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NBA DFS Plays: Saturday 5/18

by Spencer Limbach
Updated On: May 18, 2019, 11:49 am ET

There’s only one NBA Playoff matchup on Friday, as Golden State will face Houston in Game 6 of the series. Because of this, the following write-ups will be devoted to Single Game DFS formats on FanDuel and DraftKings.  We’ll parse through top picks and bargains along with strategy notes for each daily fantasy site.

Tip-off is at 9:00 ET tonight, so you have plenty of time build a quality lineup and enter some contests.  

Best of luck!

TOP PLAYS

Stephen Curry – Golden State

This is a pretty easy call, as Curry should have room for another satisfying fantasy performance with Kevin Durant still out. The Golden State point guard has really stepped up through the first two games of this series, posting 56 and 53 fantasy points respectively. There’s some merit in gravitating towards Damian Lillard in tournaments (to be different), but Curry is the clear captain/MVP through cash games.

CJ McCollum – Portland / Klay Thompson – Golden State

Take note that I really like Draymond Green, and that goes without comment. However, I’m finding myself playing the pricing game between McCollum and Thompson. Klay is substantially cheaper on FanDuel, while CJ has a marginally shorter price tag on DraftKings. They both check in at a discount from Curry, Lillard, and Green on FanDuel, and you could look to combine the two shooting guards over there. Klay will continue to pick up some scoring slack with Durant out, while McCollum could check in with a hearty performance as this series moves to Portland.

BARGAIN PLAYS

Kevon Looney – Golden State

Looney is an easy pick for $5,400 on DraftKings. Go ahead and lock him in over there. The ascending $10,500 tag on FanDuel leaves me hesitant. He’s not cheap enough to combine with the aforementioned top plays, but you could substitute him for Thompson or McCollum in tournaments on FanDuel. Looney has thrived while averaging 27 minutes and 27 fantasy points through the first two games of this series.

Seth Curry – Portland

Seth Curry posted 19 fantasy points in Game 1 despite bad shooting performance. He went 5-of-9 in Game 2, translating to a healthy 31 fantasy point total. The “other” Curry will continue to get opportunities in this series, as Portland will gravitate towards smaller lineups to counter Golden State’s sets. As a result, Seth is a strong play at $3,000 on DraftKings. I don’t mind the $9,000 on FanDuel, but teammate Rodney Hood is plausible at $8,500 if you need the extra $500 difference.  

Jordan Bell – Golden State

Bell is nothing more than a utility filler to make the rest of your lineup work. He has been very efficient in this series with 35 fantasy points through 23 total minutes through the first two games. We aren’t expecting much from him, as anything beyond 15 fantasy points is a bonus. Still, he’s one of the cheapest players on FanDuel who actually sees minutes. You probably don’t need him on DraftKings, as the pricing structure is somewhat friendlier over there.

Spencer Limbach
Spencer Limbach is a multi-sport daily fantasy specialist for Rotoworld. He can be found on twitter @Spencer_JL.