NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for May 26, 2018
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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.
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PLAYERS RULED OUT
Chris Paul (hamstring)
INJURY NEWS TO MONITOR
Andre Iguodala (leg)
Klay Thompson (knee)
NBA DFS Playoff Game Breakdown for May 26, 2018
Houston Rockets (+11.5) at Golden State Warriors (Over/Under – 212.5)
James Harden ($14.7k, $16.5k) is going to be the most popular stud to pay up for tonight with Chris Paul (hamstring) ruled out. Paul has been incredible over the last two games, both with his leadership and his toughness on both ends of the floor. His absence is apparently worth 10-plus points to oddsmakers and makes the Rockets serious underdogs against the desperate Warriors.
Harden sees a 2.8 increase in usage rate (to 41.1%) and averages 1.65 FPs per minute this season when Paul is off the floor. He’s projected for 55.6 DK points according to models on RotoQL but those inflated regular season numbers aren’t necessarily an indication of how Harden may actually perform with the Warriors throwing extra defenders at him.
“The Beard” is a GPP play with high volatility depending on the Rockets overall competitiveness on the road. He’s generally unappealing after seeing a $1K price bump on DK, but is worth consideration for a top spot on FanDuel.
Eric Gordon ($11.2k, $10.0k) is expected to start for Paul and take over as Houston’s primary offensive option when HC Mike D’Antoni staggers his minutes to offset Harden’s rest. Gordon sees a huge 14.1 percent increase in usage rate when CP3 and Harden are both off the floor and will certainly be asked to fire away early and often.
But at a massive increase ($4.2k) in salary, he’s nothing more than a longshot option on DK. Gordon produces almost nothing in terms of peripheral stats and the Warriors are unlikely to let him go off in their house. For my money, I’d rather use Gerald Green ($3.6k, $6.5k) as a punt play in tournaments hoping he gets hot off the bench or soaks up some opportunities in garbage time.
P.J. Tucker ($7.9k, $9.0k) and Trevor Ariza ($6.2k, $8.5k) remain viable sources of salary relief with limited upside despite the fact both should see around 40 minutes of run once again.
We could see Clint Capela ($9.9k, $12.5k) play more minutes than he has in recent games with Paul out. Capela is the ideal partner with Harden in pick-and-roll sets and managed a double-double over 27 minutes in Game 5. He’ll have more of a role defensively with the Warriors forced to start Kevon Looney ($3.8k, $7.5k) over the injured Andre Iguodala (leg).
Steph Curry ($13.3k, $14.5k) and Kevin Durant ($13.5k, $15.5k) have both seemed out of sorts in consecutive games after the Warriors erupted for 126 points in a huge Game 3 win.
Durant’s projection (50.4) is slightly ahead of Curry’s (49.7) on RotoQL, but Steph has produced more total DK points over the last three games and is a better bet to blow up at home.
Draymond Green ($12.1k, $13.5k) is posting a 33.2 percent defensive rebounding rate over his last three appearances, which is unsurprising considering he’s the closest thing to a big man playing down the stretch of these games. Golden State will likely open things up in transition at home and that likely means more assists and rim-runs for Green.
There is a chance Andre Iguodala ($5.3k, $7.5k) returns for Game 6, but he can be considered doubtful after being ruled out prior to warm-ups on Thursday.
Kevon Looney ($3.8k, $7.5k) did very little with the start Thursday, but is still worth deploying as a source of salary relief on DK. Quinn Cook ($1.3k, $6.0k) appeared down the stretch and made a couple of defensive plays. There’s a chance his playing rises a bit more in Game 6, giving him longshot appeal as a true punt.
Patrick McCaw ($1.0k, $6.0k) is expected to be activated for the first time this postseason and he could see a significant role right away if Iggy can’t play.
Klay Thompson ($8.7k, $10.5k) is a solid mid-tier Cash play on DK given the likelihood he scores 20-plus points, but don’t expect him to flash much upside in terms of peripheral stats.