NBA Daily Plays
This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. Keep in mind that the following player write-ups were constructed earlier in the day, and sometimes injury/rest situations can alter the fantasy landscape. Monitoring our NBA News & Headlines Feed throughout the day will keep you in the loop while giving you the subsequent DFS consequences of each information piece.
Take note that we are looking at the main playoff slate starting at 8:00 ET.
Jamal Murray – Denver (vs. San Antonio)
My strategy today involves high floor players at lower than top dollar salary. Murray fits the bill, as he represents a 30-40-plus fantasy point player just about every night. In now five meetings with the Spurs this season, he’s averaging 33 fantasy points, just over his season average. His ceiling is nowhere near Russell Westbrook or Damian Lillard, but neither is his salary. It’s dangerous to go stars and scrubs in the playoffs because the scrubs are so few and far between. Murray is a cornerstone of lineups, allowing diversification in several different directions if you’re making multiple lineups.
C.J. McCollum – Portland (vs. Oklahoma City)
The decision at shooting guard, for at least one spot, is between McCollum and DeMar DeRozan. I’m going with McCollum for two reasons. First is that he gets one of the few favorable matchups on this slate; the Thunder rank eighth in fantasy points allowed to opposing two-guards. Second is that the fantasy point discrepancy between the two players isn’t enough to justify the salary difference between the two (~$1-1.5K). This game has the highest point total of the night and is expected to play the most competitive (total 221.5 points, Trail Blazers minus-2).
Paul George – Oklahoma City (at Portland)
George claims no pain and should be a full go tonight, despite some evidence that his shoulder isn’t perfect. After putting up 48 fantasy points in an off-game from the field (he shot just 33.3 percent), the sky is really the limit with George tonight. I’ve mentioned the high total on this game, and the Thunder and George in particular will be bent on evening the series tonight. George averages a full 13 fantasy points more than his season average when playing Portland this season (63 fantasy points in five meetings). Note that this is a case where I believe it’s worth paying up for the top player at his position (saving ~$800 on Kawhi Leonard is a tournament move at best).
Aaron Gordon – Orlando (at Toronto)
To be honest, I’m quite torn between Paskal Siakam and Gordon. Siakam was brilliant in the Raptors Game 1 loss to Orlando, filling the stat sheet for 49 fantasy points in 42 minutes. However, his average stats, despite this huge game, vs. Orlando put him at about six fantasy points below his season average (27 fantasy points vs. Orlando in five games this season). Whether he can repeat the monster game is enough of a question that I’m advocating the super-steady Gordon for a significant salary savings instead. These are two of the best defensive teams in the league, so I don’t expect a 60-fantasy point line from either guy, but both should be solid pieces for you tonight.
Also consider: Paskal Siakam, Jerami Grant (bargain option)
Enes Kanter – Portland (vs. Oklahoma City)
The NBA playoffs serve up another perfect opportunity for our brains to be tricked by two common biases, recency and primacy. We focus on how players played in their Game 1, and that performance, being both the most recent and the first of the series, will shape our expectations for the rest of the series. That may be a good thing, or it may be misleading. So, Kanter is coming off a dominant 20-point, 18-rebound performance in Sunday’s win over his former team. Can we trust it? I think we can, given that the Trail Blazers are down Jusuf Nurkic and need a big man under the basket to compete with Steven Adams. If your lineup shapes up as a solid Tier 2 scheme, Kanter is going to fit a lot better than the higher priced studs, though I don’t think you can go wrong with Nikola Jokic, and Nikola Vucevic makes for a high upside, low-owned bounce-back candidate.