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NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for May 13, 2018

For the Mother’s Day 5/13/18 NBA DFS playoff slate, we look at the best DraftKings and FanDuel picks for the lone game. The info below can also be used when crafting your strategy on FantasyDraft.

Please note the advice below is relevant for daily fantasy purposes. A player or team might be better or worse from a fantasy perspective than in real life due to matchup, price, and lots of other factors. This is important to consider when constructing a roster.

Injuries play a huge role in NBA DFS on a nightly basis. Value plays on the various daily fantasy sites can arise at a moment’s notice so always, always check the starting lineups and injury news right before tipoff.

On one-game slate contests, the pricing and lineup structure is different on both DraftKings and FanDuel. There are six utility spots on DraftKings with a $50k salary cap.

On FanDuel, there are now two utility spots and three “special” spots at a $60k salary cap. The MVP on the roster receives 2x multiplier to all FPs, the “STAR” receives 1.5x multiplier and the “PRO” receives a 1.2x multiplier, forcing users to prioritize their selections based on which player they’re highest on.


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NBA DFS Playoff Game Breakdown for May 13, 2018

Cleveland Cavs (-2) at Boston Celtics (Over/Under – 205.5)

The Celtics reveled in their underdog role last series and certainly have the confidence to try and upset the reigning Eastern Conference champions, but of course LeBron James ($18.7k, $20.0k) will have plenty to say about that.

“The King” is extraordinarily expensive as you would predict, but with a projected score of 57.8 FPs on FanDuel according to models on RotoQL, he’s a virtual must-play in the MVP spot with the next highest projection (Al Horford) at just 38 FPs.

Kevin Love ($12.7k, $13.0k) is a more economical option, but far riskier considering his lack of production prior to a sudden awakening in the final three games against Toronto last round. The Celtics struggled to defend Dario Saric on switches, but held Love to paltry averages of 8.5 PPG and 8 RPG over two meetings this season.

The Cavs offer a couple of decent values in Kyle Korver ($5.8k, $9.0k) and George Hill ($5.5k, $8.5k), the latter of which could get more playing time than expected against the quick Celtics backcourt.

Korver is a reliable sniper capable of producing along with J.R. Smith ($5.2k, $9.0k) when defenses collapse on James. Yet the Celtics ranked atop the league in opponent’s 3-point shooting percentage (.339%) and are already in the mode of running shooters off that line after containing J.J. Redick in the final two games of the second round.

Both Tristan Thompson ($3.4k, $8.0k) and Larry Nance Jr.  ($2.0k, $6.5k) are dark horse candidates to find a role in this series given the Celtics tendency to run lineups with two bigs. Thompson has more upside given his postseason experience, while Nance will have to prove he can produce on this stage.


Terry Rozier ($11.5k, $15.0k) might have cooled off in the final home game of the Sixers series, but he’s oozing with upside in this matchup. Kyle Lowry toasted the Cavs for 66 points and 25 assists over the first three games of the second round and Rozier is arguably more explosive. Plus, he has fantastic shooting splits at TD Garden and the Cavs allowed the third-most 3PTM (11.7) per game this season.

He belongs in the STAR or PRO spot on FanDuel with a projection of 35 FPs according to models on RotoQL.

Al Horford ($12.0k, $13.0k) does more for the Celtics than simply filling the box score, but he’s done that as well with averages of 17 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 3.3 APG and 2.5 STL/BLK per game these playoffs. He’s a solid Cash play given his postseason experience and history battling LeBron.

Jayson Tatum ($10.9k, $12.0k) and Jaylen Brown ($9.0k, $9.5k) led the Celtics in scoring in a close-out game, creating incredible optimism regarding Boston’s future.


Tatum remains more reliable as the best two-way player on the Celtics roster. He’s showcased incredible consistency with 20-plus points in seven consecutive postseason games and is projected for 30.5 FPs in Game 1.

Brown look spry in Game 5 against Philadelphia and now has five full days to heal his balky hamstring. So he represents a good mid-tier value with upside on either main DFS site, just be aware he may spend much of his energy on the defensive end against LeBron.

Marcus Smart ($8.1k, $11.5k) is the heart and soul of the Celtics and while he’s not quite as cheap as he was in 1-game slates during the previous series, still offers GPP appeal as a value with upside. Smart’s hard-nosed game is ideal for the slower pace of play in the postseason.

Marcus Morris ($6.5k, $10.0k) should see a boost in usage this series while Aron Baynes ($4.6k, $6.5k) fades a bit. Baynes was on the court mostly to pester Joel Embiid in the second round and doesn’t really fit into a series that should feature more space and pace.

Perhaps that means we see some Greg Monroe ($1.7k, $6.0k), but you obviously have to tread very lightly with exposure to such a risky option. 


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Nate Weitzer
Nate Weitzer is a successful DFS player at DraftKings and FanDuel with numerous tournament wins in NBA and NFL contests. He's been writing about DFS for several years, specializing in NBA picks and advice while continuing to build his bankroll across the daily fantasy industry. When he's not playing DFS, Weitzer is often covering high school sports in the greater Boston area for outlets such as The Boston Globe, or playing basketball himself. Follow Nate on Twitter @Nweitzer7.