We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
Please note, these player picks were organized early in the day. For NBA contests, always check injury news or rotational decisions closer to game time. Rotoworld’s NBA News & Headlines Feed is an excellent resource to keep you in the loop.
Tonight’s single-game slate begins at 9:00 ET.
Anthony Davis - PF - LA Lakers (DK: $10,800 FD: $15,000)
Davis could easily come away with the most overall fantasy points of the night. That crown will likely belong to him, LeBron James, or Nikola Jokic. Davis is marginally cheaper than those other superstars, making him a better “per dollar” value on both DFS sites. The Lakers’ forward had a down performance the last time he took the court, only producing 29 fantasy points in 34 minutes. LAL didn’t need him in that game, but I’m expecting them to turn his way tonight. Davis has recorded 52+ fantasy points in five of his last six games, and he should surpass that threshold in Game 1.
Nikola Jokic - C - Denver (DK: $11,000 FD: $16,000)
Jokic came through for the Nuggets in their upset of the Clippers last round. The Denver big man hoisted 62 and 71 fantasy points respectively over his last two games, and he should keep things going in the Western Conference Finals. Butting heads with Anthony Davis should be an interesting matchup to watch, but I’m expecting both post players to get their numbers. “The Joker” can fill up the stat-sheet in so many ways, and we should get another highly productive performance out of him this evening.
Rajon Rondo - PG - LA Lakers (DK: $5,400 FD: $11,000)
Rondo intrigues me as a potential Captain on DraftKings. He’s a reasonable FLEX play on FanDuel, but the salary seems more priced-up over there. As for DraftKings, you have to pay 1.5x the salary for your CPT spot, so going cheaper with Rondo has merit. Rajon has posted 35+ fantasy points in three of his last four games, so he definitely seems underpriced on DK. The only caveat comes from his questionable injury status. Most news outlets expect him to play, but we’ll need official confirmation. If he’s in, Rondo makes for a nice bargain on this single-game slate. If he’s out, Alex Caruso would take his spot as a cheap DFS filler.
Jerami Grant - PF - Denver (DK: $6,400 FD: $8,500)
This is a classic case of someone who is better in real-life basketball than fantasy. Grant should see 30-35+ minutes as an athletic defender who can also protect the rim. He usually defers to Jokic/Murray on offense, which has led to a low fantasy floor throughout the playoffs. His range is legitimately 10-35 FP, but I’m willing to take a chance on him as a cheap filler to round out a lineup. After all, the options are limited on this slate, so we might as well invest in someone getting playing time.
LeBron James (SF - LAL) is officially listed as questionable with a groin injury, but that hasn’t slowed him down throughout the playoffs. Unless we hear otherwise, expect him to be a full-go for Game 1.
Gary Harris (SG - DEN) is an interesting mid-range pick. You could definitely look his way (instead of Grant) if you have the necessary cap space to make that happen. Harris is $10,500 on FanDuel and $7,600 on DraftKings. He has posted 28+ fantasy points in three of his last five, as the minutes have returned to a full workload.
JaVale McGee (C - LAL) is a tournament choice who could be used as a cash filler - assuming you are willing to tolerate the associated risk. McGee barely saw the court against Houston’s small-ball approach last series, but Lakers’ coach Frank Vogel mentioned that his team will “return to form” against the Nuggets. That means McGee could step back into the starting lineup while seeing around 15 minutes. In the first round against Portland, he posted 24+ FP in two of his last four with that role. Dwight Howard (C - LAL) is in the same boat, except he’ll come off the bench. Howard averaged 19 minutes per contest in the first round.