NBA tip sheet for FanDuel: April 7

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is expected to put up major numbers tonight against the Thunder. Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images

Each day, we'll provide you with the players to target in your daily leagues, from the high-priced studs to the solid midrange values to the cheaper, riskier players with upside.

In general, you want to use safer options in your cash games and rely on some riskier, high-upside options in your bigger tournaments. If you can average five points per $1,000 of salary on FanDuel, you'll typically end up with at least some cash in your pocket.

Note: We're sending out these Insider tips early in the day, and much can change after these are posted. Be sure to follow this Twitter list of NBA reporters, bloggers and announcers for late-breaking injury updates and lineup changes.


High-priced studs

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder ($12,300) vs. SA

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors ($9,800) at NO

Tyreke Evans, New Orleans Pelicans ($8,000) vs. GS

Solid values

Goran Dragic, Miami Heat ($6,300) vs. CHA

Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves ($5,700) at SAC

Ray McCallum, Sacramento Kings ($5,000) vs. MIN

Cheap with upside


Analysis: Westbrook was held in check by the Spurs when he faced them in late March, but he played only 26 minutes in that game. In his first meeting against San Antonio, back on Christmas Day, Westbrook erupted for 34 points, 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. ... Curry has played well against the Hornets this season, but be aware that his minutes have been down over the past few weeks. He has averaged only 31.3 mpg over the past 10 games. ... Evans hasn't put up huge numbers in three games against the Warriors, but with the Pelicans in the thick of the playoff race you can expect him to give it all he has tonight. Also worth noting, Evans has been much better at home than on the road this season, averaging 3.9 more points, 1.3 more assists, and shooting much better from the field (48 percent vs. 40.3 percent) and 3-point land (35.5 percent vs. 23.4 percent).


High-priced studs

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors ($7,200) at NO

Kevin Martin, Minnesota Timberwolves ($6,400) at SAC

Solid values

Anthony Morrow, Oklahoma City Thunder ($4,600) vs. SA

Dion Waiters, Oklahoma City Thunder ($4,500) vs. SA

Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings ($4,300) vs. MIN

Cheap with upside

Austin Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers ($3,900) vs. LAL

Leandro Barbosa, Golden State Warriors ($3,500) at NO

Analysis: Thompson has the best matchup among top-tier shooting guards on tonight's short slate, and is priced low enough where he can blow past his contract value. He has averaged 26 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 1.5 steals in two games against the Pelicans this season. ... McLemore is another enticing play tonight. He's coming off one of his best statistical games of the season, where he had 4 assists and 4 steals, and is a good bet to exceed 25 FanDuel points against Martin and the Timberwolves.


High-priced studs

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs ($8,100) at OKC

Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves ($7,000) at SAC

Solid values

P.J. Tucker, Phoenix Suns ($5,300) at ATL

Cheap with upside

Omri Casspi, Sacramento Kings ($4,000) vs. MIN

Analysis: Leonard is nearly a must-play, considering how well he's played since the All-Star break and an optimal matchup against a Thunder team that plays up-tempo and struggles to defend small forwards. ... Wiggins is another great play, especially at this reasonable price. There's a good chance he'll be matched up against Casspi in this one, which is a matchup he should be able to exploit. ... Tucker has consistently had around 25 FanDuel points in recent weeks, and has a good chance to put up numbers against a Hawks defense that ranks among the worst in terms of small forward defense over the past month.


High-priced studs

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans ($12,000) vs. GS

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers ($9,500) vs. LAL

Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns ($7,100) at ATL

Solid values

Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets ($5,000) at MIA

Cheap with upside

Ryan Kelly, Los Angeles Clippers ($4,200) at LAC

Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings ($3,800) vs. MIN

Analysis: In Davis' only meeting against the Warriors this season, he went for 30 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals. This has the makings of another big game for the second-year standout. ... Griffin may have a tough time reaching his contract value the game gets out of hand (the Clippers are a 17-point favorite), but he's one of the few top-tier options available. Expect at least 30 FanDuel points out of him. ... Morris faces a Hawks team that's still without Paul Millsap. ... Williams is one of the few healthy bigs on the Hornets, who are without Al Jefferson and Cody Zeller tonight. ... Thompson should get a longer look for the Kings as Carl Landry serves a one-game suspension.


High-priced studs

DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers ($9,000) vs. LAL

Solid values

Justin Hamilton, Minnesota Timberwolves ($5,100) at SAC

Brandan Wright, Phoenix Suns ($4,900) at ATL

Cheap with upside

Alexis Ajinca, New Orleans Pelicans ($4,300) vs. GS

Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets ($4,100) at MIA

Analysis: Jordan comes at a much lower price, but has a high ceiling against the woeful Lakers. But as is the case with all the Clippers, watch out for the blowout potential of this game. ... Ajinca scored 15 points and hauled in 8 rebounds in 19 minutes of work in his only other meeting against Golden State this season. You can count on his ownership numbers to be very low, too. ... The other big sleeper tonight is Biyombo, who will need to play extended minutes as Jefferson and Zeller sit out. Biyombo broke is nose in Saturday's game but is expected to play.