Here we go with Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Heat. Los Angeles is currently listed as 7.5 point favorites with an over/under of 218.5.
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.
LeBron James - SF - LA Lakers (DK: $12,000 / FD: $16,000)
The Lakers had a tough time against Miami’s “matchup zone” defense in Game 3, resulting in their first loss of the series. LeBron James often looked uncomfortable when trying to attack. Despite having eight turnovers, LBJ still came close to a triple-double with a line of 25-10-8. Let that sink in for a moment. That’s probably going to be the worst game of the series for LeBron, and he still came through with a nice box score. I’m expecting James to be extremely motivated to get back on track, especially after watching Jimmy Butler one-up him on this national stage.
Jimmy Butler - SG - Miami (DK: $9,600 / FD: $14,000)
Speaking of Butler, he makes for a fantastic play once again. The Miami superstar is still cheaper than LeBron and Anthony Davis on both DFS sites. That comes despite a Herculean 83 fantasy point showing on Sunday. It will be interesting to see if Jimmy Buckets can keep it going and how the Lakers plan to contain him moving forward. Regardless, Butler should continue to see a ton of volume with Goran Dragic doubtful and Bam Adebayo questionable for Game 4.
Kelly Olynyk - C - Miami (DK: $3,200 / FD: $10,000)
As mentioned in the previous write-up, Bam Adebayo is questionable tonight. If he’s out, then Olynyk becomes a great play through all formats. If Adebayo plays, then Olynyk still profiles as a serviceable value filler on DraftKings - where the salary is still very low. Bam isn’t 100%, so it’s tough to think he would see a full workload even if he suits up. Also, Olynyk likely earned himself more trust after coming through with a 34 FPPG average in 34 minutes over the last two games.
Kyle Kuzma - PF - LA Lakers (DK: $4,600 / FD: $7,000)
Olynyk has a much better salary on DraftKings than FanDuel, and Kuzma is the opposite. Keep that in mind when assembling lineups. Kuzma hasn’t really stood out in this series, but he’s fresh off a 22 fantasy point showing in Game 3. He’ll continue to see 20-25 minutes per contest, and the salary is cheaper than most other players in his projection level on FanDuel.
Anthony Davis (PF - LAL) had a terrible Game 3 with only 27 fantasy points in 32 minutes. I’m expecting Miami to keep putting pressure on him with double-teams. While Davis probably won’t flop as hard as he did on Sunday, his upside could remain curbed below the 55 FPPG mark from his other two games in this series.
Duncan Robinson (SG - MIA) saw 39 minutes on Sunday. We probably can’t expect that moving forward, but it’s nice to see the Miami wing come through with a satisfying 33 FP effort. He’s very much in the value conversation with Dragic still sidelined.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG - LAL) hasn’t been a flashy DFS asset, but he’s consistently seeing 30 minutes per contest. While he had a tough time on Sunday (most of the Lakers did), KCP posted 23 and 24 fantasy points respectively in the first two games of this series. He’s still a respectable bargain filler with that sufficient playing time.
Markieff Morris (PF - LAL) finally came through with 28 fantasy points in 25 minutes on Sunday. He’s a tournament play who relies heavily on three-pointers for fantasy value, but Morris was getting some pretty good looks against Miami’s zone. Was his breakout an aberration, or will Morris be utilized more to shoot over the zone? That’s the quandary in tournaments, but Markieff certainly has some intriguing upside to consider.
Kendrick Nunn (PG - MIA) is primed for a bounce-back. We had high hopes for him with Dragic out last game, but the rookie flopped with just 4 FP in 19 minutes. Foul trouble and general inconsistencies plagued him. However, I’m still expecting Nunn to see an increased role with Dragic doubtful. Remember, he came through with 27 and 23 fantasy points respectively in the first two games of this series, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he got back to that level tonight.