There are seven games on the slate tonight in NBA action, tipping off between 7:00p.m. and 10:00p.m. ET. There are plenty of implications on the line as teams like the Clippers and Nuggets go head-to-head as they battle to stay near the top of the Western Conference, and several teams have injuries galore which may complicate picking your DFS lineups.
Sometimes with a plus-matchup on the NBA game slate, we get an opportunity to slot multiple players from the same team into our DFS lineups. You can read more about the concept of stacking here, but the main goal is to take advantage of this plus-matchup and use the salary cap to your advantage.
Here, we’ll break down three of the best team stacks for the NBA slate on Thursday, April 1st.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Charlotte Hornets, 7:30p.m. ET
James Harden ($10,900)
Kyrie Irving ($9,800)
Joe Harris ($5,500)
Blake Griffin ($4,900)
Update: Harden has been ruled out vs. the Hornets.
Yes, this one’s expensive with the combination of Harden and Irving eating up about two-fifths of your budget, but it’s worth it when they’re both healthy and in the game. This is one you’ll definitely need to keep an eye on up until almost game time as Harden was taken out of their game against the Rockets due to his hamstring injury. He’s still listed as questionable right now, but if he sees the floor tonight then he’ll no doubt put in a solid performance. Even without Kevin Durant, the Nets are surging as they just overtook the top spot in the Eastern Conference, riding a three-game winning streak. If Harden doesn’t go, it’s an easy swap to pick up someone like Bruce Brown ($4,700) who could see increased minutes in Harden’s absence while adding a 20+ DKFP performance.
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:00p.m. ET
Nikola Jokic ($10,600)
Jamal Murray ($7,700)
Aaron Gordon ($6,200)
Paul Millsap ($4,700)
The Nuggets are going up against a short-staffed Clippers who will be without the likes of Paul George (foot), Serge Ibaka (back), and Patrick Beverley (calf). Denver has already won their last three straight and are looking to close the gap on the Lakers who are just a half game ahead. Jokic is a guaranteed high scorer, averaging 59.1 DKFP per game this season so far. Sure he’s expensive, but the drop-off in price between he and Jamal Murray is significant and will save you a bit of salary cap space overall. You could opt for Michael Porter, Jr. ($7,100) instead of Aaron Gordon if you’re not sold on his performance yet, but Gordon has much to prove with his new team especially when he’ll be going up against Kawhi Leonard tonight.
Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors, 8:00p.m. ET
Jimmy Butler ($9,000)
Bam Adebayo ($8,300)
Tyler Herro ($5,700)
Goran Dragic ($5,100)
Both of these teams are 4-6 in their last 10 games, but the Heat have won their last two games after coming off a four-game losing streak, and will be looking to inch closer to the fourth-place Hornets who are a full game ahead. Bam Adebayo has been in good form, averaging 45.1 DKFP throughout his last five games, which is a full 2.1 points higher than his season-long average. If Jimmy Butler has another good night, the combination of those two could be lethal especially as Butler is one of the league’s best two-way players at the moment. There’s a reason this team made it to the Finals last year, and when they’re firing on all cylinders, this stack of guys has the potential to be unstoppable.