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NBA Rankings: DraftKings DFS Fantasy Basketball Rankings for April 22 | Stud, Midrange & Value Picks + Injury Notes

Jeff Pratt ranks the top plays in each salary range for Thursday’s fantasy basketball slate on DraftKings, which starts at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Welcome to Thursday’s NBA rankings for the 6-game DraftKings slate. The idea of this page is to rank the top DraftKings options in each salary range, helping you make quick decisions when debating which players to roster. Players are sorted from top to bottom in order of preference.

Each baller listed here is someone I’m considering in my player pool. If a player is not listed but is available to play, that just means I’m not considering using them on this slate. They might be a viable option but didn’t make my cut.

This page will be updated after the 1:30 p.m. ET and 5:30 p.m. ET injury reports, and you can confirm additional updates by checking the time stamp. When a player has a status change, they will now be bolded in the injuries and notes section.

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Player Notes: If a player is on the second night of a back-to-back, stats may not be fully updated.

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Key News to Monitor

Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
Team Opponent Name (Status) Injury Notes
New Orleans Pelicans Orlando Magic J. Hart (O), N. Alexander-Walker (O), J. Johnson (D) K. Lewis Jr. will likely continue to see an expanded role with Alexander-Walker out.
Orlando Magic New Orleans Pelicans W. Carter Jr. (O), T. Ross (O), J. Ennis III (O), M. Carter-Williams (O), O. Porter Jr. (O) C. Okeke to see an expanded role with Ross unable to suit up.
Phoenix Suns Boston Celtics J. Crowder (O), D. Saric (A), A. Nader (O) Second night of B2B. C. Johnson to start with Crowder out.
Boston Celtics Phoenix Suns J. Tatum (A), J. Brown (O), K. Walker (A), E. Fournier (O), R. Williams (O) First night of B2B. Walker & Tatum to see bumps in production with Brown unable to play.
Philadelphia 76ers Milwaukee Bucks B. Simmons (O), T. Harris (A), S. Curry (A), F. Korkmaz (O) Second night of B2B. T. Maxey to continue seeing an expanded role with Simmons out.
Milwaukee Bucks Philadelphia 76ers TBD
Detroit Pistons San Antonio Spurs H. Diallo (Q), J. Grant (O), W. Ellington (O), M. Plumlee (O), D. Smith Jr. (O), C. Joseph (O) Second night of B2B. S. Bey & I. Washington to see expanded roles with Grant & Plumlee sidelined.
San Antonio Spurs Detroit Pistons D. Murray (O), P. Mills (O), T. Lyles (O) Second night of B2B. D. White to see an expanded role with Murray out.
Charlotte Hornets Chicago Bulls L. Ball (O), G. Hayward (O), M. Monk (O) First night of B2B. T. Rozier & M. Bridges to continue seeing expanded roles with Ball & Hayward sidelined.
Chicago Bulls Charlotte Hornets T. Brown Jr. (O), Z. LaVine (O) Second night of B2B. N. Vucevic to continue serving as Chicago's No. 1 option with LaVine out.
Los Angeles Lakers Dallas Mavericks A. Davis (Q), A. Drummond (P), D. Scroder (P), M. Morris (P), M. Gasol (Q) Davis (if available) will suit up for the first time since February 14.
Dallas Mavericks Los Angeles Lakers M. Kleber (D) Second night of B2B. B. Marjanovic could see more minutes if Kleber is unable to suit up.

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Betting Odds

Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total Points
Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total Points
PHO Suns -5.5 -210 Over 219
BOS Celtics +5.5 +175 Under 219
NO Pelicans -7.5 -305 Over 224.5
ORL Magic +7.5 +245 Under 224.5
PHI 76ers +6 +195 Over 226.5
MIL Bucks -6 -240 Under 226.5
DET Pistons +8.5 +320 Over 216.5
SA Spurs -8.5 -420 Under 216.5
CHA Hornets +2 +107 Over 211.5
CHI Bulls -2 -129 Under 211.5
LA Lakers +2 +112 Over 216.5
DAL Mavericks -2 -132 Under 216.5

Studs

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Nikola Vucevic C CHA $10,000 Vucevic will continue to serve as Chicago's No. 1 option with Zach LaVine out.
Joel Embiid C MIL $10,500 Embiid has racked up 60+ DKFP in three of his last four games.
Zion Williamson PF/C ORL $9,900 Williamson has seen a 31% usage rate or higher in three of his last four games.
Luka Doncic PG/SF LAL $11,000 Doncic averages 50.4 DKFP on the second night of back-to-backs.
Brandon Ingram SF ORL $8,700 Orlando ranks 27th in DKFP allowed to SFs.

Midrange High

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Terry Rozier PG/SG CHI $8,400 Rozier will continue to see a bump in production with LaMelo Ball sidelined.
Khris Middleton SG/SF PHI $8,300 Middleton has scored 42+ DKFP in three of his last four contests.
Kemba Walker PG PHO $7,400 Walker will see an expanded role with Jaylen Brown unable to suit up.
Miles Bridges SF/PF CHI $7,700 Bridges will see an expanded role with Gordon Hayward out. He has racked up 42+ DKFP in two of his last three games.
Jerami Grant PF SA $6,900 San Antonio ranks 25th in DKFP allowed to PFs.

Midrange Low

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Cole Anthony PG NO $6,400 Anthony has racked up 38+ DKFP in back-to-back games. New Orleans ranks 28th in DKFP allowed to PGs.
Naji Marshall SG/SF ORL $5,400 Marshall has scored 37+ DKFP in two of his last three contests.
Jakob Poeltl C DET $5,900 Detroit ranks 26th in DKFP allowed to Cs.
Thaddeus Young PF/C CHA $5,200 Charlotte ranks last in the league in DKFP allowed to big men.

Values

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Mikal Bridges SF BOS $4,800 Bridges is coming off a strong 33.5 DKFP performance.
Tristan Thompson C PHO $4,800 Thompson will continue to see a bump in production with Robert Williams out.
Rudy Gay PF DET $4,400 Detroit ranks 29th in DKFP allowed to PFs.
Tyrese Maxey PG/SG MIL $3,100 Maxey will continue to see a bump in production with Ben Simmons out.
Patrick Williams SF/PF CHA $4,300 Charlotte ranks last in the league in DKFP allowed to wings.

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