NBA DFS Plays Tuesday 5/25

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This article aims to highlight some of the best NBA DFS Plays at every position for your cash game 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.

We’ll take a look at Tuesday’s three-game slate starting at 7:30 ET.

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POINT GUARD

Luka DoncicDallas Mavericks (at LA Clippers) - DK: $10,600 / FD: $10,000 / Yahoo: $52

For all the same reasons as Saturday, Doncic is the No. 1 point guard play today. He is THE GUY, so while Dorian Finney-Smith contributed (making four-of-five three-pointers) and Kristaps Porzingis had that nasty dunk, it was Doncic involved in almost every play. He posted a massive triple-double that included two blocks and a steal Saturday, bringing his average vs. the Clippers to an astonishing 66 fantasy points per game. The usage and talent combination in Luka, without another star power to compete with makes him the top play of the day in this round.

Also Consider: Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker

For Value: Rajon Rondo

SHOOTING GUARD

Devin BookerPhoenix Suns (vs. LA Lakers) - DK: $8,100 / FD: $8,200 / Yahoo: $31

Booker may very well not have the best game of any player on this Suns’ court again tonight, but given his salary is so far below the other two viable options at SG, I’m very willing to bet that he’ll be good enough. He played 45 minutes Saturday, posting a 34-point, 7-rebound, 8-assist line against the league’s best defense. Chris Paul sustained a shoulder contusion during the game and was clearly not his usual sure-handed self, which probably contributed to Booker’s big game. Paul is off the injury report, which is actually a good thing for Booker and the Suns. Playing with a lot of confidence, I’m confident Booker finds his way to another 40-ish fantasy point performance, at least.

Also Consider: James Harden, Paul George

SMALL FORWARD

Kawhi Leonard – LA Clippers (vs. Dallas) - DK: $8,300 / FD: $9,400 / Yahoo: $37

It would not be unreasonable to think that Paul George and Leonard would trade off big games, but Leonard has such a history of being a playoff star that it’s impossible to not consider him the most desirable Clippers play. As the third-highest salaried SF on this slate, he’s a relative bargain on all three sites (especially FanDuel and DraftKings). Leonard is such a good defender that he can make up for poor shooting (like his 1-for-6 effort from three-point range on Saturday) with multiple steals, blocks, assists and rebounds. He’s not going to double-double every night, but he sure looked to be in another gear in Game 1 of this series, and I don’t expect him to let up one bit heading into what might feel like a must-win Game 2 tonight.

Also Consider: Kevin Durant

For Value: Dorian Finney-Smith

POWER FORWARD

Serge Ibaka – LA Clippers (vs. Dallas) - DK: $4,500 (C/U) / FD: $5,200 / Yahoo: $16 (C/U)

PF is a tricky spot, since it’s always tough to pay up for players that aren’t coming off their best games. See more on Jayson Tatum below. To me, it looks like a decent spot to save. Ibaka has been very consistent in his three games since returning from a two-month absence, averaging around two fantasy points per minute in his limited run. Normally, low minutes totals like Ibaka’s scare me, but he has been doing a bit of everything out there, with two blocks and a steal in the playoff loss Saturday. Those hustle stats say a lot about his ability to play at this level, and another factor is that the Clippers seem likely to lean on their playoff veterans in this series.

Also Consider: Jayson Tatum, Anthony Davis

For Value: Jae Crowder

CENTER

Deandre Ayton – Phoenix Suns (vs. LA Lakers) - DK: $6,100 / FD: $7,200 / Yahoo: $25

Ayton is a tough player to roster for DFS, and admittedly, I’ve somehow hit on more of his good games than I've targeted him on his bad ones but center happens to be a tough spot to fill tonight, so it’s a match, right? Ayton’s inconsistency keeps his salary low, and his upside of 40-50 fantasy points is balanced by a floor of 20. I think it’s him or Robert Williams (see below) at the position, unless you can use Ibaka here.

Also Consider: Robert Williams

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Jayson Tatum (PF – BOS) didn’t have a great game Saturday as the Celtics fell to the Nets. He started off hot, but being the focus of all the defensive attention took its toll. I expect him to bounce back tonight and still think he’s a better way to go than Anthony Davis, from a less competition standpoint.

Nicolas Claxton (PF/C – BKN) is a fun player to watch, and while he didn’t get a ton of minutes in Game 1, that might gradually shift in his favor. He’s a very cheap and risky GPP option tonight, with a lot of talent that can pop with proper opportunity.

Robert Williams (C – BOS) was insane on Saturday. I noted that Tristan Thompson was my choice among the Boston centers in that game, because I thought he (Thompson) was safer, but that Williams had all the upside and boy, did he show it off. Williams posted an 11-point, 9-rebound, 9-BLOCK game in 23 minutes. Insane, like I said. His salary has barely risen, making him a very viable option again tonight. Thompson was also serviceable for the lower salary, coming through with 27 fantasy points in 25 minutes.

Rajon Rondo (PG – LAC) hit three three-pointers vs. Dallas Saturday and each one was perfectly timed for impact so by the end of the game it felt like a lot more. He can contribute in so many ways, and has the experience of being an unselfish facilitator. It’s smart that the Clippers are using him more down the stretch (over 20 MPG average in May). He’s certainly not without risk, but I think his floor should be good for the price.