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NBA First Look Picks - 4/19

First look picks and analysis for every NBA slate.

Saddiq Bey vs CLE

DraftKings - $5,300

Expert Take: Bey is a great play in the mid range with all the players Detroit will be without in this game. Last time Jerami Grant and company were out, Bey picked up a massive 39 minutes of play. I’m a big fan of him with Grant out again.

Kent Bazemore @ PHI

DraftKings - $4,600

Expert Take: Kelly Oubre Jr. is currently questionable. If he misses, Bazemore should get the start and play about 30 minutes. At $4,600 I think hes a viable value play if Oubre ends up sitting.

Joel Embiid vs GS

DraftKings - $10,700

Expert Take: There’s no one on Golden State that’s going to be able to stop Embiid. If the game stays close he should get about 35 minutes and be one of the best spend ups on the slate. There is some blowout risk however so be wary of that.

Russell Westbrook vs OKC

DraftKings - $11,000

Expert Take: One of the safest spend ups for cash games is Russell Westbrook. There’s not much I need to explain here. He has triple-double upside every single night and hes going against OKC if you’re a revenge narrative type of player.

Bam Adebayo vs HOU

DraftKings - $8,100

Expert Take: If Jimmy Butler ends up sitting I’m a big fan of Bam here. He’s in a smash spot against Houston and will get a nice usage bump if Jimmy Butler sits.

Ja Morant @ DEN

DraftKings - $7,200

Expert Take: Due to his poor play recently, this one is a GPP-only play. I really like the upside on Morant with Valanciunas out. He gets a massive usage bump and we’ve seen the upside he can have.

Jordan Clarkson @ LAL

DraftKings - $6,400

Expert Take: I love playing Clarkson when I know he’s going to get extra opportunity like in this game with Mitchell out. It’s not the best match up, but Clarkson loves to shoot the ball a ton. When he’s hitting his shots he is a spectacular GPP play.