Daily Fantasy NBA 4/2/14: Matchup Plays and Value Picks
Fantasy Basketball Daily Leagues: Sleeper Picks and Advice for Tonight's Matchups
April 2, 2014
The NBA season is drawing to a close, so we won’t get too many more busy evenings like this. A full 13 games are on the schedule tonight, so there’s plenty of room in there for daily (or seasonal, if your team is still in it) fantasy basketball action. That said, let’s take a look at some of the trending players out there who could serve as sleeper or matchup options tonight.
Darren Collison, PG, Los Angeles Clippers: Collison has been a hot fantasy commodity recently, and he’s surged to the top of the waiver wire charts thanks to his most recent performance. On Monday against Minnesota, he put up 28 points, three rebounds, seven assists and a steal in a big win for the Clippers.
That’s six straight double-digit scoring outings for Collison since he returned from a two-game absence. He’s a no-duh fantasy pickup right now, and should keep his run going in Phoenix tonight.
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Matt Barnes, SF, Los Angeles Clippers: Before we leave L.A., let’s visit with Barnes, who is also a hot fantasy topic at the moment. He posted 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals against the T-Wolves, giving him four straight double-digit points totals (and a double-double mixed in there for good measure).
Barnes is a relatively safe fantasy bet right now, and the only way he may slow down is on the off-chance that the team gets dramatically healthier before the season ends. Regardless, he’s worth a pickup.
Gorgui Dieng, C, Minnesota Timberwolves: Let’s move to the other side of that Clippers-Timberwolves game and check out Dieng, who has been a frequent subject in this space recently. He put up 14 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block against L.A., keeping his run of production going nicely.
Even with the specter of Nikola Pekovic hanging over him, Dieng is fantasy gold at the moment. He’s a double-double threat on any given night and should maintain form as the T-Wolves close things out.
Kyle Korver, SG, Atlanta Hawks: Korver returned from a six-game absence due to a back injury to face the 76ers on Monday, and Atlanta was glad for the lift. He provided 11 points, two rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes during the much-needed victory--oh, and he also hit a three to keep his new streak alive.
Even though Korver was rusty (1-of-6 from three-point range), it’s still good to see him back on the floor. He should fare much better against the Bulls, who come to town tonight in a game the Hawks really need.
Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento Kings: McCallum is providing a source of hope for Kings fans right now, and likewise he can buoy fantasy lineups as well. He put up 22 points and 10 assists (career-highs) in the Kings’ win over the Pelicans on Monday, giving him four double-digit points outings in a row.
Isaiah Thomas will likely be back very soon--if not tonight--but even then McCallum is probably still good for mid-20s minutes. He gets a nice matchup against the Lakers and should be considered on the lower end in fantasy.
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