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NBA DFS DraftKings.com & FanDuel.com Lineups & Picks for June 8, 2018

For the 6/8/18 NBA DFS Finals 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 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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NBA DFS Playoff Game Breakdown for June 8, 2018

Golden State Warriors (-5.5) at Cleveland Cavaliers (Over/Under – 215.5)

It’s become clear over the last few years that while LeBron James ($16.0k, $24.0k (C), $22.0k) is the best player in the NBA, Kevin Durant ($10.8k, $16.2 (C), $16.0k) is the most unstoppable.

On a night when his teammates couldn’t hit almost any of the shots they typically drain, Durant went off for a playoff career-high 43 points to break the Cavaliers’ hearts right in front of their home fans. Durant continues the trend of carrying the Dubs on the road, while Steph Curry ($11.0k, $16.5 (C), $15.0k) flashes more upside at home.

We should see both players regress toward their averages in a competitive Game 4, but Curry’s shooting woes away from Oracle Arena and Durant’s un-guardable nature makes the latter the favorite for the Captain spot on DK. KD also carries a more affordable price tag than James.

LeBron is not going to let his Cavs go down without a fight and may very well put on a performance for the ages to avoid a sweep. Yet even with Andre Iguodala (knee) playing at half speed and the mercurial JaVale McGee protecting the rim, the Dubs have been able to contain LBJ since his 51-point outburst in Game 1.

James has managed 62 points over his last two appearances while his usage rate (30.1 percent) and effective field goal percentage (.518) have declined significantly following his absurd four-game run to close out the Celtics and open the NBA Finals.

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Kevin Love ($8.4k, $12.0k) continues to provide good returns on value and can be used in any format as a great supplementary play on DK. He led the Cavs with a 137 offensive rating in Game 3 and should continue to get open looks with the Warriors selling out to contain LeBron.

That defensive approached opened things up for J.R. Smith ($3.6k, $7.0k) to go 3-of-10 from long range Wednesday. This gives him some appeal as a punt with limited upside.

Rodney Hood ($2.2k, $3.0k) was the story for the Cavs in Game 3 and would’ve made headlines had they hung on for a crucial victory. He’s a career 37 percent shooter from long range but did all his damage on 7-of-11 FG shooting from inside the arc Wednesday. Given his performance, Hood should see more run in Game 4 at the expense of Kyle Korver ($2.4k, $6.5k) and Jeff Green ($4.4k, $7.0k).

Green makes sense as the best defensive option for Cleveland on Kevin Durant. Yet he doesn’t necessarily have the killer mentality to go toe to toe with a superstar, and LeBron can’t expend his energy on defense while still carrying the Cavs offensively.

George Hill ($5.6k, $10.0k) saw a dropoff in playing time that was partially related to Hood’s production coming out of nowhere. Consider Hill a low-upside Cash play for salary relief on DK, with little appeal as a mid-tier play on FD.

Tristan Thompson ($4.8k, $8.5k) remains a key part of what the Cavs are trying to do. While he’s not as productive as Larry Nance Jr. ($3.4k, $8.5k) on a per-minute basis, he played 20 more minutes than the inexperienced PF in Game 3. Ultimately, Thompson is trending in a more positive direction.

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Transitioning back to the Warriors, Steph Curry ($11.0k, $16.5 (C), $15.0k) is an intriguing tournament play following his uncharacteristically poor shooting performance (3-of-16 from the field, 1-of-10 3-point range) in Game 3. Curry is a cold-blooded assassin with no love for the Cavs. We’ve seen him drop some eye-popping stat lines immediately following his worst shooting nights.

Durant ($10.8k, $16.2 (C), $16.0k) will obviously be the most popular play on the Golden State side after carrying his squad to a road win Wednesday night. Fading him is a contrarian strategy worth considering on DK. Yet if you can somehow fit both KD and Curry into lineups, that may pay off big time as the Dubs look to close this thing out.

Now, Draymond Green ($8.2k, $13.0k) continues to come up short in road games. His price tag is justifiably low because he’s posting a low 10.4 percent usage rate in this series.

Klay Thompson ($7.4k, $11.0k) remains a safe value on DK with decent upside. While he’s been quiet in consecutive games, the sharpshooter could step up in a closing role and won’t need much to exceed value on that DFS site.

JaVale McGee ($2.6k, $3.0k) continued to start Wednesday and provided great energy in limited minutes. He’s worth using in order to find salary flexibility on DK.

While Jordan Bell ($1.6k, $6.0k) managed to exceed value and Kevon Looney ($2.0k, $8.0k) fell out of the rotation completely, that situation is a bit untenable and best avoided outside of low-cost GPP formats.

Andre Iguodala ($4.2k, $7.5k) clearly isn’t back to full strength and only managed 21 minutes in Game 3. But he should continue to ramp up and is a solid value on FD. Iggy is the most likely candidate to close out the game along with the Warriors’ four all-stars and produce DFS points right until the final horn.

Finally, Shaun Livingston ($2.8k, $6.0k) can also be deployed as a cost-effective option with very limited upside.

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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.