FanEx Sports NBA Daily Fantasy Tips for 4/11/2014
Although there was only two NBA games last night, they both had playoff implications and plenty of excitement. The Spurs pulled out the win against their crosstown rivals, yet had a scary moment when Duncan went down holding his knee in the first half after attempting for an offensive rebound. Duncan went back to the locker room for a brief moment, but came back into the game and delivered a Duncan-like stat line of 25 points and 15 rebounds. The Spurs look poised to finish the regular season as the top seed making yet another postseason push to return to the NBA Finals.
Golden State needs one win to clinch their ticket to the postseason, yet the Denver Nuggets played spoiler last night with an incredible comeback win on the road. Timofey Mozgav was the story of the night finishing with 23 points and 29 rebounds, both career highs, and Kenneth Faried saved the day for Nuggets with his game winner with .5 seconds remaining. Much like a lot of playoff teams, the Warriors are finishing the season on a cold streak playing with little consistency; however, they are still one win away from making the playoffs with a win tonight against the Lakers.
Tonight we have another full slate of NBA games with playoff implications on the line for some teams. The Heat and the Pacers face off in Miami for the last time this season with the first seed in the East possibly on the line. Phoenix plays the Spurs tonight in San Antonio which could be a first round match-up if the Suns can hold on to the 8th seed in the West. Golden State needs a win in LA to secure a playoff berth, but Nick Young has said the Lakers are looking to play spoiler. Memphis has a soft match-up against the 76ers tonight, but every game needs to be a win for them if they want to fend off the Suns & the Mavericks for the last two playoff spots. Both New York and Atlanta are fighting for the 8th seed in the East, so they both are playing for something tonight as well.
When selecting your lineups in the NBA over the next week, keep an eye on which teams can afford to rest their star players and which teams are desperate for a win. Finding those backups that could see increased minutes or those starters that need to rise to the occasion for a huge win could be the difference in you winning or losing over the last week of the NBA regular season. Okay well lets get to today's top suggestions for your NBA lineups.
Gary Neal - $20.24
With Kemba Walker a potential scratch tonight with a groin injury, Gary Neal looks like he could be a solid value option tonight for the Bobcats. Last time out, Neal scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists with Walker in the lineup, so if Kemba doesn't give it a go roll out Neal with confidence knowing that he could provide needed value on a night with so many NBA games.
LeBron James - $56.82
With a marque match-up tonight against the Pacers in Miami with the number one seed in the East potentially on the line, it is hard for me not to see the reigning MVP come out firing on all cylinders. If Wade is a scratch again tonight, then LeBron has to be in your lineup. We all say his performance last time out against the Pacers where he dropped 38 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists. In fantasy you don't care if the Heat or Pacers win, you just want a high octane game with great energy and tempo. Tonight LeBron is my star that I think will shine the most in his match-up with Durant playing against a injury plagued Pelicans team.
Dion Waiters - $35.97
Waiters and Kyire seem to have their riff behind them as Waiters has stayed in the Cavs starting lineup since Irving returned from injury. Although this game is relatively meaningless on a night with so many playoff implicated match-ups, the Cavs play the terrible Bucks tonight. Waiters has still been highly productive in Irving's return and he is averaging 17-5-3 against the Bucks this year. I like Waiters tonight at a mid-priced level with a great match-up allowing you to get possibly another high level star in your lineup.
LaMarcus Aldridge - $52.50
Aldridge and the Blazers are getting hot again at the right time in the season, and what better way to continue that hot streak than against the Utah Jazz who have dropped 18 of their last 21 games. The main catalyst to the Blazers surge for home court advantage in the playoffs is Aldridge who is averaging 22 points and 11 rebounds over the last ten games. I like Aldridge tonight going against Favors and the rest of the struggling Jazz in what could be another pivotal win for the Blazers with the Rockets having a tricky game tonight against the Timberwolves.
Marcin Gortat - $36.95
Marcin Gortat is still delivering at the center position for the Washington Wizards, and tonight they face a Magic team without Nikola Vucevic. Gortat should have a nice outing going against the rookie, Dewayne Dedmon, who is getting the start for the injured Vucevic. Gortat has averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds against the Magic this season and is coming off of a 27 point 14 rebound game against Al Jefferson and the Bobcats. Look for Gortat to be a nice mid-priced center that could bring you some unexpected value.
Friday's NBA Schedule:
- WAS v ORL at 7:00PM EST
- NYK v TOR at 7:00PM EST
- CHA v BOS at 7:30PM EST
- ATL v BKN at 7:30PM EST
- IND v MIA at 7:30PM EST
- DET v CHI at 8:00PM EST
- PHI v MEM at 8:00PM EST
- HOU v MIN at 8:00PM EST
- NOP v OKC at 8:00PM EST
- CLE v MIL at 8:30PM EST
- PHX v SAS at 8:30PM EST
- POR v UTA at 9:00PM EST
- GSW at LAL at 10:30PM EST