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Advice for NBA DFS on Monday, April 26 (2021)

| April 26, 2021 8:03 am PDT

Monday’s daily fantasy basketball slate is going to be interesting. It’s already loaded with value and studs by default thanks to the 11-game schedule but added injury news could make it a wild ride.

Out are the likes of Trae Young, LeBron James, Donovan Mitchell, De’Aaron Fox, Zach LaVine, and (probably) Kawhi Leonard already.

Big names like Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Ben Simmons are also in doubt. You’ll also want to consider teams on a B2B set, and any non-contending teams that prefer to rest some veterans.

There is a lot to consider, and this slate should remain incredibly fluid up until lock. That said, you must start somewhere, so dive in with my NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup for Monday, April 26th.

Best NBA DFS Picks for April 26th

  • Tyrese Haliburton, SG, Kings ($6.8k)
  • Paul George, SG, Clippers ($9.6k)
  • Joe Ingles, SF, Jazz ($6.5k)
  • Pascal Siakam, PF, Raptors ($8.9k)
  • Nikola Jokic, C, Nuggets ($11k)

Your lineup building process could start with Russell Westbrook, but on this slate, he actually isn’t a priority for me. Not when so many injuries point to other spends.

One guy that stands out is Haliburton, as he’s in line to continue to benefit from the absence of star point guard De’Aaron Fox.

Haliburton is still a lock and load play for me even at this elevated price tag, as he sports a solid 21.7% usage and averages 1.09 fantasy points per minute with Fox off the floor, per CourtIQ on RotoGringers.com.

PG-13 is also going to be a priority, and hopefully will serve as one of my top elite options. He continues to slay with Kawhi Leonard out, and unless he’s randomly scratched himself, I see no reason to fade him other than trying to be different.

Obviously if Leonard randomly returns, I’d have pretty much zero interest in PG-13, and perhaps I’d pivot to Bradley Beal.

I will admittedly look to pay down at SF and PF on this slate (unless Luka plays), but Ingles and Siakam still project to be solid options.

Nikola Jokic

Ingles delivered his floor game in his last outing, but he’s otherwise been quite useful this year when Utah has been undermanned.

Donovan Mitchell is still out, and when he’s off the floor, Ingles averages almost a fantasy point per minute.

Toronto is at full strength and Siakam isn’t an amazing price, but both points could contribute to a guy with a 50+ ceiling going overlooked.

Siakam is still a key piece to what the Raptors do, and he’s on fire with 45+ fantasy points in each of his last four outings.

Jokic is the main stud my Monday night revolves around. Provided his game against Memphis stays competitive, nobody offers a better ceiling or floor.

This guy is a triple-double threat every time out, and that’s even more so the case with Jamal Murray done for the year. Memphis seems to be his sweet spot, too, since The Joker is averaging 70.8 fantasy points against them across two previous meetings this year.

NBA DFS Sleepers for Monday

  • Facundo Campazzo, PG, Nuggets ($4.9k)
  • Jalen Brunson, SG, Mavericks ($4.7k)
  • Tim Hardaway Jr., SF, Mavericks ($4.3k)
  • Aaron Gordon, PF, Nuggets ($5.1k)
  • Dwight Howard, C, 76ers ($4.5k)

Denver should be a solid source of value, as the aforementioned Murray is done for the year, and Will Barton is now sidelined.

Barton’s injury was preceded by a Monte Morris injury, and the two together cement Campazzo as a fixture of Denver’s starting five. He looks like a good bet to get 32+ minutes a night and is probably still way too cheap given this role.

You can look at P.J. Dozier and Aaron Gordon, too. They’re about the same price, but Gordon is the better overall player and should garner less ownership. Both are volatile, but also quite viable.

The real value play should come from Dallas, and for now, that figures to be Jalen Brunson.

Jalen Brunson

Brunson’s value hinges to the health of Luka Doncic, who hurt his elbow in his last game, and is listed as questionable.

If I had to guess, Doncic plays. However, if he’s out, Brunson is mega chalk, and with Josh Richardson and Kristaps Porzingis also in doubt, you suddenly have to consider a full Mavs stack.

THJ would be a core play, and then you’d have to think about using a punt like Boban Marjanovic.

I won’t be shy about that if he starts, but Joel Embiid is also iffy to suit up. He sat on Saturday, and it allowed Dwight Howard to smash (35.5 fantasy points) in 25 minutes.

I’d prefer Boban if both guys ended up having a clear path to success, but Howard seems to be the easier one to trust at the moment.

Monday’s Top NBA DFS Lineup

  • PG: Jalen Brunson – Mavericks ($4.7k)
  • SG: Tyrese Haliburton – Kings ($6.8k)
  • SF: Tim Hardaway Jr. – Mavericks ($4.3k)
  • PF: Royce O’Neale – Jazz ($4.9k)
  • C: Nikola Jokic – Nuggets ($11k)
  • G: Dejounte Murray – Spurs ($7.1k)
  • F: Joe Ingles – Jazz ($6.5k)
  • UTIL: Dwight Howard – 76ers ($4.5k)

Early on, this slate hinges to the Dallas news. If Doncic is out, I’m all about the Mavs, with Brunson being good chalk, and THJ also looking very good.

If Zinger sits, too, suddenly a full Mavs stack would be very appealing. I won’t take it that far, but keep in mind that looks like a fine approach.

Fox’s absence keeps the door open for monster outings for Haliburton. I won’t shy away from him here, and Buddy Hield also is viable if you want to pay up a little more.

I like the Jazz in a smash spot against Minnesota. O’Neale is a cheap way to get to that, and Ingles may not even be chalky after letting the field down in his last game.

Jokic is a beast and doesn’t need a sales pitch. He’s the top raw points guy on this slate, and I don’t see much of a reason to fade him.

Murray is a little too cheap these days and faces the fast-paced Wizards. He isn’t a priority, but he’s awfully close to it.

Dwight Howard plays a hand in making tonight’s NBA DFS lineup work. Keep an eye out for news on Joel Embiid, the Mavs, and any other big scratches.

Hopefully, Monday’s NBA DFS picks serve you well. If you want to try your hand at betting on the NBA, feel free to check out our NBA betting picks page.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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