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Top Picks for NBA DFS on Monday, April 5 (2021)

| April 5, 2021 8:19 am PDT

NBA DFS is as volatile as ever these days. Even if you get all of the right calls and avoid late scratches, you still have to deal with stars like Trae Young sitting most of the fourth quarter in a close game.

It infuriated yours truly, and it’s one thing about the NBA these days that really grinds my gears.

The inactive, resting, injuries, blowouts, and coach decisions really combine to make daily fantasy basketball a lot less predictable than it should be.

One thing you can do is track line movement at the best sites for betting on the NBA. If there is a huge favorite with a smaller spread (or vice versa), it can often give you an idea of how the night might go.

There is still money to be made here, of course. Let’s see how things map out on Monday with a look at my top NBA DFS picks, sleepers, and favorite lineup.

Best NBA DFS Picks for April 5th

  • Russell Westbrook, PG, Wizards ($11k)
  • Gary Trent J., SG, Raptors ($6.6k)
  • RJ Barrett, SF, Knicks ($6.7k)
  • Julius Randle, PF, Knicks ($9.6k)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Timberwolves ($10.6k)
Russell Westbrook

I’m not forcing all of these guys into my NBA DFS lineups come Monday, but there should be focal points if you’re creating numerous rosters.

Of course, it all starts with Russell Westbrook, who we know can be a monster if Bradley Beal is out.

Beal is currently listed as questionable, so fantasy gamers need to take notice.

Westbrook went off for 94.5 fantasy points four games ago, and he’s safely cleared 50+ in each of his last six games. He’s got one of the best floors in the industry, and I’m not sure anyone on this slate can match his ceiling.

On the other side of this game are the Raptors, who are for sure down Kyle Lowry.

Fred VanVleet is also banged up, and with both of those guys potentially out, you’ll need to prioritize Toronto players.

Normally I wouldn’t look at Trent due to his price and scoring dependency, but he’s now topped 40+ fantasy points in each of his last two games.

On role alone, Trent is in play. Add in a date with the fast-paced Wiz, and he might be a must.

I’ll plop Barrett and Randle down together, as they’re in an amazing spot against Brooklyn. The Nets push the pace, and they don’t defend much.

Julius Randle

If the Knicks adapt to their style for a day, they could be a ton of fun.

It’s certainly worth noting that Randle is averaging over 56 fantasy points per game in two games against the Nets this year, and Barrett (35.9) has also been pretty solid.

Going this route might demand paying up for Kyrie Irving or James Harden (assuming he plays), of course.

Lastly, there’s KAT, who should be featured in one of the best games of the night when the Timberwolves and Kings clash.

Towns has displayed an elite floor, as he’s dropped below 50 fantasy points just twice in his last 10 games.

You’re paying for the 70-point fantasy outing he had his last time out, but there’s no denying he could approach that against when he faces a bad Sacramento defense.

Daily Fantasy Basketball Sleepers for Monday

  • Malachi Flynn, PG, Raptors ($3.5k)
  • Raul Neto, SG, Wizards ($3.8k)
  • Hamidou Diallo, SF, Pistons ($5.2k)
  • Deni Avdija, PF, Wizards ($4.8k)
  • Boban Marjanovic, C, Mavericks ($3.8k)
Malachi Flynn

Should the Raptors continue to be without their top two guards, it’d be awfully hard to get away from Malachi Flynn.

The San Diego State product has seen his run increase in each of his last three games, and last time out he turned 31 minutes into 33 fantasy points.

In an amazing spot against Washington, Flynn would be a tough fade at this price.

On the other side of that matchup are more savings, provided the aforementioned Beal is also out. If so, Neto could be looking at another night of 30+ minutes.

He’s not an elite fantasy producer, but he’s a steady hand for a Washington team still trying to win games.

Diallo is a nice option that offers value, too. His run is tough to peg given two straight blowouts for Detroit, but it looks as though he’s a lock to get around 25 minutes at the minimum right now.

In a revenge spot against the Thunder, Diallo could pop off. He’s been rebounding the ball extremely well, and he’s also exhibited nice scoring and playmaking chops.

Going back to the Wiz, Deni Avdija also stands out. He logged 39 minutes in his last game and has seen 30+ minutes in four straight contests.

His production is far from elite, but he’s actually rebounded very well lately (8+ rebounds in each of the last four games), and if he can catch fire from long range, he can easily pay off.

Lastly, don’t forget about Boban, as Kristaps Porzingis is questionable to play on Monday.

If he’s out, it’s always possible Marjanovic is free to roam.

Marjanovic got extensive run in two of his last three games, and both times he turned 24+ minutes into 33+ fantasy points. Dallas would need his size against Rudy Gobert if Zinger is out, so I’d have zero hesitance pulling the trigger on him.

Best NBA DFS Lineup for April 5th, 2021

  • PG: Russell Westbrook – Wizards ($11k)
  • SG: Raul Neto – Wizards ($3.8k)
  • SF: Anthony Edwards – Timberwolves ($7.6k)
  • PF: Julius Randle – Knicks ($9.6k)
  • C: Boban Marjanovic – Mavericks ($3.8k)
  • G: Malachi Flynn – Raptors ($3.5k)
  • F: Buddy Hield – Kings ($5.9k)
  • UTIL: Jordan McLaughlin – Timberwolves ($4.4k)

It all starts with Russ. If Beal is out, he’s a lock for me, and I start building around a Wiz/Raptors game stack. That becomes even clearer if FVV joins Lowry among the dead.

Suddenly Neto and Flynn (and perhaps Gary Trent Jr.) also become obvious plays, and that game is super appealing.

I would not mind shares to the Timberwolves game, either, but I won’t force it. For now, I’ll just get it via McLaughlin, who quietly turned 42 minutes into 38.5 fantasy points in his last game.

That big role he enjoyed could be here to stay for at least another day, as Ricky Rubio, D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and Jaylen Nowell all sound unlikely to suit up.

I really like Trent, but Edwards stands out as an elite leverage play on any KAT ownership, plus he gets me some more exposure to the T’Wolves side of that Kings game.

Buddy Hield runs it back from the other side, while Julius Randle is a second stud (but at a cheaper rate) to pair with Russ.

A lot of hinges to injuries. If Beal is in, I love the idea of just coming down from Russ to De’Aaron Fox or sliding McLaughlin to the G spot and figuring something else out.

Beal being in would get me off Neto, and FVV playing would obviously just mess the Raptors situation up.

Stay on top of any news, but for now, these NBA DFS picks should nudge you in the right direction.

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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