NBA DFS 4-8-22 DraftKings Picks

by Desrick Rhooms Jr.
NBA DFS 4-8-22 DraftKings Picks

Welcome to the NBA DFS 4-8-22 DraftKings Picks article!

Today we have a nine-game slate, so a little more than the standard. With the season coming to the end, teams are tanking and resting players so making the right picks will be crucial.

LeBron James will officially miss the rest of the regular season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis (foot) and Russell Westbrook (shoulder) are doubtful tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Milwaukee Bucks are considering resting Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton tonight against the Detroit Pistons.

The Toronto Raptors are also considering resting Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam against the Houston Rockets. O.G. Anunoby (quad) remains out.

Injury Updates

  • Zach LaVine (knee) is probable for the Chicago Bulls against the Charlotte Hornets
  • Evan Mobley (ankle) is questionable for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Brooklyn Nets
  • Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is out for the Washington Wizards against the New York Knicks

Nine Game Slate

Knicks @ Wizards
Bucks @ Pistons
Cavaliers @ Nets
Rockets @ Raptors
Hornets @ Bulls
Hawks @ Heat
Trail Blazers @ Mavericks
Suns @ Jazz
Thunder @ Lakers 

NBA DFS 4-8-22 DraftKings Picks

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Guards

Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks, $6,300

Brunson was terrific during the first half of the season but his numbers have dropped some since the Mavericks acquired Spencer Dinwiddie. His assist numbers have been cut in half from five to two and a half as he isn't asked to facilitate as much anymore. As of late Brunson has picked his scoring up, scoring at least 20 points in four of his last eight games. 

With the Trail Blazers doing everything in their power to lose, this should be a blowout and the Mavericks may want to rest Luka Doncic early with the playoffs upcoming which would lead to more playing time for Brunson.

Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers, $9,100

Garland is showing that his All-star selection was not a fluke as he is still playing at an All-Star level. In the month of March, he finished second in assists (10.7) and 16th in points (25.3) among the league leaders and has scored at least 20 points in the last three games. 

With Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen missing games due to injury, more has been needed from Garland and there arent many more favorable teams to play against than the Nets. The Nets allow the sixth most DK points to point guards and they have been playing at the seventh-fastest pace over the last three games. 

In three games against the Nets this season, Garland is averaging almost 23 points and 10 assists per game.

Jalen Green, Houston Rockets, $7,600

Jalen Green is a testament to it’s not how you start, it's how you finish. With the season basically over, the Rockets have given Green the green light and he hasn't disappointed. The rookie guard has been on a scoring tear as of late, scoring at least 30 points in each of his last five games. 

This isn't a good matchup on paper with the Raptors being a decent defensive team and playing at a slow pace, however, Green’s usage is hard to ignore. His usage has increased from about 22% before the All-Star break to about 25% since

Green’s salary has slowly increased as he has been scoring at such a high clip but he is still underpriced in my opinion, my only knock against Green is that he is scoring dependent due to his lack of peripheral stats. 

Forwards

DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls, $8,700


The All-Star forward is averaging a career-high in points (28) and three-point percentage (35%) this season and is looking like the DeRozan we saw in Toronto. Over the past six games, he is averaging almost 34 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. 

He had a bad game against the Celtics his last time out, finishing with 16 points but I'm willing to call that a fluke. The Bulls will be facing an uphill battle in the playoffs playing a higher seed so I imagine he will be locked in tonight to prepare for the playoffs next week. 

The Hornets allow the seventh-most DK points and second-most rebounds to power forwards this season. 

DeRozan has had his way with the Hornets this season averaging 32 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. 

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat, $8,600

Butler has been hampered with multiple injuries all season but when he is on the court he has performed. As of late Butler has stepped his game up scoring at least 20 points in his last four games and he has been more of the playmaker we know him for. His eight assists in his previous game against the Hornets were the most he had in a game in almost two months. 

This will be a pace-up game for Butler and the Heat as they are one of the slowest teams in the league, while the Hawks are about league average

This could be a potential first-round matchup in the playoffs depending on the next couple of days so it will be interesting to see how this game goes. Butler has had his way with the Hawks this season, averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds. He has the potential to have the most points on the slate outside of Giannis and Durant.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, $11,800

The Greek Freak has been fairly quiet this past week according to his standards but I expect him to break out tonight against the Pistons. The Bucks are one of the few good teams that still have something to play for as they play for playoff seeding. 

Last week Giannis had two games with over 70 DK points and I wouldn't be surprised if he had that kind of game tonight. The Pistons have been terrible defending the paint all season, giving up the ninth-most points in the paint.

In the three games that Giannis has played against the Pistons, he has averaged about 58 DK points per game. Anytime Giannis is under $12K he is a must-start, especially against an inferior team like the Pistons.


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