My Wizards are the best team in basketball!…at least right now. I tried to tell, y’all! Eastern Conference Finals are soon to come. Now that you know I’m prescient with my picks, it’s time to tell you tonight’s NBA DFS targets. Onward!
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My favorite factors to track for NBA DFS targets: Matchups (Offensive/Defensive Ratings), Opportunity (expected player minutes, game pace), and Recent Form.
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LET’S GET INTO THE SLATE!!!!
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NBA DFS Targets and Preview for April 30
Hawks vs. 76ers
No Trae, no chance. Heck, even if they had Trae, they might not have a chance. The 76ers have the 2nd ranked defense in the league and the 6th best net rating in the league. The Hawks are 12th (and that includes all those Trae Young games). 76ers should win this easily, even if Simmons or Embiid sits.
DFS Targets: ATL targets: Bogdanovic, Collins, Capela, and Huerter. PHI targets: Simmons, Embiid, Curry, and Green.
Spurs vs. Celtics
This should be an interesting one. Both teams are fairly comfortably in the playoff picture, but they’re still jostling for seeding, and neither have hit their stride in terms of getting hot. They are 17th and 11th in net rating respectively, 10th and 13th in defensive rating, and 19th and 12th in offense. I think the star power on the Boston offense is going to be enough to overcome their defensive gap. I like the Celtics here.
DFS Targets: SAS targets: Johnson, DeRozan, Poetlt, and Murray. BOS targets: Brown, Tatum, Smart (he may be serving his suspension tonight), and Pritchard for value.
Wizards vs. Cavaliers
Wizards. Don’t be silly. They’re 13-2 over their last 15. The Cavs have Kevin Love quitting in the middle of a game. Kevin Love! The most mild-mannered guy in the world. Roll with the Wiz.
DFS Targets: WAS targets: Beal, Westbrook, Rui, and Gafford. CLE targets: Garland, Osman, Wade, and Love.
Trail Blazers vs. Nets
Finally a matchup against the Nets where I don’t immediately assume they’re going to win. Let’s look at the metrics. They are 15th and 7th, respectively, in net rating. They are 29th and 25th in defensive rating. In terms of offense, they are 6th and 1st. Ok…nevermind. Nets win.
DFS Targets: POR targets: Dame, CJ, Nurkic, and Covington. BKN targets: KD, Kyrie, Griffin, and Harris.
Magic vs. Grizzlies
Grizzlies. The Magic might have the worst roster in basketball right now. It’s wild how much Vuc meant to this team. He should be given MVPs, retroactively. Memphis wins.
DFS Targets: ORL targets: Anthony, Okeke, Bacon, and Carter Jr. MEM targets: Morant, Anderson, Brooks, and Jonas.
Bucks vs. Bulls
Bucks. Don’t overthink it.
DFS Targets: This is a potential blowout game. I’d probably fade it, but if you’re not going to, I’d stick with the stars.
Jazz vs. Suns
Wow. Can you believe it? After over 10 years, the Suns have finally clinched a playoff spot. We’re going to get to see what Devin Booker (arguably the purest scorer in the game, aside from KD and Steph) can do in the playoffs. Well, if they face the Jazz, it’s going to be a tough road to the Finals. The Jazz have the 3rd best offense and the 3rd best defense. This isn’t a matchup that favors PHX. Go with the Jazz.
DFS Targets: UTA targets: Gobert, Conley, Ingles, Bogdanovic, and O’Neal. PHX targets: CP3, Booker, and Ayton.
Kings vs. Lakers
Lakers. Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond are enough to beat the Kings.
DFS Targets: SAC targets: Hield, Haliburton, and Holmes. LAL targets: AD, Drummond, Dennis the Menace, and Kuzma.
Don’t forget to check back later in the day as Bradlee will be updating his NBA DFS preview with all the info you need to turn tonight’s slate into a resounding success!
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