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NBA FanDuel Fantasy Basketball Picks & Lineup Tonight for 4/8/2021

Isaiah De Los Santos
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 4/8/21, including Luka Doncic.
NBA FanDuel fantasy basketball picks and lineup tonight for 4/8/21, including Luka Doncic. / Maddie Meyer/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, 4/8, NBA DFS action.

FanDuel Picks Tonight NBA

Luka Doncic Fantasy

Target Luka Doncic, PG, Dallas Mavericks ($10,300): Luka Doncic has faced tough defenses in the Utah Jazz, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics over his past five games, but he didn't register less than 42 FanDuel fantasy points during that stretch. Still, we're waiting on a trademark outburst from Doncic. He's in prime position to fill the stat sheet on Thursday against the Milwaukee Bucks, who will likely be without Giannis Antetokounmpo. In two prior Giannis-less games Milwaukee won a 129-128 shootout with the Sacramento Kings and then lost, 122-121, against the Golden State Warriors. Their defense already ranks in the bottom half of the league in points per game, and Antetokounmpo's absence has added to those woes, setting Doncic up for a great night as a scorer and distributor.

Jrue Holiday Fantasy

Target Jrue Holiday, PG, Milwaukee Bucks ($8,800): Jrue Holiday should thrive if Antetokounmpo does sit. Holiday has found his groove of late, increasing his impact across the board with impressive scoring (27.2 PPG), assist (7.8 APG) and rebound (5.2 RPG) numbers over his last five games. The first Giannis-less game featured 61.9 fantasy points from Holiday, who took on a larger role on offense with a season-high 33 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds. Expect another big night from the red-hot Holiday, especially if Antetokounmpo sits.

Rudy Gobert Fantasy

Target Rudy Gobert, C, Utah Jazz ($8,100): With a smaller slate on Thursday, splurging for Rudy Gobert is a solid plan. He's racked up six double-doubles in his last seven games while adding 2.3 blocks per contest as well. He draws a mouth-watering matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, who can't keep opponents from scoring (fifth-most PPG allowed at 115.2) and grabbing boards (ninth-most RPG allowed at 53.9) against them this season. Jusuf Nurkic is also questionable with knee soreness, so expect Portland to have just Enes Kanter down low tonight. Gobert should feast against the Blazers' smaller frontcourt.

Damian Lillard Fantasy

Avoid Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers ($9,200): Damian Lillard isn't one to have too many off nights, but he's coming off just 11 points and 6 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers' intimidating defense. And now he heads into a game against the Utah Jazz, whose defense has been even better than the Clippers. Utah allows the third-fewest PPG (107.4) to opponents, which poses a serious threat to Lillard's production on Thursday. Nurkic potentially being out adds to the negatives going against Lillard tonight, and Portland's bottom-dwelling defense puts the team at blowout risk.

Dennis Schroder Fantasy

Avoid Dennis Schroder, PG, Los Angeles Lakers ($7,200): Dennis Schroder should be thriving without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but his production has fallen recently to just 10.0 PPG in his last two games. He's also shot poorly from the field at just 31.6% in that stretch, and has committed at least 3 turnovers in six of his last seven games. Now he'll face the Miami Heat, who are tied with the Jazz for third-fewest PPG allowed and also rank in the top 10 for both lowest effective field goal percentage and most turnovers forced per game. The evidence suggests Schroder's woes will continue on Thursday.

FanDuel NBA Lineup Tonight From The Duel Staff for 4/8

Based on tonight's targets and avoids, here's the NBA FanDuel lineup The Duel staff has put together for 4/8:

PG: Jrue Holiday ($8,800)
PG: Luka Doncic ($10,300)
SG: Talen Horton-Tucker ($5,400) 
SG: Joe Ingles ($5,200)
SF: Saddiq Bey ($5,100)
SF: Buddy Hield ($6,200) 
PF: Robert Covington ($5,900) 
PF: Markieff Morris ($5,000) 
C: Rudy Gobert ($8,100)

Remaining Salary: $0

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. 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.