The Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam put on the most impressive performance of Thursday's seven-game main slate and was one of three players who eclipsed 70 Fantasy points on DraftKings. Nikola Jokic continued to assert himself as the MVP frontrunner with another masterclass showing as well, and a few other players with hot hands lit it up ahead of Friday. We'll go over free studs and a dud from Thursday before picking out a prime DFS target for Friday's nine-game slate here.
Siakam posted an impressive triple-double against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday with 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists. He's scored more than 30 points twice this week and is averaging 12 rebounds per contest over his last two outings. Siakam's averaging 28.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game through four April appearances.
Jokic notched his seventh consecutive double-double on Thursday with 35 points, 16 rebounds, six assists, and four steals. The reigning MVP's April averages of 38 points, 17.5 rebounds, and 6.0 assists set him apart from the rest of the field. Whether he'll play in Denver's season finale against the Los Angeles Lakers remains to be seen. He'll likely put up another monster stat line if he does suit up.
Brown recorded his second triple-double of the season with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. He thrived with Jayson Tatum and Al Horford out of commission. He's eclipsed 20 points in 11 consecutive games while shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 47 percent from deep. Brown's production hasn't been hindered by Jayson Tatum's shot volume.
Only Jokic and Rudy Gobert have recorded more double-doubles than Valanciunas this season. However, the New Orleans Pelicans big man has fallen short of 10 rebounds in two straight games. He logged 14 points and eight rebound in 22 minutes on Thursday after returning from a one-game layoff. Valanciunas ended the weekend eight points and nine rebound against the Los Angeles Clippers. New Orleans is throwing more bigs into the rotation now that Larry Nance is active, and its starting center has taken a blow because of it.
Hoard is averaging 19.3 points and 15.3 rebounds through three starts this season and could notch his fourth on Friday against the Charlotte Hornets. The 23-year-old glass eater could feast against a team that forks up the third-most rebounds per game (47.2) to opposing teams and could be motivated in North Carolina, where he played his high school and college ball. Look for another big game from Hoard if Aleksej Pokusevski sits for a third consecutive contest.