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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 4/22/2021

Max Staley
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 4/22/21, including Zion Williamson.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 4/22/21, including Zion Williamson. / Rob Carr/Getty Images

The NBA season rolls on tonight, bringing fans some exciting matchups. If you're looking for some advice for your NBA FanDuel lineup tonight, The Duel is here to help.

And be sure to checkout our nightly against the spread (ATS) picks as well.

Without further ado, here are three players to target and two to avoid in Thursday, 4/22, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA

Target Zion Williamson, PF, New Orleans Pelicans ($9,800): The Orlando Magic have really struggled to defend near the rim. That's a real problem against a force of nature like Zion Williamson. Orlando allows opponents to shoot 53.9% from within three feet, which is a bottom-10 mark. A whopping 71.5% of Zion's field-goal attempts come from that range, and he's converting those looks at a 70.4% clip. Orlando also gives up the fifth-most rebounds per game (46.7), setting Zion up for a huge outing as a scorer and on the boards.

DeAndre Ayton Fantasy

Target DeAndre Ayton, C, Phoenix Suns ($7,500): DeAndre Ayton has been a boom-or-bust fantasy producer in recent games, posting two finishes above 40.0 FanDuel points and two below 29.0 over his last four. But there's reason to believe he'll fall on the "boom" side of things tonight. His Phoenix Suns take on a Boston Celtics squad that could be pretty depleted, particularly in the frontcourt. With Robert Williams out, expect Ayton to feast against Tristan Thompson and Luke Kornet.

Miles Bridges Fantasy

Target Miles Bridges, SF, Charlotte Hornets ($6,400): The Charlotte Hornets have been hit hard by injuries, but Miles Bridges has really stepped up. He's dropped at least 33.9 FanDuel points in four straight games, averaging 39.6 per game in that time. That's up from his season average of 24.23 per game. Now facing a Chicago Bulls defense that's a bottom-12 scoring unit while playing at a top-12 pace, Bridges looks poised for another nice outing. If you find yourself needing a PF rather than an SF, though, Bridges' teammate P.J. Washington is also a great value tonight.

Luka Doncic Fantasy

Avoid Luka Doncic, PG, Dallas Mavericks ($11,400): Fading someone as productive as Luka Doncic is always a scary proposition, but he's a bit overvalued tonight. At $11,400, he's the most expensive player on the slate despite drawing one of the worst matchups possible. Even without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Lakers' defense has been nails. LA is still the league's second-best scoring defense (106.1 PPG), and the Lakers have maintained that exact pace over their last 10 outings. Doncic should be fine tonight, but it's hard to justify his status as the most expensive player on the slate given how tough his matchup is. There are better values elsewhere.

Jayson Tatum Fantasy

Avoid Jayson Tatum, PF, Boston Celtics ($9,500): Jayson Tatum has been rolling recently, but a nagging ankle issue and a tough matchup could make him a stay away tonight. The Phoenix Suns play at a bottom-seven pace while limiting opponents to the sixth-fewest PPG and 10th-lowest field-goal percentage. In other words, Phoenix limits opportunities, and the ones players do get are rarely good. Combine that with Tatum's ankle issue and you're better off paying the extra $300 for Zion tonight.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 4/22

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 4/22:

PG: Terry Rozier ($7,800)
PG: Coby White ($5,800)
SG: Josh Jackson ($5,500)
SG: Gary Harris ($4,400)
SF: Miles Bridges ($6,400)
SF: Kyle Kuzma ($6,200)
PF: Zion Williamson ($9,800)
PF: P.J. Washington ($6,500)
C: DeAndre Ayton ($7,500)

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.