Advice for NBA DFS on Thursday, April 22 (2021)
Thursday should be a fun one for NBA DFS gamers, as Anthony Davis is tentatively expected to make his return from a long layoff.
The Brow is still probably going to be limited, especially since he missed the last 30 games.
That impacts how you use Lakers options, however, and there should be other pieces of news that dictate how we build our daily fantasy basketball lineups on April 22nd.
Looking for some help in that regard? I’ve got you covered with today’s best NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and top lineup.
Best NBA DFS Picks for April 22nd
- Coby White, PG, Bulls ($5.5k)
- Terry Rozier, SG, Hornets ($8.4k)
- Saddiq Bey, SF, Pistons ($5.6k)
- Jayson Tatum, PF, Celtics ($10.2k)
- Joel Embiid, C, 76ers ($10.5k)
Coby White starts things off for me, as he’s just a really good price for a guy soaking up run with Zach LaVine out.
White is volatile, but the risk is baked into the price. Luka Doncic hasn’t really been worth the steep price tag this year, and few of the other point guards really stand out.
It sounds gross, but Terry Rozier is perhaps one of the best plays on the board. He has been amazing lately. He was positively crushing with 36 fantasy points in his last game, but inexplicably fizzled and finished with 43.
Before that, Rozier had ripped off 52+ fantasy point outings in each of his previous three contests.
Why? Because LaMelo Ball and Gordon Hayward – two key scorers and distributors for Charlotte – are hurt.
Both remain out, so while Rozier typically isn’t a guy I’d turn to, I am perfectly fine with him being part of my core on Thursday night.
Bey isn’t exactly cheap, but you’re paying for his role. It is an awful spot against a superior Dallas team, but if the Pistons follow their recent protocol, they will likely rest Jerami Grant and/or Mason Plumlee for this game.
If that’s the case, Bey quickly becomes one of the better mid-range options on this slate, as he’s topped 34 fantasy points the last two times he saw 36+ minutes.
There are some nice mid-range options at PF, but the obvious play is going to be Jayson Tatum.
He is actually questionable, but I have to think he suits up with Jaylen Brown listed as doubtful.
Brad Stevens said Kemba Walker didn’t practice. He’s still feeling under the weather, is “unsure” for tomorrow. Jaylen Brown (left shoulder bursitis) doubtful for tomorrow. Smart practiced today. Fournier still in protocols. Robert Williams still out tomorrow too.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) April 21, 2021
Kemba Walker would heat up as one of the better plays on this slate if both guys sit out, but if Tatum is in, he’ll be a tough fade.
Joel Embiid – assuming he doesn’t sit after playing last night – is my favorite elite play on Thursday, and the guy I’ll start my lineups with.
This is a massive game for the 76ers, as they travel to Milwaukee to battle the Bucks. I wrote up in Thursday’s NBA picks that this game could play a hand in deciding the east, so my guess is both teams go full bore here.
If Embiid is on hand for this one, he’ll give it his all in a fast-paced setting, and in a spot, he’s dominated in before.
NBA DFS Sleepers for Thursday
- Killian Hayes, PG, Pistons ($4.2k)
- Shake Milton, SG, 76ers ($4.6k)
- Josh Jackson, SF, Pistons ($5.5k)
- Jabari Parker, PF, Celtics ($3.4k)
- Isaiah Stewart, C, Pistons ($5.8k)
The obvious source of value right now is going to be Detroit, assuming they continue their pattern of rest. If so, Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee are rest candidates, and a bunch of their guys become viable.
Hayes stands out right away as one of their better plays, although to be fully locked in, I’d also prefer Cory Joseph to be rested, as well.
Josh Jackson and Isaiah Stewart join Hayes and the aforementioned Bey as strong value plays on a slate that doesn’t have insane value at first glance.
Keep an eye on the 76ers. Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, and Tobias Harris all missed Philly’s last game, and if any/all those guys sit again, Shake Milton could have a massive role.
Milton started on Wednesday, and a repeat could take place in a tense clash with the Bucks.
Jabari Parker is a bit of a shot in the dark, but Boston is entering the day with two key starters iffy to play. I love Tatum, but if both he and Jaylen Brown end up being out, there could be minutes to be had here.
Parker is known for his scoring spark, and Boston has already handed him 16 minutes over his last two games. He could be looking at a spot start or 20-25 minutes at a cheap price, and on a slate lacking elite value, could be a fine try.
Thursday’s Top NBA DFS Lineup
- PG: Killian Hayes – Pistons ($4.2k)
- SG: Terry Rozier – Hornets ($8.4k)
- SF: Saddiq Bey – Pistons ($5.6k)
- PF: P.J. Washington – Hornets ($5.9k)
- C: Isaiah Stewart – Pistons ($5.8k)
- G: Shake Milton – 76ers ($4.6k)
- F: Dwayne Bacon – Magic ($4.6k)
- UTIL: Joel Embiid – 76ers ($10.5k)
This slate is full of a ridiculous amount of uncertainty for a six-game slate. Much of it will be decided by what the Pistons do, and you will also want to keep tabs on injury news out of Philly and Boston.
If Grant and Plumlee play, I’d get off of the Pistons in a hurry, and suddenly we’d be crossing our fingers some other amazing value opens up.
Milton could be a nice source of value in the event Simmons is out again, Washington is probably still a little too cheap, and Bacon could have a respectable role if he keeps starting.
There is a lot that needs to shake out before you feel comfortable with these NBA DFS picks, but at least you know where to start this slate from.
Keep an eye on injury news and adapt as needed. Good luck and enjoy the games!