Wednesday, April 6th, has eight NBA games scheduled. It’s getting near the end of the season, and teams on the bubble for making the postseason will be putting in an extra effort in order to prolong their season. You should be keeping this in mind as you draft your daily fantasy basketball roster. Below, we’ve taken a look at some of the top names that will be playing on Wednesday, and letting you know whether you should play them or pass them for someone else.
C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers is a nice pick at SG. He’s also on a team that could make the playoffs if they have a strong finish to the season. The downside of McCollum is that Portland is playing Oklahoma City. We recommend drafting him, though. He has been a strong fantasy contributor this year with 20.7 points per game and 4.3 assists. He’s going to be cheap, which
is also really nice.
If James Harden is listed as a SG, you should also consider him. He’s going to be expensive, so you might want to hold off for another strong player like Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook, but he’s going to be a strong contributor, even though the Houston Rockets have only a tiny chance of making the postseason.
Russell Westbrook is moving up ahead of Steph Curry in some leagues, and that will make Westbrook highly sought after on Wednesday. The Golden State Warriors are not playing, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are, and unless your league has James Harden included as a PG, Westbrook is by far the best choice here. His 23.7 points per game seem pretty low in this slot, but he is more than making up for this in other categories, namely assists (10.4/game) and steals (2.1/game). Because most leagues score these more heavily than points, Westbrook is the best choice here.
He’s going to be very expensive though, and this can cause some apprehension. Look to Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers as the next best thing here (if Harden’s not counted). Paul’s Clippers need more security in the postseason than the Thunder do, and Paul is having a strong season. He has averaged 19.9 points, 10.0 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. He will be a lot cheaper than Westbrook, and he has more incentive to play harder than him at this point in the season, too.
The best forward you will find for this game is without a doubt Kevin Durant of the OKC. He’s going to be expensive, so if you draft him, you probably can’t draft Harden or Westbrook, and the rest of your team will need to revolve around him. Ideally, we recommend Durant over any of these others, but that’s ultimately going to be your call. At the forward slot, he has more potential to capitalize on points than anyone else listed above.
If you don’t draft Durant, consider LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. James has been seeing some time off and extra rest, so be careful with him. Anthony’s New York Knicks are not going to the postseason, so he might be rested more than normal, too. This is just another reason why Durant is almost certainly the best choice in this position. Nobody else is really guaranteed to have comparable results here. You will pay a premium for that peace of mind, but it’s worth it to us.
When it comes to center, we’re not too concerned about the player’s team. This is a position where cheap points are best, and that means a player like Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets, or Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons will be a good choice. However, there are rumors going around that Lopez will be shut down by Brooklyn for the rest of the season so he can get some extra rest. If that’s the case, then avoid drafting him. Drummond is the slightly better choice as a result.