FanDuel daily picks: Fantasy basketball lineup – April 1

Mar 14, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Trail Blazers 100-77. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Trail Blazers 100-77. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 14, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Trail Blazers 100-77. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Trail Blazers 100-77. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

The NBA has five games on Saturday, but two are early, leaving three games for tonight’s main DFS fantasy basketball contests. Get your team in the game with FanSided’s FanDuel daily picks.

The NBA has a split schedule on Saturday, with two games tipping before the main schedule: the Lakers at the Clippers at 3:30 p.m. ET and the Hawks at the Bulls at 5:00 p.m. ET. While FanDuel does have some “early only” game options featuring these two games, the “main” slate begins in the evening and thus will be the main focus of this article.

The “Main” action tips at 6:00 p.m. ET with the Magic at the Nets. Two hours later, the Kings are at the Timberwolves. Finally, the nightcap game is the Suns at the Trail Blazers at 10 p.m. ET.

For storylines, we’ve got poor defenses in all three games. The Magic and Nets are both weak on defense. The Timberwolves have been better on the interior of late, but still weak overall and the Kings are poor all over. The third game puts another weak defense in the Suns against a team that’s actually playing at a high level in the Trail Blazers, which could either lead to big scores or a blowout. All told, it appears that this game should be another in the string of really high scoring fantasy nights that have littered this week.

My favorite plays of the day can be found on the following slides in FanSided’s FanDuel daily picks. Each day in order to offer a variety of price points at each position, you can find two slides for each position–one for high-salary options and one for high-value options. Each pick is ranked on a scale of 1-5 stars to indicate the confidence in the pick. The final slide of this post has more detail on what each level means, but in short, more stars means more confidence in the selection on a points-per-dollar basis.

Important note: the goal of this post is not to give you a copy-and-paste lineup. Instead, each selection is given while highlighting the factors you need to consider when building a customized lineup for yourself. If you want to see an example lineup, you can find it on the final slide of the post, but I suggest you adjust your lineup to fit your personal taste.

To keep up with all of FanSided’s DFS NBA coverage head over to the fantasy basketball hub where each day you can find a post like this tailored for FanDuel as well as one specifically designed for usage on DraftKings.  In this post, all salary and “fantasy points” references are to FanDuel scoring system and salaries. If you have any additional questions or thoughts or are looking for updates as we approach tipoff, follow @FanSidedFantasy on Twitter or you can follow my account @ProfessorDrz or find me on my home turf of The Hoops Lab.

Let’s take a look at your best options for both studs and value players at each position.