NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for May 22, 2018
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 slates, 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, and the “STAR” receives 1.5x multiplier. The “PRO” receives a 1.2x multiplier. This forces users to prioritize their selections.
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INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Andre Iguodala (knee)
NBA DFS Playoff Game Breakdown for May 22, 2018
Houston Rockets (+8.5) at Golden State Warriors (Over/Under – 223.5)
The Warriors didn’t just beat the Rockets in Game 3; they crushed their souls. We could potentially see another folding act from James Harden ($13.3k, $17.0k) and his team just like last year when they packed it in against a Spurs team with superior organization.
Harden disappeared in the second half Sunday as the Warriors went off for 72 points and Steph Curry ($13.0k, $15.0k) took over the game. Curry led the Warriors’ patented avalanche with 26 points on 10-of-12 FG shooting in the second half. It’s safe to say he’s back in rhythm after struggling over the first two games of the series.
Curry is projected for 48.1 FPs, according to models on RotoQL, giving him plenty of appeal as a candidate for MVP or STAR slots on FanDuel at a cheaper price tag than Harden or Kevin Durant.
We may have to face the fact that Harden is simply not a crunchtime player in the postseason. He’s a fantastic individual talent and can certainly get his numbers when the opposition isn’t fully motivated, but his ISO-ball style plays right into the hands of Golden State and makes it easy for the defending champs to dominate at home.
Harden and Chris Paul ($11.6k, $14.5k) are risky options in another potential blowout. Paul did his best to keep the game somewhat competitive Sunday, but again, taking tough stepbacks in isolation sets will not cut it against the best starting five in basketball.
Kevin Durant ($13.6k, $16.0k) willingly took a back seat in the second half while allowing Curry to re-establish his limitless swagger. He sees a moderate price drop on both main DFS sites for good reason. KD tends to post his gaudiest scoring numbers when the Warriors are losing or forced to create offense in isolation sets.
With Curry back in form, the Dubs should move the ball in beautiful fashion and create balanced scoring opportunities. This approach makes KD a bit too pricey to use outside of GPPs.
Houston still offers decent values in P.J. Tucker ($6.4k, $9.0k) and Trevor Ariza ($5.3k, $8.5k). Ariza has very limited upside though. And Tucker showed how low his floor can be during Sunday’s 41-point loss. Still, both are almost required options if you want to afford one or two studs on DK tonight.
Eric Gordon ($7.2k, $9.0k) is not a preferred option given his lack of peripheral stats and his limitations offensively. The Warriors could continue to lock him up and perhaps force Rockets HC Mike D’Antoni to go with Gerald Green ($2.8k, $6.5k) for more stretches. Green could serve as a true desperation punt play for salary relief.
Clint Capela ($8.8k, $13.5k) only played 21 minutes in Sunday’s blowout and looked completely helpless when asked to guard Durant. He’s a very productive per-minute player but simply isn’t going to get the run necessary to meet value in this matchup.
Draymond Green ($12.1k, $13.5k) filled up the box score as is usually the case when the Warriors start rolling at home.
Green is posting a 25.5 percent defensive rebounding rate this postseason and snared 17 boards on Sunday to help start the Warriors’ deadly transition attack. He has the potential to pile up more defensive stats and pay off as a high-priced option on FD, or add to his assist totals and get that triple-double bonus on DK.
His role could become even more vital with Andre Iguodala ($6.1k, $8.0k) listed as doubtful with knee soreness. Patrick McCaw (back) has not played this postseason, leaving the Warriors rather shorthanded on the wing. Nick Young ($3.2k, $6.5k) is far from reliable. Yet he should see a boost in playing time if Iggy sits.
Klay Thompson ($9.3k, $11.0k) has the potential to capitalize on open looks if his team continues to move the ball. But he’s a risky option given his lack of peripheral stats.
Kevon Looney ($3.9k, $7.5k) and Shaun Livingston ($2.6k, $6.5k) are worth deploying as punt plays with very limited upside if you need to find salary relief. Neither has topped 20 minutes in a game this series, but that could change with Iguodala out.
Livingston may start, but Looney would be the biggest beneficiary as a potential candidate to replace what Iggy brings on the defensive end. The Warriors are posting an 88.4 defensive rating with Looney on the floor this series.