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There isn't a lot to say at this point. There are no new angles to explore, and even if there were, the injury report is such a mess that there's little you can say right now that will hold true by the time games kick off Friday evening.
As of Thursday evening, there are 28 players listed for Friday's games on our injury report, and that doesn't include perhaps the biggest name of them all: LeBron James, who all but declared to the world that he won't be playing the team's upcoming back-to-back against the Celtics.
If you are still playing daily hoops, it's because you are either brave or reckless, or possibly both. There is a ton of value available with so many injuries, but the constant lineup and rotation changes we'll see over the last six days of the season make it so that it is nearly impossible to get a feel on anything.
If you play it right, there are a lot of opportunities to take advantage of here. However, the chances of one of your players getting pulled from the lineup at the last minute and sinking your chances are higher than ever, so be warned.
Toronto at Orlando
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 397.5
With Elfrid Payton playing 40 minutes over the last three games and averaging 37.9 points per game, he makes for a solid play even at $8,000, if you want to go for the middle class at point guard.
Boston at Cleveland
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 392.9
With LeBron James likely taking himself out of the lineup, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert should benefit. They both took 17 shots in the last game James missed.
Washington at Brooklyn
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 387.9
Keep a close eye on Washington to see if John Wall plays, although as you'll see below, he might not be worth playing either way.
Indiana at Detroit
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 388.2
Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond were both dominant in Greg Monroe's return, so they might not be as risky as they seemed. Of course, a matchup against Boston might just be fool's gold in that regard, so I'm still a little hesitant to trust either at their prices.
Phoenix at New Orleans
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 389.2
The Morris twins are putting up big numbers lately, and might not be a bad option to double up on at power forward, if you don't want to go with Anthony Davis. Gerald Green is also back in the rotation and firing away at a high volume, while sitting below $4,000, making him a solid value.
Sacramento at Oklahoma City
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 403.3
With DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay's availability in question, there's a ton of potential value here. Just make sure you know who is and isn't playing before you put a Carl Landry or Omri Casspi in.
San Antonio at Houston
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 386.1
You would almost prefer the Spurs using their usual tactic of resting guys down the stretch, because at least you could count on it. At this point, it's hard to know whether they will or won't, since they are just half a game back of the No. 2 seed out west.
Dallas at Denver
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 402.0
Kenneth Faried should have a very good night against a frontcourt that struggles to rebound.
Memphis at Utah
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 369.9
You know that scene at the end of 'There Will Be Blood.' Marc Gasol and Rudy Gobert are Daniel Day Lewis, their arms are bowling pins, and opposing shot attempts are milkshakes. I'm not sure where I am going with this metaphor, except to say that I'm not touching a game that will probably end with both teams in the 80's.
Minnesota at L.A. Lakers
Combined DFS points allowed per game: 410.7
Zach LaVine is averaging 31.2 points per game in April, and is still just $6,100. The point guard position is always deep, but he has been providing solid value.
My roster for April 8:
PG Russell Westbrook, Thunder vs.
PG Jordan Clarkson, Lakers vs. Minnesota ($7,800)
SG Iman Shumpert, Cavaliers vs. Boston ($7,900)
SG Ben McLemore, Kings at Oklahoma City ($4,200)
SF Danilo Gallinari, Nuggets vs. Dallas ($6,700)
SF Omri Casspi, Kings at Oklahoma City($8,100)
PF Kenneth Faried, Nuggets vs. Dallas ($6,600)
PF Terrence Jones, Rockets vs. San Antonio ($6,100)
C Enes Kanter, Thunder vs. Sacramento ($7,400)
Russell Westbrook, PG, Thunder vs. Sacramento($12,300)
I have faded Westbrook more often than not since his price peaked at $13,000-plus to mixed results. On the one hand, he hasn't returned a terribly high amount of value on a per-dollar basis, so it might not be the most efficient usage of your money. On the other hand, he is the most reliable 45-50 Fantasy points any amount of money can buy, which has value in its own right. I'll go with him tonight with the Thunder facing a must-win scenario against a team that is usually a disaster with its best defensive players out. Without DeMarcus Cousins around, there is little reason to think the Kings will be able to slow Westbrook down in what should be the fastest game of the night.
Omri Casspi, SF, Kings at Oklahoma City($4,500)
Casspi has bounced around the league with little success to his name in five seasons, but he might have found a home in George Karl's Island of Misfit NBA Players. Casspi is shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from 3-point range since Karl took over as the head coach, and is averaging 18.1 Fantasy points per game in 25.9 minutes per game in that time. With DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay potentially out, he should see plenty more minutes than that, and has been very useful of late in an increased role. He has played 30-plus minutes in each of the last five games, all starts, and is averaging 27.8 points per game in that time. Unless Gay and Cousins make unexpected returns, Casspi might be a must-play here.
Iman Shumpert, SG, Cavaliers vs. Boston($4,200)
Shumpert has yet to start since landing in Cleveland, and he probably won't tonight even if LeBron sits. However, he should see a large role, and that bodes well for him as a cheap play tonight. He is averaging 20.9 points in nine games with more than 29 minutes played with the Cavaliers, which might not sound like much until you consider his price. You'd prefer something closer to 6x value, but Shumpert should at least have a solid floor in a good matchup, which might make up for a low-ish ceiling.
Overpay of the night
John Wall, PG, Wizards at Brooklyn ($9,600)
With baseball season starting up this week, I've spent a lot of time thinking and talking about splits. Home/road splits, Left/right splits, etc. That isn't so much of a concern in basketball, with a uniform playing field size and no weather or environmental factors to consider. However, there is one way teams can get a home court advantage, at least for Fantasy: a favorable home scorer. Wall has benefitted from that this season, averaging nearly a full assist more per game at home, despite nearly identical minute totals. Of course, he's also just plain better at home, averaging nearly two more points as well, while posting a higher usage rate and scoring more efficiently. Add it all up, and he averages 5.05 FanDuel points per game more at the Verizon center. At $9,600, you're paying for Wall with the expectation he will get to 40-plus points tonight, a mark he hasn't reached in any of his last five road games. He is averaging just 33.9 per game in that span, providing just 3.5x return on that price.