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NBA Rankings: DraftKings DFS Fantasy Basketball Rankings for April 29 | 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
Brooklyn Nets Indiana Pacers K. Irving (O), A. Johnson (A), B. Brown (O), N. Claxton (O), J. Harden (O) First night of B2B. K. Durant to see a signficantly expanded role with Irving & Harden out.
Indiana Pacers Brooklyn Nets G. Bitadze (O), J. Lamb (O), D. Sabonis (O), M. Turner (O) O. Brissett to continue seeing an expanded role with Sabonis & Turner sidelined.
Dallas Mavericks Detroit Pistons L. Doncic (O), K. Porzingis (A), D. Finney-Smith (O), J. Richardson (A), J. Redick (A) T. Hardaway Jr. & J. Brunson to see significantly expanded roles with Doncic unable to play.
Detroit Pistons Dallas Mavericks J. Grant (O), M. Plumlee (O), W. Ellington (O), R. McGruder (O), C. Joseph (O) S. Bey & I. Washington to continue seeing bumps in minutes and production with Grant & Plumlee out.
Milwaukee Bucks Houston Rockets G. Antetokounmpo (P), D. DiVincenzo (P) First night of B2B. Giannis is dealing with an ankle issue but will likely suit up.
Houston Rockets Milwaukee Bucks D. House Jr. (O), A. Bradley (O), S. Brown (O) K. Porter Jr. to see an expanded role with House Jr. out.
Golden State Warriors Minnesota Timberwolves K. Oubre Jr. (O), E. Paschall (O), D. Lee (O) A. Wiggins to see an expanded role with Oubre Jr. out.
Minnesota Timberwolves Golden State Warriors M. Beasley (O) A. Edwards to continue seeing an expanded role with Beasley out.
Toronto Raptors Denver Nuggets F. VanVleet (O), C. Boucher (O), G. Trent Jr. (O), J. Harris (P) K. Lowry to see an expanded role with FVV out.
Denver Nuggets Toronto Raptors M. Porter Jr. (P), M. Morris (O), W. Barton (O) Second night of B2B. Porter Jr. is dealing with an ankle issue but will likely suit up.
New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder TBD Second night of B2B. N. Alexander-Walker did not play Wednesday.
Oklahoma City Thunder New Orleans Pelicans S. Gilgeous-Alexander (O), M. Muscala (O) T. Maledon to continue starting in SGA's absence.

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Betting Odds

Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total Points
Teams Point Spread Moneyline Total Points
BKN Nets -9.5 -435 Over 237
IND Pacers +9.5 +340 Under 237
DAL Mavericks -9 -420 Over 215.5
DET Pistons +9 +320 Under 215.5
MIL Bucks -13.5 -1250 Over 231
HOU Rockets +13.5 +750 Under 231
TOR Raptors +4.5 +148 Over 224.5
DEN Nuggets -4.5 -180 Under 224.5
NO Pelicans -9 -420 Over 228.5
OKC Thunder +9 +330 Under 228.5

Studs

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Kevin Durant PF IND $8,500 Durant will serve as Brooklyn's clear No. 1 option with Kyrie Irving out. Indiana ranks 25th in DKFP allowed to PFs.
Stephen Curry PG MIN $10,300 A matchup with Minnesota (who ranks last in the league in DKFP allowed to PG) is the perfect opportunity for Curry to bounce back after a bad game.
Luka Doncic PG/SF DET $10,800 Doncic racked up 61 DKFP with a 48% usage rate in his last game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF/C HOU $11,000 Giannis is coming off a huge 64.5 DKFP performance.
Karl-Anthony Towns C GS $10,100 KAT saw a 38.9% usage rate in his last contest.

Midrange High

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Christian Wood C MIL $8,200 Wood is coming off a strong 57.5 DKFP performance.
Michael Porter Jr. SF/PF TOR $8,300 MPJ will continue to see a bump in production in Jamal Murray's absence.
Pascal Siakam PF DEN $8,400 Denver ranks 24th in DKFP allowed to PFs.
Kelly Olynyk PF/C MIL $6,900 Olynyk has racked up 47+ DKFP in three-straight games.
Lonzo Ball PG OKC $6,800 Oklahoma City ranks 23rd in DKFP allowed to PGs.

Midrange Low

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Oshae Brissett PF/C BKN $5,300 Brissett will continue to see a significant bump in production with Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner out.
Darius Bazley PF NO $6,300 Bazley has scored 39+ DKFP in four of his last five games.
Joe Harris SG/SF IND $5,400 Harris has scored 35+ DKFP in two of his last three contests.
Isaiah Stewart C DAL $6,000 Stewart will see a bump in production with Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee out.
Aaron Gordon SF/PF TOR $5,400 Toronto ranks 29th in DKFP allowed to wings.

Values

Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Player Name Position Opp Salary Player Notes
Facundo Campazzo PG/SG TOR $4,600 Campazzo racked up 48.5 DKFP with a 17.3% usage rate in his last game.
Jeff Green PF/C IND $4,800 Green is coming off a strong 39 DKFP performance.
Saddiq Bey SF DAL $4,900 Bey has scored 25+ DKFP in back-to-back contests.
Jalen Brunson PG/SG DET $4,500 Brunson will see a significant bump in minutes and production with Luka Doncic out.
Blake Griffin PF/C IND $4,900 Griffin racked up 32 DKFP in his last game. Indiana ranks 25th in DKFP allowed to big men.
Brook Lopez C HOU $4,700 Lopez scored 33.5 DKFP in his last contest.

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