The NBA playoffs tip off this weekend, and Saturday’s four-pack of games will be sure to whet your daily fantasy NBA appetites. Here at Daily Fantasy Sports Network, we are set to take a look at the best value on the board in the first four games of the postseason. Be sure to lock some of these players into your starting line-ups at FanDuel.com for Saturday!
JJ Redick, SG Orlando Magic ($6,100) – Redick had a career-high 31 points against the Charlotte Bobcats over the course of the week, and he is being counted upon more and more as this season wears on for Orlando. He shot over 40 percent from beyond the arc this year, and Indiana is allowing teams to knock down a very iffy 35.1 percent of their shots from long range. Redick has the ability to put points up in bunches, and he is a great value for a shooter that could end up dominating in fantasy basketball action come Saturday night.
Tyler Hansbrough, PF Indiana Pacers ($5,400) – “Psycho T” finds himself in a good matchup in this series going against the defensively challenged Ryan Anderson. In fact, in the second half of the season, some of which Dwight Howard missed for the Magic, they allowed an EFF of 22.8 to power forwards, ranking fifth worst amongst the 16 teams in the playoffs. Hansbrough doesn’t quite have the size or power of a David West or Roy Hibbert in the paint, but he can shoot and drag down some boards as well, averaging 9.3 PPG and 4.4 RPG this year.
Steve Novak, SF New York Knicks ($5,000) – The small forward position is one that is dominated by the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony, but Novak has the ability to light the world on fire in the playoffs. The Heat is one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the game defensively, allowing teams to knock down 36.3 percent of their long range shots. Novak alone shot 47.0 percent from downtown, and he is going to have his chances to get on the board quite a bit in this series.
Brendan Haywood, C Dallas Mavericks ($4,800) – Center is a tough spot to fill, especially with Saturday’s games, but we might really have a gem here with Haywood for your daily fantasy NBA team. He has averaged 8.0 PPG and 5.3 RPG in his career against the Thunder, and last year, he had a few games where he had some decent stats against them. Remember that Oklahoma City had an EFF of 24.9 against centers in the second half of the season, and only the Lakers were worse in that time span. With Tyson Chandler gone, Haywood could become a double-double candidate at a cheap price in the postseason.
Glen Davis, PF Orlando Magic ($6,500) – Davis seems to be a bit pricy, but save for Daniel Orton, he is really the only other big man that the Magic have to work with in this series against the Pacers. Davis’ last three games before getting hurt against Charlotte saw him score 14, 17, and 27 points, and he has had 10 double digit scoring efforts and six games with at least 10 boards since the start of April. Give “Big Baby” a look in Game 1!