Here we go with Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Heat. Los Angeles is currently listed as seven-point favorites with an over/under of 216.
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: $12,400 / FD: $16,000)
Anthony Davis dominated the first few games of this series, but LeBron has taken over recently. Despite some inefficiencies with 14 combined turnovers over the last two outings, James is still averaging 27-10-8 (49 FPPG) through that span. I’m considering that his fantasy floor with a realistic upside of 65-70 FP. LeBron was slowed down by Miami’s matchup zone defense in Game 3, but he’s understanding how to attack it as time goes on. The Lakers could hoist the trophy tonight, and LeBron is in an excellent position to make that happen.
Jimmy Butler - SG - Miami (DK: $10,800 / FD: $15,000)
We aren’t deviating from our Wednesday DFS strategy too much. Bam Adebayo will play, but Goran Dragic is doubtful for Miami. Adebayo saw 33 minutes in Game 4, but he only went for 15 points and seven boards while playing through an injury. In other words, Butler is still in “takeover mode” for the Heat, and that should be reflected in his stat-line tonight. He’s a Captain/MVP candidate on both sites while doing his best to keep Miami alive. That has resulted in 54+ fantasy points in each of his past three games, and Jimmy Buckets could surpass that threshold once again.
Markieff Morris - PF - Miami (DK: $3,600 / FD: $8,000)
As mentioned earlier, Miami has been playing more zone defense over the last few games. The Lakers have responded to that by giving Morris more minutes, as he can spread the floor while shooting over the zone. As a result, Markieff is averaging 28 minutes and 22 fantasy points over the last two contests. I believe that trend will continue, which creates a strong value situation on both DraftKings and FanDuel.
Andre Iguodala - SF - Miami (DK: $2,400 / FD: $8,500)
I’m only considering Iguodala on DraftKings and probably not FanDuel. He’s only $2.4k on DK, which is the cheapest player that is expected to see at least 20+ minutes. Iggy’s recent game log doesn’t inspire much confidence, but keep in mind that the veteran is capable of a well-rounded DFS performance - as his Game 1 line would indicate (7-5-6 for 24 FP). This recommendation is more about squeezing in the other top plays of this slate, as Iguodala’s bargain-basement salary makes it possible to stack LeBron/Butler/Davis in the same lineup.
Anthony Davis (PF - LAL) will continue to see double-teams, but he bounced back with a nice 52 FP showing despite Bam Adebayo returning on the other side. Butler and James are the higher priorities of this slate, but it’s possible to stack the entire trio on DraftKings, so consider Davis a stronger play over there.
Duncan Robinson (SG - MIA) has been coming through with Dragic sidelined, which is expected to be the case again tonight. The three-point specialist racked up 33 and 28 fantasy points in 39 and 32 minutes respectively over the past two games. I believe he can finish within that range again tonight, making for a decent mid-range DFS asset.
Rajon Rondo (PG - LAL) is another appealing mid-range streamer with some upside if he finds ways to score. We know Rondo will be involved in the Lakers’ offense, averaging just shy of seven assists over his last three contests. He’s in a similar DFS category as teammate Caldwell-Pope, but Rondo’s game lends itself to more upside.
Kendrick Nunn (PG - MIA) is still seeing quality minutes with Dragic sidelined. That hasn’t translated into much of anything for DFS purposes over the last two games - as the rookie has posted 15 total fantasy points over that span. However, Nunn could translate a 20-25 minute workload into decent fantasy production, as he did with 23 and 27 FP in the first two games of this series. Sure, he’s a risky play, but don’t forget about Nunn as a cheap tournament gamble.