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NBA Daily Plays Thursday 5/23

by Renee Miller
Updated On: May 23, 2019, 12:56 pm ET

NBA Daily Plays


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

There’s only one NBA playoff game per night from here on out, so we are dealing exclusively with the Showdown format. We’ll parse through top picks and bargains along with strategy notes for each game.


Tonight’s game tips at 8:30 ET.  



Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee (vs. Toronto)


Forget creativity at this point. Giannis is a must-play, lock of the series option. Most people, including me, didn’t expect the series to be tied heading into a critical Game 5 in Wisconsin. Win or lose, however, Antetokounmpo is pouring in the points, rebounds, blocks, and assists to get you around 55-65 fantasy points. He’s been slightly better at home this series, but I don’t really care where he is – there’s no higher floor/ceiling combo on the court tonight (with my apologies to Kawhi Leonard). 


Khris Middleton – Milwaukee (vs. Toronto)


I’ve been a fan of using Pascal Siakam as the second tier guy beside the Greek Freak, but Siakam has been underperforming. We see some interesting salary discrepancies between the two main showdown slates tonight, with FanDuel maintaining a steep price for the Raptors forward. Middleton was a revelation Tuesday night and despite the ultimate loss for the Bucks, was a win for daily fantasy with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. He’s taken 15 and 16 shots from the field in the last two games, and if he can stay hot, his potential is around 40-plus fantasy points. I expect him to keep the fire burning as he comes home for a crucial Game 5 tonight. 


Also consider: Kyle Lowry is in the right gear now, and Eric Bledsoeis well overdue for a big game. 




Norman Powell – Toronto (at Milwaukee)


Powell has emerged as the best salary saver in the game over the past week and a major factor in the Raptors back-to-back wins. I expect him to continue to play nearly 30 minutes tonight, and if he can stay aggressive both driving to the basket and from beyond the arc, he should have another rewarding performance for very low price. Not only does he have three consecutive double-digit scoring games, he’s supplying a reasonable return in peripheral stats too, which provide a decent floor.


Serge Ibaka – Toronto (at Milwaukee)


Ibaka came on strong in Game 4, posting his first double-double of the playoffs and his best numbers of the post-season in points and rebounds (17 and 13, respectively). His minutes have fluctuated, and Kyle Lowry’s strong game could have something to do with his success too, but the price is low enough to take another shot on Ibaka over players like Danny Green, Brook Lopez or Malcolm Brogdon, who are priced similarly.