NBA Playoff Schedule and DFS Picks for Monday, April 28

Three games on the NBA Playoff schedule for Monday night:

Game 4 - Mon. April 28, Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 5  
Mon. April 28, Atlanta at Indiana, 8 p.m., NBA TV
Game 4 - Mon. April 28, San Antonio at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., TNT

DFS Fantasy Basketball Tournament Picks

I had  a great team going Sunday until DeAndre Jordan decided to mail it in.   14 pts, 22 reb and 5 blocks on Thursday, ZERO points, 6 reb and 2 blocks on Sunday.  Go figure.   The great thing about real money daily fantasy contests at FanDuel is that every day is a new day with a new draft!

The biggest news tonight will be the status of Al Jefferson.  From everything I’ve seen, signs point to him not playing.   Charlotte will have to try and bomb away from outside without Jefferson, which could mean that Kemba Walker gets 20+ shots.   Walker is sitting at $7600, so he should easily make value.  Look for Josh McRoberts to be the biggest inside presence, so maybe some extra rebounds and putbacks could come his way.  Miami is already up 3-0 in the series, so the Heat should be putting out maximum effort to end this series and get some much needed rest, which means plenty of garbage time stats for Bobcat players.

If Jefferson is out, look for Chris Bosh to have a good game.  Bosh is $5900 tonight and should be a great value play.  The one guy that really scares me tonight for Miami is Dwyane Wade.  If this game turns into a blowout, Wade will be the first one hitting the bench in the third quarter.

The Pacers-Hawks series has been a good one and tonight should be no different.   The Vegas total is just 186.5, so putting anyone other than Paul George, Paul Millsap or Jeff Teague on the roster could be risky.  The guy I like best as a risky value play is Lance Stephenson at $6900.

The total in the San Antonio-Dallas game is 200.5, which means that there is potential for some quality fantasy performances.  I think Tony Parker is a must play at $6400, even though Pop rested him the last game.

Here is the entire team for tonight’s $18,000 FanDuel NBA Shot Tournament:

PG   Tony Parker   $6400
PG   Jeff Teague   $7100
SG   Lance Stephenson $6900
SG   Monta Ellis   $7600
SF   Paul George   $9400
SF   Shawn Marion   $5000
PF   David West   $6600
PF   Josh McRoberts   $4800
C     Chris Bosh   $5800

I’m not crazy about this team tonight, especially with the chance that the Miami-Charlotte game turns into a blowout, so I’m only playing the tournament tonight and no 50/50′s.

As for the Donald Sterling stuff, this really couldn’t have happened at a worse time.  These playoffs have been incredible and even casual fans are tuning in, so it’s a real shame that fans who don’t normally watch much basketball get exposed to this.   I hope they realize that this isn’t a common occurrence or position in the NBA.  Hopefully, the NBA and media will realize that it’s much better for the game if they focus on the positives of these great playoff series rather than giving attention to someone who clearly doesn’t deserve our attention at all.  Let’s focus on the games and put Mr. Sterling on the back burner to be dealt with harshly after the season is over.

 

DFS Fantasy Basketball Tournament Picks and NBA Schedule

Four games on the NBA Playoff Schedule and all series have really turned out to be entertaining.  I think I’m probably most looking forward to the Houston-Portland matchup to see if the Rockets can grind it out after Troy Daniels’ game winning shot in the last one.  It’s great to see guys like Daniels get some time in the spotlight and it should be interesting to see if Harden can get it going.

Game 4 - Sun. April 27, Chicago at Washington, 1 p.m., ABC
Game 4 - Sun. April 27, L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R
Game 4 -
 Sun. April 27, Toronto at Brooklyn, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 4 - Sun. April 27, Houston at Portland, 9:30 p.m., TNT

DFS Fantasy Basketball Tournament Picks

I put one team in play yesterday and only managed a 251.5.  I was short on research time which is why I didn’t post picks for Saturday.

The biggest thing today is the suspension of Nene Hilario.  Make sure you get him out of your daily games.  Without Nene, the Bulls should be able to ride NoahGibson and Boozer to some good stats and all three make decent daily plays.  I’d look for the Wizards to try and light it up from outside, which means that Wall, Beal and Ariza should be nice daily plays.  One interesting value play for the Wizards could be Trevor Booker, as he probably gets Nene’s minutes and Booker is sitting at a very cheap $4200.

You might also want to avoid Kyle Lowry, as it’s been reported that he’s dealing with a very sore knee, but expects to play.

Also, keep an eye on David Lee, as he might get replaced by Draymond Green.  I think Lee is probably too risky to play for $6700.

Nicolas Batum ($7600) also has some sort of toe injury, but he’s still probably the best SF play on the board.  If it gets closer to gametime and any report comes out that he’s limited, then I’d probably make a quick change to Chandler Parsons ($7400) at SF.

Here’s what I’m going with today in the FanDuel $5000 NBA Shot:

PG   Damian Lillard   $7500
PG   Deron Williams   $6500
SG   DeMar DeRozan   $7300
SG   Brad Beal   $7200
SF   Trevor Ariza   $5700
SF   Nicolas Batum $7400
PF   Taj Gibson   $5800
PF   Trevor Booker $4200
C     DeAndre Jordan   $7800

Friday Night NBA Playoff Schedule and DFS Picks

Three games on the schedule for Friday night:

Game 3 - Fri. April 25, Toronto at Brooklyn, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Game 3 - Fri. April 25, Chicago at Washington, 8 p.m., ESPN
Game 3 - Fri. April 25, Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN

DFS Fantasy Basketball Tournament Picks

Not much happening last night as my team put up a mediocre 263, which was good enough for a breakeven night.  Still no luck in the tournament though.  Hopefully tonight will be better.  I’m rolling out two different entries for tonight’s $18,000 FanDuel NBA Shot:

Lineup 1
PG   Damian Lillard   $7500
PG   Kyle Lowry   $8400
SG   Joe Johnson   $6200
SG   Jimmy Butler   $6200
SF   Paul Pierce    $6000
SF   Trevor Ariza   $5700
PF   Nene Hilario   $6600
PF   Terrence Jones   $6400
C     Jonas Valanciunas   $6600

Lineup 2
PG   Damian Lillard   $7500
PG   Deron Williams   $6500
SG   Joe Johnson   $6200
SG   Brad Beal   $7200
SF   Nicolas Batum   $7400
SF   Paul Pierce   $6000
PF   Nene Hilario   $6600
PF   Taj Gibson $5800
C     Jonas Valanciunas $6600

All FanDuel games lock at 7:00 tonight but the tournaments have been filling a couple of hours before tipoff, so play it safe and get in the tourneys early.

NBA Playoff Schedule and DFS Picks for Thursday, April 24

Three games on the NBA playoff schedule for Thursday night which means we have FanDuel action!  Here’s the time and channels for tonight’s games:

Game 3 - Thu. April 24, Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m., NBA TV
Game 3 - Thu. April 24, Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m., TNT
Game 3 - Thu. April 24, L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., TNT

Tonight’s DFS Basketball Tournament Picks

Sorry for missing you guys yesterday on the picks, but it was probably for the best as my team really stunk it up with a 236.  I got busy working in the yard and then got about 10 rose bush thorns stuck in my arm, which took about an hour to get out.  Let that be a lesson for all DFS players, if you don’t have the time to do the research, then don’t play.  Your bankroll will thank you.  Here’s what I’ve got for tonight’s FanDuel $18,000 NBA Shot:

PG   Jeff Teague   $7000
PG   Mike Conley   $7700
SG   Klay Thompson $6200
SG   Kyle Korver   $4200
SF   Paul George   $9300
SF   Harrison Barnes   $4400
PF   David West   $6400
PF   David Lee   $6700
C    Marc Gasol   $8100

I have to say that I don’t really care much for this team, but with only three games on the schedule, I guess it isn’t horrible.  And besides, having some money riding on it makes it so much more fun for us degens to watch, LOL.  Good luck tonight guys.

Fantasy Baseball Tournaments and Cash Games

With fantasy basketball winding down, I also wanted to give you guys a heads up on real money fantasy baseball games going at FanDuel.  While the daily basketball games are going on for most of the playoffs, I know many of you guys will be switching over to baseball soon and FanDuel has you covered.  They also have weekly fantasy football games for real money, so check them out, you can sign up for free HERE.

As a little bonus, here’s what I’ve got tonight for the FanDuel $18,000 MLB Squeeze:

P    Scott Kazmir   $7600
C    Matt Wieters   $3300
1B   Mike Napoli   $3200
2B   Dustin Pedroia   $3300
SS   Ian Desmond   $3100
3B   Brett Lawrie   $2800
OF   Jose Bautista   $4700
OF   Carlos Beltran   $3600
OF   Jayson Werth   $3100

Tuesday Night Playoff Schedule and DFS Picks

Three games on the schedule for Tuesday night:

Game 2 - Tue. April 22, Atlanta at Indiana, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2 - Tue. April 22, Brooklyn at Toronto, 8 p.m., NBA TV
Game 2 - Tue. April 22, Washington at Chicago, 9:30 p.m., TNT

DFS Tournament and 50/50 Picks

My Monday-Tuesday games are not looking too good with Klay Thompson posting a real dud Monday night.  Zach Randolph was solid, but I’m not sure if I can overcome the poor game from Klay.  Since there are three games on the schedule tonight, FanDuel has games that cover tonight only.   I’m still kicking around some ideas, but my roster is below.   I’d really like to go Joe Jonson instead of Kyle Korver, but the salary cap just isn’t very flexible with only three NBA games.  Here’s what I got so far for the FanDuel $15,000 NBA Shot Tournament:

PG   Deron Williams   $6700
PG   John Wall   $7800
SG   Kyle Korver   $4500
SG   Jimmy Butler   $6300
SF   Paul George   $9000
SF   Paul Pierce   $6000
PF   Nene Hilario  $6500
PF   David West   $6500
C     Jonas Valanciunas   $6600

Salary Cap is $60,000,  Salary Cap Used is $59,900.

I’ve also got a second team in the tournament with the same roster but switching out Joe Johnson for Korver, Roy Hibbert for Valanciunas and DeRozan for Butler.  I don’t like the team much because of Hibbert, but for $2 I figured I’d give it a gamble.

Good luck tonight guys!