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.
The Finals feature the playoffs’ best offense (Golden State) taking on the best defense (Toronto) in terms of offensive and defensive efficiency. Unsurprisingly, the Warriors have played at a slightly faster pace than the Raptors, and have out-rebounded them, most notably on the offensive side of the ball, where the Warriors boast a 25.8 percent offensive rebound rate to the Raptors’ lowly 17.5 percent. The Warriors without Kevin Durant are moving the ball well, and it shows with a field-leading 20.4 percent assist ratio. Vegas has a 215 point total on this game, and the line has moved steadily in favor of the home court Raptors, who are currently minus-1 favorites.
Tonight’s game tips at 9:00 ET.
Kawhi Leonard – Toronto (vs. Golden State)
He’s the most expensive player on the slate tonight, but is the best? With a couple extra days’ rest, playing at home, and his versatility…my answer is yes. In one regular season meeting with the Warriors, Leonard put up 56 fantasy points (10 over his regular season average) on the strength of 37 real points. Golden State will try to slow him down with some combination of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Steph Curry, but I think they’re going to come up short, particularly if Leonard keeps passing the ball the way he did to close out the Bucks.
Draymond Green – Golden State (at Toronto)
Curry should be a popular option tonight, and I don’t hate using him by any stretch, but looking at what Green has done without Durant on the floor is pretty convincing. He’s always been a multi-category player, great defender, and unselfish passer. With Curry shooting so well in the last series, Green’s value skyrocketed and he posted triple-doubles in each of the last two games vs. Portland. He’ll save you about $1K over Curry, which will allow you to get Thompson, Pascal Siakam, or Kyle Lowry in as a second-tier option.
DeMarcus Cousins – Golden State (at Toronto)
Cousins is healthy, practiced in full, but no announcement has been made as to whether he will play tonight. If he does, he deserves a spot in lineups given his near-or-at-minimum salary tag. He might well be eased in, on a minutes restriction, or rusty, but the upside is too great to ignore if he plans to play tonight. It should also further limit any enthusiasm you might have for Andrew Bogut or Alfonso McKinnie.
Fred VanVleet – Toronto (vs. Golden State)
To be fair, I’m considering several Raptors bench players, including Serge Ibakaand Norman Powell, and in a true risk/reward spot, Danny Green. VanVleet is getting the most and the most stable minutes of the bunch (close to 30 MPG in the conference final), though his production has been well under a fantasy point per minute. If you’re looking for a safer play, VanVleet is the guy. Ibaka has good numbers vs. the Warriors, and had the big Game 4 double-double, but his lack of trademark blocks and even low rebounding numbers concern me. Powell saw his playing time drop dramatically in the final two games of the last series, so though he put up decent points and rebounds, it amounted to modest value. His salary is back down, though, so if the game flow dictates, he could be a wild card option tonight. Green has been uniformly bad in the playoffs, but has averaged about 30 fantasy points per game in two meetings with the Warriors this season. He’s a low-owned, dirt-cheap play that could make a big difference if his shot finally falls.