the position, and the leading indicators of Edwards’ role are what keep me extremely bullish on him here. He’s had 3+ steals+blocks in each of his last 3 games for good measure, showing his kind of statistical growth as he’s finding new ways to affect the game in his rookie year.
Khris Middleton – This should be a barnburner here tonight, and while the Kings will likely focus in on keeping Giannis at bay, that will only open things up for Middleton to continue chipping in with some nice numbers. The SF position isn’t my favorite on this slate, so paying into the middle-upper tier is certainly a strategy that’s worth some love. MIL’s 122.75 team total in a game that features 239 expected points is ripe for exposure, and a guy with 25% usage, 33-36 minutes a night with a very well-rounded stat line deserves plenty of attention here.
Rui Hachimura – More of a value on FD than DK here tonight given the $6K vs $7K nature of his pricing, I’m loving the potential upside here of a guy that’s really playing big minutes for the Wizards these days and rocking an elite usage rate role. Looking past a near 30 point blowout loss to Detroit 2 nights ago, he had back-to-back games of 37+ FP and 29%+ usage in 38 MPG (average). In pace-plus games, his chemistry with Russell Westbrook has been nicely on display and there’s plenty to like here in GPPs (FD focus).
Julius Randle – Randle’s fantasy output has slid a bit lately, but he continues to be a minutes and usage beast for the Knicks and absolutely destroyed DET when they last met (27-16-7) in 42 minutes. He’s a nice chunk less than Giannis here in what I’m considering an elite spot for a big game with 50+ FP potential.
Isaiah Hartenstein – The sub-100 point total for CLE is concerning here today, which is tempering my outlook for their more “developed” players like Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. They probably aren’t going to contend for a win in this one for long, so the developing players like Hartenstein, Okoro and Wade should see additional run. He’s played 23 MPG in his last 2 for the Cavs and is showing his versatility with efficient scoring and rebounding (7 assists 2 nights ago looks like a bit of an aberration, though). Even in a blowout situation, we should still see 20+ minutes at a great price.
Jakob Poeltl – With LaMarcus Aldridge out of the picture, it really looks like Poeltl is going to remain a key part of the rotation (especially for the rest of 2021). He’s scored 36+ FP in 4 straight games now, and has become really consistent both on the glass and in the blocks departments with 11 boards per game (L4G) and at least one block in 9 straight (3 or more in nearly half of those, too). For under $7K on both sites and an extra nice value at $6,200 on DK, he’s an elite mid-tier option against the 15th ranked team in the league at the position.
Myles Turner – The play in my eyes here is Poeltl while both sites have him priced too low, but Turner for $5,900 on DK and $6,400 on FD is a fine option for a bit of savings with plenty of GPP appeal. Turner will stretch the floor nicely against his counterpart (Poeltl) here, bringing his three point shooting abilities to the table to go along with ridiculous blocks upside. He’s averaging 4 BPG in his last 7 (30 MPG) and complements that with 10-6-1.3. I love the upside here for the price.