NBA DFS Plays Tuesday 6/1

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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

Dennis Schroder – LA Lakers (at Phoenix) - DK: $5,800 / FD: $6,600 / Yahoo: $22

Today’s slate is one where I’ll be paying up for forwards – more on them later. At guard, I’m going with heavy minutes and increased usage/opportunity for less. To be clear, I have no issue with Kyrie Irving or Damian Lillard, I just think I’ll get more for my money by building this strategy. Schroder is actually coming off his worst game of the series, an eight-point dud in which he went 3-for-13 from the field. Schroder will bounce back given his 32-34 MPG so far in this series, and the fact that the Lakers may well be without Anthony Davis tonight and the Suns could be without Chris Paul, one of the best defensive point guards in the league. For the price, Schroder’s 30-ish fantasy points will be a fine value.

Also Consider: Facundo Campazzo, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard

SHOOTING GUARD

Marcus SmartBoston Celtics (at Brooklyn) - DK: $6,500 / FD: $6,800 / Yahoo: $25

Smart is also playing heavy guard minutes in this series, and he has been an integral part of the Celtics still being alive in Round 1. Even though he made only two of his nine three-point attempts on Sunday, Smart contributed nine assists, six rebounds and two steals. When his shot is falling, he has 50-fantasy point upside with a solid floor. The fact that Kemba Walker is doubtful again means Smart should be called upon often to keep the Celtics in this game. They’re huge underdogs, but the game total is the highest of the night (232-point over/under).

Also Consider: James Harden, Devin Booker, CJ McCollum

SMALL FORWARD

Kevin DurantBrooklyn Nets (vs. Boston) - DK: $10,200 / FD: $6,600 / Yahoo: $48

I can talk myself into the cheaper guards much easier than I can the cheaper forwards tonight, with the possible exception of Kyle Kuzma. Durant has been so consistently solid at the top of his game that I can’t fade him in this potential close-out situation. He’s been here before and knows what those extra rest days mean to a star-studded contender. It’s tough to choose between the Big 3 of Brooklyn, but I think Durant will take it upon himself to ensure the series ends tonight. His stats have only gotten better as the series progresses, and along with his exceptional scoring, the eight blocks and seven steals have made an impact not only on the games, but on his fantasy numbers as well.

Also Consider: Kyle Kuzma, LeBron James

POWER FORWARD

Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics (at Brooklyn) - DK: $10,000 / FD: $5,400 / Yahoo: $47

In the past two games, no one has been better than Tatum for DFS. Yes, he started slow and yes, we knew it wouldn’t last. With 90 real points in the last two games, Tatum is clearly not ready to quit this season yet. Like Durant, he’s contributing in all the peripheral categories as well with six each blocks and steals in the series. Even with the defensive attention focused on him, Tatum has looked unstoppable driving to the basket these last two games. Was that a home court effect? I’m counting on no, but even if his numbers drop a little bit in Brooklyn tonight, the PF options are slim. I’m locking Tatum into every lineup.

CENTER

Jusuf Nurkic – Portland Trail Blazers (at Denver) - DK: $7,100 / FD: $7,500 / Yahoo: $31

You get a little bit of a salary break with Nurkic over Deandre Ayton on FanDuel and DraftKings, though on Yahoo you might choose to save with Ayton. Not only is Nikola Jokic coming off a bad game (that he should absolutely bounce back from), it’s impossible to fit him with the two star forwards I want in lineups tonight. For GPPs I’m willing to start with Jokic and take long shots on guys like Evan Fournier, Kuzma, and possibly Cameron Payne, but for cash games, I’ll stick with the solid efforts we’ve been getting from Nurkic. Nurkic’s best game vs. Denver was actually the last one of the regular season in which he posted a 20/13 double-double. He’s only repeated that feat once in this series, but has three games with double-digit points and three games with double-digit rebounds to go along with four blocks and two steals. We know he lacks the upside of Jokic, but for the price should continue to provide a solid 5X ROI.

Also Consider: Deandre Ayton, Nikola Jokic

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Anthony Davis (PF/C – LAL) will be a key to this slate, so be sure to watch the news on him as the day goes on. Davis is questionable after leaving Game 4 in the second quarter with a groin strain that was serious enough to warrant an MRI. The team has released mixed messages about his availability for tonight, so he’s a true game-time decision. Personally, I’m not using him regardless – groin injuries can be tricky and reaggravate easily, but his availability will impact my usage of Kyle Kuzma. Davis out, Kuzma in lineups. His availability also affects those trying to roster a Lakers' center tonight. Many will flock to Marc Gasol after he soundly out-played Andre Drummond in Game 4, but it's a situation that has a lot of room for failure. Don't forget, Montrezl Harrell is still in the mix there as well...it's too murky for me, but if I had to use one of them in a tournament lineup, it would still be Drummond.

Chris Paul (PG – PHX) is more likely to play through this lingering shoulder strain that has him on the injury report. He had an excellent Game 4, his best of the series. The Suns desperately want to end this series in two more home games Paul’s ability to run the floor is a necessary ingredient for that recipe. His status hasn’t impacted Cameron Payne too much, as Payne shined in Games 2 and 3, but only came down a few fantasy points (and minutes) in Game 4. His salary has come up a bit, and I’d keep expectations in check but Payne is a guy I don’t mind rostering if it comes together that way. His Yahoo salary of $17 is the best value on Payne across the sites but our NBA DFS Optimizer likes him on all three sites. Paul is a GPP only play for me given my preferred lineup build tonight.