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 and rotations can always shift in the postseason. 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.
The Full Roster contests on FanDuel include a new scoring system in which the lowest score of the nine selected players is dropped, allowing users to take more risks with a punt play or two. Then, DraftKings has brought back its late swap for NBA contests.
5/6/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Playoff Spectacular: $18 entry, $500k guaranteed (DraftKings) – $100,000 to 1st!
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $80k guaranteed (DraftKings)
Shot: $15 entry, $350k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100,000 to 1st!
Shot: $7.77 entry, $70k guaranteed (FanDuel)
NBA DFS Top Plays for May 6, 2019
Three Up for May 6, 2019
Kevin Durant at HOU ($9.2k DraftKings, $11.0k FanDuel)
The Warriors had no business competing for four-plus quarters in Game 3, but they have the most unstoppable weapon in basketball. Kevin Durant just plain carried them into overtime. Durant remains relatively cheap on DraftKings due to his modest regular season production, but he’s taken on a new role with a 36.2% usage rate in road games during these playoffs. He represents an even bigger matchup problem for Houston because the Rockets parted ways with lengthy wing defender Trevor Ariza this past offseason. Durant posted a higher usage rate (29.7%) and averaged more PPG on the road (26.4) during the regular season since the Dubs weren’t challenged as often at home. He’s averaging 41.8 PPG on 54.5% FG shooting over four road games this postseason. The Warriors (+3.5) are underdogs in Houston once again.
Kyrie Irving vs. MIL ($8.2k DraftKings, $9.4k FanDuel)
Kyrie Irving might not remain with the Celtics beyond this season if they’re run out of these playoffs by the Bucks. But first, he’ll do everything in his power to prevent that from happening. In Game 3, Irving scored 29 points on a 32.2% usage rate and would’ve had more if he didn’t shoot an uncharacteristic 8-for-22 (36.3%) from the floor. During the regular season, he averaged 24.8 PPG and 7.3 APG while shooting 50.7% from the floor at TD Garden. That included a 28-point effort on 10-for-20 shooting against these Bucks. Milwaukee allowed 110.7 PPG and 25.1 APG on the road this year and the most 3PTM (13.1) per game while playing at the second-fastest pace. Irving is bound to fire away or dish to teammates for a barrage of threes tonight. If the Celtics connect, he’ll pay off his price tag handsomely.
Draymond Green at HOU ($6.9k DraftKings, $8.6k FanDuel)
Both Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala can be locked into lineups of all formats tonight given their excellent floor-ceiling combinations. Green obviously has more upside as a nightly triple-double threat and the Warriors’ most consistent two-way player to supplement Durant. He’s an incredible gamer who has lifted his play in the postseason with career averages of 12.4 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 5.8 APG, and 3.1 STL/BLK per game in the postseason. For comparison, Green is averaging only 9.1 PPG, 6.9 RPG, and 4.9 APG over seven regular-season campaigns. The loss of DeMarcus Cousins (quad) has forced even more responsibilities on his plate. He’s facing a Rockets team that ranked 27th in DvP against PFs this season.
Three Down for May 6, 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo at BOS ($10.1k DraftKings, $11.8k FanDuel)
It takes courage to fade one of the best players in the game. And courage is what it will take from the Celtics to contain Giannis Antetokounmpo. They managed to hold him in check during a Game 1 win and will look to be physical with the non-shooter again tonight while hoping the Game 4 officiating crew is less assumptive than the crew from Game 3. Giannis shot 16-for-22 from the FT line on Friday to overcome a modest 29.9% usage rate. Eric Bledsoe somehow posted a higher usage rate (32.2%) in Game 3, and the Bucks won’t hesitate to use other offensive options if Boston’s game plan remains geared toward their MVP candidate. Boston remains a stout defensive team with enough length to keep Giannis mostly out of the paint and off the free throw line.
Steph Curry at HOU ($7.7k DraftKings, $8.9k FanDuel)
Steph Curry will certainly be motivated for redemption after his embarrassing failed dunk marked the end to a rough Game 3 performance. Yet every player is going to be motivated in a WCF Semifinals series that could be tantamount to the NBA Finals. The Rockets dominated the 3-point exchange all season with the most 3PTM (16.1) per game and third-fewest allowed (10.1) on the second-worst percentage (34.0%). They’ve held Curry to 21-for-67 (31.3%) shooting from downtown over seven meetings this season and postseason. He was also a rough 3-for-21 from deep over the first three games at Toyota Center in the WCF finals last year. The former MVP broke out for a hot shooting night only when Chris Paul wasn’t available to hound him in Game 7.
Eric Gordon vs. GSW ($5.7k DraftKings, $5.6k FanDuel)
The Rockets would’ve had no chance without Eric Gordon (and Iman Shumpert and others) hitting clutch threes throughout Game 3. But if Gordon’s shot isn’t falling tonight, he’ll likely fall way short of value. The offensive specialist offers very little in terms of peripheral stats with career averages of 15.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists over 40 playoff appearances. The Warriors really ramped up their defensive efforts in the second half of the season and locked down in the final minutes of regulation on Saturday. Their adjustments will likely come on the defensive end and force Gordon to become more of a playmaker rather than a shooter. He’s proven uncomfortable in that role with 10 turnovers and just two assists so far this series.