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.
The Full Roster contests on FanDuel (FD) 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 (DK) has brought back its late swap for NBA contests.
5/8/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $100k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $10K to 1st!
Game 5 Spectacular: $18 entry, $555k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $105,555 to 1st!
Wed. Shot: $15 entry, $400k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100K to 1st!
Wed. Slam: $55 entry, $30k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $4K to 1st!
NBA DFS Top Plays for May 8, 2019
Three Up for May 8, 2019
James Harden vs. GSW ($10.2k DraftKings, $11.8k FanDuel)
Harden’s previously ailing eyes appear to be back to 20/20 level if his Game 4 performance is any indication. “The Beard” lit up the Warriors for 38 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds for good measure. He’s stuffed the stat sheet in signature fashion throughout the series, averaging 35.8 points, 7.3 boards, 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals across four games. Harden is a lock for 20 shot attempts at minimum barring injury, which should offer the necessary platform to pay off his elevated prices in what’s likely going to be yet another wire-to-wire battle.
Al Horford at MIL ($6.7k DraftKings, $7.5k FanDuel)
Amidst Kyrie Irving’s shooting struggles and the inconsistent play of other first-unit mates, Horford has been a steady force for the Celtics over the first four games against the Bucks. The veteran big has shot at least 50.0 percent in each game while putting up double-digit shot attempts in three of those contests. Additionally, Horford has been steady on the glass, pulling down between six and 11 rebounds. Moreover, he’s been hot from distance, draining 54.4 percent of his 5.8 attempts from behind the arc. With desperation time having arrived for Boston, I look for Horford to be a pivotal component once again Wednesday.
Jaylen Brown at MIL ($4.7k DraftKings, $6.3k FanDuel)
Brown has been another reliable source of offense for the Celtics amid their troubles. The third-year wing has had the hot hand for nearly all of the postseason. He’s shot 45.5 percent or higher in three of the first four contests against the Bucks. His well-balanced contributions have led to averages of 17.3 points (on 48.6 percent shooting), 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.0 steal across 32.5 minutes versus Milwaukee. Brown has encouragingly put up double-digit shot attempts in each game of the series thus far. He should be heavily involved again Wednesday.
Three Down for May 8, 2019
Klay Thompson vs. HOU ($5.9k DraftKings, $7k FanDuel)
Thompson has a well-earned reputation as a streaky shooter. The uglier side of that equation has reared its head this series. The veteran guard drained just 38.4 percent of his attempts in Games 1-4, including 30.8 percent from distance. Thompson enjoyed a solid Game 2 in which he totaled 21 points, but his tallies of 13, 16 and 11 points in the other three games cast doubt as to whether he can bounce back in Game 5. Thompson has offered above-average contributions on the boards over the last two games (15 total rebounds). But that’s a likely outlier considering he averaged a modest 3.8 during the regular season.
Eric Bledsoe vs. BOS ($4.9k DraftKings, $6.2k FanDuel)
Prior to Game 2, I placed Bledsoe in this category and he promptly went out and racked up a series-high 21 points. That trolling aside, the veteran guard has generated modest output versus the Celtics’ typically solid backcourt defense. Bledsoe has shot under 30.0 percent in two of the four games against the Bucks. And although he was an impressive 6-for-12 overall in Monday’s Game 4, he came up empty on four tries from distance. Bledsoe is shooting an abysmal 19.2 percent from behind the arc overall against Boston in the series and has scored in single digits twice. He’s complementing those middling contributions with an average of just 2.0 rebounds. And with Marcus Smart and his suffocating defense back in the fold for the Celts, I see Bledsoe as a stay-away candidate again.
Brook Lopez vs. BOS ($4.3k DraftKings, $4.7k FanDuel)
Speaking of Bucks struggling to produce, Lopez has found the Celtics to be his personal Kryptonite this season. The veteran big has shot just 35.7 percent — including 28.1 percent from three-point range — on his way to 6.8 points during the current series. And he was actually worse in three games against Boston during the regular season, draining just 30.0 percent of his attempts, including 21.4 percent from the behind the arc. With single-digit shot attempts in three of the first four contests of the series and the Giannis Antetokounmpo-Khris Middleton duo handling most of the heavy lifting on offense for Milwaukee, steer clear of Lopez.