NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for June 6, 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. In the “Showdown” mode on DraftKings there are six utility spots with a $50k salary cap. DraftKings has also debuted a “Captain” mode in which there are five utility sports with a “CAPTAIN” who receives 1.5x multiplier but also costs more if deployed in that spot.
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 June 6, 2018
Golden State Warriors (-4.5) at Cleveland Cavaliers (Over/Under – 217.5)
Thursday’s drama-filled, wildly competitive Game 1 took a lot out of the Cavs, and they were unable to muster much of a fight in Sunday’s decisive loss. Yet Cleveland’s role players really stepped up when the ECF transitioned home, and LeBron James ($15.6k, $23.4k (C), $22.0k) could certainly use the help.
Fading “King James” could pay dividends on DK as a way to differentiate from the rest of the field in tournaments, but he’s an obvious option for the MVP spot on FD. LeBron is averaging 1.61 FPs per minute with a ridiculous effective shooting percentage (.579) and a lofty 40.2 percent usage rate over his last four appearances.
There’s a chance Andre Iguodala (knee) returns to action tonight, which would diminish LeBron’s upside a bit given his ability to move his feet and contain James.
Kevin Love ($8.0k, $12.0k) has turned in consecutive double-doubles to open this series. He is a relatively easy choice to exceed value at a diminished price tag on DK. He shot 42.1 percent from downtown at home this season and is getting plenty of looks in a matchup against the freewheeling Warriors.
Tristan Thompson ($4.4k, $9.0k) has seen his minutes cut in a matchup against the small-ball Warriors and is getting outplayed by Larry Nance Jr. ($3.4k, $8.5k) on a per-minute basis. Both bigs offer decent floors relative to their price tags on DK, but it may be wise to stick with Thompson as a low-cost option.
George Hill ($4.8k, $9.5k) is coming off a big Game 2 performance and is arguably the Cavs role player who seems to benefit most from home court advantage during this postseason run. Hill averaged 12 PPG on 53.1 percent FG shooting over three home games against Boston and just 5 PPG on the road last series.
J.R. Smith ($3.4k, $6.5k) also sees a slight boost at Quicken Loans Arena, but he lacks upside. You can consider him as a longshot value in GPP formats given the fact he saw 69 minutes and played solid defense on Kevin Durant at times over the first two games of this series.
Kyle Korver ($2.8k, $7.0k) is a player to fade in this series, at least for now. He’s a defensive liability against the “Splash Brothers.” Jeff Green ($5.4k, $7.0k) saw 36 minutes in Game 1, then flashed his low floor in Game 2. He’s a wildcard given his tendency to be passive at times, making him a bit over priced on DK but worth a look as a value on FD.
The Warriors should feel very confident after dismantling the shoddy Cavs defense in Game 2. This is how the series was supposed to play out on paper, and Steph Curry ($10.8k, $16.2 (C), $15.0k) should continue to lead the Dubs offense whenever they became stagnant.
He remains the best candidate to lead the champs at home, especially with Klay Thompson (knee) potentially experiencing some soreness. Curry sees a 7.6 percent rise in usage rate (to 38.9%) when Thompson is off the floor this season, indicating his increased upside even if Thompson is able to play at less than full strength.
Kevin Durant ($11.0k, $16.5 (C), $16.0k) posted a notably higher usage rate (31.1 percent) and averaged more PPG (27.3) on the road this season. That’s why he’s a tiny bit more expensive than Curry. KD does seem a bit out of sync with the rest of the offense, but it’s hardly affecting his ability to consistently meet value.
Draymond Green ($8.8k, $13.0k) burned owners with a quiet game Sunday. It’s strange to see his price tag rise on DK given his increased production in terms of defensive stats at Oracle. Nonetheless, he’s ripe to target in GPP formats as an ultra-competitive utility player capable of filling the box score.
Klay Thompson ($7.4k, $11.0k) has been a relatively automatic shooter on a team that spreads the ball, yet his peripheral stats have dropped even more than usual over his last two appearances. He remains too pricey on FD but does offer a solid floor in that price range on DK.
In a savvy coaching move, Steve Kerr went with JaVale McGee ($1.2k, $3.0k) as a starter for Game 2. His presence as a rangy rim protector helped hold LeBron to a human 29 points after his 51-point outburst in Game 1.
McGee should log enough time to serve as an intriguing punt play on either main DFS site, while sapping the value of Kevon Looney ($3.2k, $8.0k) and Jordan Bell ($2.0k, $6.0k) to an extent.
Shaun Livingston ($2.4k, $6.0k) is a clutch player who has been in these big spots before and is capable of producing when called upon. Kerr could go to him more often if Iggy remains out, and Thompson isn’t quite up to playing 40-plus minutes on a bad wheel.
If Andre Iguodala ($4.2k, $7.5k) is cleared to return, he’d become a great value on DK with the potential to exceed value easily over 25-30 minutes of run.