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.
5/9/19 NBA DFS TOURNAMENT PICKS
Four Point Play: $4 entry, $100k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $10K to 1st!
Game 6 Spectacular: $18 entry, $555,555k guaranteed (DraftKings)- $105,555 to 1st!
Thurs. Shot: $15 entry, $400k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $100K to 1st!
Thurs. Slam: $55 entry, $25k guaranteed (FanDuel) – $5K to 1st!
NBA DFS Top Plays for May 9, 2019
Three Up for May 9, 2019
Nikola Jokic at POR ($10.3k DraftKings, $11.2k FanDuel)
Jokic went for more than 80 FPs three games ago in the quadruple OT classic, but he’s followed up with two outstanding tallies in regulation games. The big man has gone over 50 FPs in the subsequent pair of contests. The Blazers unsurprisingly have no answer for the highly versatile big, especially with the defensively challenged Enes Kanter down low. Jokic’s usage rate now sits at 25.4 percent in the postseason. Given his dominant work on the glass and as a facilitator, he should be a lock for another strong return in a potential series-clinching Game 6.
Jimmy Butler vs. TOR ($8k DraftKings, $9.8k FanDuel)
In a series during which both Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris have struggled with consistency, Butler has been the Sixers’ saving grace. The veteran wing has scored over 50 FPs in three of the last four games while making solid contributions in both rebounds and assists. The Sixers have their backs against the wall on their home court in Game 6. Therefore, Butler’s usage should be elevated once again. And he’s now shooting 46.2 percent against Toronto over eight games this season and postseason while averaging over 40 FPs versus the Raps on both sites.
Pascal Siakam at PHI ($7.1k DraftKings, $7.7k FanDuel)
Siakam seemed to be right back to his normal self in Game 5 after a tough showing in Game 4. He’d entered that contest with a doubtful designation due to a calf injury. Then, the big man put up 46.0 DK/47.1 FD points in Game 5 across 34 minutes. While his shooting was poor for the second straight game (36.8 percent), Siakam’s strong rebounding helped round out his final line. He could be even better in a potential series-clinching Game 6 with another day of rest, especially considering the Sixers are now allowing a bottom-10 offensive efficiency rating (25.7) to power forwards.
Three Down for May 9, 2019
Joel Embiid vs. TOR ($9k DraftKings, $10.2k FanDuel)
As good as he was during the regular season, Embiid has been a constant disappointment in the current series. The big man has seen an appreciable drop in usage, putting up just seven to 10 shot attempts in three of the last four games. Additionally, he’s generated a pair of 28.6 percent shooting efforts. Then, his rebounding has been nowhere near his typical standards. Embiid has now been under 30 FPs in three of the five games as well, which doesn’t come close to justifying the hefty investment he requires.
Ben Simmons vs. TOR ($6.6k DraftKings, $7.4k FanDuel)
Simmons is another key Philly piece that’s been underachieving relative to salary. That’s even factoring in his reduced price tag. Simmons has scored under 30 DK points in four straight and under 30 FD points in three of those contests as well. The second-year guard has taken single-digit shot attempts in three of the five games of the series and has scored no more than 14 actual points in any game despite playing 34 to 44 minutes in four of them. As with Embiid, his prices don’t match the production he’s been able to generate, making him a stay-away candidate.
Moe Harkless vs. DEN ($3.9k DraftKings, $4.1k FanDuel)
Harkless has seen 17 minutes or fewer in three of the first five games in the series, and just 22 minutes in a fourth contest. Then, he’s scored more than 14.0 fantasy points only once against Denver, making his current prices, modest as they are, still not worth it. The defensive-minded wing has been minimally involved in the offense. He’s taken five shot attempts or fewer in four of the first five games against Denver as well, so Harkless could well generate another modest output despite the high stakes at play in Game 6. As such, while his prices are certainly tempting if you need to go cheap at one position, a much higher-upside option in a similar price range is teammate Rodney Hood ($3,700 DK/$4,400 FD).